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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

IT Talent. Paris Region, the Silicon Valley of Open Source

Consistent with its essential character of openness and innovation, the Paris Region has established itself as the Silicon Valley of Open Source in just a few years. Packed with IT talent, the region is home to 18,000 specialist information technology companies. Every year, the region invests over €200 million in supporting these future global stars.

As part of structuring projects, encouraging open innovation and supporting the growth of young start-ups, the Paris Region has developed the System@tic Paris-Region competitiveness cluster. Between 2007 and 2009, this working group supported 14 projects representing R&D investment of €29 million. 80 partners - including 40 innovative SMEs - have now joined the group from all over Europe. The most recent arrival is the German company Jedox AG, supplier of Open Source-based Business Intelligence and corporate performance management solutions, which has received support from the Paris Region Economic Development Agency (PREDA) in the form of assistance with finding premises, communication and integrating with the regional ecosystem. As part of encouraging this sparkling source of added value creation, the region also supports and contributes to important structural projects, such as Open Source Village, which help foreign companies establish a presence at the very heart of the Paris Region in Paris itself.

“The software developers of the Paris Region are therefore immune from the global crisis. In fact, they are stimulating the local economy”, observes Stefane Fermigier, Chairman of the System@tic Paris-Region Free & Open Source Software working group. “Some companies are relocating to the Paris Region precisely to draw on the pool of talent we have”, adds Jean Noël de Galzain, Vice-Chairman for SMEs at System@tic Paris-Region. With all the necessary strengths directly to hand, the Paris Region is already striking out for the future by combining Open Source software with sustainable development. With support from System@tic Paris-Region, the Deskolo project run by Wallix in partnership with Mandriva and CEA List aims to provide effective supervision and optimization of IT hardware energy consumption. The outcome will be savings for companies and a boost for the environment.

© Digiteo, one of the main research clusters in IT

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