Customer Driven, Vendor Supported Interoperability

Andrew Aitken (Olliance Group), Fabio Da Cunha (Microsoft), Frank Rego (Novell), Nick Halsey (Zoomdata), Jay Lyman (451 Research)
Products & Services
Location: E143/E144

Interoperability impacts businesses, institutions and government agencies the world over.This session will focus on the value and benefits of customer driven, vendor supported interoperability. A series of short presentations will be followed by an interactive panel discussion to address the direction of interoperability in the changing IT landscape. Please join us to learn more about the importance of interoperability today in helping your business succeed tomorrow.

  • An industry perspective on interoperability, Jay Lyman 451Group
  • Microsoft-Novell interoperability collaboration as a case study for success, Fabio Da Cunha, Microsoft, and Frank Rego, Novell
  • Insights from SugarCRM on the vendors’ approach to interoperability, Nick Halsey CMO of SugarCRM
  • Panel and audience discussion to address the direction of interoperability in the changing IT landscape
  • Sponsored by Microsoft
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Andrew Aitken

Olliance Group

Andrew Aitken is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Olliance Group, the leading open source management consultancy. He is a recognized expert on strategies for the commercialization of open source and has been a leader in the open source community for nearly 10 years. Andrew has more than 20 years senior management experience in building and leading national professional services firms, including Renaissance Worldwide and eWork.

In 2001 Mr. Aitken founded Olliance Group with other industry veterans to provide management and business strategy consulting to companies leveraging open source. In January 2005, Mr. Aitken spearheaded the software industry’s first “think tank” on the future of commercial open source, now a bi-annual event held in Napa, CA and Paris, France, and regularly attended by the industry’s leading CEO’s and visionaries. Mr. Aitken has participated as an expert witness on the issues of open source and e-voting to the California Senate. Andrew has chaired and spoken internationally at multiple industry and government conferences, is a member of the Open Source Software Institute’s and SDForum’s Board of Directors, Chair of SDForum’s annual Open Source Conference, is on the Board of Advisors of SugarCRM, Actuate, Funambol and Krugle and has personally worked with companies such as: IBM, Sun, Intel, Nokia, HP, and others, assisting them with developing their open source strategies.

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Fabio Da Cunha


Fabio Da Cunha is a Senior Manager with Microsoft’s Interoperability Alliances team responsible for sales and technical evangelism for Microsoft’s partnership with Novell. Fabio is a native of Brazil and joined Microsoft two years ago after an extensive career in technical consulting across a breadth of Microsoft and Linux-based technologies for the enterprise.

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Frank Rego


Frank Rego is a Senior Product Manager in Novell’s Open Platform Solutions business unit and is responsible for managing the technical collaboration with Microsoft. Frank joined Novell from Immunix, a startup company that developed the AppArmor security technology for Linux which is now an integrated piece of the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform. Frank has an engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Portland State University.

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Nick Halsey


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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Jay Lyman

451 Research

Jay Lyman covers enterprise applications, IT systems management and the trends at the core of disruption in these areas – including open source software, cloud computing, the confluence of application development and deployment known as devops, mobility, and polyglot programming. Jay’s analysis encompasses evolving software development and release models, as well as the technology used to create, deploy and support applications in today’s enterprise and service-provider markets.

As a 451 Research analyst, Jay has been a speaker at numerous industry events, including Devops Days, LinuxCon, the Open Source Business Conference and OSCON, covering topics such as cloud computing, mobile software, devops and enterprise case studies.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Jay wrote for a number of IT publications, including LinuxInsider and TechNewsWorld, NewsForge/, Web Host Industry Review and CMP Media, where he covered software and IT infrastructure, development and products, as well as other technology and business topics. He has also written for other news organizations, including the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine. Jay holds a BA in Journalism from San Diego State University. Jay’s Twitter handle is @ripcitylyman.

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