Gartner: open source software gives businesses flexibility

IT departments are increasingly deploying open source software as part of their IT strategy to improve flexibility and lower licensing costs, a report from analyst Gartner has found.

IT departments are increasingly deploying open source software as part of their IT strategy to improve flexibility and lower licensing costs, a report from analyst Gartner has found.

In the survey of 547 IT leaders, over half of respondents said they had adopted open source software (OSS) as part of their IT strategy. One-third of respondents cited benefits of flexibility, increased innovation, shorter development times and faster procurement processes as reasons for adopting OSS. However, the survey revealed only one third of organisations had a formal OSS policy in place.

"Gaining a competitive advantage has emerged as a significant reason for adopting OSS, suggesting that users are beginning to look at OSS differently - if they can customise the code to make it unique to their company, they have created a competitive advantage," said Laurie Wurster, research director at Gartner.

The top corporate-wide initiatives supported by OSS were: data management and integration; and application development, integration, architecture, governance and overhaul. Other key initiatives supported by OSS were business process improvement or re-engineering; security, risk and/or compliance; datacentre modernisation and consolidation; and virtualisation.

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