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Optimizing Open Source and SOA Strategies

Date: August 09, 2007

Time: 12:00 pm US Eastern

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Featured Speakers:

Mark Driver, Vice President and Research Director, Gartner (bio)


Dennis Byron

Sponsored By:

Red Hat

Open source and service oriented architecture have met the mainstream, but like many aspects of technology each has its own risk factors. Moreover, a growing number of SOA projects integrally leverage open source technology -- so much that it has become largely impractical to invest in SOA without a comprehensive open source strategy as well. Successfully managing these challenges, both large and small, is the key to maximizing potential rewards from open source and SOA investments.

In this webinar we take a sneak peek at a number of topics covered in Gartner's upcoming 2007 Open Source Software Summit. We will address both technical and business trends as the open source model matures and plays a key role in successful SOA strategies. In addition we take an early look at Gartner's OSS Maturity Index that will provide a comprehensive framework for evaluating a wide range of open source software opportunities for mainstream IT organizations.

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Featured Speaker Bios:

Mark Driver is a vice president and research director in Gartner Research, where he specializes in application development technologies and open source software. Within Gartner, Mr. Driver serves as a principle analyst for Java technology as well as the Microsoft .NET framework. He also manages Gartner's research agenda concerning both business and technical issues around open source software. He covers many aspects of open source software models including adoption challenges, best practices, market impact and development models.

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Driver was a technical architect and project leader for more than 15 years in the IT industry, where he focused on distributed open systems development. He worked in several areas including state government, commercial software vendors and in-house IT groups.

I love the ability to work with IT organizations and technology providers to spot major trends in IT as they emerge. Most importantly, I enjoy working with clients to help them effectively exploit these technologies for real-world business benefits. Balancing on the razor's edge between a technologyÍs theoretical potential and its pragmatic reality is the most challenging aspect of my job.

Years of Experience

  • 9 years with Gartner
  • 24 years in IT industry

Professional Background

  • MCI Systemhouse, Technical Architect, 2 years
  • PowerCerv, Internet Technology Manager, 3 years
  • Florida Department of Management Services, Manager, Advanced Technology Projects, 5 years


  • B.S., Computer and Information Science, Florida State University

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