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Andago Survey Predicts Heavier Use of Free Software in Spanish Companies

Dec 18, 2002, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to andago for this link. ]

The technological consultant Andago has carried out its first Report on the use of technologies based on free software in Spain.

The Andago "Report on the use of Linux and Open Source in the Spanish corporative environment" [linked below] was based on a sample of the most important and influential 1,500 companies in the Spanish market, from invoicing data for the last fiscal year. This study is the first report made in Spain.

This report shows the results of surveys made from April to October 2002 and directed at the people in charge of IT at these large companies, in a questionnaire seeking the following data:

  • Degree of knowledge of Open Source Technologies
  • Degree of penetration of these technologies in the IT Infrastructure
  • Company strategy for introducing Linux

The main conclusion offered by the I Andago Report is that the degree of penetration of technologies based on free software in the corporative world has increased considerably. A few years ago, the use of Open Source technologies was restricted to university environments and GNU/Linux companies, but is now being widely accepted by big companies in Spain.

According to this study, 89% of IT management in Spain know about Open Source Technologies and are familiarized with this type of open systems; consequently this phenomenon is evolving in the corporative environment.

In reference to the use of free software, 25% of big Spanish companies already use it, especially Linux technology. On the other hand, 26% of the companies in the survey are thinking of incorporating these technologies in the near future.

The favorable tendency in the use of open source systems has been increased by diverse factors, like the degree of maturity of the main GNU/Linux applications, the bet by big companies and sectors such as Public Administration and the growing popularity among the media who are using Linux, offered as a big alternative to owner based software.

These figures indicate that, in Spain, the tendency in the use of Linux is favorable, occupying the third position in Europe in the use of technologies based in Open Source. The results of similar studies like the FLOSS report, carried out on big companies in the UK, Germany, and Sweden show that 43% of German firms, 31% of English firms, and 18% of Swedish companies use Open Source technologies.

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Andago Report (PDF format)

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