Tap Tap Tap -- Is This Thing On?

Welcome to our first "Executives Online" discussion panel: Open Source in the Enterprise. This is an experiment for CIO.com, so we're making up the process as we go along... but I thought I'd let you know how the event will work.

You've all attended live conferences, wherein one technical or business session was a panel discussion. A moderator stood at the podium, introduced and framed the topic to be discussed, and invited each speaker to give a "who the heck I am and why you should care" bio. After that, the moderator asked questions to get the conversation rolling. Ideally, the panel discussion is a conversation, not a question-and-answer quiz show ("I'll take 'CIO Challenges' for $500, Alec!"), sparking agreement and yeahbuttals among the panelists and the audience, too. In the best of these panel discussions, the smart folks sitting at the front of the room spread enlightenment, gave well thought out dissenting opinions, and helped you walk away with a firm sense of what to do next.

This discussion? Same thing exactly.

Instead of a live event, however, we can hold the panel discussion using online community features — right here in CIO's Advice & Opinion section, in a blog devoted to the subject. On Monday morning, June 2 (or earlier, if the spirit moves me), I'll post a few questions to get the ball rolling. Each of our dozen or so experts (and, you'll soon see, we have a gaggle of very cool people who lie awake at night contemplating the risks and rewards of open source in the enterprise) will respond to my questions, reply to others' answers, and start discussion threads of their own. You, too, can participate in the discussion. And we most earnestly hope you will.

The event will be "open" through Friday, June 6, with the experts stopping by at least once a day. The posts will stay up indefinitely, of course, so you can always respond... though you can't count on these WayCool people being here to post an answer. We'll have a bit of a "theme of the day" (such as Legal or Community Management) to provide some focus (since "open source in the enterprise" is just an eensy bit of a wide subject to cover), though there's no real rule in that regard. (I'm actually taking a vacation day on Friday, to a spot that intentionally has no Internet access, so I'll ask someone to step in as Hostess, Barkeep and Bouncer that day.)

In the meantime, this thread can start as an "Introduce yourself" discussion for the many fine people who'll participate. Here's the list, in no particular order and with varying degrees of detail:

  • Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation
  • Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier, Novell SUSE Evangelist
  • Bernard Golden, CIO blogger about open source issues
  • SugarCRM's CIO, Lila Tretikov
  • SpringSource CEO Rod Johnson: the father of Spring and an authority on Java and J2EE development.
  • Fabrizio Capobianco, the CEO of Funambol, active in the mobile open source world.
  • Dominic Sartorio, president of the Open Solutions Alliance
  • Brian Gentile, president and CEO of JasperSoft; he helped create and build the Sun and Java Developer Connection programs.
  • Bob Zurek, CTO at EnterpriseDB and leader of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council's Open Source Cluster.
  • WaveMaker CEO Chris Keene
  • Marten Mickos, the former CEO of MySQL (recently acquired by Sun). Mickos is now the head of Sun's database group and remains a prominent authority in the open source community.
  • Jon Ferraiolo, leader of the OpenAJAX Alliance, an organization dedicated to standardizing Ajax development; he's also part of the Emerging Internet Technologies group at IBM.
  • Matt Aslett, an analyst in The 451 Group's Enterprise Software group who specializes in open source software and contributes regularly to reports on the topic.
  • Ira Heffan, legal counsel for TopCoder, who has been involved in GPL v3 and other open source licensing discussions
  • Ron Gula, Ron Gula, developer of Dragon IDS and the CEO of Tenable Network Security which produces the Nessus vulnerability scanner
  • Bob Sutor, the vice president of Standards and Open Source for the IBM Corporation.
  • Wikipedia's Doman Mituzas (board member, active participant in tech projects, and senior manager at MySQL)
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