PALO ALTO, Calif., July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Olliance Group and DLA Piper today announced early sponsor backing for the upcoming Open Source Think Tank Paris 2011 conference, which will be held September 19-21, 2011. The exclusive semi-annual conference brings together CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, legal experts, investors and senior executives involved in the commercial application of open source, mobile and cloud computing technologies to discuss the current state and future direction of commercial open source. This event's theme is Open Source as a Catalyst for Innovation, Cultural and Organizational Change.
Platinum sponsor Qualcomm, gold sponsors Microsoft and SugarCRM and silver sponsors SAP and Nexenta have committed as early supporters of the invitation-only conference. The Open Source Think Tank is held every fall in Paris, France and each spring near Napa, California.
This autumn's Open Source Think Tank will be held at The Concorde Opera Paris Hotel. Co-hosted by Olliance Group and DLA Piper, the conference includes an interactive format of group sessions, brainstorming and real-world case studies in which participants actively contribute, allowing them to openly share concerns, issues, experiences, and common challenges while developing solutions collaboratively. Led by co-hosts Andrew Aitken, founder and GM, Olliance Group, a Black Duck Company, and Mark Radcliffe, Partner, DLA Piper, the Open Source Think Tank Paris 2011 offers an unrivaled opportunity for participants to share insights while building substantive relationships.
"It's a tremendous time for open source, and the venue couldn't be more exciting," said Andrew Aitken, GM, Olliance Group. "We're very excited to have the support of well respected industry leaders for our Paris conference, and eager to create an environment of healthy debate and collaboration."
The Open Source Think Tank Paris 2011 immediately precedes the annual Open World Forum conference, also to be held in Paris, September 22-24, 2011.
"Open source has grown over the past 20 years from underground technology to mainstream enabler, from the product of individuals and communities to a tool of industry and corporations. Yet today open source is at a crossroads with questions being raised about its future," said Jean-Pierre Laisne, co-chairman, Open World Forum. "Many of these questions will be addressed this fall in Paris. It is an invaluable opportunity to have experts from the Open Source Think Tank and contributors from Open World Forum in Paris in the same week, presenting their diverse visions and collaborating to pave the way to the future for open source."
For more information about Open Source Think Tank Paris 2011, please visit http://thinktank.olliancegroup.com.
About the Open Source Think Tank
The Open Source Think Tank is the only by-invitation gathering where leading global experts come together to collaborate on the issues facing commercial open source and the evolution of cloud computing. The unique format uses real-world business cases to engage the audience in brainstorming solutions to the adoption and maturation of open source and cloud computing. The structured working sessions and social activities are designed to connect the participants and facilitate the building of strong business relationships across the entire ecosystem.
For more information about Think Tank Paris, or to apply for an invitation, please visit http://thinktankeu.olliancegroup.com.
About Olliance Group
Olliance Group, a Black Duck Company, is the leading open source business and strategy consulting firm. Our mission is to help clients capitalize on the strategic, technological, and financial benefits of open source software. Clients include Fortune 500 enterprises, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), start-up firms, venture capital groups and government entities.
About DLA Piper
DLA Piper a leading global legal services practice providing services to the open source industry. The firm provides advice in corporate, tax, licensing, trademark and licensing to both large and small companies. With 3,500 lawyers in 29 countries and 67 cities, DLA Piper can assist companies virtually anywhere in the world, from the US to the People's Republic of China to Dubai. For more information, please visit http://www.dlapiper.com.
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