Monday, February 12, 2007

Licensing eats into IT budgets

According to a report in the analysis section of Computing (dated 8 Feb 2007) and citing information in a Forrester report it seems that license fees will consume 30% of IT budgets in 2007. If that were not bad enough, an additional 18% will go on subscription fees. The report lumps together something called license maintenance and code maintenance at 26% leaving the remaining 26% for application development.

With the costs of just getting permission to use closed source software at 50% or more of IT budgets, the scope for releasing value through the use of free and open source software has never been greater.

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