Posted Fri, 01/11/2013 – 17:19 by tahoeob
Bottom line: commercial open source is simply a better model and is at its inflection point for growth. Open source is good for the global marketplace, innovation and the companies who back the projects. This is a winning “trifecta” – one now broadly recognized in education, business and governments worldwide.
Global Marketplace and FOSS
Global markets now have access to leading edge products and can embrace those that are either free and open source (FOSS) or commercial open source with the backing of a stable company. The proliferation of legally free versions of business software around the world is a game-changer for both developing economies and the software industry.
The FOSS xTuple PostBooks, for example, competes with expensive enterprise resource planning software (ERP) with deployment costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. These legacy ERP vendors have sliding-scale pricing to offset some of the economic differences around the world, but in the past, the only choice of global manufacturing and other businesses in need of ERP was spreadsheets or pirating software.
The problem for businesses using spreadsheets is their competitors – competitors who are using ERP software are more efficient, which has a serious economic impact. A fundamental misunderstanding on software pirating: they want legal software but also need the efficiencies of more capitalized ventures.
Enter a provider such as xTuple with its free PostBooks; the appreciative comments from around the world speak volumes as to the benefits, shared in the public forums and user review sites. PostBooks – with a million downloads around the world – will continue to proliferate to all corners of the globe, providing tremendous business productivity benefits.
The complementary side of xTuple and other open source software vendors is the provision of commercially supported version(s). xTuple’s flagship software falls into this category and having PostBooks at the core is a huge advantage. With every new release, there are millions of people worldwide who not only run the software and test it but have access to the underlying source code – an enormous benefit for the stability of xTuple, the company and the products.