How do Big US Firms Use Open Source Software?

Apr 3, 2012
"Looking at the types of organizations that adopt OSS we found that companies using an OSS system have significantly higher revenues and assets than users of proprietary systems. These facts probably indicate that OSS adoption is driven by economies of scale and scope, and that it is also associated with better performance. Furthermore, we saw that an industry sector's IT capital stock share was positively correlated with its OSS adoption ratio, indicating that the adoption of OSS benefits from a high intensity of IT usage as measured through the IT capital stock share. As you can see in the Figure, OSS adoption is rising with surprising regularity from the diagram's left to the right as a company's focus moves toward the consumer presumably commanding a higher intensity of IT usage. "