Future of Open Source Survey Available for You to Take

by Ostatic Staff - Mar. 18, 2016

North Bridge, a venture capital firm, and Black Duck, a leader in automated solutions for securing and managing open source software, have announced the launch of the tenth annual Future of Open Source Survey. We've covered the results of this survey each year, and it is usually very comprehensive. You can find last year's key results here.

The Future of Open Source Survey, which includes input from startups, established leaders and influencers across vertical markets and communities, drives broader industry awareness of, and discussions of, key issues.  Here are more details on the current survey.

The survey is available to the general public now and it closes April 4, 2016.

Results will be presented during a webinar on April 27, 2016, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST, with panelists Jeffrey Hammond, VP and Principal Analyst, Forrester; Paul Santinelli, General Partner, North Bridge; and Lou Shipley, CEO, Black Duck. You can click here to register for the webinar. 

Among the key findings from last year's survey were:

Seventy-eight percent of respondents said their companies run part or all of its operations on OSS and 66 percent said their company creates software for customers built on open source. This statistic has nearly doubled since 2010, when 42 percent of respondents in the Future of Open Source survey five years ago said that they used open source in the running of their business or their IT environments.

Ninety-three percent said their organization’s use of open source increased or remained the same in the past year.

Sixty-four percent of companies currently participate in open source projects – up from 50 percent in 2014– and over the next 2-3 years, 88 percent are expected to increase contributions to open source projects.

Open source has become the default approach for software with more than 66 percent of respondents saying they consider OSS before other options.

 Everyone should take this survey, and we will follow up on the results as they emerge.