Subject: RE: need source for an oft-quoted stat
From: "Larry M. Augustin" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 18:40:05 -0800

I recall something from one of the big investment banks comparing the size
of internal IT budget dollars spent on development from one of their CIO
surveys to the number of dollars spent in aggregate on R&D by software
companies.  I will poke around and see if I can find the source.


On Feb 10, 2005, at 9:46 AM, Tim O'Reilly wrote:
>And I believe Eric's source was just a riff on looking at the number of
>want-ads for programmers at companies who were NOT in the business of
>providing IT products and services, vs. at companies directly in the
>software industry.
>On Feb 9, 2005, at 11:05 PM, Russell Nelson wrote:
>> Brian Behlendorf writes:
>>> "Most software development is focused on software intended for
>>> internal
>>> use" is, in varying forms, a statistic quoted often when talking
>>> about why
>>> Open Source appeals broadly.  Anyone know the source of this, or other
>>> related stats?  It's for a business-magazine piece.
>> First time I heard it was from Eric Raymond in the Cathedral and the
>> Bazaar.  It's likely to be on Target; consider how much code Wal*Mart
>> must have, or Sears, or KMart (but ahhh I repeat myself).