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The Five most popular corporate open-source programs


We all know that lots of companies use open-source software. Trying to get a handle on what open-source programs they use can be a little harder. That’s why OpenLogic, an open-source software support company’s recent report on both their growth and what programs businesses are asking for help with is interesting.

In general, OpenLogic is continuing to grow while many other businesses are stuck in the doldrums of the bad economic times. According to the company, “OpenLogic’s new customer growth was strong as bookings increased 86% over 2008.” While, “renewal bookings grew by 40% over 2008.”

These aren’t little customers either. “OpenLogic’s sales remain strong with large, Global 2000 companies representing 60% of OpenLogic’s customer base.” And, “while financial services and technology/telecommunications remain OpenLogic’s top industries, government was the fastest growing sector. OpenLogic also saw strong growth in healthcare, manufacturing and media sectors.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m impressed. In 2009, OpenLogic actually saw significant growth. About the only other companies that come to mind that saw a serious increase in business last year was Apple and Red Hat.

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