Mid-Sized Companies Not Interested in Linux - Microsoft Still Dominates, Study Says

Apr 05, 2005, 01:00 ET from Info-Tech Research Group

    LONDON, ON, April 5 /PRNewswire/ - Most mid-sized enterprises are simply
 not interested in Linux, according to a recent study by Info-Tech Research
 Group, a leading technology research firm. A tiny 10 percent of mid-sized
 enterprises plan to evaluate Linux within the next three years and only a
 portion of these will actually adopt it.
     "Just 27 percent of mid-sized companies currently have Linux installed
 and almost half of the respondents said they have no interest in Linux. The
 Linux advance into this market has stalled," says Frank Koelsch, Executive
 Vice President of Info-Tech Research Group. "Microsoft still dominates this
 market and is the clear leader for mid-sized companies," he adds. "Linux was
 initially hot, but interest has substantially declined. Companies are past the
 hype and taking a much more cautious approach towards Linux."
     The study highlighted the divide that is occurring between large
 companies who are increasingly embracing open source, and smaller companies
 who remain Microsoft-centric. Of the companies who did not already have Linux
 installed, 48 percent have no interest whatsoever and a further 15 percent are
 not sure.
     "An important consideration for any mid-sized enterprise evaluating Linux
 is that although Linux is free, the support for it is not," says Koelsch. "For
 smaller organizations that already have a trained Windows-based support staff,
 adding Linux to the mix can add headcount, complexity and create havoc," he
 continues. "Unless there is a compelling business reason to implement a Linux
 system, IT decision makers in mid-sized enterprises should stick to Microsoft
 solutions, even though they are not perfect either."
     The findings and trend analysis are included in Info-Tech Research
 Group's annual "IT Priorities 2005" report. With over 1,400 companies
 responding, it is the largest annual survey of its kind. The study focused on
 mid-sized enterprises in the US, Canada and the UK.
     With a paid membership of over 25,000 worldwide, Info-Tech Research Group
 is the global leader in providing IT research and analysis to the mid-sized
 enterprise market. It is North America's fastest growing full-service IT
 analyst firm.

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