Open source is still gaining ground in 2022

On the sidelines of the Open Source Experience show, a study by Markess by Exaegis confirms the good shape of the sector. This would show in France a growth higher than that of the global software and services market, confirmed over the next five years. France is also leading the dance in Europe, thanks to the support of its public authorities.

Reading the report of Markess published in November and produced in collaboration with the CNLL, Number and Systematichas every reason to delight CIOs who use open source components.

But are there still those who forbid it? According to figures estimated at the end of the year and compared to those of 2021, the study reveals that the open source market is growing faster (+8.6% to €5.9bn) that the global software and services market (+6.8% to €53.1 billion). This gap, of 1.8 points in 2022, has increased slightly compared to previous years. It should stabilize around an average of 1.5 points over the next five years.

Markess projects as well as open source, in 2027, will represent 12% of sales of software and services, compared to 11.2% currently. And this is of course essentially thanks to services. In the software-only sector, open source represents only 2.5% of the market. A market whose inexorable law it follows, for software whose implementation and use allow it, of the transition to SaaS mode.


Governments to the rescue

All these good figures allow the France to remain in first position on the European chessboard. It is slightly ahead of the British (+8.2% to €5.5 billion) and German (+6.9% to €5.2 billion) markets.

The study attributes this good performance to the support of the governments concerned, but also to that of the European Commission. As a reminder, the Action plan free and common French digital software, presented in 2021, aimed to strengthen the use of free software in the Administration, to develop the opening of public source codes, and to rely on free software to strengthen the attractiveness of the State as a as employer. There “ Strasbourg Declaration on Common Values ​​and Challenges for European Public Administrations », signed during the French presidency of the European Union at the beginning of the year, confirmed this commitment at the continental level.

In terms of vital forces, the indicators are also green, at least on the side of net job creation. Today, 64,000 people work directly in the open source industry and, according to Markess projections, another 26,000 recruitments are expected to take place by 2027.
The profiles required are very varied, and so are the skills required: IA, IoT, cloud, security, communications, etc.

More generally, the study points out that open source is remarkably positioned in the most dynamic areas of digital (see infographic).

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So everything is going for the best in the best of all possible worlds? Yes, if the skills shortages observed in IT do not affect this trend in the years to come. And that, in CIOs where employees use open source components, we continue to play the game by letting them participate in communities – which is also a factor in attracting new talent.

Because even if the world is changing and a Microsoft can now be a “gold” sponsor of the Open Source Experience trade show, the sustainability of open source still depends – at least partially – on participatory and not just consumerist behavior. Otherwise, we might as well give back the keys to the market to players with the same objectives as those from whom the late free software wanted to free itself…

Open source in France in 2022

€5.9 billion (+8.6% compared to 2021)

2.5% software market

16% of the services market


Open Source Retrospective in 2022

IT for Business also came back at length in its columns on another report. That of Red Hat and the 2022 edition of its famous ” State of Enterprise Open Source“. In particular, the study showed that 79% of European IT managers had a more positive perception of open source than a year ago and that 82% of European IT managers preferred to choose a solution provider that contributed to open source communities.


In 2022, there is still a lot of talk about cybersecurity and flaws in open source libraries. One of the ones that will have made the greatest impression – because it echoes last year’s Log4Shell – is none other than the one that affected the very famous bookstore OpenSSL used to secure exchanges.


However open source remains one of the keys to European sovereignty as we were reminded Sebastien LescopManaging Director of Cloud Temple, one of the few French cloud players certified SecNumCloud in a video interview granted to InformatiqueNews and IT for Business. For him, any digital sovereignty of Europe must be based on technological independence, of which open source is one of the expressions.


Finally, we will highlight two initiatives. The first is the new foundation Overture Maps Foundation in the bosom of the Linux foundation, which wants to open the map data market and which is supported by AWS, Microsoft, Meta and TomTom.
The second – the Metaverse Standard Forum – brings together Adobe, Autodesk, Microsoft, Meta, Unify and Sony to create true open and interoperable standards around metaverses.


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