An Accenture survey found that 69% of organizations anticipate increased investment in open source software in 2010, with 38 % expecting to migrate mission-critical software to open source in the next twelve months.
The survey found that half of the respondents (50 percent) are fully committed to open source in their business while almost a third (28 percent) say they are experimenting with open source and keeping an open mind to using it. When it comes to the benefits of open source, the cost was no longer viewed as the primary benefit. 76 percent of respondents in the UK and US cited quality as a key benefit of open source. Two-thirds overall (70 percent) cited improved reliability. Better security/bug fixing was cited by nearly as many (69 percent) across both countries.
Open source software development on the rise but companies still not so open to sharing. One notable finding, of the survey was that less than a third (29 percent) are willing to contribute their own solutions back to the community.
The biggest challenge to open source adoption, as mentioned by 35 percent of all companies, is still around training developers on how to use open source. Furthermore, lack of senior management support appears to be a key reason given for not using open source software among organizations that have looked at it but ultimately chosen not to use it.
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