Using open source solutions takes the cost of proprietary software licenses out of your budget - you will never need to pay for software licensing.
Clever Ltd uses best-in-class technology to give our customers the most powerful system for their organisation. Open source software platforms allow us to deliver the most flexible, secure and future-proof basis for your organisation's needs.
We use CiviCRM, an open source Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system as a basis for all Clever customer solutions. CiviCRM has been designed with the needs of non-profit, public sector and charitable institutions in mind, and is used by thousands of these sorts of organisations worldwide. This extensive community supports a virtual ecosystem of developers, implementers and users -- all adding value and contributing to the project as a whole.
Using open source solutions takes the cost of proprietary software licenses out of your budget - you will never need to pay for software licensing. Vendor lock-in of your own data and the potential of being stranded on obsolete or unsupported versions are no longer issues. Customisation and bespoke development are usually far easier on open source platforms and in many cases bring additional contributions to the effort from the wider community.
Open source software has significant advantages in security and stability, too. Since anyone can see how the code is written, problems tend to be noticed early and fixed quickly.
For more information about open source, see www.opensource.org