Adopting Open Source Software Policy: What Advantages and Challenges there are for Organizations
OPEN SOURCE SOFTWAREADOPTING OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE POLICY FOR ORGANIZATIONS Advantages and Challenges! Sovello Hildebrand Mgani IT Consultant - FUGIT Consult Tanzania firstname.lastname@example.org
Introductions Open Source Software: Distributed with its source code in a human readable format. Developed in an open and collaborative way by groups of developers Free and Open Source Software FREE: You can change the source code, redistribute and do anything with it. You dont pay for the software but you pay for the services to implement the software. Therefore FREE IS NOT FREE
Advantages Lower total cost of ownership Licences: New and renewal Maintenance: develop your local support group Reduced dependence over the vendors Not a single source of solution in case of problem. You can become one of the solution providers. Forking: Many clones can be developed from one core engine Transparency: Open standards, easier integration with other existing systems Anyone can make money using the existing software Providing consultancy to new users of a particular software
Advantages (...) Free to customize Promote your brand: Customize the software and use your brand in the customized products Make it not like theirs: foster security. Large support base: Not a single source of a solution in case of a problem. Anyone can help including communities, forums, etc. Freely available, free to share and of course free to discard
Challenges Getting the right software from among the many options. Not having the right expertise: The danger of being wrongly advised The core-developers abandoning the development Changing licences to commercial: e.g. Quanta Plus Fear of the Unknown: Microsoft products are at the ear of any computer user.
Case Studies: Who uses OSS? SOCREMO Microfinance Bank in Mozambique WAHO: Western African Health Organization Adopting an Open Source HRIS together with Open Sourse OS for all members of the ECOWAS. Ministry of Regional Authorities and Local Government-Tanzania Adopting an Open Source HRIS The Giants: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Youtube, Wikipedia Who are you then not to use OSS? More can be found here: http://www.mysql.com/customers/
Examples: FreeAccounting (www.frontaccounting.com ) An Open Source Accounting Software with almost all accounting features and it is web based. GNUCash: A desktop accounting software Linux: A free Operating System e.g. Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Mozilla Firefox,
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