November 29, 2007 - The 451 Group has found that while many vendors consider small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to be a hot market for adopting open source software, the SMB market opportunity for open source software vendors is actually limited.


The findings are discussed in a new report by The 451 Group, a New York-based technology-industry analyst company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The report is part of the 451 Commercial Adoption of Open Source (CAOS) research service, which investigates both user experiences and vendor strategies as enterprise customers begin to deploy open source software.


SMB customers are highly cost-conscious and generally lack the IT resources to effectively manage anything beyond the simplest open source software. Easy-to-use open source software can be difficult for software vendors to make money from, but more complex or component-based open source software is unpalatable to the majority of the SMB market, unlike the historical and continuing success of open source software in the enterprise market, according to The 451 Group.


To learn more about this report contact Simon Carruthers, vice president of research services, via phone at 212-505-3030 x-103, or via e-mail at:

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