The Tenth Annual Future of Open Source Survey

Open source viewed as today’s preeminent architecture and an engine for innovation, but significant challenges remain in open source application security and management practices.


Jeffrey Hammond

Jeffrey Hammond
VP, Principal Analyst
Forrester Research

Paul Santinelli

Paul Santinelli
General Partner
North Bridge

Jay Jay Billings

Jay Jay Billings
Research Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Bill Ledingham

Bill Ledingham 
CTO & EVP of Engineering
Black Duck Software

The Future of Open Source Survey received over 1300 responses and revealed that corporate open source use and participation has reached an all-time high!

Hear our panel of open source experts discuss the following 2016 survey results:

Security and Management

The development of best-in-class open source security and management practices has not kept pace with growth in adoption. Despite a proliferation of expensive, high-profile open source breaches in recent years, the survey revealed that:

  • 50 percent of companies have no formal policy for selecting and approving open source code.
  • 47 percent of companies don’t have formal processes in place to track open source code, limiting their visibility into their open source and therefore their ability to control it.
  • More than one-third of companies have no process for identifying, tracking or remediating known open source vulnerabilities.

Open Source Participation on the Rise

The survey revealed an active corporate open source community that spurs innovation, delivers exponential value and shares camaraderie:

  • 67 percent of respondents report actively encouraging developers to engage in and contribute to open source projects.
  • 65 percent of companies are contributing to open source projects.
  • One in three companies have a full-time resource dedicated to open source projects.
  • 59 percent of respondents participate in open source projects to gain competitive edge.

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Panelists Jay Billings, Research Scientist, Oak Ridge Laboratories; Jeffrey Hammond, VP and Principal Analyst, Forrester; Paul Santinelli, General Partner, North Bridge; and Bill Ledingham, CTO and EVP of Engineering, Black Duck.

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We'd like to extend a special thank you to those who have supported and collaborated with us throughout the years.

2016 Future of Open Source Survey Collaborators