Most Universities have no formal policy or procedure for open-source consumption

Every year, open-source software “eats” more of the business world, yet companies need their management and governance of open source to catch up to their usage.

Back in 2010, roughly 42 percent of the respondents to a North Bridge and Black Duck Software’s annual future of open source survey said they used open source to run their business or in their IT environment. This year, it’s 78 percent.

“Open source has solidified its position as the default base for software development,” said Paul Santinelli, general partner at North Bridge. “It is infiltrating almost every facet of the modern enterprise.”

Black Duck and North Bridge just released the 2015 results of the survey, which is now in its ninth year. Included are the responses of some 1,300 IT and business professionals across industries.

Among the other notable results:

— Sixty-six percent of respondents said their companies now create software for customers that’s built using open-source tools;

— Sixty-four percent participate in open-source projects —- up from 50 percent just last year. Over the next two to three years, 88 percent expect to do so;

— More than 66 percent of respondents say they consider open-source software before other options;

— Fifty percent say more than half of the engineers at their company are working with open-source software.

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