Open Source Conversations
IT Conversations publishes a number of shows that deal with free and open source software. We've created this channel as a way of helping people interested in open source software find talks, discussions, presentations, and interviews about that topic.
In this conversation with host/producer Doug Kaye, Doc explains the vision he's been speaking and writing about since early 2003: do-it-yourself IT (DIY-IT). He suggests that we view the construction industry and its vendors as a model for commodity component-based application development. He says this is a "corner of the market you're not going to see when you look at vendor sports, the supply side...Really powerful things happen when the demand side starts to supply iteself."
The next wave of open source developers are looking for the next big challenge and have found it Enterprise-level software, including CRM, ERP and PBX. Despite the naysayers, open source developers have shown that no market is free of their influence. Larry Augustine, CEO of Medsphere Systems points to 4 examples where open source is competing directly with traditional enterprise software companies. [Open Source Business Conference audio from IT Conversations]
R0ml examines four major focus areas within the IT department at AT&T Wireless, and explores reasons why there aren't any credible open source projects around them; whether there should (or should not) be; and what they might look like.
The Eclipse Foundation's EclipseCon 2005 was a sellout, and with good reason: Software vendors were jumping in for heavy participation in this open source tools platform, and the Foundation itself showed unusual cohesion with its new Roadmap 1.0. Even Microsoft showed up. At the conclusion of EclipseCon, Scott Mace talked with Eclipse Foundation Executive Director Mike Milinkovich for a progress report on some of Eclipse's 36 projects, open source licensing issues, Eclipse in academia, and more. [Opening Move with Scott Mace from IT Conversations]
The free and open source software movement is moving, rapidly. If you want to hear where the big guns of the industry want to take it, you can do no better than listening to Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun Microsystems talk on this in his keynote at the OSBC. He talks about the changing landscape of FOSS, the obstacles its facing and what the industry should be doing to promote The Age of Participation. [Open Source Business Conference audio from IT Conversations]
What decisions can managers take to increase their probability of successfully building innovation-driven growth businesses? Many are convinced that it is impossible to predict with confidence whether an innovation will succeed, so they feel they need to place a number of bets with the hope that some will be winners. Others believe that the best way to create new growth businesses is to meticulously search for detailed quantitative data to identify opportunities and develop a rigorous plan to attack those opportunities. But many times conclusive data is only available after the game has already been won. Professor Christensen has another way. He suggests using theory. Every action a manager takes, every plan a manager makes is based on some belief of cause and effect.
IT Conversations' host Doug Kaye interviews Marc Canter and JD Lasica who have just launched Ourmedia.org. [Behind the Mic audio interview from IT Conversations]
Is open source ready for prime time? Can you bet your business on it? Open Source software is becoming a major issue in the evaluation of high tech and other companies. The questions about Open Source are moving past "What is it?" to "How do we take it seriously in normal, long-term, business processes?" In this panel discussion, an investment banker, a Red Hat executive, an intellectual property lawyer, and a software developer
address the issue. [An audio presentation from IT Conversations.]
[IT Conversations audio] Scott Mace talked with Bryan Field-Elliot, CTO of Ping Identity Corporation at Digital Identity World 2004. They discussed efforts to converge SAML and the Liberty Alliance standards; other big hurdles in front of widespread adoption of federated identity; understanding the different use cases driving SAML, Liberty and WS-*; the impact of the Liberty IDFF protocol's contribution to SAML 2.0; levelling the playing field between large and small technology vendors; the first email client that uses SAML; plans to further support public-key infrastructures; emerging mandates outside of health care and banking; a status report on the SourceID open-source organization; and deployment hurdles and their solutions.