Open Source software can provide higher performance, reliability, scale and transparency — often at a far lower cost than proprietary solutions, and with reduced vendor lock-in.
Over the last two decades, Open Source has matured to a point where it is now a dominant force in many domains. This includes server operating systems, commodity-embedded devices (such as wi-fi routers, smartphones and Smart TV), cloud computing, software-as-a-service and Big Data.
Open Source powers 1.4 billion Android mobile phones, and has provided the platform for the success of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Uber (to name just a few). Plus, it has led to the development of disruptive technologies, such as the Bitcoin crypto-currency.
Open Source has also disrupted commercial software vendors, many of whom are now placing it at the heart of their business strategies. And this new landscape has grown around the value-sharing nature of Open Source — creating innovative software that can deliver secure, higher-value and often higher-quality solutions quickly, and frequently at lower financial cost.
This has democratised software availability and promoted agility. Simply put, without Open Source, many things we take for granted would not exist. Open Source software has fuelled a quiet revolution — and now is the time for your business to take advantage of the benefits.
CGI has a long and successful track record with Open Source software around the world. In 2013, we demonstrated this with the creation of our Open Digital Services Centre (ODSC) in Glasgow. The ODSC is our cross-sector centre of excellence for open technologies in the UK — with a focus on Open Source software.
Our Energy, Utilities and Telecoms expertise, alongside the specialisms of the ODSC, is a unique combination, and means we can offer:
We also have the business domain experience to maximise the return on your technology investments. Alongside the ODSC, our Open Source Profession — made up of specialist architects, designers and developers within our Energy, Utilities and Telecoms business unit — means that we can help you: