Open Source for Business – 01/04/09 Warrington

Dr Graham Oakes will give a talk on Open Source for Business in an Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) supported event for BCS Chester, North Wales, and Manchester branches on Wednesday 1st April 2009 from 1800 hours at Birchwood Conference Centre, Warrington, WA3 6YN (see for directions).


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.


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.

Event registration details

Admission is free, and open to non-members, but please register your interest (if possible before the 27th of March) to help ascertain numbers for the free buffet etc. e-mail to

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