Enterprises have a deep appreciation for the value of open source software with 100% of the information technology (IT) decision-makers in a recent survey saying that “using open source provides benefits for their organization.” The survey of 200 IT decision-makers was conducted by Vanson Bourne.
Over the past disruptive 12 months, use of open source software was reported as increasing by 79% of respondents.
Of the 200 respondents, 25% were from medium-size enterprises of 500-999 employees and 75% were from large enterprises with more than 1,000 employees. They came from a cross-section of industries and had knowledge of open source software.
It’s easy to understand why some users might be put off by open-source password managers. However, the reality is that they’re generally more trustworthy and safe than closed-source alternatives.
When you enable multiple users to audit the code, you can be more confident that anything that may have been missed is identified. This extra level of scrutiny leaves users less open to vulnerabilities. Although you can never fully guarantee the security of a password manager, they most certainly encourage better practices, like not using the same credentials for multiple accounts and creating more complex passwords.
However, open or closed source is just one thing to consider. Before you make a decision, do your research to ensure you’re choosing one of the best password managers for you and your needs.
The rise of open-source software in 2020, amidst a global pandemic, can be attributed to the sudden spike in demand for the faster development of software programmes and applications. In March 2020, GitHub noticed a major uptick in open-source projects. Many streaming websites even cut back on bandwidth consumption by reducing video streaming quality and download speeds. This is where open-source software comes in. With proprietary software being more costly in terms of speed of deployment, more enterprises turned to open-source software. Integrating open-source code accelerates software development. It makes information more democratised and thus allows a technically diverse group to develop applications rapidly. Many developers usually back open-source software, thus finding solutions to software problems and creating new applications much more straightforward.
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I’m your host Connor Craven associate studios editor at SDxCentral. This week, we are continuing to look at open source technology. In just a moment, you’ll hear from Deb Bryant, senior director of the Open Source Program Office at Red Hat. If you haven’t listened to our last episode on open source tech, I highly recommend going back and giving it a listen before Deb and I began our conversation. I won’t delay you any longer, please sit back and enjoy my interview with Deb Bryant of Red Hat.”
The rise of open source at the edge is happening by necessity, as no two edge networks and device clusters are alike, requiring high degrees of customization
Next time you run data analytics or use a mobile app, thank an open-source community. No other force has opened up innovation and accessibility in computing as much as the open-source movement. Open-source systems make the world’s cloud providers, corporate data centers, social media platforms, and mobile apps. Now, open source is opening the next frontier in technology – edge computing.
For education to be successful in transforming our global community, it must be accessible – and that is what open-source technologies bring to the world of learning. By definition, open-source software has freely available code that can be redistributed and modified without limitation. Unlike closed-source software, which does not share its code and must be licensed, open-source software alleviates one of the most pressing barriers to education across the globe: cost.
Simply, open source software is software that is licensed in a way that allows people to freely use, study, modify, and distribute the software. These open source licenses differ greatly from proprietary software licenses, where only the original owner can copy, alter, or distribute the software.
Since open source refers to a wide variety of software programs, the use cases vary greatly. However, a Red Hat open source enterprise report found open source software is critical to infrastructure networks.
95% of respondents said open source software was strategically important to the enterprise’s overall infrastructure strategy, up from 89% in 2019. Only 42% of respondents report using proprietary software, down from 55% in 2019 and respondents expect that to keep falling — this number is expected to be down to just 32% in two years.
A common debate among both users and developers is whether open source software is more or less secure than closed source alternatives. While there are a variety of different schools of thought as to what makes for a truly secure environment, there is good reason to believe that open source software is the superior option for those looking to prioritize security.
- Open Source Offers True Transparency
- Open Source Encourages Community Input
- Faster Security Updates
- Open Source Offers Flexibility, Collaboration and Enhanced Security
Building a tech stack is a major decision for every organization. While picking the right tools will set your team up for success, picking the wrong solutions or platforms can have devastating effects on productivity and profitability. To succeed in today’s fast-paced world, organizations must make smart investments in digital solutions that enable them to move faster and increase operational agility.
Here are four reasons why adopting open source technology can help organizations drive competitive advantage and experience better business outcomes.
- Extensibility and flexibility
- Security and high-trust collaboration
- Freedom from vendor lock-in
- Top talent and community