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ROUNDTABLE: Open Source Market Update

Date: September 30, 2009

Time: 12:00 pm US Eastern

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Featured Speakers:

Pierre Fricke, Director of Product Management for the SOA & Business Rules Management System products, Red Hat (bio)
Debbie Moynihan, Director, FUSE Community & Marketing, Progress Software (bio)
Anthony Gold, Open Solutions Alliance (OSA) President, Open Solutions Alliance (bio)
Joe McKendrick, ebizQ Contributor (bio)


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Progress Software and Red Hat

The roundtable will take a look at the state of open source, following up on ebizQ's mid-year view held in August 2008. It looks again at the ongoing convergence of open source software (OSS) with the goals and objectives of the leading software suppliers and adds deeper discussion of the acceptance of open source applications "up the stack." This roundtable will take up the industry-wide discussion, started here on ebizQ in our most recent annual review, on whether or not there is an open source business model. This is not an academic issue but is designed to explain the significance from IT users’ perspective. Does open source software save you time, money or both? Whether or not it is a business model, open source is at once a set of cultural issues, a development model and a set of terms and conditions. Each of those statements has actionable meaning for IT users as well.

Culture, development model and business issues will be considered in the following context:
  • The types of applications and solutions where open source software has been most successfully implemented
  • How enterprise software users base the choice of an open source stack depending on what application/services/solution type (TP, BI, ECM, ERP, BPM, etc.) and why
  • The maturity of open source software in various industries
  • How involvement with the open source community can help your industry
The goal of "Open Source Market Update" is to provide attendees with information they need to apply the open source culture and development model to their enterprises in situations where open source terms and conditions make sense for their needs.

This session will present - in a question/answer format - an overview of ebizQ research into the various ways that open source software enables both infrastructure and applications software. The panel will discuss opportunities, risks, and best practices for adopting open source software in your enterprise. The session will also be available for archive viewing.

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Featured Speaker Bios:

Pierre Fricke is director of product line management for Red Hat's JBoss SOA products. Starting with JBoss Portal and jBPM in 2005, he led the product strategy and management expansion into the integration and SOA market with JBoss Rules, Messaging and Enterprise Service Bus. Today, these products are the unit volume market leader or emerging strong challengers to long-time incumbents. He started working on UNIX at IBM in 1983 as one of the first AIX developers, building experience in data management, operating systems, communication programs, development processes, and customer support. After holding several software development management positions and completing his MBA at the University of Texas in Austin, he became one of the leading strategists and marketing leaders in IBM focusing on interoperability, integration, WebSphere, Windows NT, UNIX, as well as Linux and open source. He led the creation of IBM's "Compete, Leverage, and Interoperate" Windows NT strategy after OS/2 was discontinued and was one of the eight original leaders on the team that lead IBM into Linux and open source in 1998 and 1999. In 2000, Fricke joined D. H. Brown Associates, a research analyst firm, as VP of application and integration infrastructure.

Debbie Moynihan is responsible for expanding user adoption and growing the revenues of the FUSE open source business unit. Manage the FUSE Marketing team and budget including product marketing, demand generation, and web marketing to achieve our business objectives. Leverage communities, social media, Google and other viral marketing techniques to grow popularity of FUSE, which has completed a record quarter for Q12009. Act as key spokesperson with press and analysts, including March 2009 coverage in NY Times. Responsible for the community site, web-site, and other technology infrastructure that is instrumental to our growth.

Debbie earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the MIT School of Engineering and her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Anthony Gold is an open-source industry veteran and has been recognized as one of the most influential executives in the business. Currently he is president of the Open Solutions Alliance (OSA) and consults on all types of open source issues. Gold was formerly vice president and general manager of open source business at Unisys (Unisys has been an active OSA member since its founding in 2007 and is committed to helping the OSA achieve its mission). At OSA, he will work to drive interoperability and education of open solutions, emphasizing increased OSA efforts on the Common Customer View project and identifying new opportunities where the unique role of a consortium can accelerate momentum for open solutions.

Long-time ebizQ contributor Joe McKendrick is a writer and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. He writes ebizQ's Business Transformation in Action (formerly SOA in Action) blog and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

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