Open source encroaches into business
A recent study carried out by Saugatuk Technologies, Open Source as Disruptive Influence, has found that open source software’s (OSS) uptake by business has exceeded previous expectations by analysts. The report indicated further uptake in coming years.
OSS already accounts for 10 percent of user business software, with a predicted increase to between 15 and 20 percent by 2010.
Of the user enterprise executives interviewed, 32 percent expected that by 2010 more than half of the software used by the business would be open source.
The report predicts that in the long term “the greatest open source presence in most enterprises will be as components within vendor and SaaS [software as a service] provider solutions”.
By 2010, the report expects that more than half of SaaS vendors will incorporate OSS into their services. By this time it is also expects that more than a third of new commercial software implementations will contain OSS components.
It will be interesting to see how accurate these figures turn out to be, but one thing is for certain: open source software has come of age and can no longer be ignored.