Beyond the Hype: The True Costs of Open Source

Business, Emerging Topics
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
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In a time of tight IT budgets, open source has attracted much attention due to its cost advantages. Detractors to the adoption of open source technology often preach on the ‘hidden’ costs of open source. While it is true that open source technology is rarely ever truly free, claims as to the hidden costs of open source are often lessons in hyperbole. Some claim that while the initial costs of open source are lower, the long-term costs are higher due to support, consulting maintenance and indirect prices paid in reduced functionality.

This panel discussion, lead by industry experts, end users and analysts, will go beyond the hype to discuss the true costs of open source. Are the long-term costs truly more than proprietary vendors? What are the real cost saving enterprises can expect?

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Matt Asay


Matt Asay has been involved with open source since 1998, and is one of the industry’s leading open source business strategists. Asay currently manages sales and business development activities in the Americas for Alfresco, the open source leader in Enterprise Content Management.

Prior to Alfresco, Asay co-founded Novell®’s Linux Business Office in 2002 and was an early agitator and architect for the company’s shift to open source. In 2003 Asay founded the Open Source Business Conference, the industry’s premier open source strategy event, and has served as an Entreprenuer-in-Residence for Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, focusing on open source investment opportunities. Before Novell, Asay was General Manager at Lineo®, an embedded Linux software startup, where he ran Lineo’s Residential Gateway business.

Asay earned his Juris Doctorate degree at Stanford Law School, spending two of his three years studying software licensing and innovation, and specifically the GNU General Public License, under Professor Larry Lessig. He also holds Masters and Bachelors degrees from the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) and Brigham Young University, respectively.

Zack Urlocker


Matt Deuel

Virgin Mobile

Jeffrey Hammond

Forrester Research

Jeffrey serves Application Development & Program Management professionals. He is a leading expert on software modeling techniques, integrated development environments, and the emergence of new rich Internet application development practices and tools.

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Barry Klawans

San Francisco International Airport, IT&T Department

Barry Klawans has over 24 years of experience architecting and deploying enterprise applications, and during his career has been heavily involved in both IT and open source. Barry currently is the Chief Architect in the IT&T department at San Francisco International Airport, where he is responsible for designing the next generation of infrastructure systems at the airport.

Prior to SFO, Barry was the cofounder and CTO of Jaspersoft, where he was responsible for the technical vision and direction of Jaspersoft’s products. Among other accomplishement he helped pioneer the “open core” business model.

  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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