ERP(Enterprise Resource Planning) software has traditionally been used by large corporates to integrate and automate diverse departments across the enterprise. For a long time, smaller companies purchased individual accounting and payroll packages and then migrated to expensive ERP solutions as they grew. They did not have much options as ERP solutions were costlier and required magnitude and many employees to justify their use.
Behold, the fool saith, “Put not all thine eggs in the one basket”
– which is but a manner of saying, “Scatter your money and your
attention”; but the wise man saith, “Put all of your eggs in the one
basket and – WATCH THAT BASKET.”
– Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar
I quote the famous poem from Gitanjali below –
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake
– Rabindranath Tagore, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for Gitanjali.
There is story of David and Goliath where Goliath would come and challenge everybody – “is there anyone amongst you who would dare to fight against me?” Who would dare to fight against him? He was a giant, there was nothing one could do to humble him. David saw the situation in a different manner. Whatever he threw at Goliath it was sure to hit him. In the end we all know that David did win. The internet is also huge.
First, What is Open source? Open source software such as Linux is freely downloadable software that allows anyone to inspect and improve the source code.
While the cost benefits of Open source are widely discussed and known, what is lesser known is the reliability, performance and security aspects. In this article, see how Open source stacks against proprietary software.