Open Collaboration, the Eclipse Way with Mike Milinkovich

Software is eating the world, and open source is eating the software world. In almost every facet of human endeavor, organizations are learning that they must master software development if they are going to continue to succeed. At the same time, it is becoming apparent that open source is the most successful model for developing and delivering software. Open source is supporting new business models, open innovation, and far greater levels of productive collaboration, giving rise to new ways of organizing the development of technology.

The Eclipse community started 15 years ago as a single project, and the Eclipse IDE has been a huge part of our past and current success. More recently we have been bringing the Eclipse Way to entirely new technology areas ranging from the Internet of Things to language runtimes, from simulation engines to geospatial. In doing so, we have evolved mature processes to enable academia, research organizations, industry, and hobbyists to succeed with open innovation.

Mike Milinkovich

Mike Milinkovich has been involved in the software industry for over 30 years, doing everything from software engineering, to product management, to IP licensing. He has been the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation since 2004. In that role he is responsible for supporting both the Eclipse open source community and its commercial ecosystem. Prior to joining Eclipse, Mike was a vice president in Oracle’s development group. Other stops along the way include WebGain, The Object People, IBM, Object Technology International (OTI) and Nortel. 

Mike sits on the Board of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), on the Executive Committee of the Java Community Process (JCP), and is an observer and past member of the Board of OpenJDK.