Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Open-source Software More Popular with Businesses

“Open-source software is becoming more popular in companies as they seek to gain a competitive advantage while cutting costs, Gartner finds.

“More than half of the organizations that participated in a recent survey say that open-source software solutions are a part of their IT strategy, research firm Gartner finds.

“And nearly one-third of respondents say its flexibility, increased innovation, shorter development times and faster procurement processes are the reasons behind their interest in open-source software (OSS). Gartner surveyed 547 IT leaders from companies in 11 countries between July and August 2010 to assess OSS adoption and usage.

“About one in five organizations -- 22 percent -- were utilizing OSS across all departments, but 46 percent had implemented OSS solutions in specific departments or in specific projects. Twenty-one percent said they were evaluating OSS options.”

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