An open source project offers many advantages, including free licensing, open code base, community driven developments, fast paced releases, but it does require appropriate investment and management. Sponsorship ensures the health and sustainability, encourages growth and makes the project ready for commercial deployment.
UniMRCP has already been recognized as a viable solution. However, there are many aspects of the project which still require a long term commitment. Crucial tasks, such as further development and maintenance, documentation, support to users, processing of bug reports, project infrastructure, they all come with a cost and require more investments.
Generally, a professional grade open source project incurs the same costs as a proprietary one. Effective open source sponsorship assumes support from multiple sponsors, whereby overall project budget is distributed among the sponsors.
Evaluating the feature set, stability and overall quality of an open source project is usually straightforward, as the publicly available source and facility tools allow developers to easily test, modify and use the code. Meanwhile, assessing the overall risk of using an open source project is not always a trivial task. The riskiest aspect of such an undertaking is often the level of support. The UniMRCP sponsorship allows reduction of the risk level and guarantees a certain commitment to fulfill sponsors' requests.
Sponsorship lasts one year. Afterwards, it may be renewed or allowed to expire. There are several levels of sponsorship.
For further details, please contact the founder of the UniMRCP project.