Silicon.com assembled its IT executive council last week and heard from a majority of its CIOs that open source is playing an ever-growing role within their enterprises. This isn't surprising. What is surprising is how increasingly open/public IT executives are being about the benefits of open source for their organizations.
Nic Bellenberg, IT director for publisher Hachette Filipacchi UK, declared open source an "incredibly logical choice" and then went further:
There's no point spending gazillions on a complex proprietary content management system to run a website that may have to be completely changed in only a year of two after go-live.
If you're a CIO trying to make do with crotchety old proprietary software, you really need to wake up and smell the open source. Lower costs, improved flexibility, and increasingly, better performance. That's the promise of open source.