While attending the Open Business Conference (formerly the Open Source Business Conference) in San Francisco, I noticed how some people were referred to as “the open source guy at…” foo/bar/baz.
Gender issues aside, I think it is interesting to notice that lots of places don’t have open source “guys” anymore… but open source teams, with broad strategies in place. And the open source “guy” role has merged into the business, adding value to the business.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the value of the “guy” – she’s a catalyzer for open source inside the business and liaisons with executive leadership. And perhaps I’m lost in translation – as a non-native English speaker perhaps I give it too much importance.
Agreed, Microsoft’s a different animal composed of several product groups with open source guys and girls, Microsoft Open Technologies, some Open Source labs, people doing standards, lawyers and also the field team that does Open Source from a Corporate perspective.
And meanwhile, if you’re the open source guy or girl at foo/bar/baz, I’d love to hear from you!