In order to take advantage of all of the opportunities out there, from wearable technology to cloud connectivity, Engates said that open source will take on a much bigger role in 2014. However, today the industry isn't completely there yet, he said.
"IT isn't really in a position today to really take advantage of some of these things," Engates said.
The rise of software-as-a-service, Engates said, will help give some companies the push they need toward open source solutions. In the end, it's about getting back to the solutions that add value and stepping away from the ones that don't, he said.