Day: Friday, September 17, 2010

Investment in OSS Set to Rise

Posted by on September 17, 2010

A recent survey conducted by Accenture found that over 69% of organizations anticipate increased investment in open source software this year, and more than 38% expecting to migrate mission-critical software to open source over the next twelve months.

While this is great news for open source adoption, the real surprise is how organizations are perceiving open source. Previously, the key benefit of open source software has been its cost savings, but now organizations are realizing other benefits such as quality, reliability and speed. A whopping 76% of respondents cited quality as a key benefit of open source, and another 71% cited improved reliability. This shows significant progress in dissolving some of the myths of open source software, where it has traditionally been seen as products that lack the functionality and security that proprietary products have.

We hope to see this momentum grow as more open source myths are debunked and as commercial open source products continue to prove themselves to be formidable rivals of their proprietary counterparts.