Future of Unix: What Users Say

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Does your company currently use Unix?

91% (266) of the respondents indicated that Unix is used at their company.
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What versions of Unix are currently in use by your company?

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Sun Solaris 68%
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HP-UX 46%
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IBM AIX 44%
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Linux 12%
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SCO 4%
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IRIX 2%
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Tru64 2%
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DG-UX 1%
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Other Unix flavors/ versions 5%

Base: 266

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How reliant is your company on Unix as an oparating system?

77% said that they were reliant on Unix, with 43% indicating that they were "Extremely reliant" and 34% indicating "Very reliant." 14% said that they were somewhat reliant, while those that indicated that they were not reliant equaled 9%, with 8% saying that they were "Not very reliant" and 1% "Not at all reliant."

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Net top two 77%
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Extremely reliant 43%
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Very reliant 34%
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Somewhat reliant 14%
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Not very reliant 8%
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Not at all reliant 1%
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Net bottom two 9%

Base: 266
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What drives your company's reliance on Unix?

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Applications 80%
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Reliability / scalability 57%
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Hardware vendor 33%
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Interoperability 26%
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Ease of app integration/ development 21%
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Other 5%

Base: 263

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What are the three most important applications your company has running on Unix?

Top 5 answers were:

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Accounting & financial applications 10%
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Oracle 8%
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Data warehouse/database 7%
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SAP 5%
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Web applications/hosting 5%

Base: 243
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In considering rival operating systems Linux and Windows Server, which do you feel is the bigger threat to Unix?

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Which of the following best describes your Unix strategy?

56% : "Unix is an essential platform for us and will remain so indefinitely"24% : "Unix's role in our enterprise will shrink but it won't disappear"11% : "We expect to migrate away from Unix in the future"2% : "We have already implemented a plan to migrate away from Unix"6% : "None of the above"1% : "Other"
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98 respondents indicated that their company was migrating away from Unix — why are you doing so?

46% Cost32% Skills shortage30% Applications29% Server consolidation24% Other OS offers tighter integration with my apps13% Performance11% Other7% Don't know

Base: 98

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If your company is migrating away from Unix, what are you migrating to?

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Windows Server 61%
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(NET) Linux 45%
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Red Hat 42%
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SuSE 4%
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SCO 1%
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Other Linux 1%
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IBM non-Unix proprietary systems including z/ OS, OS400 8%
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Other 2%
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Don't know 12%

Base: 98

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What's the timeframe for this migration?

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Base: 98

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Over the next five years, how do you expect your company's demand for workers with Unix skills to change?

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Base: 266
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Which of the following best describes your vision of where Unix will be in five years?

It will be an essential operating environment with continued widespread deployment 52%It will be important in some vertical market sectors, but it will not be considered an essential operating environment for most companies 38%It will generally be seen as a legacy system warranting a non-Unix migration path 6%None of the above 3%Other 1%

Base: 266
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Demographics

Most of our respondents were IT managers (71%)

Manager 52%Other IT manager 19%Supervisor 9%Director 7%Technical consultant 5%Systems integrator 2%CIO/ CTO/ CSO .8%Executive VP, Sr. VP .4%Vice president .4%Other 6%
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The average number of employees employed in the entire organization, at all locations for respondent companies: 8, 820 with

26% working at companies whose head count is 20,000 or more,10% working at companies with head counts of 10,000-19,999,16% at 5,000- 9,999,25% at 1,000 to 4,9998% at 500-999,11% at 100-4992% at 50-99 and2% at less than 50 total employees.
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The majority of the respondents reported working in these five industries:

80% work in non-computer-related industries15% Manufacturing/ process industries (non-computer-related)9% Health/ medical/ dental services8% Finance/ banking/ accounting7% Education6% Government: state or local6% Retailer/ wholesaler/ distributor (non-computer-related)

This study was conducted on behalf of Computerworld to learn about future plans for Unix among IT management/decision-makers.

Methodology

This study was conducted among Computerworld subscribers. A total of 10,000 names with e-mail addresses were randomly selected from the subscriber file using the following selection criteria:

  • IT management job title (CIO, CTO, VP, director, manager, supervisor, other IT manager, systems integrator, technical consultant)

  • Unix currently in use or planned for use at company

The study was administered via the Internet. Each sampled subscriber was sent an e-mail message inviting him to participate on June 10, 2003. Each sampled subscribers' unique address to access the questionnaire was included in his e-mail. Subscribers could either click on the address to gain access to the questionnaire or enter the address using a Web browser.

In order to qualify to complete the survey, respondents were required to have Unix currently in use at their companies.

The survey ended on June 18, 2003. A total of 291 completed surveys (266 qualified completes) were received, resulting in a 3% response rate.

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