Open source integration tools are 'enterprise ready'

Enterprises are increasingly looking at open source for critical enterprise date integration projects, according to a global survey of more than 1,000 respondents.

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Enterprises are increasingly looking at open source for critical enterprise date integration projects, according to a global survey of more than 1,000 respondents.

The survey, conducted by open source data integration provider Talend, said organisations trying to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for data integration software, were considering OSS.

This was not just for one-time projects, but also "for on-going mission-critical processes, to replace or complement their expensive CPU-dependent solutions," Talend claimed.

The survey found 31.2 percent of respondents use open source tools in combination with commercial applications for data integration. Talend said: "In fact, open source solutions are often complementary to an existing proprietary solution that, for functional or cost reasons, is unable to address a specific need."

The key drivers for using open source tools were ease of use (59%), performance (53.9%), and no vendor lock-in (42.5%), followed by licensing costs with only 42.1% respondents.

Yves de Montcheuil, vice president of marketing at Talend, said OSS's cost argument is compelling for IT managers: “Open source solutions are continually evolving to meet market requirements. The TCO is significantly better than proprietary solutions and users confirm the ease of use and performance of these products."

Montcheuil added that IT departments do not have to justify “significant up-front fees, a key consideration in today’s economic climate.”

Talend has also released a white paper summarising these findings.

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