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The 451 Group CAOS Open Source Adoption surveyMatthew Aslett, October 29, 2009 @ 7:52 am ET
Wednesday saw the launch of The 451 Group’s CAOS Open Source Adoption survey, covering end user attitudes to the potential financial benefits of open source.
Given current economic conditions there is considerable interest in open source software with many people wondering whether open source licensing can help users lower the cost of enterprise computing compared to traditional proprietary licensing.
The Open Source Adoption survey seeks to answer this question, as well as update the survey we initially conducted in 2006 for our second CAOS Report – ‘Cost Conscious – A practical guide for understanding and calculating the financial benefits of open source for enterprise IT projects.’
In order to reach as wide a sample of open source users as possible, for this year’s survey we asked a number of vendors to send the survey to their customers on our behalf. Nearly 30 vendors agreed to do so and the response has been tremendous, with over 1,250 users completing the survey in the first 24 hours.
To be clear, and to correct some confusion that has arisen in a report about the survey published by The VAR Guy – which incorrectly states that it is a Digium survey being conducted by The 451 Group – this is not sponsored research.
Digium is indeed one of the vendors that agreed to send our survey to its customers. However, as noted above, it was one of almost 30 vendors (both clients and non-clients) that did so. No vendors were involved in drafting the questions for the survey, no vendors will be involved in the analysis performed on the results, and no vendors will see the results before they are published.
It is important for us to clarify this point because one of the core principles of The 451 Group is that 451 research is never sponsored, nor is it produced to promote a particular vendor’s agenda. For more on the scope of the 451 Group’s research see our Scope of Research.
That said, we are extremely grateful to the vendors concerned for enabling us to reach such a substantial survey sample, and they, like the users completing the survey, will be receiving a copy of the research results for their trouble. Among the questions addressed by the survey are:
- the primary benefits of open source software (pre- and post-adoption)
- the level of importance of cost savings in selecting open source
- the extent to which cost savings were met and where they came from
- the use (or lack) of IT project financial analysis
- the use (or lack) of open source software adoption policies
- the use (or lack) of open source software contribution policies
- the impact of the current economic climate on open source software adoption
We look forward to sharing some of its findings with you in the coming weeks and months, not least in the forthcoming update to Cost Conscious.
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