Open-source firm to take part in Aboitiz tech forum
Open-source advocate and software engineering services company Exist Global will participate at the Aboitiz Tech Forum to be held from October 21-22 in Davao City, Philippines
Mike Lim, VP of engineering at Exist, is set to present on the market impact, success stories, and latest trends on open-source during the first day of the forum.
Open-source, characterized by collaboration and access to source code in relation to software development, and the business models built around it, continue to reshape the IT ecosystem. The combination of cost savings, improved quality and support, and rapid time to market have accelerated open source adoption globally.
Open source alternatives are increasingly top-of-mind for more CIOs and research firm Gartner has, in fact, reported a move away from proprietary to open-source and home-grown software.
“Open source has been an agent of innovation for the past years,” said Lim. “More than 10 years ago, standards were dictated by the bigger technology companies. However, the past decade has reflected a transformation that distinguishes open source as the de facto choice for majority of global organizations. Open source today sets the trends.”
Open source as a platform for the development of strategic intellectual property has the potential to disrupt and eventually, define standards.
In 2005, Exist delivered an open-source stack Java application platform, Gluecode Joe, which IBM bought in the same year. In 2007, Exist had another breakthrough with the development of the first open source Service Oriented Architecture platform, LogicBlaze Fuse, acquired by Iona in 2007, and subsequently acquired by Progress Software in 2008.
Exist software engineers are also pioneering developers for Jetty, a Java-based HTTP server and application server that is an open source project under the Apache 2.0 License.
In 2008, Exist produced the first open-source Filipino vice president Deng Ching in the Apache Software Foundation, strengthening its elite team of open-source contributors.
“Open-source’s community model is designed to maximize efficiency and enable collaborative and interactive software engineering,” said Deng, currently chairperson of the Apache Archiva Project Management Committee and senior software engineer at Exist.
“We are very excited to have Exist talk about Open Source at our technology forum,” said Hoton Elicano, CTO at Aboitiz Group of Companies. “The conference provides a terrific opportunity for IT decision-makers in the Aboitiz Group of Companies to learn about the technology first-hand from a company that has proven success with it.”
Aboitiz has several deployments of open-source technologies inside the organization, such as Alfresco for its enterprise-wide knowledge management.
“Open-source has helped us cut on investments,” remarked Elicano.
“Not only is open source more mature now, it also has wider support
which makes its appeal more impressive than its proprietary