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Open Source: Quality now leads Affordability as Main Selection Criteria

By Dick Weisinger

During the last ten years Open Source has had a profound influence on both software companies and consumers of software, indirectly if not directly.  And along the way, Open Source has changed, morphing itself in ways so as to become now widely accepted by all types of businesses.  In many instances, the cream of the Open Source crop is software that rivals the best software created by commercial companies.  Quality and reliability are no longer features which commercial vendors have a monopoly on

In a recent survey by Accenture, Paul Daugherty, chief technology architect commented that “what we are seeing is the coming of age of open source.  Through both our research and our work with clients, we are seeing an increase in demand for open source based on quality, reliability and speed, not just cost savings. This is a significant change from just two years ago when uptake was driven mainly by cost savings. We can expect to see this trend develop as open source continues to evolve and address even more business critical functions.”

  • 76 percent cites quality as a kay factor in selecting Open Source
  • 70 percent said that they selected Open Source because of better reliability
  • 69 percent said that Open Source software did better at fixing bugs
About half of the respondents said that Open Source generally offered a lower overall cost of ownership but that cost was not their main criteria for selecting Open Source.
The report stated that Open Source software “is growing faster than the total market, and is displacing closed software products”.

It’s interesting to note that the Finance sector, one group that usually is an early leader on technology adoption curves, is way ahead of the pack.  The Accenture survey found that 60 percent of companies in the Finance sector had wide adoption of Open Source, compared to 38 percent of the public sector.

The report also found that about 20 percent of software development projects in 2009 involved Open Source.  By 2013, the number of Open Source projects is expected to grow to about 27 percent.

The results of the Accenture survey found that when users are decide to adopt new software, Open Source often wins over commercial software because of higher quality with cost as a secondary factor

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