Open Source SIG: Delivering Open Source to the Enterprise



  • Monthly Meeting of the New Open Source Software SIG



    Doron Gerstel, Co-founder, President and CEO, Zend

    John Roberts, CEO and Co-Founder, SugarCRM

    Amit Babaria, Co-Founder and Director of Sales, Cignex



    John Koenig, President, Riseforth


    Presentation Overview


    Delivering Open Source to the Enterprise

    Mainstream enterprises have adopted open source like Linux and Apache with increased assurance. What has tipped their opinions in favor of open source? According to a Forrester report, open source users cite lower cost and greater choice. But are there tradeoffs and how do emerging open source vendors address the requirements of the enterprise CIO? As open source solution providers move up the value chain, where do enterprises plan to adopt open source in the future? Why have some projects been successful, and what applications and opportunities remain?

    Our panel this month is made up of three founders of open source startups. They demonstrate success in open source infrastructure and application software, and in delivering open source integration services to the enterprise. Join us for this informative session.


    About the Panelists

    Doron Gerstel, Co-founder, President and CEO of Zend

    Doron co-founded Zend in 2000 to commercialize the solutions needed to make the PHP scripting language viable in enterprise environments. Zend is a major driver of PHP, the most highly used scripting language in the world, and creators of the acclaimed Zend Engine, an open source program for running PHP. Doron has extensive management and operational experience, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Information Systems from the Technion, and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.


    John Roberts, CEO and Co-Founder of SuguarCRM

    John Roberts has a strong enterprise CRM applications track record spanning 11 years. 5-month-old SugarCRM provides salesforce automation software under an open source license, as well as subscription-based support and services. Prior to co-founding SugarCRM, John held product management and sales engineering positions at E.piphany, BroadVision, Baan/Aurum Software, Sales Technologies, and IBM. John holds a BS in Business.


    Amit Babaria, Co-Founder and Director of Sales for Cignex

    Amit heads the Sales and Business Development team at CIGNEX, a solution developer and enterprise outsourcer for open source applications. Before co-founding CIGNEX, he worked in the sales organization of a professional services firm in Silicon Valley, establishing a stellar sales record. Amit spoke recently at LinuxAsia2004. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from V.J.T.I and an MBA in Marketing from J.B.I.M.S. (Bajaj).


    John Koenig: Moderator

    John Koenig is Co-Chair of the Open Source SIG and a frequent writer and speaker on open source topics. Riseforth advises developers and investors on open source strategies, and provides business consultation to executives responsible for open source solutions and hosted applications. John has held engineering and marketing management positions at Fortune 500 companies and serves as legal counsel to numerous technology firms.


    Event Logistics


    Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, LLP.

    2000 University Avenue

    East Palo Alto, CA 94303

    Tel: 650.833.2000


    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration/Networking

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members

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