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Delivering a Next-Generation Community Platform

Products & Services
Location: E141 Level: Novice

Open source communities are evolving at a rapid pace from
infrastructure-focused development communities to application-focused
development, user, and business communities. Unfortunately, collaborative
tools and environments that facilitate community development and
interaction are in a rapid state of devolution. Today, beyond the need to
support community project creation and contributions across a group of
developers collaborating on the development of an open source project,
open source community platforms increasingly need to deliver capabilities
for higher levels of business and technical collaboration.

Web-based social networking platforms have generated an awareness of new
techniques and technologies for communication and collaboration across
multiple levels of community; including less technical users whose needs
relate to the use or implementation of software, rather than its
development. By involving multiple levels of users in open source
communities using Web 2.0 capabilities and a social networking approach,
modern systems are better able to convert lurkers to members, members to
contributors, and ultimately contributors to commerce.

This presentation will unveil a new community platform that Jaspersoft has
developed with its partner, Essentia Soft Solutions, to meet these
challenges and deliver the first next-generation environment for
commercial open source communities.

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Nicholas Halsey

Rostrevor Partners

Nick has over 25 years of experience in enterprise software, and has played a leading role in the emergence of both the business intelligence and commercial open source markets. Most recently Mr. Halsey was the chief marketing officer at Keynote Systems, the market leader in mobile and web testing and monitoring. Previously Nick was chief marketing officer and executive vice president of corporate development at SugarCRM, where he managed the company’s overall go-to-market strategy. Prior to SugarCRM, Halsey served as the vice president of marketing and product management at Jaspersoft Corporation, the leading open source business intelligence company. He was a co-founder and board member of Biz360, an innovator in social media monitoring and market intelligence solutions that was recently acquired by Attensity Group, and also served as the founding vice president of sales and marketing for Brio Software, where for over six years he helped lead the company to $200 million in sales and a successful IPO. Mr. Halsey also served as the CMO and executive vice president of corporate development at Alphablox, guiding it to an acquisition by IBM.

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Gopinath Ganapathy


Gopi Ganapathy is Founder, President & CEO of Essentia, a product and services company focused on open source platforms, online customer experience and software as a service. He also serves as a partner in MNC Group, a diversified investment and technology incubation firm. A successful repeat entrepreneur and seasoned executive, he was a founder of Enlite Networks serving as it’s President and CEO from inception in 1999 until it’s acquisition by CollabNet in 2003. At CollabNet, Gopi served as the President/CEO of CollabNet India and as its Vice President of Engineering leading early deployments of many well known open source projects like Open Office, Java and Subversion on distributed software development environments. He has held executive positions in marketing, services and engineering since the early 90s in well known silicon valley companies including Cadence Design Systems [CDN], SVR and AMD. Gopi has a Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin with numerous patents and publications.

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Tim Cloonan


At Alcatel-Lucent, Tim manages all aspects of open source community relations for apiGrove.net.
Before Alcatel-Lucent, Tim held international sales and marketing management
positions with divisions of Fair Isaac, GEC/Marconi, and Siemens.
Previously Tim held senior marketing positions at CollabNet, Radius, and

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