For anyone still stuck in the 20th century mindset that open source is just about Linux--or even solely about Linux and middleware like the JBoss application server--Forrester Research's new report, "Open source paves the way for the next generation of enterprise IT," should be an eye opener.
Through the report, Forrester makes it clear that open adoption is deep, wide, and covers all levels of the software stack, from operating system to applications.
The impact? Well, let's just say that enterprises may dabble in open source for the cost savings, but they will stay, according to Forrester, for far more critical factors:
...(A)s (enterprises') adoption of open source software matures, they are likely to find more value beyond saving money on software license costs, low barriers to entry, and rapid evolution of successful open source projects.
The open source paradigm embraces an even more important long-term benefit--a more innovative IT shop that can rapidly adapt to changing technologies and seize new opportunities as higher-level open source infrastructure projects mature. This combination of upfront cost savings and improved time-to-market will become a powerful weapon for those shops that can wield it strategically as a way to maximize the effectiveness of their software investments.
With that said, the cost benefit should not be understated, with 56 percent of Forrester survey respondents naming cost as a primary driver for their open-source adoption:
A few other salient facts from the Forrester report:
87 percent of those surveyed realized the cost savings they expected from open source;… Read more