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Anticipating the Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Event

I will be attending the 5th Annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference (ETE 2010) this Thursday

I will be attending the 5th Annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference (ETE 2010) this Thursday and Friday, April 8-9, 2010.

The event is billed for “developers, architects, and IT executives” and attempts to provide a dynamic forum for “emerging technology and Open Source”.

I look forward to seeing Robert C. (Uncle Bob) Martin’s keynote on “Bad Code, Craftsmanship, Engineering, and Certification”, a panel discussion on “Open source is a commercial enterprise”, another panel on “Social Media: Why should I care?”, a second Bob Martin presentation on “Agility and Architecture”, Mary Poppendieck on “Cost Center Disease”, Bonnie Aumann on managing developers, Michael Coté’s keynote on “The Pragmatic Cloud”, Geir Magnusson Jr. on “Project Voldemort”, and Brian McCallister on “Failure Happens” (one of the very few talks on systems administration).

Then there’s an interesting panel on “Battle of the Frameworks II” (its predecessor the ETE 2008 “Web Framework Shootout” is on-line in two parts I (here) and II (here). Hopefully this year people will respect each others’ frameworks more and have a mature discussion about the tradeoffs that each incurs. I was impressed with Marjan Bace, the moderator, for helping facilitate some reasonable comments amidst too much hyperbole and for brining the discussion to an effective conclusion).

Finally, I think I’ll attend the presentations by Molly Holzschlag on “Demystifiying HTML5″, David A. Black on some CS (computer science) precepts, and Audrey Troutt on “Influencing your way to agile”.

It looks like it will be an engaging two-day event. I’m looking forward to meeting many leaders in the local Philly and broader FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) technology community and getting to downtown Philly for some out of the office learning and networking.

While I’m mentioning events, for those who do not know, I moderate the Q&A for the first Wednesday of the month meeting of the Philadelphia Linux User’s Group (PLUG) which will be on “Functional Programming Using Haskell” this month. It is going to be a busy week! If you plan to attend either event, I’ll see you there.

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CJ Fearnley was an early leader in the adoption and implementation of Linux and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Philadelphia.

In 1993, he recognized the emerging value of the Linux operating system. Through his leadership position in the Philadelphia Area Computer Society (PACS), he began introducing Linux to organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region. At PACS, he organized monthly presentations on Linux and FOSS and wrote 29 columns in the organization’s print periodical, The Databus. He then founded and helped build Philadelphia’s premiere Linux user group, the Philadelphia area Linux User Group (PLUG), where he continues to facilitate its first Wednesday meetings. After helping to establish a community and culture for Linux and FOSS in Philadelphia, CJ started building his first company, LinuxForce, to be the “go-to” firm for organizations wanting to realize the promise and power of Linux. LinuxForce is a leading technology services provider specializing in the development, implementation, management and support of Linux-based systems, with a particular expertise in Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu. LinuxForce provides remote Linux systems management services to clients including The Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard through its flagship service offering Remote Responder.

In addition, CJ Fearnley has applied his organizational and leadership talent to building Buckminster Fuller’s legacy. CJ published an essay Reading Synergetics: Some Tips to help students of Fuller’s magnum opus, Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking, wade through that complex, multi-dimensional tome. He started maintaining The R. Buckminster Fuller FAQ on the Internet in 1994. His work on Buckminster Fuller was featured in an extensive interview published by Dome Magazine in 1999. In 2002 CJ started building the Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) as an organization to bring together people with an interest in Synergetics’ methods and principles in workshops, symposia, seminars, and other meetings.

CJ received his BA in Mathematical Sciences and Philosophy from Binghamton University in 1989 where he was a Regents Scholar and has done graduate work at Drexel University. CJ was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2006 “40 Under 40″ List as one of the region’s most accomplished young professionals.