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

Published: 13 September 2012

ID: G00239202

Analyst(s): Mark Driver


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


  • 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

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