Proprietary to OS: Giving Away Six Million Is Hard
Tuesday, March 17
9:30AM - 10:30AM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
After 15 years running a successful business, Ed Schipul released to the world his source code for his proprietary software, Tendenci. Foreseeing the impact of the cloud, mobile, and GIS, Ed knew he had to change his business model or become irrelevant. Open source was the path to future sustainability and innovation.
There were however, seemingly insurmountable challenges. Tendnci 5, the first open source platform for nonprofit organizations, had to be completely rewritten from .Net, ASP and SQL to Python, Django and PostgreSQL. From Github to cloud software, he had to choose all the tools to put in place to support his rewritten product and new architecture.
Lessons learned from the transition include the importance of testing and how to make your application’s architecture more scalable as well as what open source tools have proved to be most valuable. Ed will share his reasons for thinking that all of this is the best choice for both the product and the development community.
Ed Schipul is founder and CEO Tendenci, the Open Source Platform for Nonprofits and Associations (www.tendenci.com), (formerly Schipul, The Web Marketing Company) which powers more than 400 web sit...Show the rest
Ed Schipul is founder and CEO Tendenci, the Open Source Platform for Nonprofits and Associations (www.tendenci.com), (formerly Schipul, The Web Marketing Company) which powers more than 400 web sites and has over 1.4 million users.
As a speaker, Ed has presented at the Bulldog Reporter National Conference, PRSA’s International Conference, the Sarrasota International Design Summit, SXSWi and Mom 2.0. He has spoken to many large organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America, the American Advertising Federation, the International Association of Business Communicators and the American Creativity Association
Ed has been published in The Public Relations Strategist, PR Tactics, Association News and Nonprofit World. He blogs for Hearst Newspaper’s Houston City Brights and has been interviewed on NBC and ABC news as an expert on Social Media.Hide the rest