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Open source is more than just a licence, it is also a software development methodology that allows companies to share resources and collaborate on critical parts of their software/service offerings.
Open innovation means combining internal and external ideas, and internal and external paths to market, to advance a company's technology. The parallels should be obvious, yet people don't always think as open source as an enabler for open innovation. Open source, if done right, brings many external eyeballs and fast feedback to the software development process.
We will show how those eyeballs and feedback can make a huge difference in a company's potential for innovation, and as a result provide compelling arguments for moving large parts of your software development efforts to open source, as Day Software (now part of Adobe) started doing a few years ago.
The mobile landscape has changed quite dramatically over the past few years, with the emergence of new mobile platforms and a significant shift toward open source in mobile technologies. What are the key economic drivers for this shift, and what are the lessons that can be learnt from the mobile industry's adoption of open source?
This talk will draw on Andrew's experiences as Open Source Manager for the LiMo Foundation. It will look at how and why open source has become commonplace in mobile platform development, and the advantages and pitfalls of using open source.
by Don Harbison
IBM has been engaged with open source projects for a very long time. In many ways open source is key to the companies strategy, but why is that?
In this session Don Harbison will examine IBMs motivations and strategies with respect to open source software. Using the OpenOffice project as an example Don will illustrate the key arguments for Open Source in IBM including standards adoption, product commoditization, open innovation, resource sharing and value creation.
OpenOffice was recently donated by Oracle to The Apache Software Foundation and IBM has committed its resources to help support the new Apache project's success, furthermore IBM has announced the contribution of the majority of its Symphony source code to the OpenOffice project. Don will illustrate why an independent, not-for-profit, software foundation was chosen, and why IBM is fully committed to the project's success.
7th–8th September 2011