Ralph Müller is currently the Director Eco Systems Europe of the Eclipse Foundation, responsible for supporting the Eclipse open-source community and commercial ecosystem in Europe. With over 170 corporate members worldwide and over 200 projects with more than 900 developers, Eclipse is one of the world’s most successful open source communities. Its projects are focused on building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle. A large, vibrant ecosystem of major technology vendors, innovative start-ups, universities and research institutions and individuals extend, complement and support the Eclipse Platform. Prior to joining Eclipse in 2005, Ralph Müller has worked for Vector Informatik, IBM , Object Technology International and Siemens-Nixdorf. Ralph Müller has earned a degree as a Diplom-Informatiker from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. He lives in Zwingenberg(Hessen), Germany. Ralph Mueller is the European representative for the Eclipse Foundation, a leading Open Source project. Having joined the Eclipse Foundation in 2005, he has become a well-known speaker on Open Source topics. A computer scientist by trade, he sees the main focus of his work in the exploration and building of the European Eclipse Eco System. In addition, he is one of the main contact points in Europe for companies and individuals that want to use Eclipse, provide services around Eclipse or contribute to the project. Based on his past experience as a lead architect at IBM, he is also exploring collaboration with industries such as Automotive or Aerospace with the goal to promote the Eclipse idea into these areas. Having been a software developer and a manager of software development teams in various companies, Ralph joined Object Technology International (OTI) in 1994, where he helped to found the European OTI organization with its most prominent member, the OTI lab in Zurich – one of the cradles of Eclipse technology.
Free as in Liberation: How Software Consumers Harness Open Source
For many, open source is a synonym for software that one can freely download and use. In the last few decades, companies have developed business models around open source providing services, extensions, courses and so on: Commercial eco-systems around Linux, Eclipse, Apache, MySQL and many more projects have developed.
In the 10 years I was able to collaborate with software consumer organizations that were harnessing open source software as well as open source development methods as a driver for open innovation in their domains. Called supercommunities in an interesting blog post by Andrew Aitken, these groups drive to co-develop crucial assets for their industry in the open.
In my talk, I will discuss the motivation of some of these groups as well as providing examples from the Eclipse Industry Working Groups.