Accenture predicts open source adoption, but does it "join in" too?

Technology consulting and outsourcing firm Accenture used its appearance at the Red Hat Summit and JBoss World in Boston earlier this summer to talk about mainstream adoption of open source. As such, the company says it is continuing its own investment in open source solutions and that it predicts the systems integration services around open source is a £4 billion market.

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A survey of Accenture clients revealed that 78% of enterprises had already deployed open source solutions and are planning on increasing their commitment.

While this is good news at a macro-economic level for open source proliferation and code development, it brings into question what degree of altruism and wider philanthropic interest Accenture has in open source.

Is the company standing at the edge of the open source community ready to provide consultancy and outsourcing services charged at top dollar? Or is it actively getting involved and “joining in” with the community-based contribution model of software application development?

According to the Red Hat corporate blog channel, “Accenture is already investing in open source solutions like AMOS, which is built on Red Hat solutions. Accenture continues to invest in open source through its Innovation Centre for Open Source, which leverages Red Hat Solution Stacks, including JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Red Hat has worked with Accenture to create the Accenture SOA Reference Architecture, Accenture Foundation Platform for Java, Accenture Mobility Operated Services, and the Accenture Public Service Platform.”

So that’s all good news then with no corporate marketing smoke-screening right? You can watch Accenture’s chief technology architect, Paul Daugherty give his keynote address at the Red Hat Summit and JBoss World video archives right here and decide for yourself.

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