Put open source to work
July 16–17, 2018: Training & Tutorials
July 18–19, 2018: Conference
Portland, OR

Changing a 160+-year-old company with open source

Eddie Satterly (DataNexus)
5:05pm5:45pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Executives looking to change company culture and leverage the power of open source tools and methodologies

What you'll learn

  • Learn how a very conservative and highly regulated company transformed itself with open source


Eddie Satterly explains how a very old legacy company transformed into a modern customer-driven powerhouse using tools and methodologies from open source. Eddie covers cost savings, changes in culture, and new capabilities derived from this key shift, as the company went from zero to open-sourcing two of its own internal projects in 18 months.

Topics include:

  • Major customer-focused initiatives that led the way (to better serve customers)
  • Migration of legacy platforms to open source commodity (to lower cost)
  • Working with legal and compliance to move forward (dealing with major hurdles)
  • A detailed review of data points that advanced the cause
  • Culture change and tooling put in place for success
  • Open source software leveraged at each gate
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Eddie Satterly


Eddie Satterly is cofounder and CEO of DataNexus, where he is building a new data application to serve as a context-based data router. Over his 28-year career, Eddie has served in a variety of roles, including developer, engineer, architect, founder, and CTO, for a range of companies from startups to the Fortune 500. Most recently, he was the CTO of the Emerging Technologies Group, where he oversaw the product technology portfolio and the R&D teams in cyber, analytics, the cloud, social/mobile, and the IoT; worked in the office of the CTO at Splunk, where he presented at 46 events globally and worked with clients to set data strategy; and revolutionized the way Expedia delivers its core web applications using highly scalable data environments, resulting in improved user experience. Eddie holds a BS in computer science and informatics from Indiana University.