Simon Phipps

A well-known and respected leader in the free/open source software community, computer industry veteran Simon Phipps has been involved at a strategic level in some of the world's leading technology companies. In addition to senior leadership positions he has worked in such hands-on roles as field engineer, programmer and systems analyst, as well as run a software publishing company. He worked with OSI standards in the '80s, on the first commercial collaborative conferencing software in the '90s, and helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM. He was a founding Director of the Open Mobile Alliance.

He takes an active interest in several free and open source software organisations, serving as a Director of the global Open Source Initiative and of the UK's Open Rights Group as well as on the advisory board of Open Source for America. A widely read thought-leader, he publishes regularly both on his own blog and in many other places, such as IDG's InfoWorld and ComputerWorldUK. He is part of FossAlliance, a group of proven international consultants for free and open source software.

Open source community collaboration strategies for the enterprise

Key open source considerations for businesses, communities and developers.

OSCON’s theme last year was “from disruption to default.” Over the last decade, we’ve seen open source shift from the shadows to the limelight. Today, more businesses than ever are considering the role of open source in their strategies. I’ve had the chance to watch and participate in the transitions of numerous businesses and business units to using…
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