As members of the open source industry, we know that the industry is fundamentally global. However, being global doesn’t mean being the “same”; in fact, this intellectual understanding was brought home to me very directly when I attended the first Open Source Think Tank in 2008 in Paris. We had a member of the French Parliament discuss their adoption of open source software. The sophistication about the value of open source software and its advantages was considerably higher than in the United States at that time. The market for open source software is different in Europe and companies need to understand those differences to effectively sell into Europe. And Europe has a very different perspective about the future of open source software.
A great way to learn about these differences is by attending the Third Annual European Open Source Think Tank sponsored by Olliance Group and DLA Piper. The European Open Source Think Tank will be held on September 28 & 29 in Paris, France (for more information, see www.thinktankeu.olliancegroup.com). In addition, we are once again proud to partner with the Open World Forum, Europe’s leading conference shaping the future of the digital world, on September 30th and August 1st (www.openworldforum.org). As I noted in my earlier post, I am doing a significant amount of work with open source in the cloud and I am particular eager to attend the panel on open source in the cloud which has a great group of panelists. http://www.openworldforum.org/attend/agenda/open-cloud-conference.
The Open Source Think Tank has become the event where leading global industry experts gather and work collaboratively to chart the future of the commercial open source software industry and shape the evolution of cloud computing. Just as we did in the Napa Open Source Think Tank this spring, we will be moving to an all real-world business case format. We will use selected case studies and focus on the growing commercial maturity and complexity of open source and the evolution of cloud computing and SaaS. Just a reminder: the Think Tank is not a traditional conference, all attendees are expected to contribute and actively participate in the brainstorming and workshop format.
This event consistently sells out so you should register early. If you have not received an invitation, please complete the Request Invitation form at the event website. We are sorry that we may not be able to accept everyone who applies; the event is limited to senior executives who have significant open source experience.
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