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OSI Days, 2011 was a Resounding Success, ended up with more Confidence and Optimism
OSSCube, co-organizer of OSI Days, thanks all of you for making OSI Days, 2011 such a success. We are delighted that this 8th version of Asia’s mega convention, held at Bengaluru on Nov 20-22, 2011, is one of the best OSI Days events we have had...! Over 2,000 people and 100+ sessions across three days and that’s the proof that the event was greatly accepted by open source enthusiasts.This year the conference had a very good feel with varied interesting, exciting sessions and workshops. Hope, attendees would not find conflicted over which session to attend, as there were too many interesting topics running simultaneously!
The conference snarled from OSI, PHP, Kernel to Data Days in three Audis and 3 MRs aimed with providing quality content and empowering the open source lovers. There were discussions from FOSS for everyone, Open Source for developers to Open Source for CIOs covering areas of PHP, Kernal, Database and Mobile technology that were conducted by eminent national and international experts.
The presence of Microsoft and Oracle at OSI Days was the proof that they are seeing great opportunities in Open Source. The answer was available in the keynote presented by Gianugo Rabellino, senior director, Microsoft Corporation, USA. “Microsoft is more open than you may think, and we want to show the interoperability and openness between Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms,” he explained. He spoke about how the software giant has decided to be more open in the mobile, server, cloud and client space.From commercial prospective, the session on how to make money from free open source software was the best example that explained commercial viability of Open Source. Speakers like Gil Yehuda (Yahoo! Inc), Rohit Kumar Rai (EnterpriseDB) and Ryusuke Kajiyama (Oracle) cited examples on how an organization can create revenue models by using, developing or supporting open source.
For PHP enthusiast, the conference was absolutely amazing to grasp the PHP best practices. Around 23 sessions on PHP really served their purpose of giving attendees incitation towards PHP. In addition to sessions, Keynote by Zeev Suraski, Co Creator of PHP and Co Founder of Zend was major attraction for PHP enthusiasts.
The event included presentations on Web development, mobile development, database and kernel development, etc. such as ‘Extending SugarCRM for Building a Large Scale Federal Level Application’ by Ben Schooley and Sue Feldman of SmartWorks; ‘Linux on Hyper-V– Our Journey Through The Linux Staging Tree’ by Dr. K Y Srinivasan, Microsoft Corporation; ‘NewSQL: For 'SPRAINed' DBMS’ by B V P Vamsi Krishna, S Nirmala and R Prasanna Venkatesh of Huawei India, and so on.
Above all, hands-on workshops were the crux of the event. Workshops on ‘Cloud Foundry’ by VMware, ‘openLDAP and HA Clustering on RHEL5’ by Keen and Able Computers, ‘MySQL’ by Oracle, ‘Leaner Techniques for Faster Portals—Get Drupalled’ by AZRI Solutions, 'Doctrine 2' by Juozas Kaziukenas, founder and CEO of Web Species Ltd, and many others were packed with really great content.
It is without a doubt that attending these sessions gave a great chance to attendees to meet some great experts which otherwise may not have had the opportunity. The ambience was awesome; the speakers were of international standard and truly were experts in the field.
The following are some of the tweets of speakers and attendees:
As we all know more and more companies are adopting Open Source. Cloud computing is transforming the industries. Mobile services are growing unprecedentedly, blazed by Android and iPhone. APIs are growing vigorously. So, events like OSI days is a great platform for sharing and absorbing viable and successful models for managing and steering businesses.
And to continue to strengthen open source ecosystem, OSSCube leave you with a promise of bringing in a fresh dose of stuff in OSI Days, 2012. You can check all the OSI Days photos at Flickr.