Adoption of Open Source by UK businesses is set to increase significantly over the next five years, according to research conducted by the National Computer Centre.
The survey, commissioned from Atos Consulting, revealed that over 73 per cent of senior IT professionals expected their companies to develop an Open Source strategy by 2010. Over half of the respondents had either adopted or are planning to adopt Open Source, while 55 per cent either accept or include Open Source in a tender.
Andy Lees, head of technical consulting at Atos Consulting, said: “The level of awareness is there but businesses seem to be unsure how to actually use Open Source. Education is needed on the technicalities of how firms could adopt it. Support is one of the key risks and it is an ongoing challenge for industry.”
David Cross, director of Open Source consultancy Magnum Solutions, has recently noticed a big increase in the number of firms calling to ask how they can use Open Source in their businesses. “People are definitely becoming more aware of what it is. We have done a lot of business with investment banks and media companies recently,” he said.
This view however, conflicts with a report also released last week from Gartner, which claimed that Open Source is failing to take off in the business sector. Gartner claimed that only one per cent of enterprises are running Linux, and the take up of Open Source was even less.
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