Our company exists because of the opportunities presented by amazing Open Source projects. They give us the largest R&D department on the planet. This is why we support so many contributions back to these projects.
For you, in addition to the obvious cost benefits, you get faster features and bug-fixes, you avoid vendor lock-in and you don’t get hit with surprises hidden in closed-source or semi-open-source products. But Open Source also enables you to start your own internal Open Sourcing and to contribute back to the projects from which you derive so much value.
Open Source software represents a new era of human intellectual capital, the like of which has never before been seen. It is an instantly-available globally-shared public good, without bias or boundaries of any kind. The philosophy behind the Open Source movement supersedes language, economic, religious, political and cultural barriers, enabling people to communicate and share ideas in a way in which was impossible using traditional means.