Half of UK firms using open source


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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