Openness & choice
This is why we build on Open Source
We believe in freedom of choice – in what software our clients use, and how they use it. Commercial Open Source corresponds to this demand perfectly. Affordable, free of strangling licenses and with open source code it provides full customizability to meet business demands. That’s how Open Source provides a much more future-oriented planning than it would be possible with proprietary software.
For example: In 2008, the city of Munich in Germany has begun to update their desktop computers from Windows to Ubuntu. After 15,000 desktop computers had been updated, the cost reduction already amounted to more than 10 million Euro. Similar projects have taken place throughout Europe, in Vienna, Solothurn, Amsterdam and Zaragoza.
Current studies show that more than 70% of Open Source users see the existence of open standards as a clear benefit for their companies.
Because of this flexibility, companies are able to respond to changes in business much quicker than they could by using proprietary software. A unique advantage in a quickly changing market.
Also, businesses are not restricted to rely on one vendor or that vendor’s partners when it comes to software support. They can choose freely from a huge number of service providers or they can even take care of support internally – important when it comes to sensitive data or security-related software.