Open Source Business Conference May 22 – 23, 2007, Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA [ Update ]


Tracks and Topics include:

  • What’s Next – Open source business models (cutting edge models and details on how the leading companies do business), emerging issues (Attribution, effective download conversion strategies, etc.), and other topics of interest to the rising tide of open source vendors
  • What’s Now – Examine CIO issues – implementation strategies, cost savings, etc., as well as ways to work with open source communities and get quality support
  • What’s Legal – How to take a proprietary product into the open, the mechanics of setting up an open source review board for enterprises, what GPLv3 means for the industry, and more
  • Day One Keynotes

    The Evolution of Open Source in the Enterprise

    Presented by Matthew J. Szulik, CEO of Red Hat, Inc.

    Keynote Description: Open source is shifting from general-purpose technologies to vertical solutions – serving specialized industries like finance and healthcare, which have a unique opportunity to benefit from the value of open source. As the momentum toward open source solutions continues to grow, the principles of open source are being applied beyond software. Collaboration. Transparency. Openness. It is changing how we create and share content – from software code to text, music, video, even ideas. And how we learn through projects like One Laptop per Child, the open source philosophy is helping overcome traditional limitations of technology access, creating a truly global society where everyone is free to participate.

    Open Source – Leveraging the Capabilities to Drive Consumer Product Innovation

    Presented by Marc West, CIO of H&R Block

    Keynote Description: Open Source is about more than free software. At H&R Block we are using a mix of open source and traditional technology to create innovative products for our customers. There are many considerations you need to include when adopting open source technologies and practices within your environment. However, achieving a balanced and leveraged mix of technologies can drive significant change in the way you think / engage your customers.

    Copyleft Business Models – Why it’s Good Not to Be Your Competitor’s Free Lunch

    Presented by Eben Moglen, Chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center and Professor, Columbia University Law School

    Keynote Description: Now that the GPL wars are over, and we have two good GPLs to choose from, it is time to re-ask some fundamental questions about business models and software licenses. In this talk, I explain why smaller software-focused businesses will soon be deserting Apache- and BSD-style permissive licenses for GPL [2 3] and their successors.