Open source software: in business, in government

Thursday, 23rd September 2010
Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET
This event is CPD certified

Karsten Gerloff

Karsten Gerloff

Guest of Honour: Karsten Gerloff

This seminar is supported by Sirius

The deployment of FOSS (free and open source software) is projected to save the public sector millions of pounds per year, with the recently announced commitment to create a "level playing field" for open source software in Government IT procurement. This seminar will examine prospects for the use of FOSS, both by Government and in business, how UK usage compares internationally and the challenges wider deployment may pose for training and resilience. Discussion will include consideration of the effects of splitting up of major government projects into their component parts to allow smaller firms to compete equally with the major software houses.

We are delighted that Karsten Gerloff, President, Free Software Foundation Europe and Francisco Mingorance, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Europe, Business Software Alliance will be delivering keynote presentations at this seminar.

Other confirmed speakers include: Miles Berry, Community Manager, Open Source Schools; Richard Chapman, Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner; Juan Crosby, Senior Associate, CMS Cameron McKenna; Dr Chris Francis, Government Programmes, IBM; Paul Fremantle, Chief Technology Officer, WSO2; Paul Holt, Corporate Sales Director, Canonical; Andrew Katz, Partner, Moorcrofts Corporate Law; Alan Lord, Director, Open Learning Centre; Glyn Moody, Technology Writer; Chris Roberts, Finance Director, Trident Garages; Mark Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Sirius and Dr Mark Wright, Executive Member for Efficiency and Value, Bristol City Council. Further senior participants are being approached.

Rupert Goodwins, Editor, ZDNet UK and Philip Virgo, Secretary General, The Information Society Alliance (EURIM) have kindly agreed to chair this seminar