[Linux-aus] Fwd: 7 out of 10 developers use open source
ahornby at darlug.org
Fri Sep 22 11:21:03 UTC 2006
Interesting blog post.
I'd like to see the actual study :-)
Apologies for cross-posting.
> IDC surveyed 5000 developers in 116 countries and discovered that
> open source is used by 71% of them and -- perhaps more surprisingly
> -- is used in 54% of their production environments.
> These organizations are leveraging open source to get their work
> done faster, cheaper, and with more control. This clearly
> represents a revolution in how IT operates.
> In a world of expensive, inflexible software, only the most
> conservative, obvious-payoff projects get funded. In the new world
> of open source, companies can experiment, develop prototypes on the
> cheap, and inexpensively scale the winners. To understand this
> dynamic, look at the Web 2.0 companies. I don't necessarily believe
> that most of them have a sustainable business at their core -- but
> that's not important. What they represent is a totally different
> way of getting Internet businesses off the ground. What Flickr,
> YouTube, and a hundred other companies have in common is that they
> leverage cheap hosting, open source software, and commodity
> hardware to get going -- without a cent of venture capital. Put in
> language that we all use: they delivered applications without
> having to make capex investment or even use much operational budget.
> Seeing open source as the lower-cost alternative to traditional
> software categories is to miss the enormous effect it's going to
> have on the industry. What open source does is to completely change
> the economics of IT projects. Viewing the importance of a new
> product type as how it will affect incumbents and established
> working practices is the long-honored mistake of established
> players, as convincingly described by Clayton Christensen in his
> books like The Innovator's Dilemma. Time and again established
> vendors -- and their customers -- have evaluated new technologies
> by comparing them to existing technologies, typically concluding
> that they are inadequate, thereby missing the opportunity to take
> advantage of a new, cheaper way of doing things.
> Don't perceive open source as a cut-price version of what you've
> already got. Think about what projects you can incubate and perhaps
> hatch into fledgling new lines of business by leveraging easily
> available, easily modifiable, low-cost software. Look where you've
> never looked before -- instead of taking another look at the same
> old flock of applications.
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