There were 740 respondents for this year's survey, and non-vendors made up 59 percent of respondents. Among respondents, 62 percent said that open source applications and platforms represented more than half of their software deployments. When asked what makes open source attractive, respondents said "freedom from vendor lock-in," "lower costs," and "quality," were paramount.
In the past, the Future of Open Source Survey has made accurate predictions about industries that are going to be profoundly affected by open source.
In this year's survey, the following industries were cited from that perspective:
Data management 44%
Health/Medical/Life Sciences 23%
Financial Services 12%