Open source software is the fastest-growing field in the IT industry. Likewise, it is quickly becoming the most popular type of software and software platform for enterprises of all sizes. Its cost-effectiveness, lack of vendor limits and controls, flexibility, reliability and ease of use all make it the best option for most businesses, organizations – and even government agencies. And the research supports this:
Most businesses today use open source technology
- In 1998, only 10% of organizations were using open source software (OSS); by 2011, more than 50% of organizations surveyed by Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research company, reported using open source software.
- 62% of organizations reported using open standard application programming interfaces (APIs).
Every day, more and more enterprises turn to open source software solutions
- There has been a 140% increase in interest in purchasing open source software over the past four years.
- By 2014, 2,000,000 open source projects are projected – twice as many as in 2012.
- Major companies around the globe are using open source technology, including Facebook, Google and more.
The global open source software industry is one of the fastest-growing IT industries today
- The global software market is worth close to $300 billion, with open source growing at an average yearly growth of 22% and expected to exceed $8 billion in 2013, according to market research from the International Data Corporation (IDC).
- In 2012, Gartner reported that on average, 29% of deployed code was open source.
- Gartner predicts that by 2015 at least 95% of mainstream IT organizations will leverage open source solutions within mission critical software deployments.
- The “2012 Linux Jobs Report” by Dice and The Linux Foundation found that the need for open source programming language skills had hit all-time highs.
- They report that there were almost 2,000 jobs posted daily in 2012 for personnel skilled in JBoss, and job postings for programmers with Android skills and experience were up 33 percent from 2011.
Clearly, open source software will continue to evolve and offer even more solutions that can be customized for specific business needs. To learn more about open source technology, read the previous article in our series, What is Open Source Software? and Seven Reasons You Should Switch to Open Source.
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