SMAC Is Speeding Up Open Source Adoption

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jul 27, 2015

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Open source software has become a key driver for innovation at leading companies and public-sector organizations around the world, according to a new research report produced by Oxford Economics in partnership with Wipro Limited. The report, The Open Source Era, also shows that open source software is essential to the use of other cutting-edge technologies such as social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) and that open source methodologies have spread far beyond software development.

Over 75% of respondents said that open source software will power their company’s cloud computing efforts in three years, and more than 60% of respondents believe that open source will power their big data initiatives in three years. Open source solutions are already firmly entrenched in a variety of business functions, and open source is a growing factor in supporting other technology initiatives—a majority of companies noted that open source software supports their mobile frameworks and a substantial number reported that it powers their middleware and content-management systems.

Open source is undoutedly gaining momentum. For example, even in a company like Microsoft, which was known for its proprietary software, like Windows OS and Microsoft Office suite and was in constant battle wiith Linux, terms such as open source, open standards, interoperability and the cloud were alien. Now Redmond Chief Satya Nadella is talking about these technologies. The reason is, Microsoft has moved from a product company to a service-oriented one, focusing largely on mobile-first-cloud-first strategies. At a recent Build 2015 developer conference in San Francisco last year, Nadella’s statement on “Microsoft loves Linux” was a clear indication on the changing outlook of the tech giant.

Wipro, under the leadership of TK Kurien, is looking to seize the open source opportunities. Infosys, under its new CEO Vishal Sikka, has also started focusing on open source to provide cost-effective and highly scalable solutions.

Bhanumurthy BM, President and Chief Executive, Business Application Services, Wipro believes open source is mainstream today; it is robust, scalable and is being used by organizations to create competitive advantage. “With a model of sharing as opposed to owning, open source has enabled better developer collaboration, faster time-to-market and lower TCO across geographies.” says he.

The report is based on a survey of 100 business and technology executives in North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific across the financial services, retail, and healthcare industries and government entities, as well as interviews with executives at enterprises using open source. Respondents across this wide spectrum of activity and geography are in broad agreement about the power and potential of open source software.

“The message from the data is clear—open source is enabling measurable success for business and public-sector users around the world,” says Edward Cone, Technology Practice Lead at Oxford Economics. “It is a key to innovation, a building block for other technologies, and an increasingly important way of organizing other types of work.”

In a trend with far-reaching implications, open source methodologies are driving innovation beyond software development. One-fifth of executives surveyed said that they use open source methods widely across the business. Open source’s collaborative, iterative process has led to more co-creation with customers and new lines of business.