[Insight-users] Open Source Talk: Michael Tiemann (RedHat & OSI) : September 24 at RPI - Troy NY

Luis Ibanez luis.ibanez at kitware.com
Mon Sep 15 17:38:13 EDT 2008

Michael Tiemann
Former Chief Technology Officer at Red Hat Linux, Vice President of Open
Source Affairs at Red Hat, and President of the Open Source Initiative (OSI)

Mr. Tiemann is a leader in the open-source software movement, a growing
development methodology and business model with world-wide impact.
Please join us in this unique opportunity to learn from one of the most
notable figures in the open-source community.

Date: Wednesday September 24
Place: Rensselaer Troy Campus DCC 324
Time: 4:00-5:30pm

The talk is open to the general public. For more information, please 
refer to:

This talk is co-sponsored by Kitware, Inc. a local open-source business
(http://www.kitware.com), and the Rensselaer Center for Open Software:

RPI Maps and further information can be found below:


"Exonovation--Leveraging Innovation from the Edge"


In the face of mounting competitive pressures, executives have
significantly reduced costs, improved efficiencies, and strengthened
their companies' core business. Yet as John Hagel and John Seely Brown
demonstrate in a book recently published by the Harvard University
Press[1], firms continue to destroy value for shareholders and lose
ground to competitors. They argue that business strategy depends not on
core competencies or on frictionless transactions, but on productive
friction and dynamic specialization, two features that define both the
open source development model and Red Hat's own business practices. They
also argue that Information Technology is the most critical and least
reliable factor enabling firms to transition from 20th to 21st century
competitive sustainability. They hold out hope that two new
technologies, Service Oriented Architectures and Virtualization, will
insulate firms from the disastrous effects of proprietary lock-in. I
will evaluate those claims, particularly whether virtualization makes
open source less relevant or all the more relevant to companies looking
to establish and maintain a sustainable edge.

[1] The only sustainable edge, 2005

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