By Maijaliisa Burkert on Apr 16, 2009
The economy is pushing more people to look for software solutions in open-source programs.
According to a Forrester Research survey of 2,200 IT Executives in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, and Germany, 46% of businesses have either already implemented open source software, or plan to begin using it this year.
The obvious cost savings is the main motivation behind the mass migration to open source, according to 56% of the respondents.
And while President Obama has shown an interest in implementing such solutions in the future, the U.K. is already enthusiastically embracing open standards.
Last month, Tom Watson, the Minister for Digital Engagement, said in a statement accompanying a report titled The 'Open Source, Open Standards and Re-Use: Government Action Plan,' that open source is "a great example of how people working together can come up with products to rival and sometimes beat those of giant corporations."
There is no doubt that open source encourages greater innovation while at the same time cutting costs.
And while I remain an enthusiastic proponent and use the OpenOffice suite on a regular basis, I also learned a new tidbit this week while searching for OpenOffice reviews. According to an IT professional, because OpenOffice is not as tightly integrated with my Windows Vista OS as MS Office, it is actually less susceptible to malware, virus, and other cyber attacks.
Another score for my favorite open-source program!