Thursday, October 20, 2011

Usage of Open Source in industry : A study

Usage of Open Source in industry : A study

The term open source is not new, we have been using the ideology from ages for now. Let em take you to those times, when our grandma used to teach young girls how to make nice dish. She used to teach other ladies in our neighborhood the same. Starting from the ingredients till the last finish product. She used to explain each step. 

I hope by now readers must have got the smell of the dish “Open Source”. Let me give you some insight of the keyword open source, which is the essence of the article.

According to oxford dictionary the word open means “with no restrictions on those allowed to participate” and Source means “find out where (something) can be obtained”. According to the same dictionary open source is defined as “denoting software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified”. According to “Open source doesn't just mean access to the source code”. I won’t discuss the exact meaning of open source since it is out of the scope of the article. We will understand open source as a software which is free to download, use, change(with some licence restrictions) and redistribute.  

Take any industry, may it be risk management, information technology,  customer relationship management, logistics, and many more, usage of software is exhaustive.  Open source in these industries can become a big boost to these industries in terms of cost ( an important driver for using open source), bug fixes, maintenance  and some other factors. In an article on why choose proprietary software over open source[1] Matt talks about factors that makes open source score over proprietary software. First point, which matt talks about, is open source price tag and second point is bug fixes.  If we look at figure 1[2], it clearly

Figure-1: OSS percentage of deployed software grows, while proprietary software declines.

shows that organizations are also moving towards open source over proprietary software. According to Forrester[3] survey there are 35% industries using open source tools for

Figure-2: Forrester Consulting, September 2008.

increasing office productivity, 18% for messaging, 13% ERP, 7% business intelligence, 10% CRM applications and 10% ESB/BM/Workflow for more than 1 year. This clearly indicates how industry is moving towards open source and using in their business  processes.

Beyond Cost reduction, the Open Source paradigm embraces an even more important long-term benefit: a more innovative IT shop that can rapidly adapt to changing technologies and seize new opportunities. [4]

Recession is  making companies to move towards open source software,  to cut their huge  IT costs and lessen their burden. In a survey done by IDC[5], 79% of respondents said that they are evaluating the products or decided to adopt linux operating system for their servers and 68% for their desktops.  

We have now seen that popularity of open source software on proprietary software is increasing and had gained momentum in recent past. The factors that had contributed to the rise of open source software are:-
  1. Cost, as a biggest driving force.
  2. Rapid evolution of the software.
  3. Bug fixes are more rapid.

References: [Links Accessed on 19-October-2010]

Monday, March 22, 2010

Workshop on Moodle: Course Management System (Status: Over)

In continuing effort to make students understand open source and different types of open source, in which they can work. INMANTEC is going to organize a workshop on Moodle: Course Management System on 10-04-2010.

  • To make participants understand course management system.
  • To make participants understand moodle.
  • To make participants understand the working of moodle.
Plan of the Day
The day would start from installation of moodle. Followed by hands on experience in customizing moodle.

Mr. Gaurav Parashar will be conducting the workshop.

Participants would be required to come along with their laptops.

The workshop will start at 10:00 AM till 3:00 PM

  1. Your laptop.
  2. Installed Wamp Server
  3. Moodle Software


Friday, March 19, 2010

Workshop on Make Joomla! work for you (status over)

The workshop is intended for students who wants to get the taste of the open source software. This workshop is the next step in making students get ease with the software.

Mr. Rajeev Jindal conducted the workshop from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Gaurav Parashar and Mr. Vivek Saxena from INMANTEC.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Seminar on Open Source :Opportunities for Enterprenureship (status over)

INMANTEC is organizing a seminar on “Open Source Opportunities for Entrepreneurship” on Saturday 13th March, 2010 .  The participants to above seminar shall be entitled to free training cum workshop titled  "Make Joomla work for you" to be held on 20-03-2010.
About The Seminar

Open Source software is catching fancy of millions of technocrats around the world. A lot of emphasis is being laid on developing applications based on Open Source, which are either free or are available at nominal costs. This is coming out as a big opportunity to developers and users alike. It is estimated that by 2012, Open Source Market will assume 27% market share of overall development scenario. This needs for deep introspection both at micro and macro level so that the true potential of Open Source can be explored and entrepreneurs are prepared with right mindsets.


To facilitate understanding of Open Source world.

To help participants in catching basic nitty gritties of open source and explore possibilities of Open Source.

Plan for the Day
Speakers for the Day
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Registration & Tea
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Open Source: Demystifying Myths
Dr. C.K. Raju[Session Chair], Abhishek Sharma,  Daksh Sharma
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Open Source: Opportunities & Challenges
Rajeev Jindal [Session Chair], Atul Jha, Abhishek Sharma
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Networking Lunch
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Open Source: Roadmap to Success
Dr. C.K. Raju[Session Chair],  Jeanne Heydecker, Yu Yu Din
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Networking Tea
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Open Source: Success Stories
M Hariharan[Session Chair],  Yu Yu Din
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Valedictory Session
Dr. C.K. Raju, Jeanne Heydecker, Rajeev Jindal, M Hariharan, Yu Yu Din, Dr. Tarun Singhal, Gaurav Parashar, Abhishek Sharma, Atul Jha, Daksh Sharma

Our Esteemed Guest Speakers
  1. Dr. C. K. Raju [Director Academics - INMANTEC ] : Website
  2. M Hariharan [Deputy General Manager at India Today Group ] : Profile
  3. Yu Yu Din [writer, editor, social entrepreneur, social media fiend] : Blog
  4. Abhishek Sharma [Assistant Consultant at TATA Consultancy Services] : Profile
  5. Daksh Sharma [Co-Founder - Iffort Consulting ( ] : Profile
  6. Atul Jha [Research programmer at National Institute of Public Finance and Policy] : Profile
  7. Rajeev Jindal [Senior Technical Consultant (Health Information System Program)  
  8. Jeanne Heydecker [AVP - Worldwide Marketing at Vihaan Networks] : Profile
  9. Dr.Tarun Kumar Singhal [Dean IT - INMANTEC ] : Profile
  10. Gaurav Parashar [Asst. Dean -IT -INMANTEC ] : Profile 

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    Last date for submission of form is 10th March, 2010 by 5:00 PM.

    Registration fee is 500/- Per Participant. The participants to above seminar shall be entitled to free training cum workshop titled  "Make Joomla work for you" to be held on 20-03-2010.

    Contact Person:
    1. Gaurav Parashar - Seminar Coordinator  - Email
    2. Vivek Sen Saxena - Asst. Seminar Coordinator  - Email 
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