The rapid growth of a UK startup and its expansion into the Middle East has been attributed, in part, to their innovative use of Open Source software. In 2006 ESR Technology lowered its annual IT costs by 78% after migrating from Netware to Debian Linux. With the help of Sirius Corporation, the Open Source services group, ESR Technology aims to repeat the success of this first project during their expansion into Dubai.
ESR Technology's original interest in Open Source software was driven by a desire to reduce the financial and business risks associated with vendor lock-in. Now staff use Windows desktops with all network services, including email and calendaring, running on Open Source software.
Dr. Sean Harmer, ESR Technology said: "Open Source software works seamlessly with our Windows PCs and delivers a level of performance and availability that you just can't find with expensive proprietary brands.
"We don't worry about security threats, viruses or all the normal concerns that take up so much IT management time. Our Open Source infrastructure has allowed us to focus on building the business and, as we grow, new country offices will experience the same benefits."
Mark Taylor, CEO of Sirius Corporation said: "Open Source software helps growing businesses realise their potential and achieve success.
"Open Source operating systems and applications accelerate business growth because there are no software licensing fees to pay and increased reliability reduces the management overhead.
"If you were the CEO of an ambitious startup, what would you prefer? An order of magnitude cost saving in launching your new business or the vague promise of marketing support from a conglomerate that wants to sell you software licenses?"
About ESR Technology
ESR Technology was previously the engineering, safety and risk division of AEA Technology which was formed from the commercial arm of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. The company provides independent expertise, products and services to help its customers ensure asset integrity, improve machine reliability, manage safety and risk and deliver due diligence.
Its highly skilled, world-class consultancy teams have in-depth experience of working with customers across many sectors including oil and gas, power generation, aviation, rail and manufacturing.
For more information visit www.esrtechnology.com
About Sirius Corporation
Sirius Corporation is a leading European IT services group specialising in enterprise-ready Open Source software including databases, email systems, file & print, directory services, and cross-platform authentication. Client's include start-ups, blue-chip multi-nationals and public sector organisations.