Corporate Open Source Programs on
September 6, 2018
open source programs are quickly becoming a best practice for
companies in the technology, telecom/media and financial services
industries according to the 2018 Open Source Program Management
Survey released today by The Linux Foundation in collaboration with
the TODO Group and The New Stack. More than half (53%) of the
companies surveyed say their organization has an open source
software program or has plans to establish one within the next year.
The 2018 Open Source Program
Management Survey examines the prevalence and outcomes of open
source programs among the Global Fortune 2000 including the key
benefits and barriers to adoption.
•Open source use has become commonplace among tech and non-tech companies alike with 72% of companies frequently using open source for non-commercial or internal reasons and 55% using open source for commercial products.
•Open source programs are very critical or extremely critical to the success of engineering and product teams according to 59% of respondents with an open source program.
•Large companies are about twice as likely to run an open source program than smaller companies (63 percent vs. 37 percent).
•Open source programs tend to start informally as a working group or a few key open source developers and then evolve into formal programs over time, typically within a company's software engineering or development department (about 41 percent of programs).
•The benefits of an open
source program are widely known, with 70% of those without a program
believing it would have a positive impact in their company, despite
any barriers to creating it.