Read some very interesting comments posted on Slashdot - http://developers.slashdot.org/developers/03/09/19/2133204.shtml?tid=126&tid=169 - regarding the results of our recent survey on the PHP Usage in the Enterprise. See how we've evaluated the PHP market size($$$), what people think about PHP as an alternative to Java and .NET, and what should be done in order to have your large clients adopt open source solutions.
In our survey, we have tried to attract software development companies, as well as specialists working with PHP for internal development projects. The PHP Enterprise Survey was created to help all parties involved in the PHP Market understand it better, and thus create better businesses based on it.
View the Results of InterAKT's "PHP Usage in the Enterprise" Survey - http://www.interakt.ro/index_art_11.html
We wanted to identify why PHP is used or is rejected in the Enterprise. Since in nowadays economy, the Enterprise is the one that could finance any technical endeavor, it is very important to understand the economic, as well as the technical aspects of the problem.
We've tried to identify the amount of money that circulates in the market. Demonstrating the size of the market could only help you and your potential clients take the right decisions about investing in this technology. Rich markets also mean that people use the technology and benefit from it on all levels: the final client receives the right solution for his needs, the developer does his work, and the software and technical support companies also get a piece of the cake.
Another issue that we've tried to determine was how much PHP companies spend for tools. As good tools make the difference between play and work, we think that one should understand the need for tools that will enable enterprise-level productivity for PHP companies.
We have also tried to understand other forces that are driving the PHP market, such as where should PHP be promoted, how PHP software-development companies look like and what the PHP development workload typically is for these companies.
We hope we've gathered sufficient information to become a reference for anyone wanting to show that PHP is a viable alternative for Intranet/Extranet applications and dynamic website development.
We think your opinion matters, so we invite you to fill the survey - http://iakt.rdsnet.ro/interakt/survey/?survey_id=12 - which is still open, as we'll release a second and more in-depth round of results in about one month.