There’s more than one way to pay for software and investing in FLOSS is hard to beat. Rather than just paying licensing fees, Walmart pays programmers to contribute to a FLOSS project for a component of their websites."every five startups using Hapi translated to the value of one full-time developer, while every 10 large companies translated to one full-time senior developer." In return for its extra work on open development, Walmart gets high-quality programming at a cost far below that of recruiting and retaining extra staff. In turn, this demonstrable return allows the company to justify further development investment because "by paying developers to work on Hapi full time, we get back twice (or more) that much in engineering value." Because other businesses do the same, Walmart gets the services of many programmers while only paying for a few. That’s good business.
When businesses realize that they can do this for their entire software stack from server to client, they can save a bundle on their entire IT expenditure and get better and more flexible software. Businesses should all invest one way or another in FLOSS. It pays.