Drivers and Incentives for the Wide Adoption of Open-Source Software

Archived Published: 13 September 2012 ID: G00239202


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By 2016, mainstream IT organizations will leverage nontrivial elements of open-source software (directly or indirectly) in mission-critical IT solutions. IT leaders must clearly understand the reasons for OSS adoption to clearly differentiate between real-world versus overhyped expectations.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Inside the Prediction
      • OSS in at Least 95% of IT Organizations
      • OSS Leveraged Within Mission-Critical IT Portfolios
    • The Drivers Behind OSS Adoption
      • Programmers Care About Innovation Balanced With Stability
      • Open-Source Projects Promote Innovation Through Collaboration
      • Open Source Projects Promote Stability Through Reuse
      • OSS Is Popular Among End-Users Because It Promises Cost Optimization, Flexibility and Innovation Advantages Over Traditional Closed-Source Alternatives
      • OSS Is Popular Among (a Growing List of) Commercial Software Vendors That Use It to Optimize Their Engineering Costs
      • OSS Is Not a Panacea
    • The Result
  • Recommended Reading
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