NaN-tic Jun 21, 2018
A few years ago open source software was something really alternative, but slowly it has been gaining market share because of the great features it offers. And the segment of ERPs and management software is no exception. In this chapter we try to list the main advantages and disadvantages of betting on open source.
IS OPEN SOURCE THE BEST? This is a difficult question to answer, the fact that a program is free or proprietary does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse. There are proprietary programs that are excellent and others that are very bad, and the same goes for open source software. What happens is that free software is usually expressly made with a certain ‘disadvantage’, especially in the ERP sector.
Proprietary ERPs produced by large-scale manufacturers come with more marketing and more prestige. This means that it is far easier to find someone in the sector who already has a proprietary tool rather than an open source version. Does this make it better? The answer is no. It may sometimes make users feel more confident, especially to the person responsible for its purchase. Our experience has shown us that SAP or Microsoft tools are often bought, not on a basis of surety, but in order to minimise risks; i.e. to avoid criticism from within the company: the purchase is seen to be justified as it is a tool already used by thousands of companies worldwide, even though the cost is far higher and the tool far bigger than they need to be.
Here a list of the main pros and cons involved in free software is what is needed:
Having said this, we can now move on to TIP NUMBER 3: Analyse programs and evaluate them without prejudice and think about benefits for your company. Then take the decision that seems the most appropriate.
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