October 21, 2008

Unicon Hosts Open Source Showcase at EDUCAUSE Featuring Industry Experts From uPortal, Sakai, and Shibboleth

Unicon, Inc., the leading provider of open source software consulting services for the education market, today announced a schedule of C-level technology briefings to be delivered during the EDUCAUSE 2008 Conference October 28-31, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. The twenty-minute briefings, followed by a 10 minute Q&A, will be delivered by experts from prominent open source organizations, technologists at leading educational institutions, as well as corporate presenters from Cisco and Oracle. Open source platforms covered include: Central Authentication Service (CAS), the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment, the Shibboleth Federating Software, and the uPortal open source Web portal initiative. All technology briefings will take place at the Unicon booth # 850 in the Orange County Convention Center.

"Unicon is pleased to host these open source technology briefings by this most impressive group of industry leaders, technologists, and open source organizations," said John C. Blakley, president and CEO of Unicon, Inc. "These talks will provide valuable insight into the practicalities of open source solutions in higher ed."

 Presenters, Organizations, Topics, and Schedule: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 1.) "SAML, Shibboleth and Federations - A Trust and Attribute Layer for the Internet", by Ken Klingenstein, Director of Middleware Initiative, Internet2 Wednesday, October 29, 2008 1.) "Adopting uPortal", by Dan Biondi, Web Portal Coordinator, Sacramento State University 2.) "Sakai Deployment", by Duran Goodyear, Web Developer/Portal Administrator, University of the Arts 3.) "Updates on Sakai 2.6, Benefits & Advantages", by Anthony Whyte, Senior Applications Programmer/Analyst, University of Michigan 4.) "Implementing Open Source uPortal at The University of Georgia", by Sriman Ravi, Project Manager for the Student Portal, University of Georgia 5.) "Shibboleth Guided Tour", by John Lewis, Chief Software Architect at Unicon Thursday, October 30, 2008 1.) "Benefits and Strengths of CAS", by Pat Berry, Web Application Development Coordinator, California State University Chico 2.) "Future Direction of Sakai", by Michael Korcuska, Executive Director for the Sakai Foundation 3.) "Integrating Your Enterprise with uPortal", by Jonathan Markow, Executive Director for JASIG 4.) "SAIP, Integrating with Sakai", by Carroll Brown, Director- Academic Enterprise Solutions for Oracle 5.) "Cisco Networking Academy: Adding Value Through Open Source", Kyle Thornton, Senior Manager, Learning Systems Development, Cisco Note: For specific times and updates for the presentations and biographies on the speakers, visit: http://www.unicon.net/node/922. 

About Unicon

Unicon, Inc. specializes in providing software consulting services including software engineering, systems integration, and the delivery of technology solutions and support. The company effectively utilizes open-source frameworks, applications, and software to provide enterprise-level portal, collaboration, learning, messaging, and secure authentication solutions for higher education institutions worldwide. Unicon is a Sakai Commercial Affiliate for the community source Collaboration and Learning Environment and also a commercial affiliate of the uPortal open source Web portal initiative. Unicon strives to base its solutions on standards-based, open-source technology for increased productivity and reduced costs. For more information, visit: www.unicon.net.

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