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5 Common Myths about Open Source [INFOGRAPHIC]

Blog post   •   Aug 14, 2012 11:23 BST

Open Source technology has five common myths, so how can you convince your directors to migrate to it?

Open Source software (OSS) is a no-brainer; it’s the business solution to many issues that organisations face today and it’s the future of IT. Its benefits include helping you to be more innovative and cost-efficient and it offers the freedom of diversity and scalability. It delivers business value by being easy to customise and integrate to the extent that it can offer a competitive advantage to every organisation.

The trouble is that five common myths have attached themselves to Open Source technology and can stop all of the advantages of an Open Source migration in its tracks. That’s why it’s important to dispel them before they hold your managers’ thoughts and decision-making hostage. Talking about the advantages and disadvantages will make no difference unless you can explain why the myths are wrong.

It’s critical to understand the advantages and disadvantages of every approach to ensure business competitiveness and success. For more ideas, please take a look at our eGuide, ‘The five biggest blunders you can make pushing for Open Source adoption at board level’

Guest Post: Simon Mitchell is the executive director of LinuxIT, a UK-based Open Source specialist. He creates and delivers sales strategy heading up the field and internal sales, renewals and sales administration teams. You can read more of Simon's articles about open source software by subscribing to the LinuxIT blog here. You can also find him on Google+ and Twitter.