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  • This is what our speakers said about our first edition of OSS4B.

    Gene Kim

    Gene Kim

    Opening Keynote(download the slide)
    How Do We Better Sell DevOps?

    OSS4B is a visionary conference. The convergence of open source and the professional cultural movements embodied by DevOps and kanban are the pillars of the most vibrant age of software the world has ever seen. Anyone attending this conference will learn something — I sure did!

    Gene Kim, author of “The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win”

    Stefano Zacchiroli

    Stefano Zacchiroli

    Debian and its ecosystem(download the slide)

    OSS4B has been a great chance to meet with companies that live up to ethical Free Software business models, where *customers* are granted all essential software freedoms.

    Stefano Zacchiroli, former Debian Project Leader

    Carlo Bonamico

    Carlo Bonamico

    Infrastructure as data with Ansible for easier Continuous Delivery(download the slide)

    Participating in OSS4B has definely been a great experience thanks to world-class speakers, rich content and supportive organization. The schedule and location also facilitated networking and face-to-face interaction. But the thing that I appreciated most has been the focus on concrete and engaging discussion both during and between sessions: being able to discuss technical topics with the authors of an approach or project, and also exchange ideas about how to bring Open Source in real-world companies and organizations left me with many new ideas to apply in the upcoming months. I am already looking forward to next year edition…
    Carlo Bonamico, Solution Architect and Senior Trainer at NiS S.r.l.

    Davide Corio

    Davide Corio

    OpenERP. How to develop business solutions with Python.(download the slide)

    Go beyond the technical topics and get closer to the business its the only way to spread the open source word to the end users.
    I’m very glad to have had the chance to participate and meet awesome people.

    Davide Corio, freelancer

    Frédéric Descamps

    Frédéric Descamps

    Installing and managing MySQL like a real devops: automation in production
    Introduction to Percona XtraDB Cluster

    Feedback about this new Open Source Conference. Let’s start by the name… OSS4B, OPEN SOURCES for Businesses…

    What to expect with such name ? As most of my talks are always oriented for technical people…. I hopped to be able to not kill the audience after my first 10 slides.. and the magic happened… the audience was very heterogeneous, and I was surprised to also meet very technical person. So this was a nice surprise. But do you really expect to not meet at least one geek during an open source conference ? (It already happened to me long time ago in Belgium).

    But the organizers categorized the tracks so every level of expertise could find something interesting, I saw only talks related to Open Source and devops, so this matched the first part of the name perfectly. For the second part, honestly I cannot tell, I didn’t attend any tracks were people discussed cost reduction, return of investment etc… I couldn’t be everywhere ;)

    The conference crew was awesome ! The non technical members were obliging and they really look happy to run this first edition, their happiness was contagious ! The technical guys were also very good and it was obvious they know what they were talking about and they knew the world of open source.

    Speakers and talks: I wasn’t able to attend a lot of talks, as usual I like to butterfly and discuss directly with people at the bar… coffee bar ! Of course, I didn’t miss MongoDB, opscode and openstacks talks The conference arranged two wonderful evening events for the speakers, we discovered the real Tuscany food in an amazing old restaurant the first night and the second we went into a private school directed by nuns where even local people never entered!
    Again there we could taste the wonderful Italian food and wine.
    I was very pleased to spend some time with speakers around the world, from Czech to New Zealand.

    The place: I will never be able to be objective when I talk about Italy as I really love that country, but Prato is a so typical city with a lot of nice monuments and small streets that it makes a perfect place for a conference, there is everything around and you can do everything walking as the conference is in the middle of the historical center. Also the location itself was almost like a museum, the room were very nice as you may have seen on some of my tweets.

    To finish, some words about my presentation and Percona of course. Both my talks were not crowded but people didn’t leave and they even applauded (without me forcing them!). I had very good feedback and the guys using MySQL were very interested in PXC, even if they didn’t know it yet. As not said yet, the conference was handled by a Postgresql company : 2ndquadrant. This means that
    the majority of the attendees were more focused on the “second” (evil) open source database.
    Posgresql consultants were curious to see how I was involving the DBA into devops.

    Speaking for myself, I was surprised to see that people didn’t really know Percona for the tools or services we provide but more as a model to follow in the world of opensource & business. They see us as a reference and goal they want to achieve for their own business.

    For the first edition, OSS4B was great, I made some important contacts and I really expect the next edition and I hope to be again part of it.

    We can only wish them even more attendees ! Good job & good luck !
    Frédéric Descamps, Open Source consultant at Percona

    Melissa Doerken

    Melissa Doerken

    From Problem to Solution. Faster: Using Interviews to Improve your Process and Accelerate Delivery(download the slide)

    The inaugural edition of the OSS4b conference was a wonderful meeting of open source proponents coming together to share principles and practices to improve the quality and longevity of open source software and how open source technologies can be integrated into your process. The diverse range of talks, from technical to management, provided a great venue for practitioners of all backgrounds.

    Melissa Doerken, Business Analyst at ThoughtWorks

    Alessandro Franceschi

    Alessandro Franceschi

    Raise the bar!(download the slide)

    This has been one of the most surprising conferences I’ve attended in the last years. The quality of the presentations was very high and the organization has been nearly perfect. Great social events and the usual food quality you can expect from an event in Italy.

    Alessandro Franceschi, Freelance Puppet Consultant at Lab42

    Martin Kosek

    Martin Kosek

    Building Open Source Identity Management Solution with FreeIPA(download the slide)

    The conference was greatly organized and well prepared. A program and catering for speakers was flawless.

    As a technical person from an engineering team, I sometimes missed more technical talks and folks I am used to in other conferences. But with OSS4B, this is simply caused by a different mission of the conference, which is not aimed primarily for open source geeks, but rather for potential future users and adopters of open source by showing the general and business benefits of open source technologies. And this is OK, I enjoyed talks of different perspective and I especially enjoyed talking with other speakers, organizers and attendees.

    Thanks again and best wishes for the next year edition!

    Martin Kosek, Supervisor and Software Engineering at Red Hat

    Marco Marongiu

    Marco Marongiu

    A big project starts with a small plan(download the slide)

    It was my first international conference as a speaker, and a very positive experience. Speakers and organisers familiarised immediately from the first meeting, and we had the opportunity to discuss the conference topics right there and then. Despite different opinions, if not diametrically opposed, the debate was constructive and interesting. Me for one, a “CFEngine junkie”, I have enjoyed a lot the talks presented by Alessandro Franceschi (about Puppet) and Chris McClimans (about Chef). And getting to know Chris has been an experience in the experience: the guy is one step above, both technically and as a person. My path as a member of the audience focused on the “devops” aspect more than “kanban”. The first day, I attended “How automated cloud infrastructure setups can help with Continuous Delivery”, “From Problem to Solution”, “Raise The Bar!” and “Introduction to Percona XtraDB Cluster”. I enjoyed the latter quite a lot. The second day I attended “Infrastructure as data with Ansible for easier Continuous Delivery”, “Chef – From Configuration Management to Continuous Delivery”… and nothing else. I was there for Jacopo Romei’s talk “Grab yourself an alibi”, but was distracted by the preparation of my lightning talk and I didn’t pay enough attention, unfortunately. Chris’ talk, partly technical and partly “philosophic”, was worth five stars; the latest part was even moving!

    Marco Marongiu, Senior System Administrator at Opera Software ASA

    Chris McClimans

    Chris McClimans

    Chef – From Configuration Management to Continuous Delivery(watch the presentation)

    @OSS4B had great people, relaxing atmosphere, and a barista at all coffee breaks. Great first conference. Looking forward to next year!

    Chris McClimans, Solution engineer at OpsCode

    Luca Olivari

    Luca Olivari

    NoSQL: The New Normal for Big Data and Beyond(download the slide)

    It’s been great to meet a talented crowd at the Open Source for Business conference. Organization was perfect and attendees quite active. Kudos to the team!

    Luca Olivari, Director of Business Development at 10gen

    Michele Orselli

    Michele Orselli

    Manage a project portfolio: people, processes, tools(download the slide)

    Even though I was able to attend only one day I really enjoyed the first edition of OSS4B: great location and talks. As a speaker I appreciated the availability and kindness of all the staff members. As audience I focused mainly on the kanban track: both Dragos and Gaetano delivered high quality presentations. The organization was really good, I hope this conference will gain the momentum and audience it deserves. Looking forward to next year!

    Michele Orselli, CTO at Ideato

    Harald Armin Massa

    Harald Armin Massa

    In late September 2013 I had the pleasure to MC the keynotes and LightningTalks @ OpenSource for Business in Prato, Italy.
    Gabriele Bartolini and his team initiated this conference, and I feel very honoured to have been a part of this new approach to find additional ways to utilize the power of open source for building prosperity.
    It was a well done first release of a conference, putting energy in exploring the option-space of possible thinking ventures. I am looking forward to the next release and am very curious, what it will focus on.

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