Pandemic Drives Open Source Adoption
October 12, 2020
of open source software is expected to increase during the pandemic as
businesses look to save time and money, while increasing efficiency.
Organizations are turning to open source during
the COVID-19 recession to do more with less.
More than two-thirds say saving time and money is the top reason to use more open source for application development during the downturn (68%), while increasing efficiency of application development and maintenance was cited by almost half of respondents (48%).
Yet using open
source presents new challenges, which differ depending on company size.
Confidence in an organization's open source practices declines as company size grows. Only a small fraction (18%) of organizations are extremely confident that their open source components are secure, up-to-date, and well maintained.
Formal processes around open source management are on the rise, but it is still a free for all—only 17% of organizations have a formal process for managing open source.
take different approaches to contributing to open source.
Almost half (49%) of
organizations have policies governing employee contributions to open
The study also found the top three
(78%) while Python is used by just over half (52%). Java is used in
applications far more often at larger organizations (66% vs. only 32%
for the full sample).