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Open Source in the Enterprise: Uneasiness Among Development Managers?

Jun 20, 2001, 18:30 (10 Talkback[s])

A lack of standards and an unwillingness to open their own code are the two main reasons why Open Source tools are not being adopted in the enterprise, according to a survey of enterprise-level development managers released today by Evans Data Corp.

The study, focused on development managers at companies with more than 2,000 employees, found that 26.7 percent of the surveyed development managers agreed that the proprietary nature of their company's software was the biggest problem they faced with regard to Open Source software development. The study also found that 25.4 percent of the managers cited a lack of standards as the biggest obstacle. Lesser drawbacks to open source development in the enterprise were the possibility of forking in the code (cited by 10 percent of the managers), lack of reliability (cited by 9.3 percent of managers), and a lack of adequate testing criteria (cited by 7.6 percent of the managers).

However, when compared to previous surveys from Evans, enterprise acceptance of Open Source software has risen: six months ago, a third of surveyed development managers found that a lack of standards was hindering their corporation's adoption of Open Source.

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