Open to open source, but still?

1 Author : June 25, 2009 0

BROOMFIELD: Enterprise acceptance of open source software may have increased, but more than 50 per cent of enterprises using open source lack effective means to track what open source software is installed, if an informal survey is anything to go by. This was revealed as per a survey by OpenLogic, Inc., a provider of enterprise open source software solutions as the results of an informal survey it had recently conducted.

OpenLogic and leading open source strategy consultancy Olliance Group gave the webinar "Ten Elements of Open Source Governance in the Enterprise ." As a part of this webinar, they polled the executive attendees — more than half of them from Fortune 500 companies — on how their corporations identify and manage open source usage. Among the many key highlights from the survey, main were that -Enterprise acceptance of open source software continues to grow, but the ability to track open source usage in the enterprise remains limited. About 18 per cent of respondents preferred open source software and 41 per cent evaluate open source software on equal footing with proprietary software.

Also, around 60 per cent of respondents reported that they have no automated way to track what open source software is used inside their organization, either because they don’t have any formal inventory processes or because they rely on self reporting.

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