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Express Computer India: Open Source: Prime Time for SMBs

Jun 28, 2004, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"'For a long time, there were only three options if you wanted to buy software–pay a lot of money for the application, indulge in piracy or non-consumption. Now, open source software offers a fourth option: of affordable solutions,' says Rajesh Jain, CEO of Netcore Solutions. Jain's quote is significant when you consider the typical challenges that small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face.

"Though the basic needs of an SMB are not too different from those of a large enterprise, affordability of solutions has always been a big issue. Indeed, it's even prompted some firms to go in for pirated software, against their better judgment. Additionally, SMBs look at investing in IT solutions that can be managed with minimal staff to compensate for lack of resources, time, capital and management expertise..."

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