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Open source software has come of age. Long gone is the notion that open source products are the brainchild of "techies," supported by a community of like-minded people and provided as a free software framework, which is used mainly by technical-minded people who have the skills to implement, develop, and use the software.


  • Considerations when implementing open source are the same as for proprietary systems.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn about the benefits of implementing open source software.
  • Discover how public sector bodies are using open source and how this can be applied to private industry.

Key questions answered

  • What are the advantages of open source over proprietary software?
  • What benefits does paid-for software provide over the community or free version?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Open has come of age and has entered the software mainstream

  • Open source has come a long way from its "techie" origins
  • Different versions of open source software products are available

Considerations when implementing open source are the same as for proprietary systems

  • Open source vendors embrace the cloud
  • A hybrid cloud model provides additional flexibility
  • Where data is stored can have legal ramifications
  • Open source vendors adhere to standards and achieve certifications from standards bodies

Open source has advantages over proprietary software

  • Open source software should always be considered alongside proprietary systems
  • Building a solution from multiple products is feasible, but not easy

Governments are at the forefront in supporting open source

  • Governments take the initiative on open source
  • Much can be learned from public sector use of ECM


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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