EclipseCon 2007 March 5-8, Santa Clara California





Open Source - The New Face of Technology Innovation

Mary Ruddy (SocialPhysics.org)

· Long Talk

Thursday, 11:10, 50 minutes | Room 203-204

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Open Source software projects have evolved from projects that create new versions of existing types of software (e.g. LINUX, another operating system) to a way to create new kinds of networked software that is best developed in a neutral environment (unbiased by any one contributing organization). This talk will discuss types of projects and situations that are particularly well suited to open source. It will also discuss how open source project organization compares to other alternative project organizations (sole source, technology partnership, strategic alliance, etc.) Examples of building open source ecosystems will be provided from Eclipse projects such as ECF and Higgins, and will highlight how Eclipse fosters software innovation. This talk is intended for independent developers who want to build something bigger than one person can build as well as enterprises wishing to develop something that even a big company shouldn’t try to develop on their own.

Mary is Co-founder of SocialPhysics.org and Co-initiator of the Eclipse Foundation's Higgins Project Mary's day job is VP Marketing and Business Development for Parity Communications (parityinc.net). Previously Mary was VP Strategic Marketing at Parametric Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:PMTC) where she was responsible for developing a new product that integrated Product Lifecycle Management and Customer Relationship Management features. Prior to that she was VP Advanced Products at Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA) where she was an early employee. Mary has spent her career evolving infrastructure software and creating applications on top of it (rule-based, role-based, networked systems that cross organizations and have a customer facing element.) Mary has a degree in Mathematics from Smith College and a MSM from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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