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O'Reilly Open Source Convention


Open Source for the Enterprise

Track: BOF
Date: Wednesday, July 09
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Salon G

Session will be moderated by Dan Woods and Gautam Guliani who are writing a book on enterprise use of open source technology.

This BOF will focus on the various issues surrounding the use of mature open source technologies in business critical functions in the enterprise. Do you use (or are planning to use) open source technologies like linux, Apache, mysql, perl, php etc in a medium to large size business? The biggest issues in winning the day may not be technical. Making the case for ROI for open source, explaining how open source is supported, and addressing security concerns are key issues even in a friendly environment. With the the FUD-makers on the move, making a strong case becomes even more vital.

In addition to these issues, we will examine how what criteria make an open source project ready for enterprise use. We would like to spark discussion on questions like: How do you distinguish a thriving project from an abandoned one? What strategies do you use for support? When should you pay for support? Is it easier or harder, cheaper or costlier to hire talent to support OSS products? Do you (plan to) contribute changes/enhancements back to the project?

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