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Half of UK firms using open source

Karl Flinders

Fifty per cent of UK businesses that have evaluated open source are using it in business-critical areas, but concerns about the availability of services remain a major hurdle, ­according to Forrester Research.

A survey of 500 IT decision makers by Forrester found that 51% of firms using open source are using it in mission-critical applications.

Michael Goulde, senior analyst at Forrester, said, "The finding is good news since a few years ago open source was being used only for basic applications."

The perceived risk around open source is its lack of services, with 74% of those interviewed voicing concerns over services for integration, consulting and support.

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