Sam Hiser

Sam Hiser
sam.hiser AT

Vice President & Director of Business Affairs, OpenDocument Foundation, Inc., 501(c)3.
MemberFree Software Foundation.

Hiser is an open source and open standards consultant and influencer. He assisted the Executive Department of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts in an important desktop software pilot in 2005 & 2006 and was Marketing Project Lead of from 2001 to 2004 leading up to its 20-millionth download. He has consulted on business processes, systems & business alignment, open source software and open standards since 1995.

In 2002, Hiser spent the year in teaching certification and taught middle-school English in The Bronx under NYC Teaching Fellows. Prior to working in systems, Sam was a corporate finance and equity analyst on Wall Street covering semiconductor, disk drive, networking, tobacco & oil companies.

He recently moved with his family from Manhattan to a field in Massachusetts.


MBA 1990 Duke University's Fuqua School of Business
BA 1986 St. Lawrence University (English Literature & Art History)


o Regular contributor to The Financial Times' Digital Business section
o Blogger at PlexNex
o Book: Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop (O'Reilly, 2004)


"IT going green: Are the problems just being passed on?" (The Financial Times | July 11, 2007)
"Achieving Openness: A Closer Look at ODF & OOXML" (O'Reilly ONLamp | June 14, 2007)
"How Wall Street is eradicating downtime" (The Financial Times | May 30, 2007)
"Winning is a high-tech game" (The Financial Times | Feb 28, 2007)
"Highlights & Predictions" (The Financial Times | Dec 4, 2006)
"E-mail etiquette" (The Financial Times | Oct 4, 2006)
"Growing up with the Internet" (The Financial Times | Sep 19, 2006)
"What is OpenDocument?" (O'Reilly ONLamp | July 27, 2006)
"Hiser in a canvas chair..." (The Financial Times | July 11, 2006)
"Progress toward openness..." (The Financial Times | Jan 24, 2006)
"Open source's local heroes" (The Economist |  Dec 4, 2003)


"ODF & Innovation Theory" (The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School | Oct 2006)
"The Promise of OpenDocument" (EuroOSCon, Brussels, Belgium | Sept 2006)