Investment in open source software set to rise, says survey


Investment in open source software set to rise, says survey

Jenny Williams

More organisations are committing to open source software development over the next year, a survey by Accenture has revealed.

"What we are seeing is the coming of age of open source. The current wave of companies adopting open source are experiencing strong benefits. However, there are still organisations hesitant about the shared community model," said Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer at the IT services firm.

A survey of 300 large organisations across the US, UK and Ireland by Accenture found 88% of respondents were planning to increase investment in software in 2010 compared with 2009. More than one-third said they would be migrating mission-critical software to open source over the next year.

"As open source software is used in more critical business functions, the next step will be for organisations to decide whether to actively contribute back to the community," said Daugherty.

Survey respondents cited quality, reliability and better security and bug fixing as key benefits of open source.

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