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Red Hat Summit and DevNation 2016

Management, legal, and developers: One big happy open source family

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Many companies could benefit tremendously from using more open source software, but developers, lawyers, and managers are coming from very different perspectives and have trouble effectively collaborating to make it happen. Free software developers and users tend to be most familiar with free software's benefits when compared to proprietary solutions; user freedom, reusing code, public code review for bugs, increased project capacity and cost.

Lawyers may -- unfortunately -- be most familiar with the risks, some real and some perceived. Managers benefit from having workers who are passionate about their work, are well-connected to the open source software community and are constantly learning about new technologies from their peers outside the company, but without proper foresight new employment contracts make this difficult.

Choosing new technologies and potentially sharing an employee's work with the community need to be cross-departmental conversations. When managers, developers, and lawyers each have a solid understanding of what worries and motivates each other, the process will be much smoother. Luckily, many companies have already navigated these waters are ready to help you tackle the legal concepts, community values and personnel training challenges. This talk will help you gather information, find resources and create a workable (maybe even painless!) open source adoption and deployment strategy for everyone. 

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Red Hat Summit - Slide presentation
1 hour
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