Commercial Software vs. Open Source Software: Which is right for my Business?

It is important to understand the different types of software models before we continue to discuss the importance of running effective software solutions within a company. The two different types of software models available, are:

  • Commercial Software
  • Open Source Software.

What’s the difference between commercial software and open source software?

Commercial software is software that is developed and managed internally under a single brand or company. Commercial software usually operates under a closed source software license, meaning that the source code developed internally at an organisation is top-secret as it contains logic which generates revenue, keeping that company making money. If that company were to

Open Source software is software that is developed and managed by a single company, or multiple companies. The idea of Open Source software is to produce Although a software is open source, this doesn’t mean that there won’t be costs associated with it in the future. There may be many companies or individuals associated with an open source software project and

Traditionally, companies spend a significant amount of time hiring entire departments to develop new products for their organisation. This can cost in excess of hundreds of thousands of pounds per year, then comes the burden of having to manage staff, or realising staff don’t have the skills they claim to have, meaning even more time and cost overhead on training resources.

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Stages of the software development lifecycle

Requirements gathering

Most, if not all software development projects begin with the requirements gathering stage. This stage consists of gathering a list of features the software should include. These are often discovered by indentifying



Software releases.


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