Bogdan Manolea’s overview, featuring Pambuccian, here.
Adam Jollan, IBM- why invest in open source software? notes here.
A focused overview of eLiberatica first day here.
Shane Martin Coughlan: Strategic implementation of open source software (oss) in business
(free software foundation europe)
– internet levelled the playfield: you can sit here and sell services to china
– it’s not cool to be elitist, to think that oss people are better than other. instead, push the benefits of oss out in the community
– we are all key advocates of oss (users, developers alike)
– oss is mainstream, it is in the center of ict. we do not need to push it anymore.
– by 2010 will contribute by 4% to EU growth
– it is not about source code. it is about freedom to use, study, share and improve technology
– benefits to individual, organizations, society as a whole
– different paradigm from proprietary software
– strategic info about oss- people do not know where to search
– different way of implementing it in a business, but needs same type of business intelligence.
– it is not about adoption, because it is already mainstream. we do not sell adoption anymore, but optimization and professionalization. process management, plan ahead.
– need to move towards measurability. it is a shame that a field based on math and science is sunk in fluff.
– if you missmanage either paradigm (open source or proprietary software), it sux.
– transaction discourses in foss-field: lack of knowledge
– need to contextualise requirements from a legal perspective (about licenses)
– legal project of fsfe: educate people about legal issues. Goal: bring all stakeholders on the same page, on the transaction-way of conceptualising oss.
– we need to professionalize in all fields of ict, especially in foss, where were we are very new
– oss is good not because it is cool, hippie and magic, but because it is the most flexible to study, share and improve. it is like in a good marriage: you need more than love.
Brian King: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
writes codes, articles. consultancy and e-vangelism. 70% paid work, 30% voluntary work
giant: every oss-promoter (individual, group, organization)
1. people work harder on stuff they like
2. standard office enviro very unporductive
3. bottom-up often works bettter than top-down
(Paul Graham: What Businesses can learn from Open Source)
– crowdsourcing is the new outsourcing.
„The Customer is the Company” (Inc Magazine, 2008)
business software needs:
gets the job done
– moving data, contextualizing it
– fit (customize): from scratch, or fix
– organization and structure: good management needed
Martin Michlmayr: HP vision – Governing the use of open source
– how to chose, manage, how to make a policy
– 2007 94% of business packages
– 2008: top 3 spending increases
– 2010: 80% of software investments
why not proprietary software?
– procurement :(((
oss: management qs:
how is it acquired, chosen, supported, updated and secured, tracked, licensed? how mature it is?
– oss-strategy: when, what, why do we need it in our company?
– depends on aims and risks. updates needed.
2 HP projects:
– FOSSBazaar: open community to develop and share info related to foss governance best practices
– FOSSology: tool to analyse open source code
– most companies do not MAKE money, but SAVE money by using oss.