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Free Software

Bringing you the POWER of “OPEN SOURCE”

Open Source + Business = Greater Productivity


Firstly, what is Open Source?

Open source software is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance.

“Source code” is the part of software that most computer users don’t ever see; it’s the code computer programmers can manipulate to change how a piece of software—a “program” or “application”—works. Programmers who have access to a computer program’s source code can improve that program by adding features to it or fixing parts that don’t always work correctly.

Open Source software can be used as a alternative for expensive, proprietary software solutions such as, Microsoft Active Directory, File Servers, Phone Systems and web servers.

Fact: Most of the worlds web hosting companies use the Open-Source web server called Apache!

Fact: Most of the worlds Data Centers are built on-top of a Open-Source

The Openness of Open-Source software has led to feature rich technologies with the ideas and inspiration of a vast developer’s community. It is often that Open-Source leads its respective category for companies such as Microsoft.

Sadly Open-Source software has not been heavily adopted by businesses as of to date, simply because there is lack of knowledge on how to implement and maintain it, making room for the big players such as Microsoft who created greater awareness of their products.

We are not against Microsoft and believe there is a customer, time and place for their technologies which can work in perfect harmony with Open-Source to support a business.

We say that a combination of these technologies that really makes a business productive while making technology far more cost effective.

Bespoke Open-Source

Proprietary products are limited in the way a business can manipulate their behavior when they try and make these products match their workflow. The Openness of Open-Source allows engineers to modify the software base code, natively changing its behavior and becoming a integral part of the business rather than a simple tool that can only do 60% of the business workflow. It’s time to connect out tools and put them to work!

We believe custom software and Open-Source should be able to perform 120% of the business workflow by integrating in to existing software resources, improving access to information while introducing automation to remove some of the manually performed tasks.

How are we Different?

Most I.T support companies call themselves “Engineers” when in-fact they are more like Technicians.

The difference between a engineer and a technician is that engineers understand what is going on inside the engine whereas technicians understand how to drive the car, change the oil and keep it running.

At Northern I.T we consist of a team of Engineers and Technicians specializing in both Open-Source and proprietary technologies such as Microsoft.

Our engineers have the skills and abilities to adopt these open-source technologies at the code level. We understand that every business is unique, that technology within each organisation  should adapt to the needs of the business rather than a business needing to change and adapt to off the shelf, proprietary technologies.

After all, it all about making money, right?


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