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5 Ways to Solve the Open Source Industry's Biggest Problems

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    Existing Licensing Commitments

    Manage existing licensing commitments and other ties to proprietary software.

    Companies utilizing proprietary software usually have a strong existing relationship with a point person at that software company and often have multi-year licensing commitments to go along with that. Enterprise IT worries that the same may not always be true for open source, which gives pause to decision-makers who want to know what they can do in case problems arise. In reality, the perception of open source having poor support and service is no longer accurate. Many companies have started offering open source software with support and services. Open source is no longer the "wild, wild west" of software — it is now possible to find open source products that offer the benefits of malleability and freedom, while still providing the same benefits of tried and true enterprise SaaS.

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5 Ways to Solve the Open Source Industry's Biggest Problems

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    Existing Licensing Commitments

    Manage existing licensing commitments and other ties to proprietary software.

    Companies utilizing proprietary software usually have a strong existing relationship with a point person at that software company and often have multi-year licensing commitments to go along with that. Enterprise IT worries that the same may not always be true for open source, which gives pause to decision-makers who want to know what they can do in case problems arise. In reality, the perception of open source having poor support and service is no longer accurate. Many companies have started offering open source software with support and services. Open source is no longer the "wild, wild west" of software — it is now possible to find open source products that offer the benefits of malleability and freedom, while still providing the same benefits of tried and true enterprise SaaS.

Over the last decade, open source software and its audience of end users have greatly matured. Once only used by a small subset of tech-savvy early adopters, the convenience, effectiveness and cost savings of open source solutions are now driving enterprise IT to explore more ways to take advantage of the power of open source in their daily business operations.

In today's economy, enterprise IT has less to gain from developing and licensing software and more to gain from actively working with existing open source technology. However, the march toward open source still faces major obstacles before it becomes mainstream. In this slideshow, Travis Oliphant, CEO and founder of Continuum Analytics, outlines five challenges preventing enterprise IT from shifting to open source and tips for tackling them to keep the future of open source heading in the right direction. The road may be winding, but it will eventually lead companies to open source to help them innovate and as the way of the future.