by Peter Galli on February 16, 2010 10:50am

Microsoft is once again a Platinum Level sponsor of the annual Open Source Business Conference, which is being held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on March 17/18.

As part of this sponsorship, Stuart McKee, Microsoft's National Technology Officer for the United States, will  be delivering a keynote address to attendees on Thursday, March 18 from 09h15 to 09h45.

In his keynote, titled "Open Source at Microsoft: Meeting customer, developer and partner needs through a diversified ecosystem," McKee will talk about the opportunities for open source applications running on and with Microsoft platforms - from Windows, to SharePoint to Azure - and how increased flexibility and choice for the consumers of these technologies is good for everyone involved.

As U.S. National Technology Officer, Stuart is responsible for driving a comprehensive set of technical and business strategies for the U.S. Public Sector State and Local segment. As the NTO he has both an internal as well as an external focus - shaping and articulating Microsoft's technology vision and strategy.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Stuart served as the Director of the Washington State Department of Information Services (DIS) on Governor Gary Locke's executive cabinet, where he managed that internationally recognized agency which provides technology leadership and infrastructure for government organizations across Washington State.

Stuart also worked as the VP of Global Internet Operations for the Walt Disney Company where he directed operations for a number of the Internet's most visible sites including ESPN.com, Disney.com, ABCNews.com and GO.com. His background also includes strategic planning and operational management of enterprise-wide systems for companies including Starwave and Infoseek.

Microsoft will also be holding a Birds-of-a-Feather session during lunch on Wednesday, March 17, so please join us there for an interesting discussion.

In addition on Thursday, March 18 from 3pm to 3:50pm, Brian Goldfarb, the Director of Developer Platforms at Microsoft, will participate on a panel titled "The Web Is the Platform," along with Chris Blizzard from Mozilla, Dion Almaer at Palm and Dave Mcallister at Adobe.

We look forward to seeing you there!