Unlocking the enterprise for open source | CNET News.com
Good article from CNET on open-source software and its adoption into the corporate world. I know most companies are feeling pressure to reduce cost at every turn. Most companies are trying many different ways to do this: outsourcing, reduced benefits, pay cuts, increased automation, longer hours with fewer workers (thats your basic productivity number) and many other ways. Companies are also looking for ways to become more competitive.
Software and its associated cost remain a largely untapped source for cost reduction. And we know that software when used properly can give a corporation a competitive edge. I don't know that open-source software is a silver bullet (its not, really there is not such thing), but changing the way software is purchased, licensed and owned/maintained will eventually have a large impact on corporations and the bottom line. Some of which will be good and some maybe not so good (open-source licensing still has some kinks).