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Individual Member Profile


Roland Chan

Date Joined
December 09, 2013

Aptira From 2013-09-10 (Current)
Statement of Interest

To develop OpenStack into the leading cloud OS choice.


I’m Roland Chan, COO of Aptira. I have a background in software development, technical and commercial operations across digital media, service provider and consulting.

I work with Aptira’s customers to determine how OpenStack can be used to deliver real benefit to their organisations. Through this I gain direct insight into how OpenStack is perceived and used in the wild.

Aptira has been a member of the Board since its inception. We are a startup headquartered in the Asia-Pacific region, and as such bring a different view to the board table on many topics. We feel that this diversity of opinion, stemming from our location and size, is of great importance to the quality of the board's work.

I am committed, as is all of Aptira, to the success of OpenStack across the entire spectrum of the IT industry. We will continue to push for positive change to OpenStack at all levels, from the Board down to grassroots organisation and participation.



Roland is a candidate in the 2016 Board Election .


What is your relationship to OpenStack, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to OpenStack's success to date?


I don’t like OpenStack. Oh No. I love it!

OpenStack’s true openness makes it only framework allows anyone to build innovative solutions. For this reason, OpenStack’s continued success is important to anyone interested in building large scale IT solutions, myself included. 

Personally, my contributions to OpenStack’s success have been to continue on with Aptira’s advocacy for diversity and user/customer focus through my participation in the Diversity working group. If successful at this election, I will be continuing to build on the long history of contributions that Aptira has made to OpenStack at the Board level: 

- championing Travel Support for Summit attendees

- calling for certification of Training services and outcomes

- suggesting Ops Meetups

- arguing for the importance of Diversity



Describe your experience with other non profits or serving as a board member. How does your experience prepare you for the role of a board member?


I have sat on the Board of the Foundation since assuming Aptira’s seat in May 2015, during which time I have participated in a number of initiatives that the Board has initiated, most recently on the initial Diversity Survey.

The experience of working with the Board this year reinforces a key feature of my previous experiences. A successful organisation must actively listen to it’s constituents and its customers/consumers and constantly realign itself to best serve their needs.


What do you see as the Board's role in OpenStack's success?


The Board’s role is to guide, inform, review and lead both the Foundation itself and also the community at large. Whilst it clearly does not contribute to the critical technical and associated process that actually creates OpenStack, the Board must take a leading role in establishing and maintaining an environment within which the technical contribution community can excel.

This means that the Board must have the broadest possible view of the perception and performance of all facets of OpenStack: the users, the developers, all parts of our diverse community and the software itself. Only then can the Board seek to identify the challenges we face and help the Foundation and community meet them.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2016?


The Board must focus on gathering feedback from the very varied parts of the community, from users and operators and from the industry at large. Board must then help guide the activity of the Foundation and the community at large to address the challenges that this feedback provides. This must become a constant feature of the Board, the foundation and the community.

The Board has started down this path in various ways and it is my goal to encourage the Foundation and the community to gather this feedback and to act effectively upon it.