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Fleury a no-show at SYS-CON conferenceDennis Callaghan, June 6, 2006 @ 1:08 pm ET
We weren’t even aware that Bob Bickel was still a JBoss employee until he filled in for JBoss CEO Marc Fleury to do the opening keynote at SYS-CON’s combo SOA WebServices Edge/Enterprise OpenSource/Real World AJAX conference in New York this morning. Donning Fleury’s new red beret, Bickel, once JBoss’s VP of strategy and corporate development and now an independent consultant for JBoss and other open-source companies, talked up the just closed acquisition of JBoss by Red Hat–ostensibly the reason Fleury was not able to attend–and predicted open-source middleware and infrastructure plays like Hyperic and the Asterisk project were the next big thing for commercial open source.
Of course Bickel, as he admitted, consults for Hyperic and a company he didn’t name that has built a business model on Asterisk (Digium perhaps?). He said there were “no good examples” of open source business applications yet, which must have given the folks at SugarCRM and CentricCRM, both exhibitors at the conference, pause.
After giving a final plug to JBoss’ microkernel design, Bickel made a quick exit without taking questions as a keynote booked for 50 minutes ended after barely a half hour. While there’s no question Bickel knows his way around building commercial open source business models and is increasingly in demand for that expertise, having a part-time consultant as a last-minute fill-in for a high-profile commercial open-source CEO–who was the star keynote at the conference, stands as a pretty big letdown for attendees. We trust Fleury will actually show up for JBoss World next week.
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