The Eclipse Foundation organized an Open Source Strategy Summit in conjunction with EclipseCon, only open to member companies.
The day was packed with interesting presentations on Open Source Business models, Licensing, Open Source case studies and an outstanding presentation by Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond. His presentation was on Open Source adoption and his research is very encouraging for the Eclipse community and our EclipseSource offerings. Security, Maintenance and support are key issues when it comes to Open Source adoption, that is exactly what we offer for core Eclipse technologies like Equinox, RCP or RAP. He was comparing the Eclipse community to a shopping mall for customers with anker stores (big players) and boutique stores that together make a very compelling offering. Integration is key as enabler for a best of breed approach. I can really recommend his research on this topic. As an attendee of the summit I am one of the lucky guys getting this slides …
The little presentation on moving RAP to Open Source that I gave is public to everyone and is talking about some of the challenges working in the open – specifically in the context of Eclipse. You can view it online just below.
If you are looking for values of an Eclipse membership – this is the kind of event you should attend next time. We have been already discussing briefly about having an Open Source Strategy Summit at Eclipse Summit in Ludwigsburg this fall. I will sign up for this as soon as it will get announced.
Update: A slightly abriged version of Jeffrey Hammands slides are available from the Open Source Strategy agenda page.