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Open source software driving cloud-based innovation

ITPRO - Quality of software, freedom from vendor lock-in and lower costs are main reasons for using open source.

Open source software is boosting innovation in cloud, mobility and big data, according to the sixth annual Future of Open Source Survey.

Nearly half (40 per cent) of significant technology innovations from new projects in open source are cloud-based. Another 19 per cent were in mobile apps with 15 per cent devoted to mobile enterprise.

The research questioned 740 respondents and found that in nearly a third of companies, open source software was deployed throughout three-quarters of an organisation.

The quality of open source is one of the top three reasons for adoption in the enterprise, the survey found. Freedom from vendor lock-in and lower costs being the other two.

One of the main conclusions of the report was that open source is not just fuelling innovation, but leading it.