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IT Manager's Journal: Are Bosses Wise to Open Source Use?

Jul 18, 2004, 03:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"General industry estimates on the use of open source software in some fashion or another ranges from about half to even 90 percent of companies with significant programming staffs. But how often the boss knows about it, or perhaps more importantly: How often open source gets the proper review is a far lower figure.

"Forrester Research's Ted Schadler said his firm does not have figures on the number of companies or agencies using open source without the higher-ups knowing about it. [The author has heard a lot of 'You're asking people how much they don't know' in researching this story.] However, Schadler--who agreed it was an interesting query--did study the open source adoption 'funnel' earlier this year..."

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