OpenSource meets Business Conference

I just came back from a very interesting event called “OpenSource meets Business Conference“. Nürnberg, the German OpenSource centre of gravity was the scene of a well attended – 400 people – conference organized by Richard Seibt and the Heise Publishing group.

Top speakers such as Alexander Pinchev (RedHat, “Virtualization will be at hot OSS topic”), Dirk Hohndel (Intel, “All of us need to focus more on solutions. That’s what comapanies are asking for.”, “People will talk more about OpenSource than Linux in the future”), Simon Phipps (Sun, “OpenSolaris will change the future”) and many practical demonstrations and presentations from well known companies such as HVB, Deutsche Bank, Audi, or Deutscher Bundertag have contributed to a lively discussion on the status-quo and the future of OpenSource.

Congratulations Richard on this great event and we look forward a successor event in 2007!

Takeaway: OpenSource is gaining momentum. No longer do people ask on how to pronounce “LINUX” but on how Linux or OpenSource can help them become more successful, more agile and flexible on how they can save money!

Recommendations:

    • For Businesses: Make sure you have an OpenSource Strategy!
    • For Entrepreneurs: Guys, wake up! It’s just the beginning of a long, exciting journey! There are many opportunities out there on how to capitalize on OpenSource! The inroad of OpenSource into the edge computing world was just the beginning. Now comes the real stuff! Verticalization! Packaged Solutions! Hybrid environment support! Virtualization! And many more viable business propositions. Why not team up with the former SuseLinux team and start the next German success story? They know how it works!
    • For Venture Capitalists: Don’t by shy! Go out there and talk to the many talents available here in Germany within the OpenSource community. They need you! Let’s develope some technology “Made in Germany”!

 

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