The report also found that developers like working with open source. "It's simple for three out of four developers -- open source helps them deliver projects faster. Seven in 10 also cited a reduction in software costs when working with open source software. The transparency of open source code is also important to 63 percent of development professionals, while 51 percent use open source as a hedge against vendor lock-in," Forrester analysts said. But only 22 percent of developers actually have contributed to open source projects.
In the area of project spending, Forrester found that IT organizations "struggle to fund new software development initiatives, but they have made steady progress in increasing the proportion of the software budget spent on new initiatives and projects from 33 percent in 2007 to 50 percent in 2011."
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