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November 29, 2006
Open Source Software for the Enterprise--Europe

Michel Ruffin, Software Coordination Manager, Chief Technology Officers Department, Alcatel Learn More

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Migrating to Open Source Solutions

Open Source Software is fast becoming the solution of choice for the mission critical IT needs of many businesses. It’s happening a project at a time, in many cases on new projects, without major announcements or fanfare.

One of the key features of open source software is the added flexibility businesses have to alter the source code of the application and to customize it to fit their specific needs. Not only is open source software highly customizable, often it’s significantly cheaper than proprietary software, a key motivation factor when enterprises are evaluating application options.

Developed by communities of developers, open source software goes through extensive peer review before the applications are released for use, making it a reliable solution for integrating into existing enterprise systems.

Join us on this web conference as Jack Wang, Michel Ruffin and Aaron Graves share their experiences and expertise in successfully implementing open source solutions at Continental Airlines, Alcatel and Citigroup.

Take away points include:

  • Legal and licensing issues that arise when altering open source applications
  • How to maximize benefits and minimize costs with open source applications
  • Importance and availability of support services and training
  • Long term liability and innovation risk 

CIOs, CTOs, CSOs, VPs, Directors and Managers of:

  • Information Architecture
  • Applications and Software
  • IS/IT
  • System Architecture
  • Network Administration
OpenLogic provides software, stacks and commercial support to help enterprises manage and maximize open source technologies.  Our flagship product, OpenLogic Enterprise, includes a library of 150 certified open source solutions and a suite of management applications to enforce open source policies and deploy customized open source stacks. http://www.openlogic.com/
Virtuas Open Source Solutions is the premier provider of enterprise-level support services for widely-adopted open source software such as Apache Geronimo, Tomcat, Spring and Hibernate. Since 1999, Virtuas has provided the Global 2000 with world-class enterprise software solutions.

MySQL AB develops and supports a family of high performance, affordable database products -- including MySQL Network, a comprehensive set of certified software and premium support services. The company's flagship product is the MySQL Server, the world's most popular open source database, with more than 10 million active installations. Many of the world's largest organizations, including Yahoo!, Alcatel, The Associated Press, Suzuki and NASA are realizing significant cost savings by using MySQL to power high-volume Web sites, business-critical enterprise applications and packaged software. 

With headquarters in Sweden and the United States -- and operations around the world -- MySQL AB supports both open source values and corporate customers' needs in a profitable, sustainable business. For more information about MySQL, please visit http://www.mysql.com/

JBoss, a division of Red Hat, is the global leader in open source middleware software, combining enterprise-class JEMS open source software with the industry's leading services and tools to provide simply a better way to transform your business to SOA. Red Hat, the world’s leading open source and Linux provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC, with satellite offices spanning the globe. The most trusted name in open source, CIOs and other senior-level IT executives have ranked Red Hat as the industry’s most valued vendor for two consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. Red Hat provides operating system software along with applications, management, and middleware solutions, including JBoss's market leading open source platform for SOA, JEMS (JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite), which delivers proven performance in mission-critical environments and is backed by world-class support and service—all at a dramatically lower cost structure than proprietary systems. Fortune 500 companies such as Continental Airlines, MCI and Starwood Hotels & Resorts rely on Professional Open Source from JBoss. Red Hat is accelerating the shift to service-oriented architectures (SOA) and enabling the next generation of web-enabled applications running on a low-cost, secure open source platform. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. JBoss and Red Hat’s open source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with focus on security and ease of management. Learn more: http://www.jboss.com/


New technologies, new tools and new approaches have been developed, and entire architecture shifts are underway. Widespread connectivity and rapid change requires business processes to adapt – keeping the underlying technical infrastructure aligned with how the business operates and running the business in ways that leverage new capabilities.

CXOs (the whole gambit of senior management, including CEO, COO, CFO, HR, and marketing) face major challenges and opportunities as they work to keep IT aligned with ever-changing corporate business strategies. CXO will help C-Level executives in their decision-making process and in the development of IT strategies, directions and architectures. www.cxo.eu.com

As the only independent business-to-business IT news provider in  Wales, Ping Wales aims to create a broader awareness of the rapidly developing Welsh IT sector.

The publication profiles Welsh technology companies and their  innovations, creating a vital overview of the Welsh IT industry, and  positioning Wales as a key player in the global knowledge economy.

Through its broad range of original and objective content, Ping Wales  contextualises technology for business owners, IT directors and  managers, and, through its hands-on tutorial articles in particular,  contributes to the worldwide IT community knowledge base. http://www.pingwales.co.uk/


Michel Ruffin,
Chief Technology Officer, Applications Group,

Michel Ruffin obtained a Ph.D in computer science in 1992 at the University Paris VI (France). From 1993 to 1995, he took a post-doctoral position at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) in the area of distributed object oriented systems. He joined the Alcatel Research Center in 1996 to work on middleware for telecommunications. In 2001, he joined the Alcatel CTO team to coordinate the technical procurement of software components for Alcatel
products. He has chaired the Telecom group of the OMG since 1999. He has been a member of the OMG Board of Director and of the OSDL Carrier Grade Linux Working Group steering committee since 2001. In 2000, he received the OMG's Distinguished Service Award and since 2001, he has been a distinguished member of the Alcatel Technical Academy. He has been serving as expert on research projects for the European Commission since 2002.

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