Open source platforms are no longer just for a small group of hardcore coders. A recent study by Black Duck and North Bridge of developers and security professionals shows that 65 percent of respondents have embraced open source as a critical element of their development strategy.

Emerging technologies such as containers are also on the rise; 59 percent of respondents already utilize containers in a variety of deployments to speed up their go-to-market strategies, from development and testing to internal and external production environment.

In the channel, the growing number of independent software vendors (ISVs) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies have contributed to the increased popularity of open source, spurred in part by the adoption of the technology by giants such as Microsoft and Apple. 

Highlights from the survey include: 

  • More than 55 percent of respondents leverage open source within their production environments.
  • Open source private financing has increased almost 4x in five years.
  • 50 percent of companies have no formal policy for selecting and approving open source code.
  • 67 percent of respondents report actively encouraging developers to engage in and contribute to open source projects.
  • One in three companies have a fulltime resource dedicated to open source projects.
  • 59 percent of respondents participate in open source projects to gain competitive edge.

Take a look at the infographic below for more insights, and download the full report here.