More enterprises using open source to gain a competitive edge

By Gareth Morgan
09 Feb 2011 View Comments

IT chiefs are increasingly turning to open-source software to help create a competitive advantage for the business, according to new research from Gartner.

The analyst company found that more than half of all businesses it surveyed are now using open-source software – and not because it is the cheap option, but because it helps provide an edge for their business.

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“If they can customise the code to make it unique to their company, they have created a competitive advantage," said Laurie Wurster, research director at Gartner.

Open-source software appears to be reaching a tipping point in the enterprise, with a fifth of organisations using it consistently in all departments, according to Gartner. Nearly half use open source in specific departments and for projects.

"With greater in-depth understanding and access to the necessary skill sets, end-user organisations will continue to find new deployment of [open source],” said Wurster.

The Gartner survey – based on interviews with more than 550 IT chiefs from across the globe – is in line with research published by IT consultancy Accenture last year.

Its survey of 300 large enterprises in the UK found that 38 per cent expected to migrate mission-critical software to open-source versions within 12 months.


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