Last week we hosted the open source telecommunication standards conference for 2013 and there were a lot of great presentations. The topic of this year’s convention was the changing face of technology in the telecommunication industry and how open source solutions are evolving to meet the needs of the business community. One of the more interesting presentations was put on by Primus Business, who spoke about bex technology and how businesses can take advantage of it in the future. Bex has come on strongly over the past 5 years and more businesses are implementing bex solutions as time goes on partly because they can implement bex using open source solutions (saving a lot of the upfront costs) and partly because the state of the internet has provided a place for most businesses to take advantage of a customer base that wasn’t there just 10 years ago.
If you want to see more on the presentation of Primus Business go to
primus.ca/business/internet-and-data/business-ethernet/ to read the handout material and watch the presentation videos. It was a very interesting subject that spoke about the implications of the shifts in technology and how the open source world can step in to lead the charge for the adoption of bex technology and the technologies that surround it. The best part about that particular presentation was the fact that they had a live workshop to help open source solution providers with some out of the box solutions to present to companies that could benefit from bex and similar products. So they presented a working theory on how to drive open source in to the mainstream as a viable business model and then hit it home with a live workshop showing providers out of the box solutions they could sell to businesses that would benefit them and their client’s businesses.
There were some other innovative presentations as well. Some that touched on the home user desktop market, so this wasn’t just geared to business owners like it has been in the past. Open source has made some great strides in the desktop market in recent years but has never quite broken through to the next level. The conference unveiled a few innovations from the open source community that they hope will help break the use of open source solutions to the next level in the home user desktop market. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out in the next year or so.
One of the most interesting parts of the conference was the section devoted to open source in the mobile technology market. News of continuing use of open source software by giants such as Google and the phone manufacturers brought a glimmer of hope to the community as well as the recent strides made in to the software security sector which was mainly driven by adoption of the open source encryption standards by the banking industry worldwide just this year prior to the convention. The consortium said that they expect other industries to follow suit rather quickly which is another piece of good news for the open source community.