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Recession buster: open source on the increase but security concerns remain

Cliff Saran

Use of open source software (OSS) is increasing but companies are still concerned about its security, a report from analyst firm Forrester Research has found.

The survey of more than 2,200 IT executives and technology decision-makers from companies in Canada, France, Germany, the UK, and the US found that 46% had already implemented OSS or were expanding or piloting OSS this year.

According to Forrester Research, more organisations are planning to implement or expand their use of OSS than any other area of the software market, such as business process management, application lifecycle management, and enterprise service buses.

However, the study found that 45% of businesses are concerned about the security implications of OSS.

Forrester Research has seen a spike in the number of client enquiries about OSS. "These enquiries were especially interesting because the majority were basic and came from large, well-established companies," said Jeffrey Hammond, principal analyst at Forrester Research.


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