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Open Source Software Soaring to Success

Aug 18, 2010, 09:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Linux server operating system vendors like Red Hat and even Novell could be heading for bumper sales over the next 12 months. Almost 40 percent of organizations are planning on migrating mission-critical workloads to open source software in that time frame.

"That's Accenture's line anyway, and perhaps the mega-consulting firm has good reason for saying so: It asked 300 private and public sector organizations with annual revenues in excess of $500 million about their plans for open source software, and announced the results earlier this month. "What we are seeing is a coming of age of open source, " said Paul Daugherty, Accenture's chief technology architect chappie.

"What's most interesting is the motivation that these organizations have for moving to open source software. Microsoft in particular has been involved in a long-term campaign to put out the message that proprietary software, although appearing to cost more than free open source software, actually costs less. Something to do with its "comprehensive, integrated, easy-to-use stack of technologies," making the total cost of ownership lower when retraining, administration skills and so-on are all taken into account."

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