Open Source for Business: Pros and Cons

Posted October 3, 2016 By  Cynthia Harvey

For many businesses, open source software has become an integral part of doing business. In fact, according to the Zenoss 2016 State of Open Source Software report, 91 percent of companies of all sizes use open source software. Similarly, the Black Duck 2016 Future of Open Source Survey revealed that 67 percent of organizations actively encourage their developers to contribute to open source projects, and 65 percent of organizations increased their use of open source in 2016.

Clearly, many businesses believe that there are good reasons to use open source software and to participate in open source projects.

However, experts caution that open source may not be a good fit for every situation. That's probably why the Zenoss report found that only 11 percent of organizations use open source for nearly every purpose, while 79 percent said that they use open source for specific use cases.

In addition, experts say if organizations want to use open source software securely and effectively, they need to take some steps to manage some of its downsides.

In this slideshow, we'll examine some of the pros and cons of using open source software for business. These are ten issues that companies should consider when examining the tradeoffs that come with open source.

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