With the Linux Foundation Enterprise End User Summit  coming up on April 30, we revisited the data collected for our Linux Adoption Trends report  to find some of the global trends among enterprise Linux users.
While the report published in January focused on large enterprises with more than $500 million in sales or 500+ employees, this previously unreleased data highlights regional trends among enterprise users in Europe and Asia.
For the most part the regional data showed similar patterns of adoption with large enterprise users. But one result in particular stood out.
More than 34 percent of 257 organizations surveyed in Asia cited finding trained developers and/or systems administrators as the top factor impeding Linux from having more success. That’s about double the percentage of large enterprises (17.6 percent) and European enterprises (16.3 percent) that listed finding talent as the top impediment.
Contrast these results with those of a recent Dice report  that show demand for Linux skills in the job market reached a new high in April and you begin to see the need for more Linux training,  especially in Asia. The data also jibes with Randstad Technologies manager Chris Mader’s suggestion  that a huge opportunity awaits IT staffing agencies in Asia.
This data just scratches the surface of emerging trends in Linux enterprise use. For more insight and information on enterprise Linux we recommend attending the Enterprise End User Summit  April 30 - May 1 in New York. The event is also an opportunity to meet other users such as Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group (see the video, below) that can help illuminate other development opportunities. For opportunities specific to the Asia/Pac markets, check out the LinuxCon Japan  agenda. This event takes place June 6-8 in Yokohama.