RP firms looking for 'open source alternatives'

IT is no longer a question whether or not local companies should go open source. It is whether local providers can deliver open source solutions, executives of local software companies have said.

Fernando Contreras, Jr., president and chief executive officer of software development and system design firm Imperium Technology Inc., said local customers were now aware of "open source alternatives."

Companies want to know if local software companies can develop applications or solutions that could fit their requirements, the executive added.

"We want to tell people there's now an alternative to proprietary software. So is really no longer an issue of which platform they should choose but which solution can fit them," Contreras said.