10th Anniversary of the Future of Open Source:
The 2016 North Bridge & Black Duck Future of Open Source Study marks the 10th Anniversary of this survey. The study examines open source software trends on an annual basis. Notably, the 2016 survey findings position open source as today’s preeminent architecture, the foundation for nearly all applications, operating systems, cloud computing, databases, and big data. Just eight years ago, the 2008 survey predicted that no sectors of the software industry would be invulnerable to disruption from Open Source.
In terms of the strategic influence open source has on their business, respondents see it as an engine for innovation, with 90% reporting they rely on open source for improved efficiency, innovation and interoperability. The most compelling reasons cited in the survey for use of open source included flexibility and freedom from vendor lock-in; competitive features and technical capabilities; ability to customize; and overall quality.
The 2016 results also show that the rapid adoption of open source has outpaced the implementation of effective open source management and security practices. Nearly half of respondents report they have no formal processes to track their open source, and half reporting that no one has responsibility for identifying known vulnerabilities and tracking remediation.
Key 2016 Insights:
Survey Participation & Demographics:
The 2016 Future of Open Source Survey drew a record 1,313 respondents from over 64 countries. 78% of the respondents were technical, a shift from early years which skewed toward executives and legal professionals. The survey has grown three-fold since 2010.
There were a record number of 52 collaborators involved from industry leading organizations with 27 participating at the Platinum level. Among the collaborators were all the North Bridge Open Source portfolio companies including: Acquia, Coolan, Confer, Couchbase, Ravel Law, Rift-io, and WP Engine.