Archive for July 2011
I just got home from Germany after a whirlwind trip to join the Eclipse Democamps in Hamburg and Berlin. And now it’s time to head back already. Next week is the Open Forum in Stuttgart, and I have the great honour of joining an all star cast of keynotes including Dr. Willibert Schleuter (Audi), Harald Hönninger (Bosch) and Prof. Dr. Manfred Broy (Technical University Munich).
Open Forum is a new event that came about after successfully co-hosting the Eclipse Embedded Day and SPICE Days Conference in Stuttgart the last two years. The focus of the event is how open source organizational methods need to be adopted by enterprises. Enterprises which are today confronted by the twin challenges of ever-accelerating demands for innovation, and the fact that it is now largely software which is driving brand value and differentiation amongst consumers. Imagine the difficulty those challenges pose to companies which for nearly a century have prided themselves on mechanical and manufacturing excellence. Organizations like Eclipse offer them an interesting proof point that open source methods can be used to deliver high-quality, innovative software on a predictable schedule. As we just recently showed again when we shipped Indigo.
I am looking forward to this event, as it is well outside my normal open source comfort zone. It will be fascinating to talk with a community grappling with how to apply the lessons of open source to the next wave of innovation in industrial methods.
I have some news!
EclipseCon North America is moving from our long-term home in Santa Clara. We love the location there and the team at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara has been wonderful to work with. But after six years in a row it was time to try something new.
I’m very happy to let everyone know that EclipseCon North America 2012 will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia. The dates are the traditional last-week-of-March timeslot. March 26th to March 29th to be specific.
For those who haven’t been there, Reston is a suburb of the Washington, DC area with a large software and technology presence. The facility is wonderful, it is close to a major international airport (Dulles, aka IAD) and we’re thrilled with the package that the hotel has offered us. EclipseCon will basically take over the hotel for the week, and I personally love the ambience when our community is in every nook and cranny of the facility. Eclipse 24×7 for four days is really what EclipseCon is all about.
So mark the dates on your calendar and come and enjoy our ninth edition of EclipseCon North America.