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Zug, Switzerland, 1. July 2020

With the rapid expansion of work from home, collaboration tools are becoming increasingly relevant. Companies should therefore resist dependence on closed-source providers and insist on openness, urges software developer VNC.

The well-known software giants have already taken up positions to divide the booming collaboration tools market among themselves. However, the more critical these tools become for workflows, teamwork and remote capability, the more important it is that they are open. “Companies should therefore not be blinded by the market power of the giants and let themselves be fobbed off with empty promises”, warns Andrea Wörrlein, managing director of VNC in Berlin, Germany, and member of the board of directors of VNC AG in Zug, Switzerland.

The efforts of closed-source vendors continue to be based on forcing customers into a vendor lock-in through proprietary restrictions. Since changing vendors is then more difficult, they are hardly motivated to really improve their software products, let alone design them openly: many are characterized by weak innovation, lack of interoperability, opaque licensing complexity and non-transparent pricing.

“With the decision for proprietary collaboration platforms, enterprises, organizations and authorities have placed themselves in dangerous dependencies”, warns Andrea Wörrlein. “Mission-critical applications in particular should be open and controllable.” More and more companies have recognized this necessity and are therefore turning their backs on the software giants and turning to open source solutions. “The market for open source applications is currently booming and this is an indication of this turnaround”, Andrea Wörrlein emphasizes.

In addition to absolute openness and a low TCO, quality considerations speak in favor of the use of open source. Thanks to the support from the worldwide developer community, open source platforms experience a continuous, transparent improvement process that benefits all users.

Additionally, there are still unanswered questions about how large software companies handle personal data. After all, the secrecy of closed-source providers is hardly compatible with the security guidelines and compliance requirements in the European Union. Here, too, open source software is the transparent and open alternative.

“With open source, organizations always retain the data sovereignty and freedom of decision that they need,” summarizes Andrea Wörrlein.

About VNC
VNC – Virtual Network Consult AG, based in Switzerland, Germany and India, is a leading developer of open source-based enterprise applications and positions itself as an open and secure alternative to the established software giants. With VNClagoon, the organization with its global open source developer community has created an integrated product suite for enterprises, characterized by high security, state-of-the-art technology and low TCO. VNC’s customers include system integrators and telcos as well as large enterprises and institutions. Further information:

Andrea Wörrlein
VNC – Virtual Network Consult AG
Poststrasse 24
CH-6301 Zug
Phone +41 (41) 727 52 00

Kathleen Hahn
Sendlinger-Tor-Platz 6
D-80336 Munich
Phone +49 (89) 59997-763

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