Cloud, IoT Driving Open Source Adoption
According to a recent Gartner report, by 2017, about 90 per cent of Indian IT organizations will have open source software (OSS) embedded in their mission critical platforms.
Gartner research also says over 46 percent of organizations have deployed open-source applications for specific departments and projects and 22 percent of the surveyed businesses use open source consistently across all departments, and about 21 percent of the executives said they were evaluating open-source products.
The companies are seeing larger benefits with adoption of open source software as a core strategic technology. The advancements in cloud computing and the Internet of Things are also the major drivers of open source.
Recently Wipro set up an Open Source Practice under its Business Application Services division to address this rising demand. The practice will channelize the earmarked investments towards driving growth and building industry leadership in this area, says the company.
While announcing its new open source initiative, Wipro officials say that the practice will help our customers build Open Source platforms that enable online services on a massive scale, big data platforms for batch as well as real-time streaming data, and integrated management fabrics, at beneficial price points.
In addition, it will focus on applications including mobile frameworks, infrastructure including databases and OS, virtualization, cloud technologies, SDN etc and Internet of Things (IoT) as well as hardware and testing. In the product engineering space, licensable IP blocks will help shrink product development timelines for the consumer, automotive and networking market segments.
IDC says there has also been a rise in adoption of open source software especially among the SMB segment which is shying away from blocking its capital on expensive proprietary software. Small and co-operative banks, retail and telecommunication sectors are looking at customized solutions based on open source platform for greater flexibility and cost reduction. The evolution of 3rd platform is expected to fuel the uptake of open source solutions further in the times ahead.
IDC expects the software market to grow at a stable pace in the next five years (2014-2018) with a healthy CAGR of 10.5 percent.
The areas that will witness software uptake are mobile application development & mobile device management, security software, system software, analytics and engineering applications, IDC said.
In the January-June 2014 period, Microsoft led with 31.8 percent share of the software vendor market, followed by Oracle at 12 percent, SAP (6.5 percent), IBM (5.5 percent) and Synopsys (4.2 percent).
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