Larry Augustin Keynote speaker @ TEC2010


TUG is very fortunate to have Larry Augustin, an industry icon from Silicon Valley in California,  as our featured TEC conference keynote speaker.

Larry’s bio is as follows:

Larry Augustin is an angel investor and advisor to early stage technology companies.  He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Appcelerator, Compiere, DeviceVM, DotNetNuke, Fonality, Hyperic, Medsphere, Pentaho and SugarCRM.  Previously he was a Director of JBoss (acquired by Red Hat Software), XenSource (acquired by Citrix), SourceForge (NASDAQ: LNUX, previously VA Linux) and Linux International (LI).  He also serves as a Director of the nonprofit industry consortium The Linux Foundation.  One of the group who coined the term “Open Source”, he has written and spoken extensively on Open Source worldwide.  Worth Magazine named him to their list of the Top 50 CEOs in 2000.  Previously he served as interim CEO of Medsphere.  From September 2002 to December 2004 he was a Venture Partner at Azure Capital Partners where he helped lead Azure’s investments in Zend and Medsphere.  In 1993 he founded VA Linux (now SourceForge, NASDAQ:LNUX), where he served as CEO until August 2002 and led the company through an IPO in December 1999.  In November 1999 he launched, the world’s largest Open Source software development community.  Also at VA Linux, he acquired, merging,, Slashdot, and other well-known Open Source Internet sites to form the Open Source Development Network (OSDN).  Larry holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.  Larry can be found online at


Larry will comment on the evolution of open source and note the high level of business value available today through Commercial Open Source. Open source today is already pervasive in the enterprise infrastructure but  it has evolved to such a degree that enterprise quality CRM, ERP, Commerce, BI, Analytics etc systems ready for industrial deploy. Larry describes describe enterprise open source software as a  “safe bet” for the next decade and provide examples of customers.

Larry will comment on the benefits of Commercial Open Source, including the rapid time to value, cost, skills availability, quality and support while addressing misconceptions that may exist, especially about reliability.

IBM systems shops are becoming familiar with Open Source through LAMP: Linux, PHP, the Apache Web server, and the MySQL database and PHP. IBM i 6.1 for instance runs any i/OS release that supports Zend Core PHP and MySQL such as SugarCRM. These customers are looking for a business solutions that provide rapid ROI, and they don’t care if it’s open source or not. Many of the traditional ERP vendors in the AS/400 market have not kept up with modern Web-based technology.

Software as a Service offerings and Cloud Computing options are of high interest to IBM customers, and Commercial Open Source is enabled for even more rapid market penetration through this delivery. Larry will comment on various cloud strategies available to customers and how Commercial Open Source fits in. Expect Larry to provide his candid opinion on IBM systems and channels.


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