Report: 70% of devs struggle with transitioning to open source

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According to a new study from Instaclustr and Forrester Consulting, enterprises using open core technology have a clear desire to move towards pure open source options – but 70% struggle with supporting inter-company strategies and barriers. The results point to a clear desire for license cost savings, code portability and strong community support offered by free and open source technologies compared to more proprietary open core options.

However, describe the main solutions currently associated with the major barriers to their adoption of FOSS. Thirty-nine percent of those calling for more unified leadership to achieve open source transition have named inconsistent strategies across departments as roadblocks. Thirty-one percent cited a lack of widespread support available, while 29 percent flagged a lack of in-house skills around open source technology to prevent further FOSS adoption in their business. Interestingly, even 29% report an existing license lock-in as a barrier to accessing open source options. The 41% majority described “access to qualified, expert assistance from outside parties” as the most effective way to move their organizations towards adopting FOSS.

Graphics.  Top challenges preventing open-core-only organizations from using FOSS.  Full results are available in the article itself.
Some reasons prevent open key users from easily transitioning to FOSS options.

Open Core Solutions builds on top of FOSS offers by adding proprietary features, but can also come with the risk of expensive commercial licensing fees and lock-in when the organization’s code is not as portable as FOSS. Against this background, the survey named the main principles of the FOSS offering as drivers for adoption. Asked about the benefits of FOSS for application development strategy, 45% or reduction in named costs, 41% cited lack of licensing fees, 40% highlighted total access to application source code and 40% focused on strengthening FOSS communities. While actively practicing FOSS-only strategies, 47% cited advantageous flexibility and restrictions that FOSS offered, 38% citing total software portability and 31% cited increased agility and adaptability to adopt their FOSS.

Among the most surprising findings – for decision makers currently taking advantage of the open core strategy, at least cited as the reason in favor of their open core adoption, which is actually available for free from FOSS. Forty-one percent reported lower risk, 39% reported higher efficiency, and 33% reported easier cloud transition as one of the main benefits of open core solutions. However, mature, enterprise-grade FOSS technologies have built-in governance and community support to compete or surpass key open options in security, efficiency and inter-efficiency. FOSS independence also enables the adoption of the cloud without restrictions, which may not be the case with licensed solutions.

Finally, 84% of people who already use FOSS solutions report their interest in registering an externally operated services platform or consultancy to support their FOSS deployment with greater efficiency. Specifically, 68% of these decision makers named security, 66% nominal scalability, 66% nominal migration assistance, and 65% overall FOSS skills as their most urgent needs for which partner-led support solutions provide.

This study clarifies the aspirations of ventures to go beyond open key limitations and build capital on FOSS benefits. It also highlights the ways in which decision-makers in application development have migrated to open source technology, providing greater flexibility and independence than they would like.

For its study, Forrester Consulting and InstaCluster surveyed 322 global application development decision makers.

Read the full report via Forrester Consulting and InstaCluster.

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