VP & Director of Business Affairs, OpenDocument Foundation, Inc.Sam Hiser is Vice President & Director of Business Affairs of the OpenDocument Foundation, helping organizations in government, education, and the private sector understand and adopt open standard and open source and free software where it improves business processes.
He is an O'Reilly author and enjoys speaking to groups about technology and particularly to students at high schools and universities. His frequent writing on information technology has appeared in The Economist and the Financial Times among other publications. His blog is PlexNex.com.
Hiser has been a persistent voice since 2001 in raising public awareness of the imperative for a single, open, file format standard for office documents. His confidence in the global market potential for OpenOffice and its derivatives was captured in the European Union's Valoris Report; his piece in The Economist entitled, "Open source's local heroes," established in 2003 for general readers on every continent that language localization is something open source does much better; and his efforts in support of The Commonwealth of Massachussets' ETRM 3.5 policy are penetrating and remain influential.
Hiser holds a B.A. in English literature and art history from St. Lawrence University and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
- Session: The Promise of OpenDocument