Our friends at NOP World are predicting that IT organizations will spend 2.8% more in 2004 on open source than they did the preceding year. That may not sound like a lot, but when you consider that the overall growth in IT spending in 2004 is expected to reach 5.3 percent, it's easy to see that open source will play an important role in enterprise rollouts this year. However, North America will not lead the way in budgeting for open source.
...the country that predicts the largest increase for 2004 is Germany, where government departments have increasingly chosen to drop Microsoft in favour of Open Source. German IT decision makers predict that they will spend 4.3% more on Open Source applications in 2004 than 2003, compared to 2.7% in France, 2.6% in both the UK and the US.Novell's purchase of SuSE just makes more and more sense as time goes by.