The list of open source software options grows each year. There’s a high chance that there’s an open source version of almost any type of tool you want to use, whether for personal or private matters.
Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that even employees monitoring software can be found in an open source form as well. If you’re still thinking whether this type of software is right for you, we’ve taken out a few benefits and compiled them into this article to help you make your decision.
It’s Cost Effective
Open source software is usually free to acquire, however, if you want to customize it, maintain it and resolve bugs on your own, you must either know how to code, or have a developer on your team who can do this for you. If you don’t, you’ll need to pay for a development team to handle this task, and we all know that developers aren’t exactly cheap.
Still, the cost is definitely less than you would pay for licences for every employee, each month. It’s definitely worth looking into these prices and making a comparison to see which option will be more affordable for you. Don’t just think about what you’ll pay now, think about what you’ll need to pay in case that the manufacturer increases the price, the licences for every new employee that joins your company. Check these against the price you’d pay someone to make the customization and handle maintenance in the future.
We’ve mentioned customization quite a few times already, but it’s our favorite benefit of open source software – you can make it your own. If there are features you aren’t using – you can remove them. On the other hand you can tweak the existing features, improve them, and even create new ones to get an ultimate solution ideal for your team in every way.
Again, you might need to hire a developer to do this for you – but it’s definitely worth it.
It Has Less Bugs
Open source employees monitoring tools are crowdsourced. There are many developers working on them, adding new things, but also catching various bugs. These bugs are resolved quickly, and all you have to do is implement the new portion of the code to your software to fix it.
The communities around open source software are huge, and even if you run into an issue yourself, there’s no doubt you’ll find someone who can help you resolve it.
It’s More Secure
We already mentioned that the open source employees monitoring software is crowdsource and that’s the reason there are less bugs. But, this is also the reason why the software is more secure. The more eyes you have on it, the bigger the chances that someone will find a security hole and fix it.
Also, you can be sure that the maker doesn’t have access to the data your monitoring software is collecting. So, you shouldn’t really be worried about security when opting in for open source software.
These are the four main benefits of using open source monitoring tools in your company. There are others, but we’ve felt that these will definitely help you cross over and decide to go with open source instead of proprietary software.