“Software Landscape Set to Change Reveals Atos Consulting”

London, 10 August 2005

Over Two Thirds of Senior IT Professionals Expect Businesses To Develop Open Source Strategies

Research released today by Atos Consulting, the business consulting arm of Atos Origin, reveals that more than two thirds of the senior IT professionals questioned expect their companies to develop an Open Source strategy in the next five years, despite ongoing caution about the adoption of Open Source in the UK. The survey, conducted by the National Computer Centre, identified the key benefits of Open Source being reduced licensing costs, followed by flexibility and total cost of ownership.


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The survey highlighted:

  • Over 50% have either adopted or are planning to adopt Open Source
  • Over 55% either accept or include Open Source in a tender
  • Over 30% believe advice on technical strategy is the service that would assist them most with their adoption of Open Source
  • Over 60% believe that Open Source will either increase its presence in certain business areas or be a fundamental component in core IT systems
  • Over 73% expect Open Source to develop within their organisations' IT strategy over the next five years
  • Lack of long-term support was cited as the major inhibitor to adoption.

“In a climate where business value from IT investment is the driver, OS has already proved its viability with more IT professionals building Open Source into their IT strategies,” said Michael Dean, Director for Membership at NCC. “Further competition in the marketplace will benefit everybody and continued encouraging actions from the Government will accelerate its adoption.”

“The survey shows that adoption of Open Source is set to increase significantly over the next few years resulting in a new software industry landscape that offers companies more cost effective options,” said Noomane Fehri, Atos Consulting. “Open Source is maturing fast, as are the business models that address the support issue and if companies prepare thoroughly, defining an Open Source adoption roadmap from the outset, tangible cost benefits can be realised in a very short time. For example, Atos Origin through its Atos Worldline offering which covers electronic transaction processing, implements and supports large, critical systems for leading blue chip companies, built purely on Open Source software.”

Atos Consulting is providing technical strategy services to leading blue chip companies and public sector organisations across Europe to help them with their Open Source strategy.

The survey, which was conducted independently by The National Computing Centre, was compiled through over 140 web-based questionnaires completed by senior IT professionals.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consultin.

About The National Computing Centre
The National Computing Centre (NCC) is the UK's leading IT membership organisation, serving corporate, vendor and government communities. We champion the effective use of IT to maximise the competitiveness of our members' business. We do this by providing impartial advice and support, best practice and standards and personal and professional development. NCC is a social enterprise.

For further information, contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com

Michael Dean/Kath Bates
National Computing Centre
Oxford House, Oxford Road
Manchester M1 7ED
Telephone: +44 (0) 161 242 2121