Open Source vs. SaaS

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Open Source vs. SAAS

SAAS, or “Software As A Service,” is sometimes a hard sell. Why “rent” software when you can buy it? Why incur a month-to-month expense when you can have a one-time layout? Why restrict the company to someone’s existing system when customization is needed?

These concerns often lead organizations to purchase licensed software or to save a bit of up-front money by going with an Open Source program, one cobbled together by a generally very talented programming community. However, compared side-by-side, SAAS has some clear advantages over Open Source.


On-premise open source software often represents a substantial investment for an organization. This creates a “locked-in” environment where, unless you want to take that loss, your organization has to continue to use that vendor regardless of the quality of support and service that is being delivered on an ongoing basis.

SAAS vendors, by comparison, know that an organization can switch vendors. As a result, the SAAS vendor must compete to keep your business. They are motivated to deliver high quality service and support and must strive for innovation and excellence.


Open Source can take a bit of time to get deployed. You have to install it on your own servers. You are also responsible for installing and deploying patches and updates.

SAAS applications are already installed, patched, and updated on the vendor’s servers. All you have to do is upload your data. Updating is handled by the vendor, saving you on manpower.


Open Source puts the security issue in your hands. Back-ups and protection are on your shoulders. Off-site back-ups, security updates, and anything else to keep you on your feet in the event of a disaster are your responsibility.

SAAS vendors store your data on their own secure servers. Your data is backed-up and safe, and security updates are maintained by the vendor. Most vendors will provide you with a way to quickly export your data.

Cost Effectiveness

Open Source may seem like the winner here. Up front costs are often relatively low (sometimes even free), but there are attendant costs. You will have to pay for your own servers, security, and IT personnel. This can add up quite quickly not only up front but in recurring expenses.

SAAS charges a subscription fee, but the vendor bears the infrastructure and security costs. This frees up your own IT team to focus on mission critical tasks.


When compared side-by-side, it should be obvious that while Open Source solutions are attractive when looking only at the initial out-lay, SAAS is more cost-effective and reliable in the long run. It can give you the advantage

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