True to form, all summit presenters are Gartner analysts. Outside participation is limited to a couple of keynotes. Gartner is sticking with their usual all-knowing, ex cathedra approach. Absent is the community spirit that lends open source its power and vibrancy.
Does Gartner get open source? While I'm sure that individual Gartner analysts do, I wonder that an open-source event without meaningful practitioner and community participation can adequately suggest real-world implementation strategies.
Just about every enterprise now uses open-source somewhere and just about every significant enterprise hardware or software vendor, even Microsoft, now works with open source developer and user communities. It seems to me that in the case of open source, judging by Gartner's summit plans, it's the would-be educators who most need educating in what open source is really about.
Seth Grimes is a principal of Alta Plana, a Washington, D.C.-based consultancy specializing in IT and analytics strategy. Write him at [email protected] has announced an Open Source Summit for this coming fall. The summit will bring together, on the one hand, an analyst firm known for authoritative pronouncements on all things IT, and on the other, a disruptive model for software development that is, at its core, anti-authoritarian. How will the Gartner summit bridge two conflicting world views?