Enterprise Open Source: Making the case for companies to create open source projects

Ryan Brooks (The Boeing Company), Heiko Seeberger (metafinanz GmbH, Germany), Ian Skerrett (Eclipse Foundation), Bill Jennings (Cisco Systems, Inc.)

Industry Vertical · Long Talk

Thursday, 13:30, 50 minutes | Room 206 | Download in iCal Format

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Ryan Brooks

Heiko Seeberger

The open source and Eclipse communities is often characterized by individuals and organizations collaborating to develop new and interesting technology. To date, a majority of the companies participating in the Eclipse community have been software vendors (ISVs). However, other types of companies, such as banks, insurance companies, healthcare providers, manufacturers, can also benefit from collaborating in open source projects.

This panel discussion will feature representatives of companies that are not software vendors, and who have made the decision to actively participate and lead open source projects. The discussion will focus on 1) the process for gaining internal approval to participate in an open source project, 2) the benefits these companies seek to derive from leading an open source project, 3) the future direction for open source projects that focus on a particular industry vertical.

Panelist will include:

Ryan Brooks is the co-lead of the Open System Engineering Environment (OSEE) project. OSEE had its roots in Boeing's Longbow Apache helicopter program where he worked as an Embedded Software Engineer. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Auburn University. Previous conference presentations and papers include: "A Linux/Java Environment for Testing Real-time Avionics Software" – 2nd Boeing Software Conference, 2007; "Lean Engineering and the Open System Engineering Environment" – 1st Boeing Software Conference, 2006; "Lean Engineering and the Open System Engineering Environment" – JACMET Lean Symposium, 2005; "The Eclipse Platform and the Open System Engineering Environment" – 9th Boeing Technical Excellence Conference, 2005; "A Jini-enabled Active Badge System" - 38th Annual ACM Southeast Conference, 2000.

Heiko Seeberger manages the market unit Enterprise Architecture at metafinanz Informationssysteme GmbH. He has worked in IT since 1993, specialising mainly in OO methods and technologies. A passionate software engineer, he is currently focusing on AspectJ, Eclipse technologies, Spring, SOA and agile methods. He is also active in the open source community, e.g. within Eclipse and aspectbrains.org.

Ian is the Director of Marketing at the Eclipse Foundation.

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