Business-ready software and services to remove complexity, reduce costs, and regain control.

LOCUS PLEXUS delivers organizations enterprise-grade open source software and managed services—identification, procurement, implementation, and management—to extend operational capacity while reducing the total cost of ownership. Start-ups, small businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions partner with LOCUS PLEXUS to expand their IT resources through open source software and dedicated support. LOCUS PLEXUS, works across collaborative communities of practice to identify and deliver high quality, business-ready open source software solutions and dedicated managed services to organizations whose focus is not on or in Information Technology services or support.

 


Less then 3% of companies don't use open source in any way

2015 Future of Open Source Survey Results, NorthBridge & Black Duck Software

With open source there are substantial cost savings.

David McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration

Open source software opens up the market to small businesses...

Nicole Munoz, CEO, Start Ranking Now

...it puts them on the same playing field as the giants like Google and Microsoft.

Nicole Munoz, CEO, Start Ranking Now

We see great promise for nonprofits to embrace open source.

John Jones, Vice President of Interactive Strategies, The Case Foundation

93% of companies run open source software.

Open Source Program Survey, The New Stack and The Linux Foundation (via the TODO Group)

We are huge adopters of open source software

Martin Chavez, CIO, Goldman Sachs

68% increase in the use of open source over the past 12 months

The State of Enterprise Open Source, Red Hat, 2019,

We found healthy open source communities and all types of support options

Theresa Rowe, CIO, Oakland University

69% of IT leaders say open source software was very or extremely important

State of enterprise open source: 5 telling stats, Enterprisers Project

The flexibility of using open source products reduces time of delivery of services

Robert Wolborsky, Program Manager, Tactical Networks, US Navy Program Executive Office

With many business and government orgs now using open source software, it's clear price is not the only advantage.

Katherine Noyes, PCWorld

Open source software can reduce costs and improve overall quality

Dan Massey, Program Manager, Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security

Top benefits of open source? 33% say lower TCO, 26% say higher-quality

State of enterprise open source: 5 telling stats, Enterprisers Project

Open Source is a refreshing change from proprietary software

Bryson Koehler, Chief Information and Technology Officer, The Weather Company

Competitive advantage is a significant reason for adopting open source software

Laurie Wurster, Research Director. Gartner

When a commercial software company goes out of business you're out of luck

Dennis McCafferty, CIO Insight

The White House committed a government-wide open source software policy

Tony Scott, Chief Information Officer, United States of America

Open source enables SMEs to compete at the level of larger companies, enabling flexibility, interoperability and cost savings.

Jonathan Greig, TechRepublic



 

Start-ups

As an entrepreneur, you have questions: “How do I efficiently manage my people?” “How can I keep track of projects?” “Where do I start with my website?” It can feel pretty overwhelming; luckily, there’s a fantastic resource to solve an abundance of entrepreneurial problems: open source technology - Asha Saxena, Columbia University professor & founder Aculyst Healthcare

Open source software provides all of the tools a start-up needs to get up and running without the expensive licensing fees. Don't waste your investment capital on technology; invest it in launching and growing your business. With so many open source software options, you can explore and experiment with different technologies to find the right one without any fear of lock-in with one application or vendor. LOCUS PLEXUS offers a portfolio of software tailored for the needs of start-ups, allowing entrepreneurs to focus on what makes their company different and their work distinctive.

Start-up Solution: Accounting & Book-keeping: GNUCash; Email: Thunderbird; Graphics: GIMP; Office Productivity: LibreOffice; PC & Server Operating Systems: Ubuntu; Website: Wordpress

 



 

Small Businesess

From alternatives to Microsoft Office to full-blown ERP systems, open source software can provide free options for small and medium-sized businesses that don't have the budget for big-ticket enterprise applications. - CIO Magazine

While the lower total cost of ownership has traditionally driven the adoption of open source software with small and medium-sized businesses, other advantages include greater security, higher quality, customizability, and freedom from vendor lock-in. For businesses of all sizes, open source software provides unlimited access to full-featured software that can help grow and automate the business at little to no cost while still delivering enterprise-grade functionality and results. LOCUS PLEXUS expands your company's resources and capacity, working as part of your team to discover and implement technologies to help your business grow and succeed.

SMB Solution - ERP System (Accounting, CRM, e-Commerce, HR, Inventory, Marketing): OFBiz; Document Management: NextCloud; Graphics Suite: Blender, GIMP, Inkscape, & Scribus; Issue Tracking & Project Management: Redmine; Office Productivity: LibreOffice; PC & Server Operating Systems: Ubuntu; Server Management: ISPConfig; Team Communications: Mattermost; Website: Drupal

 



 

Non-Profits

Focus your time and effort on what you’re building—not what you’re building it with. - Tidelift

Identifying the right software for a non-profit can be daunting, especially for those who may not have internal expertise. Fortunately, open source software offers cost-effective solutions, developed and maintained by communities of like-minded peers that extend benefits to non-profits beyond the technology. Because open source software is community-driven—created by and for the social sector—tremendous opportunities exist to better equip non-profits with feature-rich software—at reduced operating costs—and expand a non-profit's network for collaboration and co-creation beyond technical issues. LOCUS PLEXUS fills the technology gap common in non-profit organizations, identifying critical software needs and solutions and the communities of collaboration to support your goals and mission.

Non-Profit Solution: Bulk Emailing: Mail for Good; Constituent Relationship Management: CiviCRM; Content Management System: WordPress; Discussion Forum: Discourse; Graphics Suite: Blender, GIMP, Inkscape, & Scribus; Mailing Lists: Mailman; Office Productivity: LibreOffice; PC & Server Operating System: Ubuntu; Web Conferencing: Jitsi; Wiki: DokuWiki.

 



 

Schools

Schools have practical reasons to use open source software, and arguably a societal duty to do so. - School Education Gateway, European Union

Educational opportunities should be available to all learners. Creating an open education ecosystem involves making learning materials, data, and educational opportunities available without restrictions imposed by restrictive licenses, access barriers, or exclusive proprietary systems that lack interoperability and limit the free exchange of information. Open source software benefits schools in several ways: increasing access and equity, empowering teachers and schools, and saving money. LOCUS PLEXUS provides educational institutions with a portfolio of software solutions that enables education and access and expands opportunities through technology and community.

Education Solution: Constituent Relationship Managerment: CiviCRM; Content Management System: Drupal; Graphics Suite: Blender, GIMP, Inkscape, & Scribus; Learning Management System: Moodle; Library Management: Evergreen; Office Productivity: LibreOffice; PC & Server Operating System: Ubuntu; Student Information System: Gibbon; Web Conferencing: BigBlueButton

 



 

Government Agencies

The Federal Government is already building some of our most important projects using open source, and more are launching all the time. - Tony Scott, U.S. Chief Information Officer

There is tremendous compatibility between open source software communities and government, which are both centered around transparency and access. With open source applications, government can take advantage of the newest technologies and approaches, remove replication and redundancy among departments, spur innovation and integration across agencies, and work collaboratively with the public and government stakeholders. Open source software frees government from reliance on proprietary software, and data restrictions, and vendor lock-in. As a result, content and services–owned by the people–are liberated from proprietary systems that may otherwise limit access to it. LOCUS PLEXUS has the experience to help government implement open source software solutions and relationships to civic-minded communities of practice to help build public access, public engagement, and public trust.

Government Solution: Content Management System: Drupal; Document Management: NextCloud; ERP System (Accounting, CRM, e-Commerce, HR, Inventory, Marketing): OFBiz; Graphics Suite: Blender, GIMP, Inkscape, & Scribus; Office Productivity: LibreOffice; PC & Server Operating System: Ubuntu; Team Communications: Rocket.Chat; Web Conferencing: Jitsi.