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Computerworld Hosts Open Source Conversation in San Francisco

Annual Open Business Conference to Address Open Source Adoption in the Enterprise for Driving Cloud, Data & Mobile Innovation

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/05/13 -- IDG's Computerworld -- the leading IT media brand dedicated to providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results -- will be discussing the pervasive adoption of open source solutions in the enterprise at the annual Open Business Conference April 29-30, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. Aligning with open source, the agenda will also address transformative technologies -- cloud, data and mobile -- that are key drivers for IT investments according to the Computerworld 2013 Forecast Study.

"Open source solutions are transforming enterprise IT strategies for building efficiencies and overall organizational profitability," said John Amato, vice president and publisher, Computerworld. "As the conversation has evolved, we saw it only fitting to expand the agenda to include greater insight as to how open source is foundational to business innovation and with that updating the name to the Open Business Conference. For nine years, Computerworld's Open Business Conference has been the premier atmosphere for IT decision-makers and solution providers to discover open source solutions and build strategies to deploy winning open source plans and we look forward to expanding the dialogue this year with a focus on cloud, data and mobile."

Open Business Conference Agenda
Open source is known to provide speed, efficiency and cost savings to the enterprise and the Open Business Conference agenda is built with those goals in mind. With main stage sessions and innovation tracks built around open cloud, open data, open mobile and legal, as well as research labs providing in-depth case studies on how to make specific solutions work, attendees will return to the office with key take-aways and action plans. Sponsors will spark discussions and provide additional depth on execution and business strategy and foster a relationship for future dialogue.

"Open source solutions, once considered an alternative, are now pervasive in the enterprise," said Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat. "Open source provides the reliability organizations need with the flexibility and agility they want. From cloud computing and big data to mobile, open source solutions have distinct advantages over proprietary software and are driving the innovations that are shaping next-generation IT."

More than 350 IT decision-makers will attend Computerworld's Open Business Conference to stay alert on the changing IT landscape created by open source solutions. Sponsors will have multiple opportunities to facilitate discussions on the solutions IT decision-makers are looking for. In addition to speaking opportunities and extensive networking time, sponsors have the opportunity to host intimate roundtable discussions and dinners as well as turnkey custom opportunities.

Conference Sponsors
Leading Open Source solutions providers including HP and Red Hat return to the Open Business Conference as underwriters. They are joined by Intel, Microsoft, ForgeRock, Palamida, DLA Piper, Fenwick & West LLP and OuterCurve as sponsors. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mike Dutton at [email protected].

Registration Information
To learn more about the conference, including the agenda, or to register visit http://www.osbc.com/2013PR_Registration, call 800.643.4668 or email [email protected].

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About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld's award-winning website (www.computerworld.com), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series, custom solutions and custom research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT solutions providers to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, August 2012) and was recognized as the Best Website by ASBPE and TABPI in 2012. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.

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