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Open Source vs. Proprietary Solutions: It Doesn’t Have to Be One or the Other

To open source or not to open source—that is the question.

As open source solutions become increasingly pervasive in businesses across all verticals, many decision makers are starting to question whether they should deploy such technology or continue down the walled garden of proprietary solutions.

Actually, the question is moot, as no such dichotomy exists between open source and proprietary solutions. In other words, just because you deploy proprietary solutions doesn’t mean you can’t integrate open source software into your business infrastructure as well.

The decision whether to deploy open source solutions comes down to a question of functionality. What specific needs does your business have, and what technology will help ensure you meet those needs? Open source software can be customized in such a way to address specific needs. In fact, many proprietary solutions are built upon an open source foundation and then customized accordingly.

The conversation surrounding open source is usually dominated by extremists on both sides: proponents of the technology, who evangelize on its behalf, and supporters of proprietary solutions, who express their concerns loudly. But like everything else in life, there are many more viewpoints surrounding the conversation of open source vs. proprietary, most of which are somewhere in the middle.

Businesses can, in fact, adopt open source solutions for certain business functions while choosing to go with proprietary solutions for other functions. It’s important for decision makers to keep in mind that decisions regarding their technological infrastructure don’t have to be black and white, despite what supporters on either side of the aisle would have you believe.

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Lacey Thoms is a marketing specialist and blogger at Protecode, a provider of open source license management solutions. During her time at Protecode, Lacey has written many articles on open source software management. She has a background in marketing communications, digital advertising, and web design and development. Lacey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University.

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