Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

3rd Gestionale Open Developer Conference

On January the 9th, 2009 I've presented at the 3rd Annual Gestionale Open Developer Conference. 

Gestionale Open is an open source ERP gathering interest in Italy, since it is compliant with local laws. This project has been started years ago by an entrepreneur with decades of experience in the field and now it's used by 100s of customers. They have concluded the porting to MySQL, which is now the default database for the product!

There were nearly 100 participants. Gestionale Open has catalyzed the interest of customers, distributors, software developers. It's nice to see complex business applications moving to open source.

The title of my presentation was: "Enterprise Innovation". I've chosen a banal title, but wishing to make an interesting dissertation on why MySQL is fuelling the innovation and who is using MySQL to seed projects and evolve from simple ideas to real business.

You can have a look at the presentation here:

If you need more informations on Gestionale Open feel free to look at: http://www.gestionaleopen.org

Informations on MySQL are available here: http://www.mysql.com 

Thanks to all who attended.

Sunday Jun 15, 2008

Open Source Day, Rome - June 10, 2008

With a few days of delay, I want to share my impressions about Red Hat's Open Source Day presented in Rome on June 10, 2008.

The Event

Event was organized really well, Red Hat took responsibility of everything and all went smoothly toward the end. There were more than 200 attendees and the hall was crowded of Open Source enthusiasts, customers and others waiting for interesting speeches and a juicy agenda. General impression was very good, a lot of attention from both community attendees and customers willing to deeper their Open Source knowledge and listening to shining or emerging stars in the field.

A rich agenda gave everyone a bunch of new ideas to think about.

MySQL/Sun

Luca Gargaglione catalyzed attendees attention by explaining How and Why MySQL is the world's most popular open source database. He gave us a quick overview of the diffusion, offer and markets served by MySQL. The crowd laughed knowing that MySQL is used even in the Easter Island (also known as Rapa Nui in the Rapa Nui language). You can take a look at the presentation (in Italian) here.

During the entire day a lot of people were coming at our booth asking tough questions about future directions, possible use of MySQL and synergies between Sun products and MySQL RDBMS.

Conclusion

In Italy we are usually a bit skeptic about innovation, but this wasn't the case. A lot of enthusiasm, interest and fun pervaded the entire day. I came at home with a deeper understanding of Open Source and with a sincere desire of being an advocate (together with my company) of Open Source Software... and I hope to find many, many, many of us with the same desire.
About

I'm Luca Olivari and here are my Ideas on managing both Structured and Unstructured Data. I'm a Sales Engineer with MySQL, assisting customers in Italy, Iberia and Emerging Markets. I've a background on Business Intelligence and Sales. Nice to meet you.

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