The title of a new study from Saugatuck Research reveals that the software industry has changed open source as much as open source has changed the software industry. According to PRWeb, key findings from "Power, Speed and Assimilation: Open Source Changes the Industry, and the Industry Changes Open Source" include:
Interest from "masterbrand" software companies like Microsoft and IBM has helped to propel open source into the enterprise to such an extent that measuring the amount of open source in an enterprise is impractical, according to the study overview.
To complete the study, researchers relied on three years of user surveys (from 2005 to 2008) and also spoke to IT execs, representatives from various open source development communities, product development managers and strategists. Saugatuck's Bruce Guptill, who cowrote the report, says simply, "Open source's rampant commercialization has accelerated its adoption and change well beyond what most IT executives and software industry executive ever perceived or predicted."