The future of technology is increasingly being built on open platform systems. From mobile devices to computing and content management software, open platform systems offer a number of benefits that improve programming and increase productivity. But, how do you know when it’s right for you to transition your company over to an open platform system and what exactly is an open platform system? While open platform systems and proprietary platforms may seem like they accomplish the same goal on a surface level, the inner workings of each and how they collaboratively help you reach your desired outcome is what separates the two apart.
What is an Open Platform System?
In the past, open platform systems have received a bit of an “incorrect” reputation. Many have considered “open platform” to be “free” or “less secure” software which could not be further from the truth. In user-friendly terms, open platform simply means that the source code is readily available to its users and administrators. This amount of access grants you the ability to modify the original source code to your liking and distribute your own version of the program to your own standards. There are no regulations against copying the software, no license fees, and no restrictions on its use.
What are Proprietary Platform Systems?
Proprietary platforms have been around for quite a while and for good reason. Proprietary systems often coordinate exclusively with the company that manufactured the equipment or software and typically can only be modified or fixed by that same company. While this can limit your chances at seeing immediate updates and can sometimes be a bit expensive when you choose a proprietary platform system, you instantly limit the amount of access to your hardware and, in turn, limit the chance of potential security breaches.
Open Platform Systems vs Proprietary Platform Systems?
While proprietary platform systems have been around for quite a while and may seem like the better option, they also have their own set of disadvantages. Depending on the manufacturer or service provider you partnered with, your proprietary platform system likely comes with a very limited amount of service, upgradeability, and low ceiling compared to the standards of the current technological landscape.
When you have an open platform system, they are designed specifically to be easily modified to your specifications so that it can easily integrate with a wide variety of existing equipment and procedures and also allow a larger number of qualified service technicians to be able to work on your system which can prove to be budget-friendly over time. Open platform systems also provide a large amount of flexibility and freedom to change the software without restriction, making the process of migrating to or installing additional add-ons extremely easy and nearly limitless in terms of possibilities.
With an open platform system, you open up your software to a platform that is much more innovative and adaptable to the development of your business.
How Can a Business Transition to an Open Platform System?
So, what happens when you decide you want to part ways with your proprietary platform system and move to an open platform system? Well, it can actually be an easy transition. Regardless if your current platform is a TED Systems platform or not, you can seamlessly transition to different equipment or a different system altogether and typically not need to replace too many system components. Whether you have an access control system, video surveillance system, or field equipment, with TED Systems you have options available to you. This sometimes only requires installing compatible software and programs and your new platform will be up and running in no time at all.