Today is the second day of the Computer World Open Source Business conference and it's big. No really, it's big. The four main topic areas: Big Data, Big Cloud, Big Legal Problems and Big Money. The conference is being held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square in San Francisco.

Big Conference, Even Bigger Platform

The conference is targeted at levels of technologists from developers to executives and promises to offer participants strategies for making their businesses more effectively data-driven leveraging open source tools.

Why do we feel there is going to be another Hadoop annoucement out of this?

The two-day conference, which kicked off yesterday, starts early and has a packed agenda. Hourly sessions delve into topics such as:

  • Mobile Apps and Open Source Compliance with OpenLogic, Motorola Mobility and Partner, Choate, Hall & Stewart
  • Why You Need an Open Cloud Platform to Build a SaaS with Kii Corporation, Software AG, WS02, DLAPiper, CSO and SugarCRM
  • NoSQL

The keynote address on day one focused on "The Future of Open Source (in the Cloud)." Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners and chair of the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) 2011 , Red Hat's CEO James Whitehurst, Cloudera's CEO Mike Olsen, Acquia CEO Tom Erickson and Adrian Kunzle , managing director, head of firmwide engineering & architecture for JPMorgan Chase, proclaimed that open source is now mainstream. The presentation began with a review of the Open Source 2011 Survey, which included 455 responses made up of 40 percent vendors and 60 percent non-vendors -- a change from the surveys of previous years that were heavily vendor-focused.

tublentChart.JPG The study also included metrics from respondents on the top five barriers to open source software adoption:

  • Lack of internal technical skills (126)
  • Lack of familiarity with open source solutions (122)
  • Lack of formal commercial vendor support (98)
  • Legal concerns about licensing (84)
  • Does not conform to internal policies (65)

Additionally, respondents projected that half of software purchases in the next five years will be open source software.


Microsoft, which has had a long challenging history with open source, has been a fixture at the conference the last couple of years; perhaps because Oracle has now taken the title of OSS bad guy. Microsoft announced yesterday that the CentOS Linux distribution is now fully supported on its Windows Server R2 Hyper-V platform. CentOS (Community ENTerprise Operating System) was created in 2004 from a fork of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

The Summer Is Conference Season

Acquia’s CEO Tom Erickson will be speaking at the conference on software as a service and the new business models that are emerging.

The summer's conference schedule seems to be off to a rousing start. J Boye and Liferay just ended. The Open Source Business Conference is underway and Lucene Revolution is coming next week  in San Francisco.

For those with an interest in traveling a bit more, Magnolia is having its annual conference in Basel, Switzerland, September 7-9, 2011 and has issued a call for papers. Tickets to the third annual Magnolia Conference are now available on the company's website. There is a June 24 deadline to submit proposed presentations. Magnolia is also allowing participants to organize their own talks during the “unconference” Community Day on September 9. Last year the conference was sold out.

Will you be attending any conferences this summer or are you more the stay at home and catch a webinar type? Let us know.