• Open Source SIG: Panel and Networking Event Thursday, December 14, 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

Open Source SIG: Panel and Networking Event



  • The Future of Open Source Communities


    Presentation Overview:

    “The Future of Open Source Communities – The Impact of Exchanges, Forges and Marketplaces as discussed by experts from SourceForge, Microsoft, Collabnet and SugarCRM.”

    Today, building a sustainable community is critical to the success of a commercial open source venture, yet there is greater demand for open source developers than there is availability. How does a company build a community of developers, customers, and partners and provide commercial opportunities for themselves and their community members while respecting their non-commercial constituents? How do you blend commerce and community? Is the growing trend of exchanges, forges and marketplaces the answer? What exactly are they and how do they differ?

    SDForum is bringing together a panel of distinguished innovators in the world of open source online communities. The panel will discuss the various aspects of forges and exchanges and their impact on the evolution of open source.

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



    • Sam Ramji, Director of Technology Strategy, Microsoft

    Open Source SIG Co-Leaders:

    Presenter Bios:

    Sam Ramji, Director, Microsoft

    Richard Murray, VPE, Collabnet

    Clint Oram, CTO, Founder, SugarCRM

    Ross Pettit, Director of Professional Services SourceForge Enterprise, VA Software

    Event Logistics


    • Richard Murray, VP Engineering, Collabnet
    • Clint Oram , CTO & Founder, SugarCRM
    • Ross Pettit, Director of Professional Services SourceForge Enterprise, VA Software



    Open Source SIG

    • Andrew Aitken, Managing Director, The Olliance Group
    • Susanna Kass, EVP & COO, Palamida Inc. Speakers
    • Sam Ramji directs the Open Source Software Lab at Microsoft doing primary research on various open source projects, and driving interoperability between Microsoft and key open source technologies. He is a primary contributor to Open Source Technology Strategy, including engaging with commercial Open Source companies like JBoss, Zend and SugarCRM, to help Microsoft advance our understanding of the open source development, community, and marketing models. Member of the Microsoft Shared Source Leadership Team.

      Sam has led engineering teams building large-scale applications on Open Source software (at Ofoto.com) as well as hands-on development of client, client-server, and distributed applications on Unix, Windows, and Macintosh. Prior to his current role at Microsoft, Sam was a Director of Emerging Business working on the Silicon Valley Campus where he managed relationships with Venture Capitalists and entrepreneurs. Sam has held management and strategy positions at BEA Systems and Ofoto.com and has worked with Fortune 500 CTOs and architects. Sam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California at San Diego.

      Richard brings more than 20 years of experience in software development to CollabNet, the majority of which has focused on enterprise software development and organizational transformation. At CollabNet, Murray is responsible for all global software engineering efforts relating to all CollabNet products.

      Richard joined CollabNet as Vice President of Engineering from Reuters Ltd. (RTR.L), the global information company. At Reuters, Richard served as Vice President of Engineering where he managed Enterprise Solutions development including building the core of Reuters's strategic Market Data Distribution System and the Reuters Internet Finance Platform. He also led a global transformation initiative that established a more open, standardized and simplified development environment within Reuters.

      Prior to joining Reuters, Richard was with TIBCO Finance Technology Inc. where he oversaw enterprise software engineering activities in both the US and the UK. In the UK he led the creation of TIBCO Finance’s first non-US product development center. Prior to TIBCO, Richard held a variety of software development and professional services management positions at Digital, British Aerospace, and GEC/Marconi. Richard holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree which he completed with First Class Honors.

      Clint Oram is one of three co-founders of SugarCRM and co-led the product design and development as well as led the customer services team through the first year of business. He is now responsible for managing SugarCRM's community and SugarForge.org, the premiere destination for community collaboration on Sugar extensions, modules, language packs and themes. Clint's 10 years in enterprise software experience spans product management, professional services and software engineering. Prior to co-founding SugarCRM, Clint worked at E.piphany, Octane Software, Hewlett Packard and PG&E. Clint holds a BS in Computer Science from Cal Poly San

      Ross is a former COO, Managing Director and CTO, Mr. Pettit has extensive experience managing software, technology and global consulting companies. An open source pragmatist with over 15 years' experience as a developer, project manager, and program manager working on enterprise applications, Mr. Pettit has a unique perspective on how Global 1000 organizations can build brand strength through open source and private communities. His industry background includes investment and retail banking, insurance, manufacturing, distribution, media, utilities, market research and government.

      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

      $15.00 for non-SDForum members
      $Free for SDForum members

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