Survey Reveals 78 Percent of Companies Rely on Open Source Solutions to Speed Innovation [April 16, 2015]

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
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North Bridge Venture Partners

Ninth Annual Future of Open Source Survey Reveals Trends in Open Source Adoption

Burlington, MA – April 16, 2015 – Corporate open source use and participation has reached an all-time high, according to the ninth annual Future of Open Source Survey. Acquia joined North Bridge Venture Partners, Black Duck Software, and 40 other collaborators in the annual survey, which investigates open source software (OSS) trends on a yearly basis.

As open source continues to speed innovation, disrupt industries, and improve productivity, a reported lack of formal company policies and processes around its consumption points to a need for OSS management and security practices to catch up with this growth in investment and use. Security is a primary concern, as many companies lack understanding of known security vulnerabilities in open source components, and very few actually monitor for such threats.

Notable findings from the survey include:

  • Seventy-eight percent of respondents said their companies run part or all of its operations on OSS and 66 percent said their company creates software for customers built on open source. This statistic has nearly doubled since 2010, when 42 percent of respondents in the Future of Open Source survey five years ago said that they used open source in the running of their business or their IT environments.
  • Sixty-four percent of companies currently participate in open source projects, and over the next 2-3 years, 88 percent are expected to increase contributions to open source projects.
  • Open source has become the default approach for software with more than 66 percent of respondents saying they consider OSS before other options.
  • Cloud computing (39%), big data (35%), operating systems (33%), and the Internet of Things (31%) are expected to be impacted most by open source in the next 2-3 years.
  • Fifty-eight percent believe open source affords the greatest ability to scale and 43 percent said OSS provides superior ease of deployment over proprietary software.
  • Fifty-five percent believe open source delivers superior security when lined up against proprietary solutions. The superior security of open source is also expected to rise to 61 percent over the next 2-3 years.
  • For more information about the survey’s results, visit: http://www.slideshare.net/blackducksoftware/2015-future-of-open-source-survey-results.

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