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05 August 2010, 16:21

Accenture survey sees open source investment rising

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According to survey results released by Accenture, two thirds (69%) of organisations anticipate increased investment in open source, with over a third (28%) saying they expect to migrate mission critical applications to open source within the next twelve months. The survey of three hundred large public and private sector organisations in the US, UK and Ireland, found that half of them said they were fully committed to open source and almost a third said they were still experimenting with open source.

Cost savings are only cited by half the respondents as their reason for adoption of open source; 76% cited quality, 71% reliability and 70% better security or bug fixing as their reasons. This is a change from the historical pattern as, according to Accenture, just two years ago cost savings were the key driver for open source adoption.

But the survey also found that less than a third of companies (29%) are willing to contribute code back to the community. This despite a marginal rise in the amount of software developed as open source, which the survey says is rising from 20% in 2009 to an expected 23% in 2010, projected to 27% in 2013. Accenture's chief technology architect, Paul Daugherty said "The current wave of companies adopting open source are experiencing strong benefits, however there are still organisations hesitant about the shared community model". The survey also compared the UK and US results, finding the UK companies more enthusiastic about the benefits of open source than US companies, but that compared to the UK twice as many US companies expected to increase their investment in open source.


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