Thank you Alfresco, a 2015 to remember. Welcome Symphony, for an unforgettable 2016

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 herehere and here.

All of this, under the laws of open source governance, proven to be successful by examples like OpenStack, CloudFoundry and Open Daylight.

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! 🙂

 

Embrace change. Out of the comfort zone. Panta rhei. Agile life.

In life like in software, changes should not be feared but just embraced, as a potential opportunity for improvement and a way to augment your personal cultural level, learn new things and generally train your brain to be flexible and responsive to new conditions.

This might sound obvious to all of you, but there are many more aspects of our lives (or at least mine) which, instead of driving me to change and constant improvement of my and other selfs, would be much better off if we were “constantly” stable and predictable.

Think about it, our governments would love to have all of us adhere to perfect statistics, being as controllable and predictable as a mass.  Same goes for a discreetly successful love relationship. Our minds, or at least them, once in a comfort zone, tend to naturally relax and search for common solutions to problems already solved. Even our parents, in many cases, would love for us to do the most conservative choice possible for our lie, i.e. stick with what they know and with what they thinks it’s safe for you, in many cases ignoring the world is “actually” changing.

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A wonderful deja vu of my future past

Last 5 days have been amazing. A total quantum leap in a sweet & sour mix of past and future.

Thanks to Codemotion & the great organization of the Alfresco Rome’s meetup by Jeff (as usual!!!) and our partner Sourcesense, I had the opportunity for the 2nd year in a row to go back to my University and be on the other side of the desk! (twice actually, if we count also the Maven SDK quick preso I gave at the meetup).

But it wasn’t only the emotion of talking to young students and experienced software engineers that is giving me this wonderful sense of fulfillment.

And it’s not only seeing that Codemotion (organized by one of my closest friends, Chiara) is growing year after year in relevance & resonance, quality of sponsors and speakers network.

But mostly the fact I had the chance to meet with so many good friends from my academic past and see how sooner or later we will cross again in our professional future. A so much past oriented trip, but still surprisingly focused on discussing the next killer app with the guys…like in the good old college times 🙂

When I finally met one of my ex-professors, Paolo Merialdo, almost “bragging” on how good our generation of engineers (taught by him) is, i.e. that bunch of great engineers that came out of Roma3 University around 2004/2006, I fully understood what I was up to. Re-discovering my roots to leverage them in the making of my future.

And for how great changes happened in my life, and more, even bigger will hopefully come soon, I will always be connected to those guys I studied with in Rome (and now all over the world). Not only by technology, but by a same way of interpreting life, business and daily challenges. Almost like entangled.

And yes, we will finally end up creating our own startup, one it’s going to fail, and then we’ll make another one, and maybe it’s gonna succeed then 🙂

But in substance we will have fully lived the dream of this crazy field we work in.

The dream of who feels capable to build something that will succeed, something that will be remembered, something that might even change the world. Check Liquid Feedback and the whole Italian 5 Star movement to get a hint of what I’m saying.

Talk soon, hopefully with some updates, on where we stand on making the dream come true 🙂

Hurricane Sandy and the statue of Liberty, aka my first social viral fake ;)

When I saw this picture today on Facebook, I was quite amazed. As a handful of friends did, I started being seriously worried, even being on the other side of the pond, about what was going to happen to the many friends I have overseas.

I started sharing it, “socializing” on it, and starting obvious dissertations on how powerful yet scary nature can be and wishing luck to all of my friends.focuz.ru

But then I did what, unluckily enough I suspect,  the vast majority of social media members don’t usually do – and sometimes even journalists tend to forget: just get one level deeper 🙂

Quoting from the original posted Facebook page:

Jason Otts: Ok… apparently this pic has gone viral from my wall with 99,989 shares. In the last 15 minutes I have had like 200 people add me as a friend because of this pic. So I called the person who texted it to me and she then called her friend who is in New York and he told her that it was fake. So now I have 200 friends who like a photo that is fake on my wall. Funny, but awkward….

So turns out it was a fake, as other sources seem to confirm. It’s the first time that I get caught in a viral so quickly (especially as I’m not in the cool Valley 🙂 ), but that made me think thoroughly enough about the evil power of the Internet.

While I’m the first considering “the Net” my only God, Wikipedia my only Bible, the righteous and truthful source for any information, the only remaining free channel of communication and yadi yadi yada, this time I am facing the awful truth of how sketchy, easily manipulated and imprecise certain pieces of information can be.

I will spare you anymore social interpretation of this, but just take an old but still very modern advice: before jumping your guns on some internet opinion, check your source! 😉

Get me home!

Hey guys,sports74.ru

I’m just trying all media I can 🙂aton-mebel.ru

I’m stuck in Rome and needing to back to A’dam ASAP… so if anyone is going back north out of Italy by car or whatever transportation…plz plz let me know 🙂

I’m also tring to get this done using a nice road sharing site…

Carpooling on the route Roma, italia – Amsterdam, paesi bassi

thanks in advance for any help!

I just committed at Apache…now I can be a dad :)

Today is a shiny day in my humble open source geek existence: after about 9 months after having been awarded the Apache Chemistry committership, I finally did my first ASF code commit.
About the slowest ever…

When tweeting about it, I go this interesting consideration by my friend and ex-colleague Mario :

@mindthegabz Congratulations! 9 months for a commit is like a childbirth…

While I tend to agree on the quite same importance of  having a casino online kid and doing an Apache Commit :p ,
does this also imply I should start seriously thinking about a larger family? 🙂

Don’t see it mentioned anywhere in the New Committers guide, am I missing something ? 🙂

The infinite tail of TODO

How come writing is always the last thing?
Before it was blogging, now fashion says we must micro-blog, and we even don’t have time to spend a few words on what we do. Effective as business, but blogging gave us a bit of writers pride, isn’t it? But it goes much earlier than that…the vast majority of software projects is developed almost until the end without any piece of seriously meaningful documentation.

Ok, ok, stop!

I was just finding lame philosophical excuses for not having blogged anything in this period of my life, such dense of changes in many aspects of my life and career. And this blog post keep staying in the infinite backlog of my TODOs.

May you live in interesting times

seems to run a famous Chinese or supposed to be Chinese curse, which I actually heard for the first at the Alfresco Rome’s meetup during my new CTO – John Newton – presentation, but that reflects the current status of my life, career and more in general world there days. Read more The infinite tail of TODO

Geek and Vain

It’s probably my first real recognition in open source matters. More soon will come, as I’m really putting my heart in the cause.
It was a nice surprise in fact to get to see my big face on Alfresco’s wiki home page, having been nominated January’s contributor of the month for the work on Alfresco and the Maven Archetypes.

Even if, I guess, the photo I sent the Alfresco guys reflects my vain nature 😉http://rpk-tramplin.ru

Good stuff, especially as I’m trying to release the 3.0 version of the archetypes in a matter of days.  Stay posted on 3.0.0 branch and on Sourcesense‘s repo. And why not contribute? 🙂