Bitrix, Inc., a technology trendsetter in business communications solutions, introduces its hybrid model for product licensing, a reasoned compromise between free open source (FOSS) and proprietary software (PS), which is used to deliver its award-winning content management and Enterprise 2.0 products to customers. Thanks to incorporating advantages and evening out the disadvantages of the generally adopted licensing models, the hybrid licensing offers a well-rounded choice for small and medium-sized businesses and an industry-leading "value for money" indicator.
The Bitrix hybrid licensing model entails a moderate license fee, which includes tech support and software updates. The customer receives an out-of-the-box product with its source code and a ready API that allows for fast and easy customization to accomplish user-specific tasks, perform deep code auditing and apply security patches if necessary. The terms of the hybrid license agreement allow for modification of the code, creation of bespoke modules, and commercial or non-commercial distribution of such modules through, or without, the Bitrix Marketplace.
"The time of full-throttle competition between FOSS and PS is now in the past. The market is searching for coherent models, which unify, rather than separate, the main principles of the two," said Dmitry Valyanov, President of Bitrix, Inc. "Our licensing approach is a natural balance that confirms these ideas may co-exist to provide end-users with additional values and benefits".
Specially created for small and medium business, Bitrix products stand out for their affordability, ease of installation, and quality of support. These qualities reduce overall expenses associated with software acquisition, deployment and maintenance and require minimum IT staff involvement. As a result, Bitrix is distinguished for lower TCO and shorter implementation time. According to the company's research, an example website based on Bitrix® Site Manager which needs US$17,399 and 15 days for implementation would require US$33,000/28 days and US$23,000/21 days using FOSS-based and PS-based solutions, respectively.
You can find more details about the Bitrix hybrid licensing model in a dedicated white paper "Opposites attract: how can the flexibility of open source and the assurance of proprietary software coexist?" available in .pdf for download.
About Bitrix, Inc.
Bitrix (bitrixsoft.com) is a privately-owned company developing an advanced business communications platform to bridge SMBs with their customers (Internet), partners (Extranet) and employees (Intranet). Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Alexandria, VA, Bitrix now incorporates 70+ staff, 30,000+ customers and 4,000+ partners worldwide. The customer list includes Hyundai, Volkswagen, Panasonic, Gazprom, Xerox, PricewaterhouseCoopers, DPD, VTB, Samsung and Cosmopolitan. Localized into 13 languages, the company’s products are distinguished for their pioneering technology, unique security features, extreme performance capacity and unmatched ease-of-use.