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Open Source More Prevalent In Asian Organisations Says IDC

Organisations across the Asia Pacific region are increasingly looking at open source software with an eye on reducing overall IT related costs according to a study conducted by research analyst firm IDC.

IDC published two new reports on this subject namely “Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Open Source Software Adoption in 2009” and “Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) Open Source Software Adoptions: Customer Case Study”.

Both clearly show an expressed interest amongst businesses to move towards open source software, an interest which might be linked to the current economic climate and the drive by many companies to slash costs.

Among the countries surveyed, nearly 34.5 percent of respondents from Indonesia mentioned that they plan to deploy an open source CRM application in next 18 months.

In general, database management and Customer Relationship Management solutions came across preferred choices where respondents across countries were willing to look at open source applications.

In addition, some of the key verticals where respondents were looking at incorporating open source solutions include the likes of infrastructure services, public sector and distribution services.

The usage of open source software for enterprise use still remains confined to a limited number of companies and more effort on part of the open source community is required to increase it popularity.

Our Comments

There has been a lot interest in open source software with companies looking to cut costs in view of economic downturn but more often than not, it is the apprehensions linked with myths surrounding open source that have prevented the movement from really capturing the imaginations of businesses and the public sector.

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