Search CIO Midmarket - How to choose the right open source solution for your business

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Issues range from the functionality of the product to the strength of the community support, and whether an upgrade to a paid license will be necessary thereby erasing at least some of the financial benefit of going with open source in the first place.

OpenLogic Inc., an open source support provider, helps users determine which open source solutions might be appropriate and then offers technical support. It's seen an increase in interest among potential open source users this year. "Over the past three months we've seen a big jump. More and more people are coming to us saying things like, 'Our budget's frozen, but I still want to do this project without the software license [costs],'" said Kim Weins, senior vice president of products and marketing at Broomfield, Colo.-based OpenLogic.

Determining the best open source solution for a particular organization starts like any software evaluation process -- getting a feel for the way a tool works, understanding the support options and getting "under the hood," Weins said.

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