[nylug-announce] The Business Case for Open Source Software: a panel discussion 10/1/02

jim at vasoftware.com jim at vasoftware.com
Wed Sep 18 17:19:57 EDT 2002

The Business Case for Open Source Software: Successful Models and Implementations
- a panel discussion on October 1st.

Why are companies such as Merrill Lynch, Reuters, Disney, Verizon, Morgan
Stanley, Dreamworks, Credit Suisse First Boston, and L.L.Bean adopting and
succeeding with OPEN SOURCE?

Join us for a breakfast panel presentation targeted towards the use of Open
Source software in business. Panelists are leading industry technologists
who have deep knowledge of the many ways Open Source software can help
businesses succeed. If you are a technology or information executive for
your firm and are contemplating implementing Open Source as part of your
business or are simply curious to learn more about what Open Source is and
how it might help your business, this panel presentation will answer your
questions. Registration is free.

A panel discussion on successful models and implementation of open source 

October 1, 2002, 9:00 - 10:00 am (breakfast will be served)

Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP
1133 Avenue of the Americas (at 44th Street) 24th Floor
New York, New York 10036
Email: info at pbwt.com
Website: www.pbwt.com

Patterson Belknap is a New York City-based law firm with significant
experience providing intellectual property counseling and
litigation services. Attorneys at Patterson Belknap are quite experienced
and involved with Open Source software legal issues.
Besides counseling clients on these issues, Patterson Belknap attorneys have
also published articles and made presentations on the subject.

Moderated by a Patterson Belknap attorney, the panel
will include:

Scott Handy, Director Worldwide Linux Solutions, IBM
Scott is responsible for enabling solutions for Linux that
use IBM DB2, WebSphere, Lotus and Tivoli software. He is
also responsible for Open Source strategy and sits on
IBM's Open Source Steering Committee. Scott started with
IBM in December 1983 as a systems engineer and has a
Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Spiro Maroulis, Engagement Manager, RedHat
Red Hat is the leader in development, deployment, and
management of Linux and Open Source solutions for
Internet infrastructure, ranging from embedded devices to
secure Web servers. The foundation of Red Hat's business
model, Open Source, represents a fundamental shift in how
software is created. Because the code is available to
anyone and because developers who use the software are
free to improve it, the result is rapid innovation. Red Hat
solutions combine Red Hat Linux, developer and embedded
technologies, training, management services, and technical
support. Red Hat's customers include Credit Suisse First
Boston, Kenwood, DreamWorks, Greenpeace and the New
Jersey State Police.

Robert Lefkowitz, Director, Merrill Lynch
Merrill is one of many Wall Street brokerages doing a largescale
Linux deployment in an effort to cut their costs and
boost revenue. Indeed, one of the big benefits that Merrill
sees is that they can write an application once and then
deploy it with minimal work on mainframes, mini-computers,
desktops, laptops and handhelds-whether it be on Intel
hardware or something else. This contrasts with the
expensive and time consuming Unix approach where
developers write software for every version of Unix, including
for tools and patches. If it works out the way they hope,
Merrill could be savings tens of millions of dollars annually
within three to five years.

Jim Gleason, VA Software and Founder and President of The New 
York Linux Users Group. Jim co-founded Electric Lichen LLC, 
which was acquired by VA Software in 1999 and is perhaps best 
known for its efforts helping IBM, Informix, and numerous Linux 
distribution vendors launch their Linux strategies. Jim is also 
the Founder and President of the New York Linux User's Group
(NYLUG.org) which supports all things Linux and Open Source
in the greater New York area.

To register for this free seminar, mail this form to the address below or 
call Michelle Stinga at 212-336-2449, or email her at mstinga at pbwt.com by
September 23. 

Daytime telephone:

Mail registration to:
Michelle Stinga, Program Coordinator
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Email: info at pbwt.com
Website: www.pbwt.com
To register on the Web, go to http://www.pbwt.com/Contact/index.html.

For more details, please visit this event's website at:

Announcement forward by Jim Gleason, President, 
The New York Linux Users Group, www.nylug.org

Jim Gleason                                 email: jim at nylug.org
President, New York Linux Users Group       http://www.nylug.org
phone: 212-858-7684                         fax: 212-858-7685       

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