IT decision makers in India are turning to open source to drive digital innovation to support business with new capabilities according to the results of a commissioned study by Forrester Consulting, on behalf of Red Hat, about the use of open source in digital innovation initiatives in the Asia Pacific region.
The results, highlighted in the study Open Source Drives Digital Innovation, surveyed 455 CIOs and senior IT decision makers from nine countries in Asia Pacific. The insights gathered reflect that 73 percent of respondents from India regard open source as a cost-saving initiative. The survey respondents from India believe that technology innovation is either “very important” or “critical” to their organization’s success.
· Fifty-one (51) percent of respondents from India report that their organisations have implemented open source solution while 49 percent of respondents plan to expand/implement open source solutions within the next 12 months. Motivated by benefits such as faster implementation and improved flexibility, organizations have considered including open source as an integral part of their strategy to deliver new customer experiences, services, and products more quickly.
· Open source can also create new ways of engaging and fostering standards and collaboration. Fifty-three (53) percent of respondents from India use open source to both support business innovation with new capabilities and to engage in an open ecosystem of innovation partners.
Business and IT priorities in the next 12 Months
The survey results identified that, in order to successfully compete in the age of the customer and continue to deliver world-class operational capabilities, respondents from India plan to focus on three IT and business priorities in the next 12 months:
· Reduce cost and improve operational efficiency (86 percent);
· Improve customer experience (55 percent) and
· Improve their organization’s ability to innovate (49 percent)
The research predicts that over the next two to three years, the role of open source will accelerate. Survey respondents from India anticipate that their organization’s use of open source will increase in Internet of Things by 45 percent whereas, 43 percent believe that open source will help increase their agile hybrid cloud infrastructure, application development and DevOps environments.
Rajesh Rege, MD, Red Hat, India, said, “It is encouraging to see that 51 percent of survey respondents in India reported that their organisations have already implemented open source solutions. The power of participation and collaboration of open source is no longer just an IT initiative, but has become a top business priority for many enterprises in India. Organizations want to create real business impact, accelerate innovation and provide better digital experience to their customers.”