The Business Software Alliance (BSA) released the results of its 2005 Domestic Software Industry Development Study highlighting the views of IT professionals in Asia on the development of the domestic software industry, together with statistics reflecting the views of IT professionals in the Philippines.
The key conclusions of survey are that IT professionals in Asia clearly believe that the government needs to play an important role in facilitating the development of the domestic software industry, particularly in terms of training and education. Industry self-regulation is preferred by the IT professionals as being more desirable than government-defined policies. IT professionals view the role of the government as fostering an environment of free competition such that all parties can compete freely in the market.
The survey reflects that there is substantial awareness among IT professionals in Asia about availability of open source options for software development, but the level and depth of understanding about open source and commercial software offering varies. There is expectation that open source solutions will bring about greater choice. It is a commonly held belief that the open source and commercial software models can and should co-exist.
This survey covered eight countries in Asia – China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam – to provide a representative cross section of the countries in Asia. 100 private sector IT professionals were surveyed in each country, totaling 800. IT professionals employed by the government were not included in the study. IT professionals surveyed are individuals who are IT executives, directors, managers, officers, whose primary job function is in a full time IT, software development, information systems or MIS department of a private organization. The survey was conducted by IPSOS Public Affairs, an independent research and survey company commissioned by BSA.