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Tuesday, November 11 • 9:50am - 10:10am
The Secret to Customer-Driven Innovation - John Mark Walker, Open Source Ecosystems Manager at Red Hat

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Open Source is a phenomenon made possible by the will of the customer and end user, leading to a world where end users collaborate directly with developers. This was not by accident: end users were able to collaborate in this way because of the establishment of the four freedoms and the resulting managed ecosystem of open source platforms. The resulting changes in development process led to open source becoming the dominant way to innovate in software. Ultimately, open source is a victory of process, governance and agility, which are at least as important as the code. But what lessons can we take away from open source domination, especially as we advance forward with new technologies? If the four freedoms drove open source development, will they play the same role in the advancement of cloud computing? 

In this talk, we will look at examples from the cloud computing world and other areas of science. Is the secret to innovation the creation of sound processes and good governance?

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John Mark Walker

Open Source Ecosystems Leader, Red Hat, Inc
John Mark is the ManageIQ Community Leader. For three years prior to his ManageIQ role, he was the Gluster Community Leader and is a long-time Open Source community advocate and strategist.

Tuesday November 11, 2014 9:50am - 10:10am
Grand Ballroom

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