Pika Study Finds Asterisk Platform 'Much More Prevalent" in Enterprise

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| Common applications being built on Asterisk included normal office telephone
| systems, IVR/self-service systems, systems for use in inbound and outbound
| call centers, and hosted telephone andVoIP long distance systems.


Open Source ERP: Today's Hottest Emerging Technology?

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| The lack of competition means that there hasn’t been terrible pressure to
| innovate or slim down that software to make it more nimble—a serious flaw at
| a time when business needs IT to move fast. No wonder the hunger to find a
| worthy open-source alternative strikes IT leaders such as Bailar. "I'd love
| to have an open source ERP system that would just wail on what we have,"
| Bailar told the conference audience. (Bailar also cites WiMax as a second
| candidate for the most important emerging technology.)


Multi-billion-dollar businesses (see below).

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Open source to hit $22 billion by 2010. What this means for Red Hat and Novell

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| Interestingly, this number jumps to $41 billion if you add in the $19 billion
| that enterprises will invest in internal open-source development instead of
| wasting it on proprietary software licenses, according to Morgan Stanley... *



European spend on open source software hits 22bn Euros

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| Rishab Ghosh, a senior researcher at the UN University in Maastricht,
| will tell the Open Ireland conference in Dublin that the spend in the
| US on free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) stands at 36bn
| Euros and accounts for 20pc of software spend in the US.


Open source funding: the complete picture

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| In addition to VC funding, we also took a look at the amounts raised
| by open source vendors via initial public offerings. These figures
| are not included in the totals of $1.89bn or $2.02bn, but for those
| that are interested, between them Red Hat, VA, Caldera, Mandriva,
| Turbolinux and Trolltech raised $319.9m via their IPOs.


Why do vendors invest in open source?

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| The Harvard Business School has published the preliminary draft
| an interesting report that confirms one thing we probably could
| have guessed - that vendors invest in open source for economic,
| rather than altruistic, reasons - and calculates a number of
| things we probably couldn't - such as the fact that vendors
| invested $2bn in open source software between 1995 and 2005.


Source of the revolution

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| According to Ghosh, the notional value of Europe's investment in
| free/libre or open source software (FLOSS) today is e22bn,
| representing 20.5pc of the region's total software investment.
| Spending on OSS stands at e36bn and accounts for 20pc of software
| expenditure in the US.