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Open Source Ecosystem

IDC's Open Source Ecosystem service takes an unconventional approach to understanding the importance and size of open source–based solutions that are entering the market today. This program analyzes the relative maturity, capabilities, and size of noncommercial implementations of open source software solutions in the context of markets that classically have been served by commercial, non-open source software products and have been sized in terms of dollars of spend annually. This program provides the "rest of the story" to clients that wish to understand the complete ecosystem that is in play in a given market and the role that open source software plays today and will play in the future.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Inventory of open source projects by functional market
  • Evaluation of the commercial vendors that turn those open source projects into commercially supported products and their ability to penetrate and impact the market
  • A focus on the business models and market opportunities in each functional market
  • Evaluation of the customer base for each open source technology as well as adoption and use cases for that technology
  • Forecast for how adoption is likely to change
  • Partnership profile for vendors and communities in this market

Core Research

  • The Changing Role of Noncommercial Open Source Software
  • Open Source Penetration Series: Infrastructure Software from a Commercial Versus Noncommercial Perspective
  • Private Versus Public: Where Open Source Is Used
  • IDC MaturityScape: Open Source Software Adoption
  • Open Source Penetration Series: Software Markets from a Commercial Versus Noncommercial Perspective
  • Database of Open Source Projects and Commercialized Products

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.

Key Questions Answered

  1. What is the relative maturity of key open source projects and commercialized versions of these projects?
  2. What is the overall volume of noncommercial open source software in specific markets?
  3. How is open source software used in public cloud infrastructure?
  4. Who are the key commecial vendors selling open source software across multiple markets?
  5. How many open source projects are there that are commercially supported, and how are they changing the industry?
  6. How do business models differ based on the underlying technology?
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Al Gillen Group Vice President, Software Development and Open Source