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Linux Foundation Finds That Collaboration Pays Off

By eWeek

March 31, 2014

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In a Linux Foundation survey of 700 business managers and software developers, 91 percent said collaborative software development is important to their business, with 77 percent adding the methods enabled them to achieve a faster time to market.

The foundation focused on development that is done transparently with open source code.

Investing in collaborative development will likely remain part of normal business operations for most organizations, considering 44 percent of respondents expect an increase in efforts over the next six months and 42 percent said they will likely sustain current investments.

"Based on our experiences working with companies investing in collaborative development, the investments are largely in developers to work on the project with their peers across companies," says the Linux Foundation's Amanda McPherson. "I would expect more investments here."

Nonetheless, the top challenges cited for collaborative software development were politics, legal issues, and understanding governance practices. What stands out in the results is the decision to build software collaboratively comes from the top of organizations. "It makes development sense, and it makes business sense," McPherson says.

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