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Running Your Business With Open Source Software

Sep 25, 2009, 14:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"You see, in my line of work, I see companies that use closed source software for pretty much everything. I don't always consider that a bad thing, because each business is different and has different needs. Some businesses are required to run proprietary applications by their suppliers, others are not. For those that are not required to run closed source applications, I personally don't see the point in choosing to go that route if you don't have to. In the case of the companies I have worked with, they really don't need to run so many proprietary applications, and they are wasting a ton of money each year.

"That got me thinking, if it were up to me, what would I do different? What would I recommend to others that run a business and want to save cash? Let's take a look at some typical money traps businesses fall into, and some really good open source solutions that should be considered. "Why do companies use closed source applications that are tremendously more expensive, when they could probably get away with using open source solutions that are noticeably cheaper? That's a question that's been heavy on my mind lately."

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