September 15, 2005 11:45 ET

National Business and Technology Leaders to Present at the 2005 WSA Investment Forum

Panel Discussions to Address Critical Topics Such as Platform Wars, Technology Capital and Data Center Management Issues

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 15, 2005 -- WSA, the state's oldest and largest technology trade organization focused on ensuring Washington State's leadership position in the digital economy, today announced a series of high profile panels scheduled to take place during the 2005 WSA Investment Forum.

Each panel discussion is designed to highlight a topic of particular relevance to the Investment Forum's audience of emerging business leaders and venture capitalists, including a discussion on platform wars that will feature Stuart Cohen of the Open Source Development Labs, Cliff Reeves from Microsoft's .NET platform strategy group, and Bill Vass from Sun Microsystems.

The platform wars discussion will focus on the merits of different development platforms and how they enable businesses to increase productivity.

"The best platform is the one that provides a solution to the user, delivering the features, value and flexibility that each individual needs," said Stuart Cohen, chief executive officer of OSDL. "Linux consistently delivers on these requirements and continues to be widely adopted. This is illustrated by IDC's prediction that the overall Linux marketplace will exceed $35 billion by 2008, up from an estimated $20 billion in 2005. There is opportunity for open source and proprietary platforms to interoperate and grow together. I look forward to discussing how this can be accomplished."

"Customers are making choices based on more than just technology. They're looking at the overall offering including the development roadmap, supporting assets and ease of implementation and use to make decisions based on business objectives over the long haul," said Cliff Reeves, general manager of .NET business development. "We look forward to discussing how Microsoft, through an integrated development approach, is delivering options that meet customers' business demands with more inherent and explicit value than ever before."

Bill Vass, chief information officer and vice president, information technology for Sun Microsystems will also participate in the platform wars discussion moderated by Frank Catalano, senior vice president marketing, U.S. assessments testing group for Pearson Education.

Other panels include: Venture Capital or Private Equity? Trends in Technology Growth Capital and What's Running the Data Center? The CIO Perspective. Speakers include executives from companies such as The Carlyle Group, Francisco Partners, BellSouth and Pacific Crest Securities.

"We are pleased to offer attendees the opportunity to learn from and engage with these leaders in their respective fields," said Kathy Wilcox, president and chief executive officer of the WSA. "The Investment Forum provides a unique experience for emerging Washington technology companies to interact with business and technology experts from the nation's leading companies."

The 2005 Investment Forum will be held Sept. 21 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. For more information or to register, visit or call (206) 448-3033 x107.

What: WSA Investment Forum

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Pier 66
2211 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA  98121
Regular Registration Pricing before September 16, 2005:
WSA Member Single: $350
WSA Non-Member $650
About the WSA:

Founded in 1984, the WSA (formerly the Washington Software Alliance) is a state-wide trade association focused on helping Washington state technology companies succeed. With more than 1,000 member companies representing more than 50,000 software, Internet, telecommunications and technology company employees, the WSA is a catalyst for setting new industry directions, sharing expertise, delivering key business services, and leading the advocacy of issues necessary to keep Washington a leader in the digital economy. For information, please see

About Open Source Development Labs:

OSDL -- home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux -- is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux in the enterprise. Founded in 2000 and supported by a global consortium of major Linux customers and IT industry leaders, OSDL is a nonprofit organization that provides state-of-the-art computing and test facilities available to developers around the world. With offices in China, Europe, Japan and the United States, OSDL sponsors legal and development projects to advance open source software as well as initiatives for Linux in telecommunications, in the data center and on enterprise desktops. Visit OSDL on the Web at

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