Gartner is Missing the Boat on Open Source

Gartner released its “Top 10 Technologies” report this past week, and open source wasn’t on it. Here it is:

  1. Multicore and hybrid processes
  2. Virtualization and fabric computing
  3. Social networks and social software
  4. Cloud computing and cloud/Web platforms
  5. Web mashups
  6. User Interface
  7. Ubiquitous computing
  8. Contextual computing
  9. Augmented reality
  10. Semantics

I was disappointed not to find OS on Gartner’s list, and I think the findings speak to a misassessment on Gartner’s part of open source’s penetration levels, as OS is powering nearly every technology on this list. Perhaps part of the reason owes to the fact that open source isn’t really considered “disruptive” any longer, at least not at the infrastructure level.

But it’s certainly become a factor at the application level and it will be interesting to see how open source penetration levels increase over the coming year, and add they’re collective weight to unseating the current software development models many companies still abide by.

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