October 27, 2009 – The fourth annual Actuate Open Source Survey shows open source software use holding its own and steadily growing worldwide.

The study encompasses responses from almost 1,500 respondents from China, North America, the UK, Germany and France and was conducted independently by Survey Interactive.

In North America, two-fifths of respondents are already using open source (41.0 percent) with close to one-tenth of respondents either in the process of adopting or planning to adopt. The proportion of respondents who feel that the benefits of open source software outweigh the inhibitors (56.8 percent) is nearly seven times higher than the proportion that disagree (8.4 percent). These results are even more positive than in the previous survey.

The UK shows little change since last year with just over two-fifths (42.1 percent) already using open source software. Significantly the UK continues to demonstrate a degree of reticence toward open source adoption with almost a quarter (22.4 percent) still monitoring developments but not yet evaluating.

Europe continues to capitalize on its early recognition of open source software’s potential, particularly in France where over two-thirds (67.0 percent) of the respondents already use open source software and Germany where the proportion using open source software has increased this year to 60.6 percent. This contrasts with the UK at 42.4 percent adoption and the USA at 41.0 percent.

"With world leaders, including the Obama administration, actively calling for the widespread use of open source, [the survey] continues to chart this movement's increased adoption and acceptance," said Nobby Akiha, senior vice president marketing, Actuate Corporation in a statement.

Although these results look favorably on open source adoption, a recent study from TDWI confirms strong growth but shows small commitment in the data warehousing industry. 

Consultant, author and blogger Steve Miller provides updates about open source trends and functionality, particularly as they relate to BI, in his weekly blog at Information Management.

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