Aaron Fulkerson, MindTouch CEO and Founder will be speaking this week in San Francisco at the most respected conference covering the convergence of open source and business, the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC). The 6th Year of the Open Source Business Conference will bring together senior business leaders, C-level technical strategists, lawyers and venture capitalists to collaborate on emerging business models, strategies and profitability for open source software use.
Topics Aaron Fulkerson will be discussing with industry leaders include:
Moving Open Source Up the Stack
Open Source Solutions for IT infrastructure have shown great success in organizations of all types and sizes. OSS for business applications have seen greater difﬁculties in penetrating the glass ceiling of the enterprise stack. We have put together a panel representing the EU and the US, system integrators, vendors and buyers, and corporate focus vs. education focus. We”ll explore how the OSS application strategy has changed over the past four years. We will also look at success and failures, the trade-offs and the opportunities in solving business/end-user needs with OSS enterprise applications.
Open-Core Licensing: The New Business Model Standard for Commercial Software
High prices and lack of transparency have prompted introduction of the
fundamental benefits of open source to a new generation of software
developers. Initially the open source torch was brought back by grass
roots projects such as Linux, Apache, and MySQL. Now a whole
generation of open source software tools, components, and applications
has emerged. As those open source project communities have grown,
commercial open source companies have been attracted to offer
sponsorship and support of those projects.
This session will compare and contrast business models of traditional,
proprietary vendors such as Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM (all making
forays into open source) with those of the new generation of open-core
licensing vendors. Contrary to some beliefs, open source particularly
with an open-core licensing business model is also a great way to
drive adoption of innovative technology. All of these factors will
have major vendors such as Oracle, Microsoft, and SAP faltering unless
they can react quickly enough to adjust their models accordingly.
In addition to these topics at OSBC Fulkerson will be speaking at the Third Annual Microsoft Open Source ISV Forum on Monday, March 23.