InfoWorld’s Open Source Business Conference Kicks Off on Tuesday, May 22nd in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 8, 2007 – InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT solutions management, today gave a preview of the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), taking place May 22-23, 2007 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Two days of conference sessions and keynotes will explore controversial issues around building a business on open source software and offer insights to commercial success. OSBC is designed for IT business executives (buyers and vendors), venture capitalists, attorneys and other decision-makers tasked with developing businesses that leverage open source software. It explores the legal, investment, vendor and customer risks, rewards and opportunities presented by open source software. For more information or to register for this event, please visit .


Keynote speeches will be given by Matthew J. Szulik, Chairman, CEO and President, Red Hat, Inc.; Marc West, Senior Vice President and CIO, H&R Block; Eben Moglen, Chairman of the Software Freedom Law Center and Professor, Columbia University Law School; Rob Curley, Vice President, Product Development, Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive; Marten Mickos, CEO, MySQL; and Lee Thompson, VP & Chief Technologist, E*TRADE FINANCIAL.

Conference Tracks

— What's Now: CIO Issues, Channel Delivery: Sessions provide a fresh perspective on current open source issues from CIOs and executives at Bank of America, Credit Suisse, H&R Block and

— What's Next: Emerging Opportunities & Strategies: Sessions highlight emerging trends and opportunities for the open source company, including "Building a Revenue Stream from Free Product Traction," "The Open Source Business Financial Model" and "Business Development for the 21st Century."

— What's Legal: Sessions illuminate complex legal issues including "Opening Up a Proprietary Product" and "Open Source Due Diligence in M&A" and explore the question, "Is the Novell- Microsoft Deal Good for Open Source?" featuring a balanced panel from, Microsoft, O'Reilly Media, Novell and Black Duck Software.

— Products and Services: Sessions address current strategic issues around enterprise adoption of open source, including "The Convergence of OSS and SaaS," "Technology Innovation" and "Assembling Enterprise Solutions from Open Source."


Platinum sponsors Oracle and SugarCRM are joined by Gold sponsors EMC Corporation, Goodwin Procter LLC, Intel, Jeffries & Company Inc., Trolltech, Inc., Unisys; Silver sponsors Adaptive Planning, EnterpriseDB, GlobalRoads Inc., GroundWork Open Source, North Bridge Venture Partners, Microsoft, Novell, Optaros, Red Hat and SnapLogic; Industry Analyst 451 Group; and Legal Track sponsors Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Cooley Godward LLP, DLA Piper, Fenwick & West LLP, Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Open Source Elite Showcase

The Open Source Elite Showcase will give attendees the opportunity to meet the industry's hottest open source startups, many of which will be seen at OSBC for the first time. Approximately 20 open source startups have been selected from an estimated pool of 150+. Participating companies include: BitRock, ControlTier Software, EA Technologies, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, Funambol Inc., Loopfuse, Jive Software, MySQL, OpenLogic, Pentaho, and The rSMART Group.

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT solutions management choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at .

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and gaming worldwide. IDG's lead generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including E for All Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

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