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Black Duck Survey Reveals Open Source Development Trends

SD West Attendees Overwhelmingly Use Open Source - But Management Lags

Santa Clara, California, March 11, 2009 - A survey of software developers conducted by Black Duck Software, a leading provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source software (OSS), revealed today that open source use is on the rise - yet management of open source lags in most development groups. Black Duck conducted the survey at the preeminent Software Development (SD) West Software Development Conference & Expo, held March 9-13 in Santa Clara, CA, where the major players in the software development community gather to learn about the latest business-critical technologies.

The random survey of 50 developers, drawn from companies ranging in size from under 20 to 10,000, revealed surprisingly little awareness or opinion of Microsoft and its position on Open Source Software. Specific questions and their percentage answers reported below include:

  • 82% of developers surveyed use open source to aid development, a figure consistent with many recent analyst surveys
  • Open source use is on the rise in most organizations: 44% reported using more OSS than one year ago, 32% same amount of OSS, while only 12% reported using less open source that the year before
  • Open source management lags far behind usage: Only 22% of those surveyed reported that their organizations have explicit management policies and procedures in place
  • Only 40% of larger companies with more than 500 developers had explicit management policies
  • Top concerns stated about using OSS include:
    • Licensing - 51%
    • Support - 21%
    • Security - 12%
    • Sixteen percent of respondents reported absolutely no concerns with using OSS
  • Respondents also rated their most often-used programming language
    • Java 35%
    • C and C++ 27%
    • C# 27%
    • Visual Basic 6%
    • Other 4%

“It’s heartening to see the increased growth and acceptance of open source, but surprising that developers still take an ad hoc approach to managing open source in the commercial projects,” said Peter Vescuso, EVP, Black Duck Software. “Although there are a complex set of compliance, security and management problems that can surface when OSS is used at enterprise scale, these concerns seem to be secondary to getting the work done.”

Black Duck on Monday released an enterprise automation platform - the Black Duck® Suite - that enables development organizations to take advantage of open source components while addressing the risks associated with open source software. The company is at SD West speaking about and exhibiting the Black Duck Suite, which helps organizations manage the use of open source to improve time to market while mitigating the associated licensing, security and other risks of using unmanaged open source.

For more information on this survey, contact Black Duck.

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Black Duck Software is the leading global provider of products and services for accelerating software development through the managed use of open source and third-party code. Black Duck™ enables companies to shorten time-to-market and reduce development and maintenance costs while mitigating the risks and challenges associated with open source reuse, including hidden license obligations, security vulnerabilities, unsupported open source and version proliferation. The company is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Francisco, Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong, as well as distribution partners throughout the world.

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