OSS4B http://www.oss4b.it Open Source Software for Business, Prato 19/20 Sept 2013 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:07:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Arrivederci OSS4B! http://www.oss4b.it/arrivederci-oss4b/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=arrivederci-oss4b http://www.oss4b.it/arrivederci-oss4b/#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:37:57 +0000 Gabriele Bartolini http://www.oss4b.it/?p=1107 The first edition of OSS4B has taken place about three weeks ago and we are still recovering from it! :) As organisers, we are really happy about the final outcome and most importantly about the quality of the talks that we have been able to host, thanks to the support of our speakers and their [...]

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The first edition of OSS4B has taken place about three weeks ago and we are still recovering from it! :)

As organisers, we are really happy about the final outcome and most importantly about the quality of the talks that we have been able to host, thanks to the support of our speakers and their sponsoring companies.

We have been able to load the slides of the talks and we have also published the first feedbacks we have received from the speakers.

We are now evaluating the possibility to run OSS4B again, next year. We have addressed several things we can improve and we will work on them, knowing that there is a solid base we can start from. Everyone who took part to the conference, both as a speaker, sponsor or attendee, is invited to join us for OSS4B 2014.

We really hope it could be an “Arrivederci” to next  year!

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Better Software: 15% discount for our OSS4B community! http://www.oss4b.it/better-software-15-discount-for-our-oss4b-community/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=better-software-15-discount-for-our-oss4b-community http://www.oss4b.it/better-software-15-discount-for-our-oss4b-community/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:00:07 +0000 Gabriele Bartolini http://www.oss4b.it/?p=975 Better Software and OSS4B are two conferences that, through topics such as open source and agile methodologies, case studies of innovative companies and international speakers describe innovation for Italian business management. Better Software, of which we are a media partner, gives our attendees a 15% discount on their entry fee. When buying the ticket for [...]

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Better Software and OSS4B are two conferences that, through topics such as open source and agile methodologies, case studies of innovative companies and international speakers describe innovation for Italian business management.

Better Software, of which we are a media partner, gives our attendees a 15% discount on their entry fee.

When buying the ticket for Better Software 2013, you can use the following coupon: OSS4B-BS13.

Better Software will take place on November 11th and 12th in Florence. Discounted seats will be available until the conference is sold out.

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OSS4B is starting the engines http://www.oss4b.it/oss4b-is-starting-the-engines/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oss4b-is-starting-the-engines http://www.oss4b.it/oss4b-is-starting-the-engines/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:23:45 +0000 Gabriele Bartolini http://www.oss4b.it/?p=971 The countdown has begun. OSS4B is just two days away and we are starting our engines … Prato, Tuscany and Devise.IT are ready to welcome for the first time speakers of international calibre for a unique gathering of minds in the fields of Open Source Software and knowledge work. If you have not yet registered, [...]

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The countdown has begun. OSS4B is just two days away and we are starting our engines …

Prato, Tuscany and Devise.IT are ready to welcome for the first time speakers of international calibre for a unique gathering of minds in the fields of Open Source Software and knowledge work.

If you have not yet registered, you still have a few hours to do it online.

See you at Monash University Thursday morning!

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The schedule of OSS4B 2013 has been published http://www.oss4b.it/the-schedule-of-oss4b-2013-has-been-published/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-schedule-of-oss4b-2013-has-been-published http://www.oss4b.it/the-schedule-of-oss4b-2013-has-been-published/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:15:35 +0000 Gabriele Bartolini http://www.oss4b.it/?p=845 The official schedule of the first edition of the “Open Source Software for Business” conference is finally on-line. There will be 2 keynote speeches, a lightning talk session and 22 talks in the following two tracks: management: focused on agile methodologies, Kanban, Lean, DevOps, continuous improvement, business models, etc. technologies: with world class speakers and [...]

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The official schedule of the first edition of the “Open Source Software for Business” conference is finally on-line. There will be 2 keynote speeches, a lightning talk session and 22 talks in the following two tracks:

  • management: focused on agile methodologies, Kanban, Lean, DevOps, continuous improvement, business models, etc.
  • technologies: with world class speakers and community representatives of successful open source technologies in data management, operating systems, configuration management, identity management, continuous integration as well as cloud services.

If you are an ICT manager, an entrepreneur or a team leader, you might find the management session more suitable for you. If you are a CTO, a developer or a system administrator you’d probably be more interested in the technologies session.

Some of the technologies that will be covered at OSS4B are Chef, CFEngine, FreeIPA, Linux, MongoDB, MySQL, OpenERP, Perl, PostgreSQL, PHP, Puppet, Python.

OSS4B allows attendees to become an active part of the conference, through several open sessions and a thrilling lightning talk show led by Harald Massa.

Look at the amazing list of speakers that will be at OSS4B.

You cannot miss this opportunity.

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Last chance for a discounted access to OSS4B 2013! http://www.oss4b.it/last-chance-for-a-discounted-access-to-oss4b-2013/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=last-chance-for-a-discounted-access-to-oss4b-2013 http://www.oss4b.it/last-chance-for-a-discounted-access-to-oss4b-2013/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:23:14 +0000 Gabriele Bartolini http://www.oss4b.it/?p=772 August 31st is the last day for Early Bird registrations.  This is your last chance for attending both the OSS4B conference and Dragos Dumitriu’s Kanban course at a discounted rate. Once the official schedule of OSS4B is published, regular rates will apply. Take advantage of Early bird registrations! Early bird registration for the two days [...]

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August 31st is the last day for Early Bird registrations.  This is your last chance for attending both the OSS4B conference and Dragos Dumitriu’s Kanban course at a discounted rate.

Once the official schedule of OSS4B is published, regular rates will apply.

Take advantage of Early bird registrations!

Early bird registration for the two days of the OSS4B conference is 349 Euro (inclusive of 21% VAT). From September 1st, the regular entry fee of 499 Euro for the two days applies (VAT inclusive).

Important: Your OSS4B ticket will also grant you a 200 Euro discount on the Kanban course, taught by Dragos Dumitriu.

Value for money: not only does the registration fee include all of the above, it also covers your meals (coffee breaks, lunch breaks and Thursday’s dinner) and, thanks to our sponsors, we are offering the Italian “aperitivo” that will follow the conference.

About the conference

For the first time the city of Prato, set in the Florence area – one of the most “IT friendly” areas in Italy, will host “Open Source Software for Business” (OSS4B), an international conference for the promotion, the adoption and usage of open source software both in business and in mission-critical environments. The conference will take place on September 19 and 20.

OSS4B is a two-day event of talks and workshops with international speakers who will cover all the features of Open Source Technology: hardware solutions, methodologies and procedures of project management and organization, best practice principles, business models, research and development, training, marketing, social media engagement, licensing and many more.

OSS4B’s target is CEOs, developers, system, database and network administrators and project managers from the fields of finance, technology, information, data, marketing, risk/security, law, network, web, mobile and others.

Kanban workshop by Dragos!

Following OSS4B, Dragos Dumitriu, the first IT manager to apply the Kanban method to software engineering during his time at Microsoft, will deliver a 2-day course on “Kanban for IT Ops”. This workshop will take place on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September. The venue of the course is “Palazzo delle Professioni”, in the same building where the Monash University Prato Centre is located.

For the first time in Italy, Dragos will guide attendees through the Kanban Method, focusing on the aspects that can help Operations teams improve balancing demand against their capability to deliver.

Early bird registration fee for the two day course is 999 Euro (inclusive of 21% VAT). If you are an OSS4B attendee, the early bird registration fee for Dragos’ workshop is 799  Euro!

Continuous improvement through Open Source

Open Source software is one of the most dynamic resources for enterprises: the Open Source philosophy of code availability and redistribution is actually a great opportunity for the development of a more flexible, responsible and reactive model in business and organisations IT management.

OSS4B 2013 is a great opportunity for those working in ICT to learn something new and improve their skills. This is a fundamental part of the “continuous improvement” culture which knowledge workers of today value – especially when dealing with open source software.

A networking opportunity

Furthermore, being able to build and cultivate connections and relationships, both professionally and personally, is another important aspect of succeeding in a work environment (not only ICT). Networking and building professional connections – this is what OSS4B is also about.

“Open Source Software for Business” represents an unique professional development opportunity in Europe. Inspiring speakers will address key organizational issues and be available to answer your questions.

From Wednesday 18 right through until the evening of Friday 20 September there will be various events where participants can meet, interact and share a common interest or experiences. Much attention has been given to social events, ensuring that OSS4B participants unite to form a connected and interactive community throughout the conference.

Family and partners’ program

While speakers and attendees are busy with OSS4B 2013, their families (including children) will have the chance to participate in a special program to ensure they also get to make the most of their stay in Tuscany.

A range of activities are scheduled throughout the entire conference, right through until the Kanban course, including the weekend.

Our partners

OSS4B will host talks and speakers coming from all over the world. Their contributions have been made possible by our partners (alphabetical order): 10gen, 2ndQuadrant, agile42, Devise.IT, Ideato, Lab42, LibreOffice, Monash University, OpenShift, Opera, Opscode, Percona, ThoughtWorks, XCon.

Thanks also to ICT Robotica, Pratosfera, Radio Spin and The Florentine.

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OSS4B: a family friendly conference http://www.oss4b.it/oss4b-a-family-friendly-conference/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oss4b-a-family-friendly-conference http://www.oss4b.it/oss4b-a-family-friendly-conference/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:49:40 +0000 Gabriele Bartolini http://www.oss4b.it/?p=611 While speakers and attendees are busy with OSS4B 2013, their families (including children) will have the chance to participate in a special program to ensure they also get to make the most of their stay in Tuscany. A range of activities are scheduled throughout the entire conference, right through until the Kanban course, including the [...]

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While speakers and attendees are busy with OSS4B 2013, their families (including children) will have the chance to participate in a special program to ensure they also get to make the most of their stay in Tuscany.

A range of activities are scheduled throughout the entire conference, right through until the Kanban course, including the weekend.

Further details to come.

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Networking at OSS4B! http://www.oss4b.it/networking-at-oss4b/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=networking-at-oss4b http://www.oss4b.it/networking-at-oss4b/#comments Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:15:11 +0000 Gabriele Bartolini http://www.oss4b.it/?p=528 OSS4B 2013 is a great opportunity for those working in ICT to learn something new and improve their skills. This is a fundamental part of the “continuous improvement” culture which knowledge workers of today value – especially when dealing with open source software. Futhermore, being able to build and cultivate connections and relationships, both professionally [...]

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OSS4B 2013 is a great opportunity for those working in ICT to learn something new and improve their skills. This is a fundamental part of the “continuous improvement” culture which knowledge workers of today value – especially when dealing with open source software.

Futhermore, being able to build and cultivate connections and relationships, both professionally and personally, is another important aspect of succeeding in a work environment (not only ICT). Networking and building professional connections – this is what OSS4B is also about.

“Open Source Software for Business” represents an unique professional development opportunity in Europe.  Inspiring speakers will address key organisational issues and be available to answer your questions.

From Wednesday 18 right through until the evening of Friday 20 September there will be various events where participants can meet, interact and share a common interest or experiences. Much attention has been given to social events, ensuring that OSS4B participants unite to form a connected and interactive community throughout the conference.

Value for money: not only does the registration fee include all of the above, it also covers your meals (coffee breaks, lunch breaks and Thursday’s dinner) and, thanks to our sponsors, we are offering the Italian “aperitivo” that will follow the conference.

As a final note, I encourage you to read the “IT Revolution Manifesto” written by Gene Kim (Opening Keynote Speaker at OSS4b), Kevin Behr and George Spafford.

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First batch of paper submissions is being reviewed http://www.oss4b.it/first-batch-of-paper-submissions-is-being-reviewed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=first-batch-of-paper-submissions-is-being-reviewed http://www.oss4b.it/first-batch-of-paper-submissions-is-being-reviewed/#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:51:28 +0000 Gabriele Bartolini http://www.oss4b.it/?p=442 The first round of the call for papers for OSS4B ended last Monday. We have started the review process of those proposals and we will be approving the first talks from today. The quality and the profile of both the speakers and the presentations are very high. We have received extremely interesting proposals in both [...]

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The first round of the call for papers for OSS4B ended last Monday. We have started the review process of those proposals and we will be approving the first talks from today.

The quality and the profile of both the speakers and the presentations are very high. We have received extremely interesting proposals in both agile management and open source areas (as in technology, adoption, business models and community development), opening OSS4B to the possibility of having two parallel tracks.

We invite speakers from all over the world to submit their proposals, as the deadline for the call for papers has been extended to August 5th.

Stay tuned with our blog, website and on Twitter and discover the next speakers of OSS4B as they are approved and confirmed.

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Announcing a 2-day workshop on “Kanban for IT Ops” by Dragos Dumitriu http://www.oss4b.it/announcing-a-2-day-course-on-kanban-for-it-ops-by-dragos-dumitriu/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=announcing-a-2-day-course-on-kanban-for-it-ops-by-dragos-dumitriu http://www.oss4b.it/announcing-a-2-day-course-on-kanban-for-it-ops-by-dragos-dumitriu/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:01:25 +0000 Gabriele Bartolini http://www.oss4b.it/?p=385 OSS4B is delighted to announce that Dragos Dumitriu, the first IT manager to apply the Kanban method to software engineering during his time at Microsoft, will deliver a 2-day course on “Kanban for IT Ops”. The workshop will take place on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September, immediately after the OSS4B conference. The venue of [...]

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OSS4B is delighted to announce that Dragos Dumitriu, the first IT manager to apply the Kanban method to software engineering during his time at Microsoft, will deliver a 2-day course on “Kanban for IT Ops”.

The workshop will take place on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September, immediately after the OSS4B conference. The venue of the course is “Palazzo delle Professioni” in Prato (Tuscany, Italy), in the same building where the Monash University Prato Centre is located.

For the first time in Italy, Dragos will guide attendees through the Kanban Method, focusing on the aspects that can help Operations teams improve balancing demand against their capability to deliver.

This training provides a useful perspective for improving work done on the periphery of software development. If ever-more frequent deliveries from software development are increasing pressure on your teams and creating bottlenecks in the delivery process, look at Kanban to extend agility and balance to IT services and operations teams. From Data Administrative Services to Deployment and Release Managers to Help Desk, this class covers beginning to intermediate level material.

Participation is strictly limited to a maximum number of 24 students.

Students will be organised in small teams, as an important part of the workshop is dedicated to problem solving and analysing real life cases that every software engineer and manager encounters in their daily jobs.  Class attendees will analyse and design a Kanban system that they can bring back to the organisation to implement right away.

Do not miss this fantastic opportunity! Take advantage of the Early bird offer and register immediately!

Save up to 200 euro on the course fees!

Both early bird and regular attendees of the OSS4B conference, will receive a discount on the Kanban course fees (up to 200 euro, including VAT). Just register for the OSS4B conference, then use the discount code you will be given when registering to the “Kanban for IT Ops” course.

For more detailed information, visit the page on “Kanban for IT Ops” course by Dragos Dumitriu at OSS4B.

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Call for papers for OSS4B has been extended http://www.oss4b.it/call-for-papers-for-oss4b-has-been-extended/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=call-for-papers-for-oss4b-has-been-extended http://www.oss4b.it/call-for-papers-for-oss4b-has-been-extended/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:09:28 +0000 Gabriele Bartolini http://www.oss4b.it/?p=327 The new deadline of the Call for Papers for OSS4B 2013 is Monday 5 August. The first batch of submissions has gone beyond our exptectations, bringing submissions in areas such as agile/lean software development management, organisation and technologies. Even though we will start the selection process, including speakers’ notification, from Tuesday 23 July, we would [...]

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The new deadline of the Call for Papers for OSS4B 2013 is Monday 5 August.

The first batch of submissions has gone beyond our exptectations, bringing submissions in areas such as agile/lean software development management, organisation and technologies.

Even though we will start the selection process, including speakers’ notification, from Tuesday 23 July, we would like to receive more submissions from both international and Italian speakers.

The first edition of the “Open Source Software for Business” conference will take place in Prato (Tuscany, Italy) next 19 and 20 September.

For further and more detailed information, please visit the “OSS4B 2013 – Call for papers” page.

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