A new Gartner report says open source technology will be in 80 percent of commercial software offerings within four years. According to a WebProNews story, the research firm says companies cannot afford to ignore this trend. Not only does open source drastically cut total cost of ownership, but ignoring its benefits could put companies at a competitive disadvantage.
WebProNews writer Doug Caverly points to Microsoft, Google and Facebook as examples of tech giants that are leading the way in this arena with "small steps" such as joining DataPortability.org. However, he also notes that Gartner says it may have underestimated the trend given that, in the next five years, embedded open source will be the "minimum investment" that the software giants will make to remain competitive.