Open source enablement: Balancing technical innovation with risk management

Date: 02 May 2012

Tightening budgets and competitive pressures have many IT organisations turning to open source software (OSS) to increase agility and speed up the velocity of innovation. However, a recent Gartner report states that 50% of companies will face challenges due to a lack of OSS policy and management.

While OSS provides many competitive advantages, most IT organisations are yet to uncover its full potential. Many have no strategy for optimising development with OSS and often ignore or are unaware of the technical, business and legal challenges of multi-source development, resulting in sub-optimal processes and performance.

The issue? The business perspective wants to make better software faster while controlling development, maintenance and support costs. The risk management perspective, on the other hand, is interested in managing risk and ensuring compliance, monitoring, validating and controlling the use of OSS.

Join this seminar from Bird & Bird, Black Duck and SQS, to learn how open source can be managed to maximize the business and technical benefits and mitigate or eliminate the risks. We will review licence management and selection, the latest open source trends, and a number of case studies covering various vertical industries, including how OSS is used for competitive advantage in financial services and how OSS is driving innovation in the auto industry.

We hope you can join us.

For further information, or to register to attend future seminars please contact the Events Team at or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000.

The programme

08.30 - 09.00
Registration and breakfast

09.00 - 09.10
Welcome and introduction
Peter Vescuso, EVP of Marketing and Business Development, Black Duck
Julian Brook, Principal Consultant, SQS

09.10 - 09.40
Market Dynamics, FOSS Trends
Peter Vescuso, EVP of Marketing and Business Development, Black Duck

09.40 - 10.00

10.00 - 10.40
Licence selection and management
Ian Edwards, Partner, Bird & Bird

10.40 - 10.50

10.50 - 11.30
FOSS management and compliance, OSS: Case studies
Julian Brook, Principal Consultant, SQS

Summary and wrap-up