SOA in 2011: Enterprise IT Increasingly Open to Open Source Integration

Most enterprises are actively using open source solutions across IT departments and managers say they are likely to use more, according to a survey by FuseSource Corp., a provider of Apache-based open source SOA, middleware and messaging solutions.

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soa_chart03Most enterprises are actively using open source solutions across IT departments and managers say they are likely to use more, according to a survey by FuseSource Corp., a provider of Apache-based open source SOA, middleware and messaging solutions. 

Approximately 80% of survey respondents report they have replaced some proprietary software with open source; and 21% said they have replaced at least half of their proprietary software with open source.  Among those using open source, momentum seems to be growing.  More than half (51%) of respondents said they will use open source is at least 50% of all new projects in 2011.

“Open source solutions—as a category—are now legitimately viewed as a highly attractive alternative to proprietary, high-priced solutions from traditional commercial vendors, and in fact are creating new market opportunities,” said Larry Alston, president at FuseSource, in statement.
 
FuseSource provides enterprise-ready integration and messaging software, tools, training, consulting and support for enterprise SOA, integration and cloud projects. FuseSource offerings are based on Apache Software Foundation projects, including Camel, ActiveMQ and ServiceMix 

The FuseSource survey also found architects, not simply developers, are driving open source adoption.  Among those using open source, 75% said their open source “champions’ – those leading the effort to adopt open source -- are architects or developers.  This also shows the trend for SOA-based open source to penetrate enterprises for runtime and operations, not merely development tooling.

Customers are looking to FuseSource’s solutions because they’re tired of being “locked in” to software that “can’t adapt to their needs, is overkill or requires additional payments at every step in the process.” Alston added.  He also noted that FuseSource’s approach to open source SOA technologies creates “flexible and affordable products” that allow customers to adopt integration solutions that they never could have previously considered.

The FuseSource survey also found:
  • Flexibility was a top reason to adopt open source. 73% of the respondents said they were looking for increased flexibility while 58% wanted shorter development times
  • Cost savings and technological advantages drive runtime deployment. In response to the question, “If you have deployed or are planning to deploy open source in the enterprise, what drove the decision?” 89% said cost benefits, followed by flexibility (73%) and technical benefits (72%).

FuseSource surveyed companies from research, financial, government, energy, education, retail, healthcare, technology, telecommunications, and transportation.  Job titles in the FuseSource survey included application engineers, architects, developers, designers, analysts, and consultants.




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