Enterprise Adoption Of Open Source Is On The Rise

Alan Ho | ZDNet | November 18, 2014

Enterprises are moving into open source - and for good reason.

It is no surprise that reducing operational IT expenditures, while simultaneously increasing the level of security and software capabilities, is a top priority for most enterprises.  Open source software, which uses an open development process, is proliferating across the globe given the advantages it offers over traditional forms of software. Open source solutions can be modified and adapted to fit the needs of various companies - something that's often not possible with proprietary software.

Here we'll take a look at the rise of open source within enterprises, and some of the benefits of open source. Enterprises are increasingly moving into the open source space, with more than 50 per cent of respondents to a Black Duck Software survey, Future of Open Source, released in April 2014, now contributing to open source software and using it within operations.  This study found that of eight out of 10 open source decisions were made based on quality, and technical capabilities ranked consistently as one of the top considerations.

Open source has proven its quality and security, and reached the point of democratization and proliferation," said Lou Shipley, president and CEO of Black Duck.  "It's about participating and managing the logistical challenges to gain competitive advantage, attract top talent and influence project direction."...