Ofuz in an Open Source project.
For developers it’s clear what that means but for most of us it doesn’t. There is a lot of confusion on what the benefits are of an Open Source application.
So I will try to describe the four benefits that matter most for a freelancer of small business.
Long term stability
When you need to select an application for your business, you want to know that you’ll be able to use it for the long run … like forever.
All the software companies — at one point or another — phase out their applications, force you to upgrade, or even go out of business entirely.
By selecting Open Source software like Ofuz you have the long term stability guarantee. Even if the current developer gets purchased or goes out of business entirely, you will be able to take all your data and the application itself to run it on your own.
This is unique, and the great advantage of Open Source applications over all the Software as a Service you can find online today.
By definition we are open; more than any other proprietary company, our development process is open and accessible to all, our source code is readable, and our documentation is open to all.
The open source model will guarantee we stay true and honest.
Our source code is open to thousands of eyes to review and give feedback. Overtime Ofuz will have a more secure design than our non-open source competitors.
This is critical as security problems and confidentiality issues of online software has just started.
Personalization and customization
I put it last because this is the most important of all.
Every business is different and we all have our secret sauce that make us serve our customer better than anybody else. By creating our base application with the core features that work for most businesses and then adding a simple but elegant feature to customize and extend it: the plug-in API.
We invite other businesses all over the world to customize our base and make a Plug-In that will sculpt Ofuz to fit their specific needs.
Those businesses will get a custom application to perfectly fit their business model.
Customizing Ofuz by creating a Plug-In costs a fraction of what is involved in building a custom application from scratch.
The result will be — over time — thousands of extensions and Plug-Ins available to enhance Ofuz and make it fit perfectly into any business model and give you maximum productivity.
This model is not new; it has already been proven by other types of software. Take for example WordPress.
Look at all the plug-ins available: over 11,283 plug-ins available today.
Each of those plug-ins is a specific feature that will make your WordPress blog unique and fits your specific needs. Now look at the non-open source blogging alternatives and let me know how much you can customize them?
That what it means being Open Source. It means you will get an application with long term stability, security, openness and that’s customizable.