November 2-4 | Napa, California
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Thursday, November 4 • 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Open Source is not Fairy Dust - Dawn Foster & Suzanne Ambiel, VMware

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As companies increase their strategic use of open source, contribution is critical, and striking the right balance between company and project needs can be challenging. There is a growing gap between those who use open source and those who contribute. Projects like Kubernetes rely on people who are employed to participate, and the success of these projects relies on company participation. From a corporate perspective, this means that you need to build awareness within your leadership team and justify how participation in open source projects aligns with your business strategy. Treat it like any other piece of software and be part of the community; you can’t sprinkle it with fairy dust. The talk will include: - Aligning open source use and participation with corporate strategies and business plans to justify it to leadership. - Balancing risk vs. reward when choosing where to invest your time and effort. - Participating in ways that reflect positively on your organization and your employees. The advice in this presentation will help you justify your open source participation to strike a good balance between your business needs and the needs of the open source community.

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Dawn Foster

Director Open Source Community Strategy, VMware
Dawn is Director of Open Source Community Strategy within VMware’s OSPO. She is an OpenUK board member, Governing Board member / maintainer for CHAOSS, and co-chair of the CNCF Contributor Strategy TAG. She has 20+ years of experience at companies like Intel and Puppet with expertise... Read More →
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Suzanne Ambiel

Director, Open Source Marketing & Strategy, VMware
Suzanne is the Director of Open Source Marketing and Strategy at VMware working side by side with VMware's OSPO. A 12-year veteran of VMware, Suzanne began her journey in open source with the inception of VMware's OSPO team. She's presented at Open Source Summit, Linux Foundation... Read More →

Thursday November 4, 2021 2:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
Vintner's Court
  Business Leadership
  • Slides Included Yes