Open Source "Comes of Age"

A recent survey by Accenture concludes that open source  has "come of age".


NEW YORK, Aug 05, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The open source software market has reached a turning point, with organizations in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland now committing to clear strategies and policies for open source software development. According to the findings of a survey released today by Accenture /quotes/comstock/13*!acn/quotes/nls/acn (ACN 38.91, +0.06, +0.15%) , more than two-thirds of organizations (69 percent) anticipate increased investment in 2010, with more than a third (38 percent) expecting to migrate mission-critical software to open source in the next twelve months.


The survey of 300 large organizations in both the private and public sector found that half of the respondents (50 percent) are fully committed to open source in their business while almost a third (28 percent) say they are experimenting with open source and keeping an open mind to using it. Furthermore, two-thirds of all respondents (65 percent) noted that they have a fully documented strategic approach for using open source in their business, while another third (32 percent) are developing a strategic plan. Of the organizations using open source, almost nine out of ten (88 percent) will increase their investment in the software in 2010 compared to 2009.


"What we are seeing is the coming of age of open source," said Paul Daugherty, chief technology architect, Accenture. "Through both our research and our work with clients, we are seeing an increase in demand for open source based on quality, reliability and speed, not just cost savings. This is a significant change from just two years ago when uptake was driven mainly by cost savings. We can expect to see this trend develop as open source continues to evolve and address even more business critical functions."


Quality and improved reliability cited as key benefits


When it comes to the benefits of open source, the cost was no longer viewed as the key benefit, with respondents focusing instead on other aspects.


Please read the full article in the Wall Street Journal report on Open Source