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Open source communities are evolving at a rapid pace from infrastructure-focused development communities to application-focused development, user, and business communities. Unfortunately, collaborative tools and environments that facilitate community development and interaction are in a rapid state of devolution. Today, beyond the need to support community project creation and contributions across a group of developers collaborating on the development of an open source project, open source community platforms increasingly need to deliver capabilities for higher levels of business and technical collaboration.
Web-based social networking platforms have generated an awareness of new techniques and technologies for communication and collaboration across multiple levels of community; including less technical users whose needs relate to the use or implementation of software, rather than its development. By involving multiple levels of users in open source communities using Web 2.0 capabilities and a social networking approach, modern systems are better able to convert lurkers to members, members to contributors, and ultimately contributors to commerce.
This presentation will unveil a new community platform that Jaspersoft has developed with its partner, Essentia Soft Solutions, to meet these challenges and deliver the first next-generation environment for commercial open source communities.
Nick Halsey is the chief marketing officer and executive vice president of corporate development, and manages the company’s overall go-to-market strategy. Nick has over 25 years of experience in the high technology sector, and has played a leading role in the emergence of the commercial open source market.
Prior to SugarCRM, Halsey served as the vice president of marketing and product management at Jaspersoft Corporation, the leading open source business intelligence company. He was a co-founder of Biz360, the leading provider of social media monitoring and market intelligence solutions that was recently acquired by Attensity Group, and also served as the founding vice president of sales and marketing for Brio Software, where over six years he lead the company to $150 million in sales and to a successful IPO. Nick also served as the CMO and executive vice president of corporate development at Alphablox, guiding it to an acquisition by IBM.
Nick holds a B.A. degree in Political Science with a minor in Computer Science from Stanford University, is an avid cyclist, and the father of three energetic young boys.
Gopi Ganapathy is Founder, President & CEO of Essentia, a product and services company focused on open source platforms, online customer experience and software as a service. He also serves as a partner in MNC Group, a diversified investment and technology incubation firm. A successful repeat entrepreneur and seasoned executive, he was a founder of Enlite Networks serving as it’s President and CEO from inception in 1999 until it’s acquisition by CollabNet in 2003. At CollabNet, Gopi served as the President/CEO of CollabNet India and as its Vice President of Engineering leading early deployments of many well known open source projects like Open Office, Java and Subversion on distributed software development environments. He has held executive positions in marketing, services and engineering since the early 90s in well known silicon valley companies including Cadence Design Systems [CDN], SVR and AMD. Gopi has a Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin with numerous patents and publications.
At Alcatel-Lucent, Tim manages all aspects of open source community relations for apiGrove.net. Before Alcatel-Lucent, Tim held international sales and marketing management positions with divisions of Fair Isaac, GEC/Marconi, and Siemens. Previously Tim held senior marketing positions at CollabNet, Radius, and Jaspersoft.