[UKUUG-Announce] UKUUG - 2 x OSSG events - 25th November & 2nd December

Jane Morrison office at ukuug.org
Mon Nov 15 12:51:59 GMT 2010

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


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 (http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/london-office-guide.pdf)) on 
Thursday 2nd December 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 

 Direct link takes you directly to the event registration form  (you must 
login first)  www.bcs.org/events/registration – 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.

Bio: 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 dannorth.net.

For updated information please visit: http://www.bcs-

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


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 (http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/london-office-guide.pdf)) 
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 mark_elkins at bcs.org

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.

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