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Open source software: pros and cons for business

Many IT experts recommend small and medium sized businesses use open source software as a key part of their IT strategy. So, what is open source, and is it really the best way to build out the technology needs of your business? This article explains what open source software is, how it differs from “free” software and outlines the main advantages and disadvantages of using open source software to meet business IT needs.

What is open source software?

Open source software (OSS) refers to computer software which is released and distributed with its source code open for modification by other users. The source code is released under a license where the copyright holder has granted the rights to use, study, change or distribute the software for any purpose. Often developed in a collaborative, public manner, many developers are able to add, change and manipulate the source code to suit their

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How Software Is Eating The World

JFrog, which operates a platform that manages the deployment and versioning of software, launched its IPO today. The company issued 11.6 million shares at $44 each, which was well above the initial range of $33 to $37. The stock price ended the day up a sizzling 47% to $64.79, putting the market value at $6.6 billion.

Keep in mind that JFrog started as an open source project, which got immediate traction. “This was the beginning of the era when software was beginning to be modular,” said Yoav Landman, who is the co-founder and CTO of JFrog. “Managing this was very difficult. So JFrog started as a way to manage the complexity.”

And yes, the growth has continued to be robust. From 2018 to 2019, revenues shot up from $63.5 million to $104.7 million. Consider that the company has been cash flow positive for the past five

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After Localization, Software Needs ‘Countrification’

Users come in many shapes and sizes. More importantly, users come in many different creeds, cultures and country-specific peculiarities… and so that means they need to use software in a specific way that might appear to be quite alien to someone in another part of the world.

We already have localisation; as we know, this is the process of translating software user interfaces to different languages along with supporting instructions, documentation, web resources and so on.

Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of actual ‘command line’ programming on the planet is done English, prudent software developers leave a provisioning

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Best free software to draw on screen in Windows 10 PC

This post covers some of the best free software that allow you to draw on the screen on your PC. An overlay is created to help you draw over any running software, opened window, application, etc., on the desktop screen. You can use a highlighter or pen to draw, write something on the screen, or mark areas. It can come in handy during presentations, online meetings, video conferences, and more.

There exist many free drawing software, but the feature to draw directly on the desktop screen is not present there. Therefore, we created this post to help you serve this purpose.

Draw on desktop screen in Windows 10

This post includes 5 free software to draw on Windows 10 screen, Windows Ink Screen Sketch has already been covered elsewhere on this site.

  1. gInk
  2. Epic Pen
  3. Paint on Whiteboard Desktop
  4. LiveDraw
  5. ZoomIt.

1] gInk

free software to draw on screen

gInk is one of the best

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Re-flow software receives major backing from Haatch Investment Management – Press Release

A further endorsement to the rapid growth of Re-flow field management software, has come in the form of backing from a new investment company, Haatch, who finished off the latest investment round and launched a new phase in Re-flow’s software development. The additional funding will further support Re-flow as it establishes its software as the market leader in highways, construction, and civil engineering workflow management.

Based in Exeter, Devon, Re-flow provides a site to office digital transformation solution that means the entire workflow of activities, from scheduling to completion, can be actioned by operatives using a single smartphone app. Find out more about Re-flow software https://re-flow.co.uk/

Haatch is backing founders Mike Saunders and Lee Wade who worked on specialist apps for a range of businesses together for 8 years before fully focusing on Re-flow. Haatch will support the Re-flow leadership team to grow the business both organically and through strategic

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How Green Is Your Software?

Illustration by Ricardo Tomás

Without doubt, software is the backbone of virtually all the intelligent solutions designed to support the environment. It’s critical, for example, in efforts to tackle deforestation and reduce emissions. In many instances, however, software is also part and parcel of a rapidly growing carbon footprint. In fact, recent and proliferating digital technologies have begun to worsen many of the environmental problems they are aimed at solving. But companies can make software an integral part of their sustainability efforts by taking its carbon footprint into account in the way it is designed, developed, and deployed and by rethinking some aspects of how the data centers that provide cloud-based services operate.

Let’s be clear: On its own, software doesn’t consume energy or emit any harmful discharge. The problem lies in the way software is developed for use — and then in the way it is used. Software runs

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Replacing Software In These 13 Categories Drives The Most Satisfaction

  • Thirteen enterprise software categories are driving a 50% or greater satisfaction rate in companies replacing incumbent vendors with new ones. 
  • Team Collaboration and Web Conferencing software providers tend to the best at understanding the nuances of their customers’ requirements for training, usability, intuitiveness, and implementation.
  • SoftwareReviews’ data of 193 software categories shows that the 13 categories delivering the greatest satisfaction are the easiest to implement as rated by organizations using them.
  • 80% of organizations see a positive change in satisfaction after switching vendors, capitalizing on innovative new features, including improved usability.

These and many other fascinating insights are from recent research completed by SoftwareReviews, a division of Info-Tech Research Group titled Switching Existing Software Vendors Overwhelmingly Drives Increased Satisfaction. A free copy of the report is available for download here. Info-Tech’s business model is based on providing research to enterprise buyers on subscription, alleviating the need to be

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Is software now everybody’s job? The implications of low-code and no-code for developers

What are the implications of the growing low-code/no-code movement to professional developers and their business counterparts?

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Photo: IBM Media relations

Some industry experts argue that the time has come for business users to be able to steer their own destinies when it comes to application development. That’s the message conveyed at a recent conference focused on this very topic, sponsored and hosted by Ninox. (I was a participant and moderator at the event.) The Covid-19 crisis illustrated the advantages low-code and no-code are bringing to the world. “Some IT organizations are faring better if they already have low-code platforms in their tool belts,” according to John Bratincevic, analyst with Forrester. “They have more agile ways of development, and the scale of having many businesspeople on a platform.” 

If there is one silver lining that came out of the crisis, it is an acceleration toward user-driven application development and deployment, agreed

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Why Do We Still Need More Software?

We need more software. Logically then, we need more software developers. Gartner predictions as noted on TechRepublic back in 2017 estimated a US shortage of up to 1 million software developers by 2020… and the Covid-19 pandemic won’t have done anything to help that shortfall. Even if that figure is off by half, that’s just the US – the rest of the world needs more software in equal proportion.

But this is not an analysis concerning software skills, recruitment or Human Capital Management (HCM), this is a question that attempts to understand the situation one step further back i.e. why do we need more software anyway?

Don’t we have enough apps by now? 

Taking a glance at the software industry fervor that typically exists in any one year

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Mastering The Remote Software Development Process During COVID-19

There are several clear steps and guidelines to master the remote software development process during the Coronavirus. The global pandemic has forced businesses across multiple sectors to begin working remotely. Many experts even have suggested a vision of remote work using augmented and virtual reality. Thankfully, with minimal modifications, you can continue producing high-quality, custom software development products from remote locations. The complexity of the remote software development process is ultimately determined by the size of your team. Fortunately, in the age of the digital era, it is easy to monitor communication, collaboration, and many other critical elements associated with managing a remote team. Read on to learn about mastering the remote software development process during COVID-19.

Implement Clear Communication Rule

To effectively master the custom software development process remotely during the global pandemic, you need to implement clear communication rules. Whenever you are working remotely, managing clear, frequent, two-way

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