• Open Source SIG: OPEN SOURCE SIG RE-LAUNCH SPECIAL Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 06:30PM
    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP.
    2000 University Avenue (note: These are the tall buildings on the corner of University Ave. and Woodland, west of Hwy. 101)
    East Palo Alto, CA 94303
    Software Architecture and Platform




  • The Monthly Meeting of the Open Source SIG

    Pre-registration is no longer available.
    Please register at the door.

    NOTE: Pre-registration is requested. Cost for SDForum members is $10.00; Non-SDForum Members is $20.00 (includes appetizers and drinks).


    Presentation Overview:

    OPEN SOURCE SIG RE-LAUNCH SPECIAL – Panel and Networking Event

    “Open Source From the Front Lines. Come and hear a candid conversation with leading industry consulting firms building and deploying open source solutions at real customers.”

    Open source software is everywhere; deployment of open source is in all types of projects and industries. It is increasing faster than any other software deployment trend. Additionally, many more startups are looking for ways to monetize open source and attract venture capital investors.

    For this panel event “ Open Source From the Front Lines” we have a number of distinguished industry veterans who will candidly address a number of key topics. Among the questions they’ll answer are: How do you know what open source to use to ensure a successful deployment? What are customers expecting in the way of support and services? What are the service and support models that are becoming most successful?

    In this SDForum event, we bring together a panel of distinguished practitioners in the world of open source. The panel will discuss various open source services best practices, deployment experiences and engagement models. How can companies be successful using open source? What effect will major software vendors’ actions have on the opportunities for open source and startups? What are the untapped opportunities?

    Join us for some food, wine and networking, and an informative and insightful evening.



    Mark Brewer, CEO Covalent

    Mark Brewer is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience within the technology and software industry. Brewer joined Covalent Technologies, the most trusted source for complete enterprise open source solutions, in late 2001 as Vice President of Field Operations and took over as CEO in early 2004. In this position, he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company, including overseeing worldwide sales, marketing and business development initiatives. Prior to Covalent, Brewer served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Business Development for Banter Technologies where he built successful business models for selling eCRM solutions to large financial institutions and enabling technologies to CRM software vendors. Previously, Brewer was Vice President of Sales at Andromedia helping to define and build the sales model and partner strategies for the leading provider of enterprise web site analysis and personalization solutions provider. Brewer was instrumental in the successful merger between Andromedia and Macromedia (MACR) in late 1999. Before Andromedia, Brewer held a variety of sales management and executive positions with Powersoft (PWRS), which was acquired by Sybase (SYBS) in 1995, during the company's rapid growth phase in the early and mid 1990s.

    Brewer holds a B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Computer Science from Western Washington University.

    Munwar Shariff, COO Cignex

    Munwar is Co-founder, CTO and VP of Business Development at CIGNEX. He has worked as the chief architect and manager of engineering teams for several years in the areas of Open Source Technologies. For the past 16 years, he has been leading projects in the areas of Enterprise Content Management, Web Applications and Mobile applications for customers in the United States, Japan, Germany, and India. He has architected solutions for clients such as Epson, BroadVision, Circuit City, Wal mart, Mitsubishi, and Compaq to name a few. Munwar earned his MS in Digital Electronics and Advanced Communications from REC Surathkal, India. Munwar is the co-author of the book on Plone called Plone Live! He actively writes about open source best practices in his corporate blog at: http://openlogue.com/blog/?cat=7

    Roy Singham, Thoughtworks

    Roy Singham is founder and CEO of ThoughtWorks, Inc. With more than 20 years of technology and executive management experience, Roy is a frequent speaker at information technology conferences. He has authored technology-related columns in various industry publications. Roy and ThoughtWorks are recognized experts in Enterprise Architecture, Agile Development, large scale software development including highly distributed teams, Open Source Software, .NET and Web Services.

    During the last five years, he has provided management services to clients in the insurance, mortgage, energy, leasing, retail and software development industries. In the past, he has directed multi-million dollar projects at clients including Caterpillar Financial Services, Dixons Group, Progressive Insurance and Transamerica. Roy's management style combines comprehensive study of emerging technologies, ability to build highly motivated teams and strong personal determination.

    As CEO, part of his responsibilities include evolving cultural and organizational patterns for creating the most advanced internally and externally socially networked SI in the industry. Roy investigates and drives innovative cultural changes to enable ThoughtWorks to become and remain the most influential company in the world in the area of custom business software development.



    Andrew Aitken, Managing Director, The Olliance Group

    Andrew Aitken is the Founder and Managing Partner of Olliance Group, the leading open source management consultancy. Andrew has over 18 years senior management experience in building and leading national professional services firms, including Renaissance Worldwide and eWork. In 2001 Andrew founded Olliance Group with other industry veterans to provide management and business strategy consulting to companies leveraging open source. Andrew has Chaired and spoken internationally at multiple industry and government conferences on the topic of open source and has participated as an expert witness on the issues of open source and e-voting to the California Senate. Andrew is on the Board of Directors of the Open Source Software Institute and the SDForum, and is Chair of their annual Open Source Conference. In January 2006, Andrew was primarily responsible for launching the software industry?s first ever ?think tank? on the future of commercial open source. He is on the Board of Advisors of SugarCRM, Funambol and Krugle, and has personally advised firms such as; Sun, Intel, Nokia, and numerous VCs and startups on their open source strategies.

    Olliance Group assists clients in developing their open source corporate strategies, business models, licensing and IP plans, go to market strategies and community development plans. To date Olliance has completed more than 80 open source engagements for more than 50 clients including, Intel, Sun, IBM, Microsoft, and numerous VC firms and open source and proprietary startups.

    Susanna Kass, EVP & COO, Palamida Inc.

    Susanna Kass is a seasoned international business executive. She brings more than 25 years of strategic corporate and business development, e-commerce and enterprise general management experience to her position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Palamida. Palamida is driving the market to a comprehensive, automated solution for Intellectual Property risk management and compliance. Our mission is to help mitigate the business and legal risks associated with third party component-based software development, while respecting the technical realities of bringing product to market.

    Kass joined Palamida in 2005 as VP Business Development and Strategic Alliances. Her contributions include establishing new partnerships with Collabnet, Eclipse and SpikeSource and acceleration of the company's offerings into numerous strategic Enterprise client engagements. Previously, Kass held senior management roles at Internet e-commerce and high tech startups at Cassatt Corp., Asymetrix Corp., and Bsquare Corp. and grew business operations in the United States and created new global alliances with NEC, Sony, Time Warner/AOL, Etrade, Yahoo!, Amazon, Microsoft, Intel, IBM and HP. Kass was COO, International Operations at ebay and led the launch of ebay international sites and business growth and worldwide acquisitions. In addition, Kass held senior product, marketing, business and corporate development positions at Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard Company and Digital Equipment Corporation. In those roles, she was responsible for strategic planning, product marketing, ISV programs, worldwide alliances, partner integration and Corporate M&A.

    Kass holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and a B.S. Computer Science and a B.S. Business Administration Marketing from San Diego State University. Kass is an honorary founding member of the Asian Women Leadership Forum. She has served as the chair for the Chinese Software Professional Association. Kass also served on the Board of Advisors for Insignia, Collabnet, Proactivenet, Resonate, Centerrun, Terraspring and Tripwire.


    Event Logistics


    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP.
    2000 University Avenue (note: These are the tall buildings on the corner of University Ave. and Woodland, west of Hwy. 101)
    East Palo Alto, CA 94303


    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration/Networking
    7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Presentation


    $20.00 for non-SDForum members
    $10.00 for SDForum members

    Pre-registration is no longer available.
    Please register at the door.

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