More Organizations Embrace Open-Source Software

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2014-04-29 Email

A significant number of organizations are now on board with the pursuit of open-source software (OSS), according to a recent survey from Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners. Many businesses have concluded that open source will lead to better product innovation, enhanced IT security and a wealth of competitive-minded interests, according to the accompanying eighth annual "Future of OSS" report from the two companies. With ongoing advances in the cloud and Internet of things, a great many executives are concluding that ignoring open source may be a self-defeating strategy. As for the future? Expect open source to raise its visibility in projects that involve collaboration, mobile technology and social media. Adopting open source is "about more than just cost-cutting or any of the traditional reasons," says Lou Shipley, president and CEO of Black Duck. "It's about participating and managing the logistical challenges to gain competitive edge, attract top talent and influence project direction." A total of 1,240 participants, including business and IT executives and professionals, took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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