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Open source key to business success, claims policy advisor

Computer Weekly - Open source systems are essential to business, according to a report from policy advisor Jim Norton.

The report, Open for Business, sponsored by travel firm Amadeus IT Group, calls for open systems in demanding real-time processing environments.

The paper outlines how open systems have developed and why today they are not just fit for purpose but have the potential to deliver industry-wide benefits.

Jim Norton said almost every major business will need to move to open source.

He said the travel industry would particularly benefit from moves to open source, as it operates on tight margins. 

“But other sectors also need to realise that open systems have come of age. And if they don’t [take advantage of the benefits] they will be left behind,” said Norton.