SDForum Hosts the First Ever Think Tank on the Future of Commercial Open Source

Leading Industry Executives, Jonathan Schwartz of Sun Microsystems and Rod

Smith of IBM, to Provide Opening Remarks



18 Jan, 2006, 00:00 ET from SDForum

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- SDForum announced today The
 Future of Commercial Open Source, an invitation only, professionally moderated
 workshop bringing the foremost thought leaders together to assess the impact
 of open source on the commercial software industry.  Software companies face
 numerous challenges and opportunities as open source continues to disrupt
 business and licensing models.  Executives, investors and experts will be
 shaping the future of open source in this ground- breaking event. The Future
 of Commercial Open Source will take place on Thursday, January 19, at
 Networking Meeting Center, in Santa Clara, 9:00 AM - 1:45 PM.
     "There has never been an event of this kind," said Andrew Aitken, Managing
 Partner at Olliance Group and Co-Chair for the event. "Many of the top thought
 leaders will come together in a collegial and open environment to discuss the
 opportunities, challenges, and future of commercial open source."
     "When I first convened the Open Source Summit in 1998, most commercial
 software vendors dismissed open source as a fringe phenomenon," said Tim
 O'Reilly, Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media. "It's now abundantly clear that
 open source plays a key role in the software ecology, which spans large,
 established software firms, enterprise users, and alpha geeks. Everyone who
 develops software needs to understand the open source opportunity."
     As open source transforms and influences every company operating within
 the software industry questions arise: 'How will open source continue to
 impact the software industry and customer usage models' and 'How will the
 commercial open source community evolve'.  These are only a few of the
 questions that the 60 invited participants will consider when attending this
 exclusive event that will result in a report to be published in late January.
     Invitees will participate in a dynamic executive roundtable with Jonathan
 Schwartz, President of Sun Microsystems and Rod Smith, Corporate VP of
 Emerging Technology for IBM and Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO O'Reilly Media.
 They will also hear from renowned speaker and writer Doc Searls, who will be
 the featured closing keynote speaker at this innovative event.
     "SDForum has organized a timely and thought provoking event on Open
 Source," said Rod Smith, VP of Emerging Technology for IBM.  " I am excited to
 exchange ideas with industry peers and with audience participants.  IBM is
 fortunate to have been active within the open source community for awhile now,
 and has always been interested in encouraging cross-pollination between the
 commercial sector and the open source world."
     "Sun Microsystems is built on the principles of openness and innovation,"
 said Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun Microsystems.  " We've
 contributed more code to the open source community than any other company on
 earth and we're committed to furthering its future.  I believe that we in the
 technology industry have a responsibility to remove the barriers to
 participation on the network and help fuel innovation and economic opportunity
 -- and I believe open source helps us reach that goal."
     For more information, please visit www.sdforum.org.
 
     About SDForum
     SDForum (www.sdforum.org) has been instrumental in setting the high-tech
 industry agenda for more than 22 years.  A high-tech non-profit dedicated to
 educating and creating relationships within the technology community, SDForum
 provides the latest insights on emerging technology trends and best business
 practices through events, specialized services and resources.
 
 

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    SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- SDForum announced today The
 Future of Commercial Open Source, an invitation only, professionally moderated
 workshop bringing the foremost thought leaders together to assess the impact
 of open source on the commercial software industry.  Software companies face
 numerous challenges and opportunities as open source continues to disrupt
 business and licensing models.  Executives, investors and experts will be
 shaping the future of open source in this ground- breaking event. The Future
 of Commercial Open Source will take place on Thursday, January 19, at
 Networking Meeting Center, in Santa Clara, 9:00 AM - 1:45 PM.
     "There has never been an event of this kind," said Andrew Aitken, Managing
 Partner at Olliance Group and Co-Chair for the event. "Many of the top thought
 leaders will come together in a collegial and open environment to discuss the
 opportunities, challenges, and future of commercial open source."
     "When I first convened the Open Source Summit in 1998, most commercial
 software vendors dismissed open source as a fringe phenomenon," said Tim
 O'Reilly, Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media. "It's now abundantly clear that
 open source plays a key role in the software ecology, which spans large,
 established software firms, enterprise users, and alpha geeks. Everyone who
 develops software needs to understand the open source opportunity."
     As open source transforms and influences every company operating within
 the software industry questions arise: 'How will open source continue to
 impact the software industry and customer usage models' and 'How will the
 commercial open source community evolve'.  These are only a few of the
 questions that the 60 invited participants will consider when attending this
 exclusive event that will result in a report to be published in late January.
     Invitees will participate in a dynamic executive roundtable with Jonathan
 Schwartz, President of Sun Microsystems and Rod Smith, Corporate VP of
 Emerging Technology for IBM and Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO O'Reilly Media.
 They will also hear from renowned speaker and writer Doc Searls, who will be
 the featured closing keynote speaker at this innovative event.
     "SDForum has organized a timely and thought provoking event on Open
 Source," said Rod Smith, VP of Emerging Technology for IBM.  " I am excited to
 exchange ideas with industry peers and with audience participants.  IBM is
 fortunate to have been active within the open source community for awhile now,
 and has always been interested in encouraging cross-pollination between the
 commercial sector and the open source world."
     "Sun Microsystems is built on the principles of openness and innovation,"
 said Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun Microsystems.  " We've
 contributed more code to the open source community than any other company on
 earth and we're committed to furthering its future.  I believe that we in the
 technology industry have a responsibility to remove the barriers to
 participation on the network and help fuel innovation and economic opportunity
 -- and I believe open source helps us reach that goal."
     For more information, please visit www.sdforum.org.
 
     About SDForum
     SDForum (www.sdforum.org) has been instrumental in setting the high-tech
 industry agenda for more than 22 years.  A high-tech non-profit dedicated to
 educating and creating relationships within the technology community, SDForum
 provides the latest insights on emerging technology trends and best business
 practices through events, specialized services and resources.
 
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