4 reasons companies say yes to open source

Open source isn't just about saving money -- enterprises are adopting it to develop applications faster, with higher quality components.

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She investigated options that addressed billing but not scheduling, accommodated sole practitioners instead of multiple practitioners, or focused on tracking medical issues not germane to occupational therapy. Some software was customizable but not user-friendly. Wiss marveled that, even in the midst of Silicon Valley, "I couldn't find something I liked at a price I could afford."

Finally, Wiss was introduced to Ron Pitt, a Poway, Calif.-based consultant. He understood her frustration. "When you have a small business like hers, it's hard to commit to thousands of dollars upfront and then monthly when your income fluctuates," says Pitt. He agreed to custom-build an application for Wiss using Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, and the NetBeans IDE. The cost: $5,000 plus a few hundred dollars for hosting and backup each month, about the same as an annual fee for a SaaS application.

Pitt retains the rights to the code so he can create another application for another occupational therapist if he wants. He says he was able to charge just $5,000 because the code is "free, modular and the tools are robust. It's good, solid software engineering."

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