The acquisition and deployment of open source software is now a strategic imperative for UK business, according to research released by Ingres. The Managing 21st Century Business Information survey questioned IT professionals from the UK's largest public sector and enterprise organizations on a host of open source and information management issues.

The report found that the versatility and adaptability of the open source model is allowing companies to eliminate historic vendor lock-in, reduce database management costs and rapidly develop critical business applications, including Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and CRM solutions.

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