More than 70% of U.S. IT Professionals Prefer Open Source to Proprietary Software for Continuity, Control

Cost savings is no longer the hallmark of open source

The Ponemon Institute surveyed 1,398 IT professionals to develop "The Open Source Collaboration Study: Viewpoints on Security and Privacy in the US and EMEA” report. The objective was to learn about their companies' involvement in the use of open source messaging and collaboration solutions, and their view on security and privacy.

Some key findings:

  • Commercial open source outperforms proprietary software in continuity, control, quality and cost - 66 percent of IT practitioners in the U.S. agree that commercial open source software means fewer bugs.

  • Employees increase privacy and security risks - 89 percent of employees do not follow company policy on sharing confidential documents.

  • IT professionals’ dissatisfaction with proprietary software is an opportunity for open source - 55 percent of IT professionals in the U.S. plan to replace their messaging and collaboration solutions within two years.

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