As with many new business start-ups, there is a leap into the unknown. The costs can increase dramatically while you ascertain which products and processes fit your business.
That’s right, proprietary software provides solutions give you something that seldom are tailored to your requirements. In fact, you spend time and money trying to make the necessary changes to adjust to them to your requirements. That’s more time and headache to something that should not have to be
So; your business plan has a projected a cost for your IT, however the refurb for that office space has hit an unlikely snag, you need to free up money.
This brings us to Opensource, here is where it is possible to save money, so how you ask.
Let me be honest; being in the IT industry for over 25 years, I still do not remember a single time that I had to create a Pivot Table. Ask yourself, when did you do a VLOOKUP in excel?
All this does is leave you with questions as to how much of this proprietary application you are using, let’s be honest, you are not going to pay for a two-week holiday and then voluntarily come home after one day. How is this any different?
Opensource provides an equivalent to nearly every application on the market, the difference is that it’s free. That’s right, Opensource is free.
Opensource is code behind that application that programmers use to manipulate the software to do whatever they want. What is more so, if you find the product on the opensource market and it’s not quite tailored to fit your business, well that’s where our developers come in, we tailor that code to fit your business, after all, that’s our specialty.
What are the benefits?
Money Saving : opensource is free, the cost involved is getting a developer to tailor this to your own needs. However, if you compare this to changing your business to accommodate new procedures, etc, it works out far less.
Options and Alternatives: the product can be tailored to your business needs, giving you an advantage over your competitors who are tied to out of the box options and the limitations they provide
Freedom and Flexibility: If a product does not suit your needs you have the option to switch and get a product coded to your business needs.
With all this, it’s no wonder that small businesses are using Opensource as their technological driving force.