Open source collaboration software can help small businesses improve teamwork, increase productivity and decrease costs. We look at the best open source collaboration software available today.
10 Best Open Source Collaboration Software Tools
As the workforce becomes more mobile and employers look for ways to improve productivity, collaboration software become increasingly popular. According to a June 2016 study from Markets and Markets, organizations will spend $23.39 billion on cloud-based collaboration software tools this year. By 2021, the analysts expect the market to grow to $42.57 billion, for a compound annual growth rate of 12.7 percent.
Collaboration software offer small businesses a wide variety of benefits. They can increase teamwork and communication, particularly if people on your team work in different locations. They can also help you share knowledge more widely throughout the organization and lessen the chance that employees will waste time duplicating the same work. They can also streamline your business processes and reduce the need for face-to-face meetings—both of which can decrease costs.
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But collaboration tools can be expensive, and small businesses often have difficulty finding software with the exact features they need.
If you're looking for small business collaboration tools that fits both your budget and your business needs, consider open source collaboration software. Open source software licenses don’t cost anything, which makes these collaboration tools much, much less expensive than other options—even if you choose to pay for support or cloud-based versions of the tools. In addition, everyone has access to the source code for open source solutions, meaning that you can customize the tools to your exact needs.
Let's take a look at 10 of the best open source collaboration tools for small business.