When properly deployed, open source technologies deliver credible value in terms of extensibility, reduced risk, and predictability of ongoing support costs. ICF Ironworks utilizes open source technologies to develop, manage, maintain, and extend your proprietary solutions or to serve as the technology infrastructure supporting your entire organization. We have successfully deployed hundreds of open source solutions for companies in diverse industries and serving a wide variety of business needs.
The ICF Ironworks open source team consists of technical experts and strategists who have a extensive experience with open source and commercially-available products. We make balanced recommendations based on the specifics of your business process, technology stack, and project requirements. Our business-focused approach combines experience with creativity and vision to determine how these technologies can best be applied to your business model for long-term sustainability.
We are adept at introducing new technologies, such as open source, to already established enterprise architectures. We know the pain points and can supply the knowledge and experience needed to satisfy IT management. For government projects, we have routinely worked with architecture review boards to gain acceptance while maintaining compliance with architectural guidelines.
Many open source technologies are widely available without cost, yet the idea of “free” technology can be both alluring and deceptive. For an accurate accounting of the total cost of ownership (TCO), you must consider development and integration costs, ongoing maintenance and support, and even licensing options.
Our open source experts examine your current technology state, including your existing vendor stack; internal support capabilities; long-term business and technology goals; as well as the functionality required by your solution, to determine when it does and does not makes sense to incorporate these technologies into your IT architecture.
The advantages of open source utilization can include:
ICF Ironworks develops using widely-adopted standards to ensure the portability and long-term viability of our open source solutions. This makes it easy to drop new applications onto an existing infrastructure or transfer from one platform to another. The mobility and interchangeability of open source technologies prevent vendor lock-in and facilitate a best-of-breed IT strategy. In addition, open source licensing often allows for the modification of code, a practice prevented by most commercial technologies, giving you more options and more choice to create the exact right fit for your technology needs.