OSI Post Show Re­port

In the last is­sue, we took you on a pic­to­rial tour of Open Source In­dia 2013, Asia’s largest con­ven­tion on open source. In this edi­tion, we en­cap­su­late the essence of the event in words.

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T here was an un­mis­tak­able buzz in the air as a large num­ber of FOSS lovers trooped in at the NIMHANS Cen­tre, Ben­galuru, to seek and share knowl­edge at Asia’s largest con­ven­tion on open source, Open Source In­dia (OSI) 2013. The three-day event, which com­menced on Novem­ber 11, 2013, was high on ac­tion and in­for­ma­tion, and turned out to be a per­fect plat­form for all those who wished to cash in on the true spirit of FOSS. Packed with in­ter­est­ing ses­sions, in­ter­ac­tions and hands-on work­shops, the con­ven­tion saw the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the head hon­chos from the cor­po­rate world, tech buffs and FOSS evan­ge­lists, all of whom made the most of the three­day long af­fair. The jam-packed ses­sions and the charged at­mos­phere at the venue proved the grow­ing ac­cep­tance of FOSS at the user level.

The con­ven­tion wit­nessed the pres­ence of over 50 speak­ers from the busi­ness world and the com­mu­nity. Ma­jor com­pa­nies like The At­tach­mate Group, Or­a­cle, Red Hat, In­tel, Ac­quia, HP, Dell, Mon­goDB, En­ter­priseDB, VMWare, Unotech, CDAC, Liferay and Microsoft made their pres­ence felt at this ‘open’ plat­form.

Com­ment­ing on his fourth year of par­tic­i­pa­tion at Open Source In­dia 2013, Man­dar Naik, di­rec­tor, Plat­form Strategy, Microsoft, said, “It has al­ways been ex­cit­ing to be a part of OSI and this year was no ex­cep­tion. The tech­nol­ogy ses­sions were highly in­for­ma­tive with some of the ex­perts shar­ing their in­sights on a range of top­ics in­clud­ing mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment, the ker­nel and the cloud. I feel the con­fer­ence proved to be a great op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with tech­nol­ogy en­thu­si­asts from all over the coun­try, rang­ing from app de­vel­op­ers and open source con­trib­u­tors to the stu­dents.”

Day 1: Full of ac­tion!

The first day of the con­ven­tion com­menced with Sree­hari Seethara mashas­try, MD, At­tach­mate In­dia De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre, de­liv­er­ing the key­note ad­dress. He spoke at length on ‘Open Source - The Way For­ward’, dis­cussing how FOSS has changed the ‘tech­no­log­i­cal out­look’ in many sec­tors across the coun­try and will con­tinue to do so in the

fu­ture as well. He cre­ated the ideal at­mos­phere for the dis­cus­sions to fol­low. We caught up with him af­ter his talk and he an­i­mat­edly told us, “I was here at OSI 2012 as well. I can see the show has evolved with re­spect to its au­di­ence this year, as com­pared to the last year. Frankly, I did not ex­pect so many ques­tions com­ing my way af­ter I was done with the ses­sion. I had a cou­ple of en­gag­ing dis­cus­sions even af­ter the talk. This clearly speaks for the kind of se­ri­ous au­di­ence that is present at the show.”

Af­ter the inau­gu­ral ad­dress, the au­di­ence got split be­tween the two par­al­lel tracks—one ded­i­cated to mo­bile app de­vel­op­ment and the other to ‘FOSS for Ev­ery­one’. The core fo­cus of the mo­bile app de­vel­op­ment track was on An­droid, as speak­ers shared their ex­per­tise on the do­main through var­i­ous top­ics. The high­light of the ‘FOSS for Ev­ery­one’ track was the ses­sion by Lux Rao, CTO, HP - Tech­no­log­i­cal Ser­vices, In­dia, who shared his in­sight on ‘The New Style of IT’. The ses­sion was highly in­ter­ac­tive with a num­ber of ques­tions put for­ward by the vi­brant au­di­ence. And Rao was quick to an­swer all of them. When we caught up with him af­ter his talk, he said, “This is my se­cond year of par­tic­i­pa­tion at Open Source In­dia. It is an in­ter­est­ing event where we get the right kind of au­di­ences to in­ter­act with. I have thor­oughly en­joyed be­ing at the show.”

For the first time in the his­tory of Open Source In­dia, two com­pa­nies—Clear­trip.com and Atul Ltd—shared their suc­cess sto­ries about how FOSS helped them op­ti­mise their IT bud­gets and break free from ven­dor lock-in.

Next up was a panel dis­cus­sion on the topic ‘How Im­por­tant is Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for Recruitment’ and we must say, this gen­er­ated a lot of heat!

Day 2: Packed with more in­for­ma­tion, and even more en­ergy

The se­cond day was ded­i­cated to tracks on IT man­age­ment, the cloud and Web app de­vel­op­ment. We saw par­tic­i­pa­tion from IT man­agers and de­vel­op­ers who came over to hear some of the great stal­warts in the tech in­dus­try speak. The day kicked off with Tris­tan Goode, CEO, Ap­tira and a mem­ber of the board of direc­tors for the OpenS­tack Foun­da­tion, shar­ing his in­sights on ‘Get­ting Started with OpenS­tack De­vel­op­ment’. The au­di­ence threw nu­mer­ous ques­tions at him and he han­dled these with aplomb, putting to rest their con­cerns.

The day also saw Venkatesh Swami­nathan, coun­try man­ager, The At­tach­mate Group, shar­ing his thoughts on ‘When The Cloud Will Rain $, $, $...’ and the en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence lis­tened in rapt at­ten­tion. Sandi­pan Chat­topad­hyay, CTO, Just­Dial, who made his pres­ence felt at the event, spoke on the ‘Mod­ern Day Chal­lenges in Web De­vel­op­ment’.

The day was also laced with a lot of net­work­ing ses­sions and it was great to see the in­dus­try ex­perts bond­ing over con­ver­sa­tions. Dr Ra­jeev Pap­neja, COO, ESDS Soft­ware So­lu­tion Pvt Ltd, said, “I had an en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at OSI 2013. This is one oc­ca­sion at which we get to meet both the mak­ers and con­sumers of tech­nol­ogy. OSI proved to be the real prob­lem-solver for me. Our team was strug­gling with an is­sue that it en­coun­tered while run­ning Win­dows vir­tual ma­chines on the Zen cloud. We were try­ing to fix this for over a year but we couldn’t get the per­fect so­lu­tion. I brought this is­sue up with Dr K Y Srini­vasan, prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect, Win­dows Server and Cloud Di­vi­sion, Microsoft, when I met him at OSI 2013 and he sug­gested a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion within min­utes. If we could have more of such in­ter­ac­tions for­mally or­gan­ised by the OSI team, it would be very help­ful.”

Day 3: High on ker­nel de­vel­op­ment and data­base man­age­ment

Af­ter two days of in­for­ma­tion-packed ses­sions, the third and last day was ded­i­cated to ker­nel and data­base lovers. The day kicked off with Dr K Y Srini­vasan, prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect, Win­dows Server and Cloud Di­vi­sion-Microsoft Cor­po­ra­tion Red­mond, Wash­ing­ton, talk­ing on ‘Run­ning And Man­ag­ing Linux On Hy­per-V’. When we caught up with him later, he en­thused, “I was a speaker at OSI 2011 as well. Com­ing to this year’s edi­tion was a good ex­pe­ri­ence and I can see how the show has grown from 2011 as well. One sug­ges­tion that I would like to give to the or­gan­is­ers is that they should in­tro­duce a rat­ing sys­tem for the speak­ers. The au­di­ence should be able to rate a par­tic­u­lar speaker on the ba­sis of what they could draw from the talk and other sim­i­lar as­pects. If this is done, the qual­ity of talks will im­prove in a big way.”

Data­base lovers en­joyed the in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with San­jay Man­wani, di­rec­tor, Or­a­cle In­dia, who spoke at length on the topic ‘The State of the Dolphin-Or­a­cle’s MySQL strategy and the lat­est key de­vel­op­ments’.

Hands-on work­shops galore!

The at­ten­dees got a chance to delve deeper into the lat­est trends in the open source arena though a var­ied range of work­shops that spanned the three days of the event. From work­shops on An­droid app de­vel­op­ment and de­vel­op­ing games in HTML5, to cre­at­ing a great dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence with Dru­pal in just three hours, the event had it all. Ja­cob Singh, re­gional di­rec­tor, Ac­quia In­dia, said, “Dru­pal is a fas­ci­nat­ing tech­nol­ogy, which is why, I, for sure, get a lot of at­ten­tion at OSI 2013. This is the rea­son why I have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in OSI, year af­ter year. Both my ses­sion and the work­shop were awe­some and re­ally well re­ceived. I plan to be here next year as well.” And we must ad­mit that the work­shops gar­nered a lot of at­ten­tion from FOSS lovers.

Busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties

The three-day con­ven­tion gen­er­ated a lot of busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for our part­ners who came for­ward to sup­port the event. Ro­hit Rai, di­rec­tor, Sales, Mon­goDB Inc, en­thused, “I have seen OSI grow­ing big­ger and bet­ter with ev­ery edi­tion. This year, I came with Mon­goDB, which is a new en­trant in the In­dian mar­ket. Al­though we are an es­tab­lished name, as a com­pany, we are fairly new to In­dia. OSI 2013 not only pro­vided us the ap­pro­pri­ate plat­form to net­work with our clients but also helped us gen­er­ate some qual­ity leads.”

Amar Chig­teri, man­ager, Sales - West and South In­dia, En­ter­priseDB, felt that Open Source In­dia 2013 was an im­proved avatar com­pared to its pre­vi­ous edi­tions. He said, “While the foot­falls were com­par­a­tively lower than last year, pos­si­bly be­cause of the event run­ning on week­days, the qual­ity of peo­ple at­tend­ing the event has im­proved man­i­fold. There were se­ri­ous visi­tors and some real busi­ness leads com­ing in for us. The kind of tech­ni­cal ses­sions and work­shops that were or­gan­ised in the show took it to an­other level al­to­gether.”

Man­ish Gupta, gen­eral man­ager, Liferay In­dia, who made his de­but at the event, said, “This is our first time at Open Source In­dia. We came here with the idea of cre­at­ing a buzz about our prod­uct and the com­pany, within the com­mu­nity and in the cor­po­rate sec­tor. I was happy to see the kind of au­di­ence that turned up at the show. We had some se­ri­ous visi­tors and good en­quiries com­ing in. With the kind of turnout we had, I can say that OSI is one of the finest events bridg­ing the gap be­tween the com­mu­nity and the cor­po­rate sec­tor.”

Arati Bam, head mar­ket­ing, The At­tach­mate Group, said, “Al­though this is our first year of be­ing present as an ex­hibitor at Open Source In­dia, we have been as­so­ci­ated with the magazine Open Source For You in the past as well. As ex­pected, the show has been won­der­fully or­gan­ised and a com­plete delight for the ex­hibitors. Apart from the fact that we have been able to gen­er­ate some qual­ity busi­ness leads, our in­ter­ac­tion with the com­mu­nity was pretty fruit­ful and en­gag­ing.”

Cel­e­brat­ing the spirit of FOSS as al­ways, you can ex­pect OSI Days to be back with greater en­thu­si­asm and more in­for­ma­tion-packed ses­sions next year.

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