Open source software can play an important role in CSD projects. It provides developers with access to a wide range of code libraries, frameworks and tools that allow them to create custom software solutions more efficiently and cost-effectively than commercial solutions in almost any scenario.
By using open source software, organisations can modify and extend the functionality of the software application to meet their specific needs, rather than being limited by the capabilities of proprietary software and licensing fees that add up to any necessary customisations.
We would like to emphasise that we do not view open source software primarily from a cost perspective. Open source has proven many times over that collaboration and open standards have a major impact on entire technology sectors, fostering innovation by avoiding all the lock-in that proprietary solutions are known for.