According to Saugatuck Technology research, open source software is now considered acceptable and desirable by user executives across all software categories.

 

Sample research findings:

  • Open source software may now account for as much as 10 percent of worldwide user software – with thirty-two percent of surveyed executives expecting that by 2010, more than half of their key on-premise software will be open source.
  • While the combination of reduced costs and reduced vendor dependence will continue to drive open source adoption through 2012, the ability to adapt and refine source code will remain a top-tier motivator for users – including SMBs.
  • By 2010, more than 35 percent of new commercial software implementations will include open source components.
  • By 2012, four or five dominant open source master brands (some of whom will come from a traditional IT software heritage) will emerge, that will influence or control at least 30 percent of the open source software marketplace.
  • Through 2012, the explosive growth of mixed-source environments will dramatically increase the risk profile and exposure for users and vendors alike, mandating potentially expensive compliance management investments. 

For more information, go to the Saugatuck Technology Web site.

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