According to a survey released yesterday by Accenture (NYSE:ACN), 69 percent of organizations anticipate increased investment in open source in 2010, with 38 percent expecting to migrate mission-critical software to open source in the next twelve months.
Accenture's survey of 300 large organizations (in both private and public sectors) found that half of respondents say they are fully committed to open source in their business. Another 28 percent say they are experimenting with open source and keeping an open mind to using it. Of organizations already using open source software, 88 percent say they will increase their investment in such software in 2010 compared to 2009.
Interestingly, cost saving is no longer the primary driver behind open source adoption. According to the survey:
- 76 percent of respondents in the UK and US cited quality as the key benefit of open source
- 71 percent cited improved reliability
- 70 percent cited better security/bug fixing
"What we are seeing is the coming of age of open source," said Accenture chief technology architect Paul Daugherty. "Through both our research and our work with clients, we are seeing an increase in demand for open source based on quality, reliability, and speed, not just cost savings. This is a significant change from just two years ago when uptake was driven mainly by cost savings. We can expect to see this trend develop as open source continues to evolve and address even more business critical functions."