Based on findings from a recent survey, IDC foresees that open source software and related services will continue to expand in importance to end-user organizations. Additionally, almost 60% of the survey respondents said their company's spending on open source increased in 2007, in terms of relative percentage of IT spending. Quality assurance, testing, and certification of open source systems was rated as the fastest-growing services opportunity by respondents, who projected their spending on this service would grow 150% between 2007 and 2008.
IDC predicts more pure service providers will be driven to forge alliances or partnerships with leading open source technology vendors or development communities to stay top-of-mind with end-user organizations. This is because pure service providers ranked lower than IT product vendors in terms of respondents' plans to use external service providers, and because pure service providers generally ranked lower on the attribute of open source-related service innovation.
Other key findings from this study include:
--Cost savings remained the number one reason for respondents to adopt open source software.
--The service opportunity around open source remains with medium-sized and larger organizations. Respondents from companies with 1,000-9,999 employees reported the highest percentages in spending for 2007 across all services categories except support
--Respondents believe the biggest challenge vendors face in delivering open source-related services is integrating open source and proprietary software components.
--Technology vendors generally have a leg up when compared to pure service providers in terms of respondents' plans to acquire external services, and respondents’ perceptions of who provides the most innovative services related to open source software.
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