The Results Are in: OSBC Crowd Says Web CMS / Social Software Most Likely to Be Disrupted by Open Source

Later today at OSBC, I'll be joining a panel discussion of the results of the 2008 Future of Open Source survey led by by Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners and CEOs of Ingres, MySQL, and SugarCRM.

The survey was conducted among OSBC attendees and customers/communities of the panelists, including many friends of Acquia who found the survey on my blog last week. You can see the survey results here.
I'll post more after the panel discussion, but I think some of the results are interesting:

  • Approximately 81 percent of respondents feel the economy’s turbulence is “good” for open source software
  • Respondents revealed that the top three factors that make open source software attractive include: lower acquisition and maintenance costs; flexibility/access to libraries of community-developed code; and freedom from vendor lock-in
  • More than 55 percent of respondents believe that in five years 25-50 percent of purchased software will be open source vs. proprietary
  • The Web Publishing/Content Management market is expected to be most vulnerable to disruption by open source in the next five years
  • Respondents expect the Security Tools be least vulnerable to disruption by open source in the next five years

That 5th bullet in particular is intriguing. More on that later.