[Chester LUG] Open Source for Business talk

Les Pritchard les.pritchard at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 12:36:32 UTC 2009

The BCS event I mentioned last night:

Dear member,
Please find enclosed notice of a forthcoming joint meeting organised by the
Chester & North Wales and Manchester branches of the British Computer
Open Source software has risen to prominence in the last decade.  This talk
will examine the relevance of open source to business from two perspectives
-- how can businesses use open source software for their everyday
operations, and how are people building sustainable businesses by "giving
away" the software they develop?  To do this, the talk will provide a
background of what  Open Source software is and how it differs from
proprietary software.  It will then discuss the values and business models
applying to Open Source development, the range of Open Source software which
is now available, and the benefits and risks of using Open Source software.
The speaker, Dr Graham Oakes, is a member of the committee of the BCS Open
Source Specialist Group.  As an independent consultant, he helps
organisations to untangle complex technology, processes, relationships and
governance.  His book "Project Reviews, Assurance and Governance" was
published by Gower in October 2008.
The talk will begin at 6:30pm on the 1st of April 2009, with sandwiches and
tea/coffee available from 6:00pm. The talk will be held in the Birchwood
Conference Centre in Warrington (see
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=WA3+6YNfor directions)
Admission is free, and open to non-members, but please register your
interest (if possible before the 27th of March) so that we may order the
sandwiches etc. e-mail to events-cnw at bcs.org.uk.
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