Cedric Thomas

OW2, France

As a global independent open source organization, OW2 has a long-standing relationship with the open source ecosystem in Brazil. OW2 is happy to contribute to Cloudscape Brazil by helping organize a session dedicated to Open-Source, SMEs and Start-ups. Open source software has vibrant supporters in Brazil and OW2 can make sure this integral of the brazilian software industry is appropriately represented in Cloudscape Brazil.

Cedric Thomas, is the CEO of OW2, a global independent open source organization focused on infrastructure software. An IT industry veteran with twenty-five years of experience in strategic and marketing consulting for IT vendors and systems integrators, Cedric has masterminded the launch of the OW2 Consortium. Previously, as both an investor and a consultant with FronTier Associates, the consulting company he founded in 1997, he actively took part in three IPOs, contributed to the launch of several technology start-ups, helped establish a start-up incubator in Paris and set up technology firms in Boston and San Francisco. Before that, he was VP and Research Director at PAC, an independent provider of consultancy and marketing studies for the IT industry where he established successful research programs in Open Systems, IT spending and Outsourcing. Cédric studied for his PhD in Economics at the Sorbonne and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Paris. He teaches business strategy in several master programs.