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With Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley (11th Cloud Expo) due to open in two weeks' time at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA - co-located with 2nd International BigDataExpo - let's introduce you in greater detail to the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical program at the West Coast conference... We have technical and strategy sessions for you dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing & Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud and/or Big Data solutions that are transforming the world of Enterprise IT? CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Jonathan Bryce TWITTER: @jbryce ORGANIZATION: OpenStack Foundation 11TH CLOUD EXPO OPENING KEYNOTE TITLE: Open Cloud – Place Your Bets! SESSION DESCRIPTION: http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/23909... (more)

Likewise Simplifies Upgrade Path for Open Source Authentication Software

SOA & WOA Magazine Likewise announced that it is offering three starter packs that combine its Likewise Enterprise software with support and training services.  The starter packs are designed to help customers move from its open source software to Likewise Enterprise. Likewise Enterprise makes it easy for IT managers to authenticate users, control access to applications and data, centrally manage settings with group policies and create reports for regulatory audits. Likewise is also the only solution to provide 100 percent native support for Apple’s Workgroup Manager application Included in the starter packs are added support, upgrades and training services so customers can more easily take advantage of advanced features, such as group policy, auditing and reporting for systems integrated with Microsoft Active Directory. “Likewise Open is the easiest way for organ... (more)

Open Source Compliance: Getting Started Guide

This article discusses Open Source compliance and the challenges faced when establishing a compliance program, provides an overview of best practices, and offers recommendations on how to deal with compliance inquiries. Introduction Traditionally, platforms and software stacks were built using proprietary software and consisted of various software building blocks that came from different companies with negotiated licensing terms. The business environment was predictable and potential risks were mitigated through license and contract negotiations with the software vendors. In time, companies started to incorporate Open Source software in their platforms for the different advantages it offers (technical merit, time-to-market, access to source code, customization, etc). With the introduction of Open Source software to what once were pure proprietary software stacks, the... (more)

Cloud Computing Start-Up Picks the Lock on Hypervisors

Pete Malcolm Keynote at Cloud Expo Abiquo, a four-year-old Spanish open source cloud start-up bent on becoming a global player, should break out of stealth mode today bragging that it can end virtualization vendor lock-in and make public and private clouds interoperate. It says it means to change the way IT organizations operate their virtualized environments, making them more elastic and cost-effective. It has relaunched as an American company headquartered on Oracle's campus in Silicon Valley with $5.1 million in funding and a new British CEO to prove it. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! It says its infrastructure management software can automatically convert virtual machine images built for one hypervisor to any other hypervisor through a single drag-and-drop. Like VMware ESX or ESXi to Microsoft Hyper-V but the widgetry embraces... (more)

SAP Business One BI in the Cloud

SAP Business One 8.8 for Small and Midsize Enterprises SAP Business One is an integrated business software that tailors its application around the needs of small and midsize business owners. In one single application, this tool manages all primary facets of your business, including Financials, Sales, Purchasing, Inventory, Banking, Manufacturing, Forecasts, Budgets, Reporting and more.  SAP Business One 8.8 is the latest version of the software, and it really elevates the application to a new level of functionality and performance. SAP Business One Benefits: BI and OnDemand In this video, Richard Duffy, SAP Business One Product Evangelist, takes a deeper hands-on look into SAP Business One 8.8. He'll take a quick look at integrating SAP Business One 8.8 "on premise" with Business Intelligence tools "in the cloud" using the latest BI innovations from SAP - BI OnDemand. ... (more)

Open Source - Community-Inspired Software Development

The World Is Flat author Thomas Friedman said that "the most disruptive force of all" is that of the increased ability for people anywhere in the world to collaborate. In his book, he re-told the story of how Behlendorf had founded the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), a big self-organizing community of software developers. Apparently Behlendorf wasn't the only one working on the project he was working with so he started to collaborate with the other programmers to -- simply put it -- get things done faster. This collaboration eventually gave birth to ASF. ASF's focus is on open source -- a model of development that has gotten a lot of contention in the past years. "Open-source" comes from the notion that companies or ad hoc groups would make available online the source code -- the underlying programming instructions that make a piece of software work -- and then le... (more)

Welcome to The Managing FOSS for Business Results Blog

Open Source Journal Welcome to our new blog. This blog is part of a new educational initiative to foster a deeper understanding of the capabilities and issues involved with administering FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) to deliver concrete business benefits. Although our subject will sometimes become technical, we will strive to address the business benefits at the beginning of each and every post. Therefore, we are confident that this blog will prove interesting and understandable to a broad variety of leaders, managers, and technicians. We look forward to an engaging discussion in this blog as we explore the new possibilities available to organizations to manage their IT (Information Technology) architecture with FOSS! We hope you check in regularly or subscribe to our RSS feeds. ... (more)

Contributing to FOSS: A Business Perspective

Open Web Journal Last weekend I had the pleasure of presenting at the Central Pennsylvania Open Source Conference on the topic of Contributing to FOSS (slides available here). In the talk I explored the many ways individuals can get involved in FOSS (Free and Open Source Software), briefly covering everything from programming to artwork to documentation. As diverse as these contributions are, the common thread is close collaboration with the project itself. In particular, following the procedures in place for contributing to the project is essential. The talk also reviewed some of the benefits of contributing to FOSS, which include career advancement and the ability to expand your professional network. Although my presentation focused on individual contributions, these lessons also apply to how businesses benefit by contributing to FOSS. When a business approache... (more)

Mozilla Thunderbird Connector for Open-Xchange Now Available

Open-Xchange, which provides business-class open source collaboration software, has introduced a free connector for Mozilla Thunderbird, the cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The "Community OXtender for Thunderbird" software connector gives users full access to appointments and contacts stored in the Open-Xchange Server and enables them to use Thunderbird as a rich PIM (Personal Information Management) client to access data online and offline. The software packages and documentation are available at www.open-xchange.com/oxpedia#ThunderbirdOXtender. "Mozilla Thunderbird and Open-Xchange are a great open source alternative to Microsoft Outlook and Exchange," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "The availability of this OXtender lowers costs and will be attractive to educational institutions, public administrations, as well a... (more)

Open Source Start-Up Complains About IBM To Antitrust Regulators

TurboHercules SAS, the Paris-based concern started last year to commercialize the 10-year-old open source Hercules mainframe project, filed a formal antitrust complaint against IBM with the European Commission Tuesday. The little company says IBM is blocking it from selling its open source solutions. Its software, which reinterprets or emulates the mainframe hardware architecture, makes it possible for mainframe applications to run on non-IBM operating systems such as the Mac OS, Windows and Linux on x86 and x64 hardware, a lot cheaper proposition for mainframe users and in some cases reportedly more performant. TurboHercules is charging IBM with abusing its market dominance by refusing to let its mainframe customers run z/OS on anything other than IBM mainframe hardware. It says this is tying, a mortal sin for a dominant vendor. It also charges IBM with recently in... (more)

Leveraging Open Source and Avoiding Risks in Small Tech Companies

Today's software development is geared more towards building upon previous work and less about reinventing content from scratch. Resourceful software development organizations and developers use a combination of previously created code, commercial software, open source software, and their own creative content to produce the desired software product or functionality. Outsourced code can also be used, which can contain any of the above combination of software. There are many good reasons for using off-the-shelf and especially open source software, with the greatest being its ability to speed up development and drive down costs without sacrificing quality. Almost all software groups knowingly, and in many cases unknowingly, use open source software to their advantage. Code reuse is possibly the biggest accelerator of innovation, as long as open source software is adop... (more)