Monthly archives: October 2010

Open Source as Open Innovation: Creating and Capturing Value in Value Networks – London 02/12/10 1

Lorraine Morgan of National University of Ireland Galway will give a talk for the Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA ( on Thursday 2nd December 2010, from 1800 to 2100.

This bookable event is free and open to all with buffet and refreshments. To book a place to attend please contact Mark Elkins via

Open source software (OSS) is seen as one of the most well-established examples of open innovation, resulting in changing views of the OSS phenomenon from a low cost artifact to a driver of strategic business value. In its emergent form, OSS represented a community-based software development model where geographically dispersed programmers collaborated to produce software. However, OSS has since transitioned into the realm of mainstream business and plays an important role in the business models for firms in high technology and other industries. Nonetheless, as an open innovation phenomenon, OSS raises concerns in commercial settings due to worries about the quality and suitability of external ideas, perceived competitive necessities, the challenges associated with exploiting global networks not current known to the firm, and issues relating to organisational control. Consequently, the very concept of OSS as a form of open innovation requires all types of firms to rethink their strategy. In addition, the shift of focus from ownership to one of openness requires a reconsideration of the processes that facilitate value creation and value capture.

Lorraine’s research focuses on how firms create and capture value with OSS. Additionally, her research examines the role of value networks in facilitating both processes. This presentation highlights some conclusions from previous findings of case studies conducted in this regarding. Lorraine is also interested in conducting some focus group studies at this event to draw upon the audience’s attitudes, feelings and experiences of this topic.

Bio: Lorraine is a lecturer in business information systems at NUI Galway, Ireland. She is also pursuing a PhD with University College Cork on the role of value networks in firm value creation and capture with open source software. Lorraine’s principal research interests are open innovation, open source software, open business models and value networks. Additionally, some of her research, one of which received a best paper award, has been published in journals and conferences such as Database for Advances in Information Systems, European Conference of Information Systems (ECIS), International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 8.6 and 8.2 and the International Open Systems Conference.

Experiences with Distributed Version Control – Ready for the Enterprise? – London 25/11/10 1

Dan North, Agile troublemaker, developer and originator of BDD will give a talk for the Configuration Management Specialist Group (CMSG) and the Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA ( on Thursday 25th November 2010, from 1800 to 2100.

This bookable event is free and open to all with buffet and refreshments but you must register online via the BCS booking system for catering and security reasons:

  • Direct link takes you directly to the event registration form (you must login first)
  • – requires you to select the event (id 5008) from the list – use this link if you have not registered with BCS


Big organisations like to centralise. They like the control and management of centralised services. Distributed source code management (DSCM) systems such as git and mercurial represent a potentially disruptive shift in version control. Dan has been using DSCMs for his personal projects for a couple of years now, and recently his company – a 500 person trading firm – took the decision to embrace DSCM and begin the migration towards git from its centralised, monolithic Subversion repository.

In this talk, Dan outlines some of the differences between centralised and distributed version control systems, from a technical, social and organisational perspective, and describes some of the challenges of migrating towards and using DSCM successfully in a commercial setting.


Dan writes software and coaches teams in agile and lean methods. He believes in putting people first and writing simple, pragmatic software. He believes that most problems that teams face are about communication, and all the others are too. This is why he puts so much emphasis on “getting the words right”, and why he is so passionate about behaviour-driven development, communication and how people learn. He has been working in the IT industry since he graduated in 1991, and he occasionally blogs at


Thursday 25 November 2010

18:00 – 18:30 Welcome/Networking
18:30 – 19:30 Presentation/Workshop
19:30 – 20:30 Buffet/Drinks/Networking

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