Introducing Our New Guide: How to Build Your Open Source Productivity Stack

It’s no secret that open source software is an important part of many development teams’ daily workflows. But does that include productivity tools? Oftentimes, development workflows get shoehorned into the same productivity tools used by nontechnical teams—but these tools can be a poor fit for the needs of developers. In our new guide, “How to Build Your Open Source Productivity Stack,” we’ll share why and how leveraging open source productivity tools can help your team do their best work every day.

Productivity tools that don’t fit your workflow create extra work for your team

Not every productivity tool is a great fit for every team—and choosing the wrong tools for yours can actually have a negative impact on your team’s overall productivity. Using tools that don’t integrate well with your developer toolchain or that force your team into workflow constraints that don’t match the way they actually work can slow your team down, increase information fragmentation, and increase the likelihood of key communication slipping through the cracks. Open source tools are often designed and built specifically with developers’ needs in mind and can be customized to fit the precise requirements of your team.

Open source tools are better suited for enterprise teams than they’ve ever been

When it comes to rolling out tools across a large team, usability is a major concern. While user experience and UI considerations have historically taken a backseat to functionality for open source tools, that norm has been rapidly changing. Open source tools have seen an influx in funding in the past few years, and as a result, many of the latest open source tools are now easier and more delightful to use than ever before – even for non-technical users. 

What’s more, open source software can often provide a great fit for enterprise teams concerned with security and compliance. Visibility into source code gives in-house security experts insight into the security of these tools, and in the past few years, open source security initiatives in both private and public sectors have given additional resources to improving the security of open source projects.

Open source tools are adaptable to fit your workflows in the long run

Switching tools is an expensive, time-consuming process – which makes choosing productivity tools that are powerful, flexible, and extensible enough to fit your team’s needs as your organization grows all the more essential. Open source tools have the potential to adapt and grow alongside your team and stack, minimizing the need to make costly changes down the line. 

As Paul Cormier, president and CEO of Red Hat, wrote in the State of Enterprise Open Source Report:  

“Some technology persists for decades if not longer, and the decisions IT leaders are making today will impact their organizations’ nimbleness and market response down the road, whether it’s in two years or 20. As new infrastructure is being built out, you can’t leave behind existing systems and tools. You need products and services that work with them. That’s the value of open source.”  

Learn more about building your open source productivity stack in our new guide

In “How to Build Your Open Source Productivity Stack,” we dive into the advantages of and challenges to using open source software for your team, as well as how to evaluate open source solutions to help ensure that your organization gets the most out of the time and resources you invest in your productivity tools. Read the guide now to learn more!