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November 20, 2014

Open source beats proprietary software in control and continuity

67% claim that commercial open source software comprises fewer bugs.

By CBR Staff Writer

74% of US IT professionals prefer commercial open source software to proprietary software. Reasons for this preference included more control and better business continuity.

The findings, from a Ponemon Institute study, also found that while US IT professionals value security, their EMEA counterparts value privacy.

Ponemon Institute chairman and founder Dr. Larry Ponemon said: "One of the most interesting survey results was the slow adoption of open source messaging and collaboration software, despite IT professionals’ resounding trust in open source software."

"With the majority of deployments being proprietary solutions and the sentiment largely negative, I would expect to see increased interest in new solutions that are based on commercial open source."

67% of US IT practitioners claim that commercial open source software comprises fewer bugs, with 63% asserting that it bolsters quality.

The report said: "The ability to lower costs is no longer the main point of differentiation for open source software, according to IT professionals in the U.S. and EMEA; business continuity, control and quality rank above cost concerns, but all outperform proprietary software in the minds of IT professionals."

The findings were reported in Ponemon Institute’s ‘The Open Source Collaboration Study: Viewpoints on Security and Privacy in the U.S. and EMEA’, which surveyed 1,398 IT and IT security practitioners.

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