Open-Source Maintenance Management Software
Maintenance management software helps plan, implement and maintain the various processes involved in the operations of a company. One type of maintenance management software that has become quiet popular recently is the open-source maintenance management software. In open source maintenance management software, the source code is supplied to buyers along with the maintenance management software. The chief benefit of open-source maintenance management software is that since the source code is available, the software can be modulated according to the changing needs of the company using the software.
Some open-source maintenance management software are PC based and work on a system by making complete use of all the features available to a Microsoft windows application. A commonly used open source maintenance management software is the web-based application, which enables a company to effectively manage its various branches in different locations through the Internet. There are a number of software companies in the US that sell open source maintenance management software. Some offer free downloads of these softwares on the net, to acquaint new users to its features and uses. The users have to supply a few simple details by filling in an online forum before they can download the software and try it for a few days.
A crucial advantage of open-source maintenance management software is that it can be implemented in almost any kind of infrastructure. The software provides many useful features, which can be used by most companies irrespective of their size. However, users are advised to be alert while implementing open source maintenance management software. Since the source code can be altered, the software can cause harm if it is mismanaged. It is recommended that only professionals should handle the source code as irregular code changes can completely crash the system and even paralyze the company’s operations.
While using open source maintenance management software, a company should understand that the source codes are meant for their internal use only and cannot be sold or distributed to anyone else. Any deviation in this fundamental term of usage is viewed as malpractice and can lead to expensive litigations.
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