Open Source for Enterprise
Open source software is changing the world of Information Technology. But making it work for your company is far more complicated than simply installing a copy of Linux. New commercial support services, smaller licensing fees, increased collaboration, and a friendlier platform to sell products and services are just a few of the reasons open source is so attractive to IT departments.
How to Evaluate Open Source For Your Enterprise
Here are simple background checks you can use to evaluate whether your enterprise business model and IT standards are make sense for open source systems.
✔ Security - Are there regular security patches? Open source gives your enterpise right to audit the code base independently for any security flaws and can fix them yourself without waiting for the community to respond.
✔ Licensing - Are the licensing terms compatible with your business requirements? It is important to make sure you understand the terms of the open source license before you adopt a component into your enterprise.
✔ Product Adaptation - Many of the mature open source projects showcase various clients who have adopted and are using their product. This gives you some assurances that the product will deliver on its promises, especially if you find an existing client similar to your enterprise.
✔ Enterprise Support - The ideal open source project has multiple vendors involved in the product that provide different types of support from customization to maintenance to 24x7 production assistance.
✔ Customization - Open source, as opposed to proprietary products, inherently means that the code is available for you to customize. All good open source projects include a well documented extensible plug-in architecture that can be used to customize the product.
Choicegen uses Liferay for because it is a flexible, scalable, interoperable Open Source enterprise portal platform which delivers more than sixty portlets and leading-edge technologies allowing companies to develop, integrate and implement:
- Web Publishing & Content Management
- Intranets and Extranets
- Social Networking and Collaboration
- Role-based Portals
- EAI framework
- Web and mobile-based applications
Liferay is the leading Open Source Portal for enterprises for the following reasons listed below:
- Lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) compared to its competitors
- Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals
- Implementation in Fortune 500 clients across industries
- Leading Java CMS in Water & Stone's 2011 Open Source CMS Market Share Report
- Strong contributive community with over 4 million downloads and nearly 500,000 global deployments
- Guaranteed SLA's up to 24/7 with regular service packs and a five-year EOSL policy
- Business Logic built into Application layer and API
Liferay is an open source alternative to IBM WebSphere Portal, Oracle/BEA Portal, Microsoft, SharePoint, and Jive Clearspace for collaboration
We encourage you to explore our solution-based development approach to Open Source integration further. Contact us to find out how Choicegen can deliver value to your organization.