Open source to flood IT in 2015

January 23, 2015 // By Julien Happich
Dr. Larry Ponemon, Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute, predicts that the next two years will see the majority of IT professionals making changes to existing collaboration and messaging solutions, likely to the benefit of open source alternatives.

“With the majority of deployments being proprietary solutions and the sentiment largely negative, I would expect to see increased interest in new solutions that are based on commercial open source," said Dr. Ponemon

Business continuity, quality and control eclipse cost savings as the top reasons why IT professionals prefer open source to proprietary software. According to a new study by the Ponemon Institute and Zimbra, more than 75 per cent of IT professionals agree that code transparency increases the trustworthiness of a software application.

And, two-thirds believe it improves security and reduces privacy risks.

Olivier Thierry, Zimbra Chief Marketing Officer, explains: “Historically, open source has largely been associated with lower costs. However, its inherent transparency leads to improvements in quality, resulting in greater security and privacy than proprietary software. As security and privacy are key drivers for many organizations, interest in open source solutions is on the rise, particularly commercial open source.”

“It is nearly impossible for a single vendor to have an adequate number of employees looking at and evaluating software,” continues Thierry. “A new model must be adopted, because having more people participate is crucial. For example, Zimbra has approximately 70,000 open source community members who are constantly reviewing our software. This is a huge benefit, not only in terms of code quality but also code security.”

Findings from the survey, which was conducted in 18 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as the United States, show that 67 per cent of IT professionals in EMEA and 74 per cent in the US agree that commercial open source outperforms proprietary software when it comes to business continuity. However, IT practitioners in EMEA and the US disagree on matters of security and privacy.

Throughout the study, there is evidence that EMEA organisations are more concerned with the privacy consequences of messaging and collaboration, while US organisations focus more on security.

“One of the most interesting