Infoworld: Open source takes hold [Results of a CTO survey]
Aug 29, 2001, 10:44 (24 Talkback[s])
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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."