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Open Source is Entering the Enterprise Mainstream, Survey Shows

Jun 02, 2008, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Esther Schindler)

"Open-source solutions used to be adopted quietly by company boffins who snuck in an Apache Web server or an open-source development tool suite under the philosophy 'It's easier to get forgiveness than permission' (not to mention 'It's easier to do it with open-source tools than to get an IT budget').

"That's no longer the case, according to a survey of IT and business executives and managers, conducted in late April 2008 by CIO.com. The survey, collecting data from 328 respondents, showed that more than half the respondents (53 percent) are using open-source applications in their organization today, and an additional 10 percent plan to do so in the next year. For nearly half, 44 percent, open-source applications are considered equally with proprietary solutions during the acquisition process..."

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