CompTIA Breakaway 2009: Open Source Checks In
When CompTIA Breakaway 2009 kicks off Aug. 3 in Las Vegas, the IT channel conference will attract some key faces from the open source industry. From the main stage to private briefing rooms, The VAR Guy will be watching and listening closely as open source steps deeper into the IT channel. Here’s a preview.
At first glance, it’s easy to spot Roger Egan, Red Hat’s VP of North American Channels, on the Breakaway conference agenda. But take a closer look at name tags and you might also spot Robert Stegner, Synnex’s senior VP of North America. Stegner tells The VAR Guy he’s confirmed to attend the event.
Not by coincidence, Red Hat and Synnex share a key partner priority: The two companies are founding partners in the Open Source Channel Alliance — a partner initiative that aims to train Synnex’s 15,000 resellers to sell, service and support a range of open source applications and platforms.
Is open source for real in the IT channel? Absolutely. Already, The VAR Guy’s Open Source 50 report tracks the most promising open source partner programs.
Another key consideration: Ppen source pundits know “developer communities” well — but they often struggle to master partner communities.
That’s where the Open Source Channel Alliance enters the picture. Still in its infancy, organization members are starting to pop up at established IT channel events. That trend will continue when CompTIA Breakaway kicks off August 3.