The idea of using open software at Intetics was first aired in May 2011. At that time the main working tools for Intetics’ specialists was proprietary software provided by the client. The volume of manual vectorization projects was increasing along with the growing number of employees. We planned to hire approximately 50 new employees; though the time spent using GIS software did not exceed 5- 16% for a single employee. As an alternative to purchasing extra proprietary licenses, a decision to use open software was made.