Open source software widespread in financial and public sector

Open source software take-up among financial services firms is now widespread, and is mirrored in the public sector.

Open source software take-up among financial services firms is now widespread, and is mirrored in the public sector.

Business intelligence software firm Actuate questioned 600 business professionals in the UK, US and Germany to measure open source adoption.

The main samples were taken from the financial services and public sectors, but they were also joined by those working in manufacturing and telecoms.

Actuate found that of UK financial services professionals, 52.1% said their organisations were now using Linux, and that 45.5% were using the Apache OS.

The Actuate survey is now in its second year. Overall, the proportion of financial services respondents using open source software has increased from 38.8% to 45.8% in a year.

When the UK financial services and public sector sample is combined, it shows that 47.9% of organisations are using open source.

In addition, a further 3.4% are currently in the process of adopting open source, with a further 1.8% having plans to adopt it.

Open source benefits cited included no licence costs (64.3%), not being locked into Microsoft (45.2%), vendor independence (43.5%), access to source code (42.6%), flexibility (39.1%), and building on open platforms (37.4%).

US open-source take-up is similar to the UK, and in Germany it is higher, although Actuate hasn’t provided a percentage figure.

The full results of the survey are expected to be made public at the end of the month.


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