Open Source – More Popular than you think
Each year North Bridge and Black Duck Software conduct their annual ‘Future of Open Source Survey’. Last week the software companies released their 9th annual survey results, which shed light on open source software (OSS) trends on a yearly basis. The results have revealed that there has been an increased adoption of open source solutions such as Alfresco and Ephesoft’s open source enterprise software.
Some key results from the survey include the follow:
- 78% of respondents said their companies run part or all of their operations on OSS. This statistic has nearly doubled since 2010, when only 42% of respondents said that they used open source in the running of their business or their IT environments.
- 93% said their organisation’s use of open source increased or remained the same in the past year.
- 64% of companies currently participate in open source projects – up from 50% in 2014. It is expected that over the next 2 to 3 years, 89% are expected to increase contributions to open source projects.
- Open source has become the default approach for software with more than 66% of respondents saying they consider OSS before proprietary systems.
- 55% believe open source delivers superior security when lined up against proprietary solutions. This statistic is also expected to rise to over 60% over the next 2 to 3 years.
Even companies that may have historically relied on proprietary technologies are realising they face a competitive disadvantage by not participating in open source projects. And this increased adoption is proving this theory right. Respondents said they believe that open source affords the greatest ability to scale and OSS provides superior ease of deployment over proprietary software.
Both Alfresco and Ephesoft work on these principles, creating new architectures that eliminate the vendor lock-in that comes with proprietary products. The platforms are built on open technology to make it easier for organisations to integrate into existing IT environments and adapt to the ever changing organization, driving growth and collaboration through open source technology.
The results from the ‘Future of Open Source Survey’ are only expected to improve each year. And it is evident that these results will provide organisations with the validation they need to move over to open source software.