Spotlight: Who's on the O'Reilly Open Source Radar?

Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Avi Bryant, Dabble DB
Kevin Cochrane, VP of Web Content Management, Alfresco
Adrian Holovaty, Editor of editorial innovations, Django
Dave Rosenberg, Founder and CEO, Mulesource
Javier Soltero, CEO, Hyperic
Mark Spencer, President, Digium
Jeff Waugh, Consultant, Gnome/Waugh Partners
Scott Yara, President and Co-Founder, Greenplum

Track: O'Reilly Radar: The Executive Briefing
Date: Tuesday, July 25
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: E146

At O’Reilly, we keep our ears to the ground on promising open source projects and communities, especially ones that are "on trend" with some of the big issues that we see shaping the industry. This is your chance to meet some of those that sit on top of our list. The heads of companies and projects that we think should be on your radar have ten minutes to blow your mind and make you see the open source world in a new light.

Greenplum - Scott Yara. At the heart of most web 2.0 applications is the management of big data. Greenplum's massively parallel Postgres database is the highest performance open source database around.

Hyperic - Javier Soltero. If operations is advantage, Hyperic would like to help more companies find that advantage. They're also building a Web 2.0 ecosystem in which the software gets smarter the more people use it.

Django - Adrian Holovaty Like Rails, Django is a case where the application was kept proprietary, but the framework used to build it was released to the world. Is this the new model for how to open source a web application?

DabbleDB - Avi Bryant. OK. This thing is built with smalltalk. What else do you need to know? It's a web-based database, potentially asymmetric competition for Access and Filemaker, but it's also a data multiplexer that can help to give people more control over their own data.

Alfresco - Kevin Cochrane. There are a lot of open source content management systems, but Alfresco is the one that's targeted where the money is, and that has built the robust data store to meet the needs of big companies.

Digium - Mark Spencer. VoIP is truly disruptive technology, destined for ubiquity. Digium, the company behind Asterisk, the open source VoIP server, should be mentioned in the same breath as Red Hat, MySQL, and JBoss as core open source technology for the enterprise.

Mulesource - Dave Rosenberg. Speaking of the enterprise, Mule is one of those projects known to anyone working in enterprise application integration. It's part of the plumbing for the next generation of service oriented applications.

Canoncial (Ubuntu) - Jeff Waugh. Ubuntu is currently the fastest growing Linux distribution. It's also fascinating to me because of its focus on usability, and because it's surfing much closer to the choppy water that separates free from commercial offerings than the more established commercial distributions.