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NewsForge: Open Source on Offense in ERP and Business Applications Market

Jun 04, 2004, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"Flexibility, cost savings, and efficiency have been driving enterprise users away from proprietary technology to Linux and open source. Now a recent IDC study shows that one of the last holdouts, the big-vendor-dominated market of enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, is also poised to start taking off for non-proprietary technology.

The top ERP vendors--SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, Microsoft, and Sage--are likely to hold onto their 46 percent of the anticipated $26.7 billion ERP applications market, but the desire to avoid vendor lock-in, more support for Linux as an underlying platform, and ability to gain cost savings are all coalescing to boost open source in this market, estimated to hit $36 billion by 2008, according to IDC research director Albert Pang..."

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