Open Source, Enabler or Threat?
Daniel BernierSenior Technical Architect, Bell
Ian JolliffeSenior Director Engineering, Wind River
Ian HoodChief Technologist, Red Hat
Natalie GirouxBusiness Lead, Innovation Strategy, Stratford Managers Corporation
Senior Technical Architect at Bell Canada focused on research and development of disruptive technologies to increase service agility.
Software Architect and technology leader focused on Edge Cloud Native technologies. Ian is active in StarlingX as a member of the Technical Steering Committee, OpenStack and OPNFV – defining the future of technologies that will enable next-generation cloud solutions at the Edge. Ian works with global development, sales, and product management teams to create customer solutions for high-performance cloud technologies at the Edge. Ian has a deep background in Telecom and knowledge of Industrial use cases enables me to bring a solutions approach to accelerate the adoption of cloud-native in these markets.
“Open source enables collaboration and innovation across geographies. Growing innovative ecosystems that transform the way we live and work.”
Ian is Chief Technologist, Global Service Provider business for Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source technologies. Ian brings more than 35 years of engineering and telecommunications technology leadership to Red Hat. Acting as a catalyst and trusted advisor, Ian brings together a wealth of industry and open source community insight to help our customers flourish in the digital transformation era.
More recently, Ian was responsible for global service provider architecture at Cisco, leading their SDN/NFV vision and business transformation strategy. With his extensive background in system engineering, product management, and business, Ian has proven expertise in helping organizations navigate and succeed in today’s fast-paced competitive environment.
Ian grew up in Owen Sound, just a few hours north of Toronto in Canada, and spent the first half of his career designing and building communications networks for operators and governments around the world (e.g Petronas Towers, MCI/Verizon, SBC/ATT, Canada Post, Bell Canada, Telus, Rogers, Department of Defense, CSIS, Bank of Canada) and was the chief communications engineer for the Canadian global embassy network (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
Ian is a very active and sought after speaker for engagements at many emerging technology, industry, and customer forums. Ian is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, and holds a B.A.Sc (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo.
” The key to digital transformation is not just about technology evolution – Innovation requires a wholesale change of mindset and a fundamental change in how we work”.
Natalie is the business lead of the Innovation Strategy business at Stratford Managers Corporation. She is a pragmatic achiever with extensive experience in the areas of strategic Intellectual Property (IP) and innovation management.
Throughout her career, she has combined deep technical knowledge with business insights and leadership skills to serve a variety of leading-edge start-up and large companies. She is passionate about making sure companies of any size continuously innovate and have a strong IP strategy by helping them foster an innovation minded culture and build a cost-efficient valuable IP portfolio combining patents, trademarks and trade secrets.
Prior to acting as the Chief Scientist and IP strategist for Gridpoint Systems, she was a partner at Skypoint Capital where she provided support to the portfolio companies in the implementation of effective intellectual property strategies and managed patent litigations.
From 1997 to 2001, Natalie held various senior management positions with Newbridge Networks and Alcatel, culminating in her role as AVP Architecture and Technology where she was responsible to create and lead three innovation labs.
During this period Natalie also managed the five-year Lucent vs Newbridge litigation while efficiently scaling the Newbridge’s patent portfolio.
“Awareness of a need to change and the desire to change by all stakeholders is crucial to the success of any transformative innovation”
Open source has taken centre stage in networking. Solutions that were primarily proprietary in nature are now rivalled or surpassed by open source technology, and the rapid pace of developing in open source environments has forced most vendors to take part rather than remain in a monolithic product bubble. This has led to compatibility discussions and mass collaboration between the ICT sector’s biggest rivals. These changes are the result of a shift in market structure, where being part of the open community has become paramount to the success of long-time giants of the industry as well as the catalyst of massive growth in newer more adaptable companies. This panel will explore the major changes open source has had on vendors and service providers, how different companies are harnessing and adapting to these changes, and whether traditional business mantras can survive in the newly transformed open source networking sector.