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Infoworld: Open source takes hold [Results of a CTO survey]

Aug 29, 2001, 10:44 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Yager)

Jim Flynn writes:

This is an analysis of a small survey of open source software use by CTO's. Nice graphics showing surprisingly high desktop numbers. The analysis concludes that the primary factor is that Microsoft is driving customers away with their licensing.

"How quickly things change. A vast majority of today's corporate IT executives are now using or plan to use open-source OSes and Web servers for their enterprise applications, according to a recent survey of 40 members of the InfoWorld CTO Network.

About half of the CTOs we polled trust their business to open-source application development tools and application servers. Almost all respondents reported that open-source projects save their companies time and not just a little money. They report savings ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars, which is money being siphoned away from the pockets of commercial software vendors.

Sometime during the past couple of years, big software companies took a wrong turn, and open source found a way to change how corporate America buys IT solutions."

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