4 reasons companies say yes to open source

Open source isn’t just about saving money — enterprises are adopting it to develop applications faster, with higher quality components.

By Howard Baldwin
January 6, 2014 06:30 AM ET
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Computerworld – When individual developers think of open source, they think “free.” And with good cause: Who in their right mind wouldn’t be interested in technology that they can get at no cost and use with few licensing restrictions?

When companies think of open source, these days they think “business agility,” a quality they increasingly value above all others in the fast-changing marketplace.

The ability to create new applications quickly, reliably and economically is drawing businesses big and small to open source and emboldening them to use it for ever-larger projects, IT practitioners say.

Which is likely why open source’s popularity is booming (with a few holdouts). According to the Forrester Research report “Development Landscape: 2013,” 76% of developers have used open-source technology “at some level,” says Jeffrey Hammond, a Forrester analyst specializing in application development and delivery.

Here are four key reasons why organizations of all sizes are taking open source seriously.

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