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March 6-8, 2018 - Sonoma, CA
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Wednesday, March 7 • 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Is There an Open Source Business Model: YES or NO? - Jeffrey Borek, IBM & Stephen Walli, Microsoft

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The open source definition is over 20 years old. Red Hat is a multi-billion dollar company. MySQL and JBoss have had great acquisition exits. Cloudera and Hortonworks are well on their way to becoming the next billion-dollar software companies. But Stephen would like to observe that despite these successes, there is no open source business model.

But wait, Jeff would beg to differ! From data centers to the cloud, from self driving cars to drones - open source software is everywhere. Major companies that are bottom-line driven are starting to actively engage and contribute to open source projects.

Join this lively session with Stephen and Jeff as they compare and contrast the current state of the ecosystem and debate what comes next.

Speakers
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Jeffrey Borek

WW Program Director, IBM
Jeffrey Borek is a senior technology and communications professional with over twenty years of leadership and technical experience in the Software, Telecommunications, and Information Technology industries. He is currently the leader of the OSPO at IBM, and works in the Open Technologies... Read More →
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Stephen Walli

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Stephen is a principal program manager in the Azure Office of the CTO at Microsoft. Prior to that, he has been a distinguished technologist (HPE), technical executive, a founder, a consultant, a writer, a systems developer, a software construction geek, and a standards diplomat. He... Read More →



Wednesday March 7, 2018 2:40pm - 3:10pm
Kenwood 2