O'Reilly Open Source Convention - August 1-5, 2005 - Portland, Oregon
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Open Source Business Review
Wednesday and Thursday, August 3 - 4

Open Source Business Review Speakers

Kevin Bedell
Kevin Bedell is a senior consultant with Black Duck Software and works with a wide variety of organizations on issues related to combining open source code with proprietary software. He is a seasoned software professional with over ten years of direct experience either developing software or managing software developers. He was founding editor of LinuxWorld Magazine and continues there as open source editor. Bedell has a degree in engineering and an M.B.A., is a frequent speaker at industry events, and is a member of Toastmaster's International. Visit Bedell's O'Reilly blog.

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Mark A. Brewer
Mark Brewer joined Covalent Technologies, the leading provider of products and services for Tomcat and Apache, in late 2001 as Vice President of Field Operations and took over as CEO in early 2004. Prior to Covalent, Brewer held sales management and executive positions with Banter Technologies, Andromedia, and Powersoft.

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Karen Copenhaver

Immediately prior to joining Black Duck, Karen was a partner in the Patent and Intellectual Property Group of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP practicing in the area of technology licensing. Karen began her legal career at IBM in New York and held various counsel positions in marketing and development locations, including serving for ten years as site counsel for the semiconductor development labs and manufacturing facilities in Burlington, Vermont. In 1992 she joined Brown & Bain PA working with technology clients in their offices in Phoenix, Arizona, and Silicon Valley.

She has served as an adjunct professor at Suffolk Law School in the field of Computer Law, lectured at Suffolk's Advanced Legal Series conferences on copyright law and sophisticated licensing issues, served as chair for the Practicing Law Institute’s annual conference on Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic Alliances, and is a frequent speaker at conferences devoted to issues relating to open source licensing.

Karen is a graduate of Dickinson School of Law (JD, 1979), is admitted to practice in New York, Vermont, California and Massachusetts.

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Gautam Guliani
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Ira Heffan

Ira Heffan is an attorney in the Intellectual Property Transactions and Strategies Practice of Goodwin Procter. He is resident in the firm's Boston office. Ira regularly counsels clients on intellectual property licensing matters, including negotiation of software license agreements and appropriate use of software distributed under “free” and “open source” licenses. He also concentrates his practice on strategic intellectual property counseling, patent and trademark portfolio development, and disputes relating to computer hardware and software technology.

Ira has authored and co-authored various articles on open source software and intellectual property law. He wrote one of the first papers discussing the enforceability of the GNU General Public License, which appeared as a note in the Stanford Law Review in 1997, entitled "Copyleft: Licensing Collaborative Works in the Digital Age." Additional authorships on the subject include “Will Open Source Close Your Exit?” in Venture Update; “‘Open Source’ Software: Weighing the Benefits and Risks” in IP Observer; and “Consider the Risks of Using Open Source Software in Commercial Products” in Mass High Tech.

Ira received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, a M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Union College.

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Jim Jagielski
Web/open source visionary and advocate Jim Jagielski is Chief Technology Officer for Covalent Technologies, the most trusted source for complete enterprise open source solutions and the leading provider of products and services for the Apache Tomcat Application Server, Apache Geronimo Application Server, Apache Axis Web Services Framework, and Apache HTTP, the world's leading Web server. Jagielski has made developer and porting contributions to numerous Open Source projects including Perl, sendmail, BIND/named, PHP, xntpd, GNU, cgiwrap and FreeBSD.

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Jorg Janke
Jorg Janke is the founder and principal of the Compiere ERP & CRM open source project. As the driving force behind Compiere's success, Janke has more than 20 years of combined business and technical experience, holding all Sun Java and Oracle DBA certifications. Under Janke's leadership, Compiere, Inc. provides stewardship, development, support and training for the company's products as a key part of the overall support provided by Compiere's 50+ partners throughout the world. Before founding Compiere, Janke was director of enterprise systems in Oracle's Application Development Division (Redwood Shores, California) and manager of business applications at the EMEA HQ of Unisys (London). Previously, Janke created an application for the retail and distribution markets and later joined ADV/Orga, the company from which SAP licensed its first version. Janke holds a B.A. in Accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

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Christian Lahti
Christian Lahti has over 15 years experience in the IT industry. He is an expert in security, systems, and networking, having developed and implemented global IT infrastructures with a focus on Linux and open source as well as providing consulting expertise for successful cross-platform integrations and interoperability. He is also skilled in databases and web development. He is a speaker at LinuxWorld and OSCON, and was the lead developer and technical editor of the book Windows To Linux Migration Toolkit, a Syngress title.

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Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz
r0ml is an software architect and systems designer with over thirty years of experience. For two decades, r0ml worked on Wall Street, developing market data, trading, risk management, and quantitative analysis systems. More recently, as chief technical architect at AT&T Wireless, he drove the improvement of their CRM, ERP, commission, and data warehousing systems. Over the last several years, r0ml has become increasingly interested in open source software strategy at large enterprises, and is a frequent speaker on the topic.

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W. Phillip Moore
W. Phillip Moore recently left Morgan Stanley, where he was executive director of UNIX Engineering. There, Moore was a senior architect, responsible for the evolution of the firm's UNIX/Linux infrastructure. With over 15 years of experience deploying solutions to problems of extreme scalability, his past accomplishments include the deployment of Morgan Stanley's Perl development environment, global filesystem (AFS), and transactional messaging infrastructure (MQSeries). He is the original author of the MQSeries suite of Perl modules, and a member of the OpenAFS Advisory Council.

Moore left Morgan Stanley to more fully participate in the open source community. He is an open source advocate and enterprise technology consultant.

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Diane Peters

Diane joined OSDL as its first general counsel in 2004 after serving as OSDL's outside counsel for more than two years. As General Counsel, Diane is responsible for all of OSDL's legal operations and affairs, including overseeing legal affairs for OSDL's operations in Japan and China. Prior to joining OSDL, Diane practiced law at Ater Wynne LLP in Portland. Before joining Ater Wynne in 2001, she worked with firms in Buenos Aires, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. In her private practice, Diane advised trade associations and other tax-exempt organizations on nonprofit, corporate, and anti-trust issues, and counseled clients on software licensing issues. She also worked closely with emerging growth technology companies on corporate finance and intellectual property matters. After law school, Diane clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago.

Diane holds a number of board positions, including board director for Software Freedom Law Center. She earned a B.A. in political science from Grinnell College in 1986, and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1989, where she served as an executive editor of the Washington University Law Quarterly.

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Roderick Peterson
Roderick Peterson has over 20 years experience in the IT industry. His diverse background includes knowledge of Mainframe Operations, LAN, Internet, IT Infrastructure, business applications, and the integration of emerging technologies. He has successfully lead the development and deployment of major applications at several global companies. He also successfully owned and operated an IT consulting business for over five years.

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Byron Sebastian
Byron Sebastian founded SourceLabs with the goal of offering and supporting the first integrated, dependable open source systems for enterprise use. Byron conceived of SourceLabs after in-depth interviews with over 40 large enterprises and independent software vendors whose deployment of open source software was impeded by the lack of reliable testing, support and maintenance alternatives. Byron has held various product development and management positions at Amazon.com, Microsoft, BEA and Crossgain. Prior to working in the software industry, Byron was a journalist in Prague, in the Czech Republic. Most recently, Byron was Vice President and General Manager of the WebLogic Portal and Workshop Divisions at BEA. Byron holds a BA degree in Political Science and Biology from The University of Chicago, and did graduate study in biochemistry at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in La Jolla, CA.

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Robert Sutor
Dr. Bob Sutor is the Vice President of Standards for the IBM Corporation. In this role he has the responsibility for driving and executing the cross-company business and technical strategy for open standards and open source as they relate to software, hardware, services, vertical industries, and emerging markets. Previously, Sutor was Director of WebSphere Product and Market Management. This included ownership of the WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere MQ, and the WebSphere Business Integration product lines, as well as web services and Service Oriented Architecture.

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Jacob Taylor
Jacob Taylor is a co-founder and the CTO for SugarCRM Inc. He pioneered the SugarCRM architecture and is responsible for the strategy of the software. Previous to co-founding SugarCRM, Taylor was a senior development manager at E.piphany in charge of platform infrastructure and services. Previous to E.piphany, Taylor worked at Symantec Corporation on the Norton AntiVirus product line. Taylor holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Peter Theony
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Michael Tiemann

Michael Tiemann is a true open source software pioneer. His first major open source contributions included ports of and enhancements to GCC and GDB as well as the original authorship of the GNU C++ compiler, the world's first native-code C++ compiler. In 1989, Michael's technical successes and entreprenurial spirit led him to co-found Cygnus Solutions, the first company to provide commercial support for open source software. During his ten years at Cygnus, Michael contributed in a number of roles from President to hacker, helping to lead the company from a fledgling start-up to an admired open source leader.

Michael is now Red Hat's Vice President of Open Source Affairs. In this role, Michael integrates and informs technology and open source strategies for Red Hat and its strategic partners and customers in the public and private sectors. In addition to his responsibilities at Red Hat, Michael serves on a number of boards, including the Open Source Initiative (where he is also President), the eclipse.org project, and the GNOME Foundation. Michael also provides support to organizations that further the goals of software freedom, including the Free Software Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Kasper van Beem
Kasper van Beem studied organization psychology in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Coming from a highly technical family background, he grew up in the IT world. As a student, he helped research new IT technologies, and the step to IT as his professional career was made soon after. After working on several projects for CapGemini, he got involved in the CapGemini Open Source network almost five years ago. In that period, his personal shift went from technology to business related to open source. After two years of working inside the CapGemini open source community, van Beem became the global service lince open source leader.

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Cornelius Willis
Speaker biography coming soon.

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Tim Witham
Tim Witham has been a user of Linux since 1995 and has been advocating Linux and open source issues inside of corporations for the last five years. In the last two years, Witham has been the Linux program manager at Intel's Microprocessor Software Laboratories, responsible for coordination of technical open source issues and serving as the advocate for open source developers needs. His work led to changes to corporate policies to enhance support for open source developers.

Witham's experience includes more than 18 years working with large-scale commercial computing systems, primarily Linux and Unix-focused. Other major accomplishments include the launch of InfiniBand(sm) I/O architecture, product line architect for a major Unix system vendor, and driving efforts that established major performance and scalability records.

Witham holds a B.S.E.S from the University of South Florida.

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Dan Woods
Dan Woods, a seasoned CTO, has built technology for companies ranging from Time Inc. New Media to TheStreet.com. He has managed the product development cycle from initial requirements through sales for web sites and software products designed for the publishing and financial services industries. Woods has also navigated all phases of the business cycle: crafting strategy and budgets, building and managing large development teams, writing patent applications, negotiating large vendor agreements, operating data centers, communicating with board members, raising money, and selling and marketing a product. Woods is the author of two books and a frequent contributor to InfoWorld and other publications.

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About the Open Source Business Review

OSBR is co-chaired by Nat Torkington and Dan Woods. Nat Torkington is the OSCON Program Chair. Dan Woods is Editor and CTO of Evolved Media Network and author of Open Source for the Enterprise to be published by O'Reilly Media in 2005.

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