The Top 5 Advantages of Leveraging Open Sources Technologies for Enterprise App Development

ActiveState, a company which helps enterprises overcome challenges to be able to quickly create, deploy and efficiently manage software solutions that immediately deliver business value, has today weighed in on the top five advantages of leveraging open source technologies in enterprise application development.

In sharing these benefits, the solution provider has cited IDC’s notion of the ‘third platform’, in reference to the confluence of social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC), as the foundation for the next generation of IT.

According to ActiveState, more and more organisations are shifting to this ‘third platform’ of IT, and as a result, will need to leverage open source development.

Large enterprises are also beginning to take notice of this trend, with IT departments making a significant commitment to open source products in many areas. These top five advantages, as outlined by ActiveState, include:

1. Greater Transparency

Source code and design considerations are available for review, as opposed to the guarded processes of proprietary vendors. Assessment of the product and engagement with its community is available in order to understand if using the product is a good decision.

2. Greater Innovation

Using a product with a potentially larger developer base provides access to greater innovation. Furthermore, by allowing anyone to contribute code, an open source product can incorporate innovative use cases, which might be otherwise ignored.

3. Greater Ability to Affect Product Direction

With open source, direct interaction with developers is possible to present use cases, meaning code could be contributed that implements a specific or desired functionality.

4. Lower Cost

Because open source is distributed under an expansive license, it is often much more affordable than proprietary-licensed software, enabling enterprises to invest in areas more directly tied to business value.

5. Better Match for Current Enterprise IT Requirements

‘Third platform’ apps are more highly scaled and subject to much greater load variability. Open source licensing is more conducive to this highly changeable application environment, in comparison with proprietary software, which generally requires a high licensing fee for each server.

"The nature of enterprise IT is rapidly evolving and open source is changing the game. Companies are quickly realizing that in order to succeed, they must empower themselves with the right processes, tools and culture. This is where open source is a major benefit," said Bart Copeland, President and CEO, ActiveState. "Once considered the domain of small businesses and start-ups, open source software offers greater transparency, innovation and opportunity to affect product direction. As this adoption increases, open source skills will become critically important, not just for using open source wisely but for attracting the talent necessary to compete in a Third Platform world."

ActiveState reports global customers like Cisco, CA, HP, Bank of America, Siemens and Lockheed Martin implementing its solutions to develop, distribute, and manage their software applications to save time and money, minimise risk, ensure compliance and reduce time to market.