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Open Technology
February 2021

Hello, developers!

A newly released O'Reilly Media survey, commissioned by IBM, surveyed 3,400+ developers and technology managers to understand their views related to open source and the cloud. The survey suggests that instead of focusing on skills related to a specific vendor’s cloud, developers would be better off building skills around the open source technologies that underpin those clouds.

Highlights from the survey include: 
  • Open source software (OSS) was rated equal to or better than proprietary software by 94% of respondents.
  • When choosing cloud providers, 70% of respondents prefer one based on open source.
  • 65% of respondents preferred skills related to the underlying open source technologies (such as Linux, Kubernetes, or Istio), while 36% preferred skills related to a specific cloud platform (i.e., AWS, Azure, or Google).
  • 65% of respondents agree completely that contributions to open source projects impress potential employers and result in better professional opportunities.
According to the survey, “Modern software architects and developers should remain aware of both trending open source technologies and cloud offerings. Over the long term, a knowledge of the most fundamental open source projects will provide major benefits in job growth and other professional activities.” 

Read a blog post highlighting the survey's insightful results or view the full IDC survey. Today, Red Hat also released their State of Open Source report, highlighting how open source is being developed and consumed, so be sure to check it out.

Todd Moore
Vice President of Open Technology, IBM Developer and Developer Advocacy

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