Free & Open-Source vs. Proprietary: How Construction Software Licenses Stack Up

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on December 10, 2015

Is free construction management software really a good investment? What are the benefits of a free vs. paid license? These questions are key when considering a new system.

After all, it’s easy to focus on construction software’s features and imagine how having all the bells and whistles can save time—even free up evenings and weekends again.

But, you have to consider which license option is the best bet for your company. Why? 

Choosing the right construction software license is just as important as having a useful feature set.

Free Construction Management Software vs. Paid Software

The three most common construction software types are free, open source and proprietary (meaning you must pay for the license). What’s important to know is that:

  • Each type has its benefits and drawbacks
  • Each affects how a business can use the software and its total cost of ownership
  • There is a correlation between license type and overall satisfaction

The bottom line: There isn’t a “best” license type, but selecting a product based on your construction business’ unique requirements and resources can result in happier project managers.

This infographic highlights the top benefits of free and open source vs. proprietary construction management software to help make your decision easier.

free and open-source vs. proprietary construction software

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