Open source has long flourished on Wall Street as financial services firms have sought competitive differentiation by tweaking open-source software for enhanced performance and functionality. Wall Street was the first sector to buy heavily into Linux, and it has also welcomed a host of other open-source infrastructure projects.
Indeed, Wall Street adoption has reached the point, in the words of senior Accenture executive Lloyd Altman, that open source has become a mandate for cash-strapped financial services firms tasked with doing more with less.
“I’ve seen this in my own business: open-source applications are suddenly the less risky choice, given the need to get more for less.”
A company in Kent who switched to a Linux based office server solution 4 years ago, have decided to change their web site and stock control system over to Open Source as well.
The decision to leave their current closed source proprietory software was reached after a very successful trial period of a leading Open Source ecommerce solution.
It provides them with better customer service, greater flexibility, integration with existing procedures, future proof features and cost savings.
Linux Is Ready consulted the business at every stage and assisted in the set up of this software – which will run on a complete LAMP system.
Linux Is Ready have been chosen to provide the Information Technology support for a leading religious study centre.
The venue already has a greater proportion of Linux based computers to serve their students and staff, so it was a sensible decision to continue the Open Source practice.
The contract begins in July and will include an overhaul of the current server installations, backup strategy and implementation of a thin client system.