Open source becomes key to innovation, says study

by CXOtoday News Desk    Apr 19, 2013

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Until now open source was primarily treated as an important tool in software development. However, it is increasingly viewed as an instrument of innovation, driving companies towards greater level of growth and sustainability. A recent study by Black Duck Software reveals that open source software has matured to such an extent that it now influences everything from innovation to collaboration among partners to hiring practices.

With more than 800 respondents from both vendor and non-vendor communities, the 2013 open source survey polled respondents about open source trends and opportunities, key drivers of open source adoption, community engagement, and the business challenges that can be solved by open source technologies.

The survey also found that while traditionally, companies viewed price as a motivating factor, since open source software is often free and cheap. The survey noted that more CIOs are opting for open source because it accelerates the pace of innovation in organizations. Other reasons for open source to become increasingly popular include better quality, freedom from vendor lock-in, flexibility, access to source code and superior security.

Cost control, data management, and systems integration are the top three business problems open source has been solving, according to the report. Open source software is driving change from the bottom up, owing to the fact that the C-suites are now showing a new willingness to work with active communities to influence projects and spur innovation, said the survey. Nearly 61 per cent of respondents said they see innovation as leading the technology industry forward, while 48 per cent said open source success will come through collaborative partnerships. As many as 57 per cent of respondents said their companies will collaborate with competitors in industry-specific communities over the next three years.

“Increasingly, enterprises view open source software as leading innovation, delivering higher quality, and driving growth rather than being just a free or low-cost alternative. Going forward, we can expect more disruption from open source, new business models, and many more exciting new projects and companies, said the statement.

At present, industries that will lead in open source adoption include government, media and healthcare according to the study. Over the next 2-3 years, industries that will drive open source adoption include government, life sciences, media, financial and automotive, and new interest in open source software solutions will evolve in the areas of cloud, mobile, and big data in coming years, stated the study.