Free, open-source software (FOSS) is finally a trusted solution in the enterprise, but primarily only in infrastructure layers. The promise of a completely open-source enterprise is near, but the nagging question remains: Will it work as a business for the technology industry? New business models are now appearing that bridge the old world of enterprise software with the promise and customizations of open source.
On Sept. 29, about 75 entrepreneurs, executives and investors will gather at our San Francisco offices to discuss when IT applications and infrastructure based on open source will realistically form the complete IT delivery chain. A few speakers will lead the debate, but overall emphasis will be on participation and comments by all those invited. Our goal is to bring together elements of the ecosystem — vendors, buyers, investors and project leaders — to discuss what the next opportunities could be and what still needs to be done.
We have some of the top voices in this space confirmed as speakers for this half-day town hall event, including:
- Simon Crosby – CTO, Citrix
- Javier Soltero – CTO for Management Products, SpringSource
- Joseph Tobolski – Accenture Research Labs
- Mark Tolliver – CEO, Palamida
- David Recordon – Senior Open Programs Manager, Facebook
- Bernard Golden -CEO, Hyperstratus and Analyst, GigaOM Pro
- James Turnbull – Head of Operations, Reductive Lab
If you would like to attend this free, half-day town-hall forum at GigaOM’s own headquarters in San Francisco, please RSVP here.
Those unable to attend the event can submit questions or discussion topics in the comments below, prior to the event. We’ll have a livestream and associated content available as well. (You can watch past Bunker event videos and read related analysis here. (subscription req’d.))
This GigaOM Pro Bunker Session is sponsored by Accenture and Orange, and we thank them for making this event possible.
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