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OWF13 - Is there an Open (Source) Europe?

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  • 1. Is there an Open (Source) Europe? Open World Forum 2013, Paris Open Source Business Alliance
  • 2. Executive Summary ● Europe provides a great environment to build the open, next generation IT industry ● This needs collaboration - Open Source is about collaboration ● Many Open Source Projects collaborate without borders, most Open Source Businesses do not ● Open Source Business Networks provide the key to change this ● There are several options and possibilities we should use more to leverage this huge opportunity Open Source Business Alliance
  • 3. About myself ● Founder and CEO of Univention ● ● Our Product: Univention Corporate Server Easy-to-use, cost-effective and popular alternativ to Microsoft's server solutions ● ● ● 42 Employees, 190 partners, 900 customers Producing 100% Open Source Software Chariman of the board of the Open Source Business Alliance Open Source Business Alliance
  • 4. The Open Source Business Alliance Network of ● Providers of information technology – System integrators – Software and Hardware Vendors – Hoster, Cloud Service Providers – Consulting firms ● End user organizations ● Scientific Institutions ● Enthusiasts Open Source Business Alliance
  • 5. Example memberships Open Source Business Alliance
  • 6. What brings us together? The belief that we can act better, more effectively and successfully for our respective organisations and for the society in general – when we share intellectual property and act in an open, collaborative way Open Source Business Alliance
  • 7. Goal and Mission Our goal and mission is to foster and accelerate the success of those working with Open Source Software and acting using the principles of Openness, independently of role and organization. Open Source Business Alliance
  • 8. What differentiates us? ● ● We do not represent the interest of one side, vendor or customer, instead we share a join interest We do not stand for an industry or an sector, instead we stand for a successful form of value creation and doing business ● We connect users, providers and scientific institutions independently of specific buying / selling circumstances ● We are business oriented and act to foster the success of our organizations Open Source Business Alliance
  • 9. How do we achieve our goal? ● Public relations and press communication ● Lobbying and Public Affairs ● Fostering of networks communication between members ● Providing better information, networks and relationsshps between vendors, users and the scientific community ● Marketing ● Technical projects (interoperability, show-cases) Open Source Business Alliance
  • 10. Working Groups ● Public Affairs ● Office Interoperability ● Marketing ● Events ● Mobility ● Cloud Computing / Deutsche Wolke ● Education ● Membership Value ● Bitkom Open Source Business Alliance
  • 11. Recent Initiatives ● Guidelines how to procure Open Source Software using the standard contract terms of the german government (EVB-IT) ● Framework of standard contracts ● Guideline for enterprises: What you need to now about PRISM ● Certification of Trustworthy software ● Interoperability enhancements of LibreOffice ● CeBIT, Open IT Summit, Open Source Day, Meet & Greet, Open Minds Excellence Club Open Source Business Alliance
  • 12. Open Business without borders Why? ● We want our businesses to be succesfull! ● Most work on Open Source Software is done by people being paid for what they do, mostly by companies ● ● The success of Open Source Software is inherently bound to the success of those companies To be succesful and sustain, software ● ● ● Has to create momentum should concentrate on the things, it does really well Software needs market domination Open Source Business Alliance
  • 13. Open (Source) Business in Europe? ● The huge, homogeneous market in the U.S. is key for the success of U.S. Software companies ● Europe provides a similar market in size ● Cloud Computing is a game changer ● ● ● Europeans ask for European Clouds Open Source generates trust Open Source provides great means to cooperate between companies ● Countries like France and Germany are leading in Open Source adoption and have many innovative companies ● Everything is there to build the next generation of leading IT companies in Europe! Open Source Business Alliance
  • 14. Reality Check ● ● Some years ago, we (Univention) wrote source code with comments in german It took us five years to write documentation in english (no french yet) ● We speak german in board meetings ● We are present in many countries, but not in France ● We regard the french market as „difficult“ ● We just opened our first subsidiary in the U.S., not in France ● We do not use the huge opportunity in front of us Open Source Business Alliance
  • 15. What needs to be done? ● Connect business networks ● Exchange and integrate technology ● Exchange customers ● Build international consortiums ● Estabilsh international research projects ● Use international platforms like OW2 ● Work on public affairs on a european basis ● Use english as the primary business language ● We need to help each other to conquer the markets in our countries Open Source Business Alliance
  • 16. Others did it before Open Source Business Alliance
  • 17. Contact Peter Ganten peter.ganten@osb-alliance.com ganten@univention.com +49 421 222 32 0 Open Source Business Alliance