2015 has been full of changes. I love those years where life take major turns and it’s those years that, albeit overwhelming in nature, make life worth living.
Not only I married my wonderful wife Christine, in a dreamy location in my home country in Italy, not only I now have a dog, the first pet in my life (yes a pet picture on this blog!), but as most of you should know by now, I left Alfresco at the beginning of December 2015.
As you might imagine, it’s been a bittersweet choice, after almost 9 years working on the product, as Partner, SE, Principal Consultant, Global Manager and finally Senior Product Manager for the part of the product I cared the most about, the Developer Platform.
I can’t wait to see 5.1 out in the wild, as a culmination of all the efforts and investments that I & we (people like Ole, Maurizio, Samuel, Martin, Bindu and so many others in the Alfresco ecosystem) have put in the fidelity of the APIs and the general simplification of the developer experience.
There would be too many people to thank for these 9 years, and I’ll probably dedicate a separate post for that. Nevertheless you know who you are, and I deeply thank you for the trust, patience and opportunities you gave me. It’s been an honor. I will continue to be part of the Alfresco Community, in quality of Founder of the Alfresco SDK and continue to cheer for the team, as I think Alfresco is going to continue disrupting the market of ECM and BPM. Go team Alfresco, I’ll be cheering from the sidelines!
As 2015 and Alfresco are now things of the past, I am proud and honored to announce that I have accepted the position of Executive Director for the Symphony Software Foundation. I will be soon relocating to Palo Alto, California to build a strong and open source ecosystem around the Symphony communications software.
The challenge is big, and equally worthy and exciting: create an open source ecosystem & open API strategy, where major financial services in the world can collaborate and contribute in a standard way, fostering fast innovation, so much needed in the FinTech world. Some background here, here and here.
I am digging in this new challenge and I’ll be talking to many peers in the industry and from my open source network over the next months. I will need everyone’s suggestions and advise, so please reach out to me at gabriele at apache org or gab at symphony dot foundation. Also, getting a free account on Symphony and check often www.symphony.foundation are great first steps to follow closely and provide input on the community we’re building.
Thanks everyone for the support and love you showed in 2015. Now onto a memorable 2016, to step even further out of our comfort zones! 🙂