More businesses are becoming more confident about picking open-source software over products from vendors of proprietary licensed applications, according to a new report.
are becoming more confident about deploying open-source technology within the
enterprise, instead of relegating it to the fringes or for experimental
projects, according to a recent survey.
significant majority of surveyed respondents, or 95 percent, said their
organizations are using open-source technology to avoid vendor lock-in,
according to the Future of Open
released May 16. In previous years, the chief reason driving
open-source adoption was lowered software costs.
factors are driving the increased adoption
software, including freedom from vendor lock-in, greater
flexibility and lower cost," said Matt Aslett, senior analyst of enterprise
software at The 451 Group.
lower software costs are still important, ranking second on the list,
organizations are more interested in open source to avoid vendor lock-in from
traditional software vendors as well as from proprietary cloud providers. Public
and increased experience using open-source software are
also listed as drivers for adoption.
as a service, cloud computing, big data and mobile will contribute most to the
growth in open source, the authors wrote. The researchers found there were more
than 470 open-source cloud computing projects and 3,800 open-source mobile
projects in 2010, giving enterprises plenty of choice in those areas.
94 percent of mobile projects targeted Android and Apple iOS, according to the
productivity applications, customer relationship management and enterprise
resource planning software, and business intelligence programs are least likely
to see open-source growth.
25 percent of the respondents said more than three-quarters of their
organization's deployed software is open source. Researchers predicted that in
five years the figure will be closer to 27 percent of respondents. A majority,
or 56 percent, of the respondents said more than half of the software they will
buy over the next five years will be open source. The figure was closer to 10
to 15 percent in previous surveys.
results of this year's survey clearly demonstrate that open source has gone
mainstream not just within the vendor community, but within customer
organizations of all types and sizes," said Michael Skok, general partner at
North Bridge Venture Partners.
are still some barriers to open-source adoption, with 42 percent concerned
about the lack of internal skills and 41 percent citing unfamiliarity with open
source. Organizations using open source in 2011 are less worried about
licensing or conforming to internal policies, the report found. IT departments
are more focused on "maturing technology issues," including improved support,
product management, feature functionality and return on investment.
the idea that open-source software is somehow harder to manage appears to be
going away. About 29 percent felt the use of open-source components impacts the
"manageability" of applications, compared with 47 percent who saw no impact and
24 percent who saw less.
source is now fully embraced by organizations in both the public and private
sectors, and user confidence has grown "dramatically," Skok said.
development remains the biggest source of revenue from open-source
applications, at 26 percent, but support subscriptions was close behind, at 20
percent, and ad-hoc support at 17 percent. That is expected to change in two
years, as support subscriptions will grow to 25 percent, ad-hoc support to 18
percent and value-add subscription to 15 percent. Advertising revenue is
expected to be part of open-source revenue in two years, according to Skok.
Bridge Venture Partners announced the results of the fifth annual Future of
Open Source Survey at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco.
than 450 respondents took part in the 2011 survey, which included both vendors
and IT managers, ranging from developers to executives. The fact that roughly 60
percent of the respondents were end users and C-level executives in the
enterprise showed that open source is mainstream in the enterprise, Skok said.