Quocirca Special Report
INVESTMENT TRENDS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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Corporate Linux Adoption in Europe
High profile news stories of adoption create an impression that Linux is on the
verge of world domination. The reality is a little less exciting. Linux is making
good progress and is gradually assuming its place in the market as a legitimate
option for the mainstream that will coexist with traditional offerings.
• 75% more companies have formally evaluated Linux in the past year
The percentage of large European corporates having formally evaluated Linux
has risen from 19% in December 2002 to 35% in December 2003. This
represents a 75% increase in the level of “official” mainstream attention over
the past year. This is likely to have been driven by the promotion of Linux by
mainstream vendors such as IBM and Oracle.
• Attention varies more by geography than by company size
The level of formal attention is consistent between the Tier 1 ($1bn turnover)
and Tier 2 ($100m-$1bn turnover) organisations looked at in this study. In
terms of geographic variation across major European markets, there has been
more formal evaluation of Linux in Germany (42%) and the UK & Ireland
(40%) than in Spain (23%) and France (20%).
• But formal evaluations tell just part of the story; Linux is also entering
companies “under the radar”
Over 40% of Senior IT Management tell us that unofficial experimentation with
Linux is definitely, likely or probably taking place in their organisation. When
the level of official and unofficial evaluation is combined, we can estimate that
Linux is likely to have been looked at by approximately 60% of large European
corporates in one way or another.
• Yet commitment remains piecemeal and spending plans are modest
Overall, 39% tell us that