I would have to say that so far Kim Polese and her team have made the biggest impression on me and perhaps on the conference attendees as well. Yesterday they had a large team in place, and even larger if you consider that most of their Advisory Board was in attendance. With that large of a team, I’m sure there was a lot of buzz surrounding their announcements.
Most significant of those announcements was the announcement of the general availability of their SpikeSource Core Stack. In addition they announced a broad range of enterprise support and related services to enable enterprise IT departments to build and deploy open source solutions with greater confidence. It is in this area that I find something truly innovative and compelling. Their announcement of testing as a service is something that could significantly impact the way software is built and validated.
One market they may want to include within their focus is the “medium” size business with an internal software development capability. The size of the development shop I’m thinking of is between 10 and 20 developers, coders, analysts, and testers. As a previous director of software development management, I can appreciate the value in having a testing service available. I can appreciate the ability of a development shop to validate an internally built solution and a service to inform me of the fixes most critical to the operational performance of that system.
I want to thank Murugan Pal and Glen Martin for taking the time to answer all of my questions and for sharing their passion for the problem space and how it impacts thousands of companies. Murugan has also expressed interest in making one of my projects original dreams come true.
From the beginning, the founders and I of the SNAP Development Center hoped that other academic institutions would find value in the model we created. By placing an open source project within a university, we bring a whole new dynamic to the education of computer science and engineering students. The opportunity to work on real software, deal with real business issues, confront real customers is an experience that is immeasurable. Murugan immediately saw the value of this model and suggested we work together to port the approach to India. This is an opportunity that is far beyond anything else we could ever hope to accomplish in the SNAP Development Center. I look forward to working with Murugan, and maybe even a trip to India. According to Ray Lane it is an experience that every American should take. When do I leave?
If you are a SMB development shop, do you think SpikeSource could help improve the quality of your apps?