I want to sell OpenStack "stuff" to as many people as possible and make lots of money. No really.
After 20+ years’ experience in deep technical roles, I embraced OpenStack in my home country, Australia, and became passionate about it recognising it's immense potential the world over. I soon recognised however, that the Australian OpenStack community needed a real boost. So a little more than 3 years ago I founded the Australian OpenStack User Group (AOSUG). The response has been fantastic, and we have grown to over 850 members in that 3 years. While much of my time has been spent nurturing the OpenStack community in Australia, I have been actively supporting the growth of the Indian OpenStack community. I've spent time in India promoting and speaking about OpenStack, and I actively take part in meetups online around the world whenever possible.
I am deeply humble for the opportunity to represent the community builders, operators, developers and end users of OpenStack on the Board – everyone, including the people who don’t write the code, but still have lots to offer. I plan on continuing to work to promote OpenStack in every possible way, so that it becomes ubiquitous and full-featured, while remaining, most importantly, truly open.
My twitter is @tristangoode and I also quite like beer, I'm Australian!
THE THINGS I MOST WANT TO WORK ON FOR OPENSTACK THIS YEAR...
Nurture and grow the Product Working Group. It’s critical to the momentum of OpenStack that the people responsible for the product direction in all of the eco-system companies collaborate to drive strategic and tactical alignment for the core project. For more info on the Product-wg have a browse through the list archive at http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/product-wg/
OpenStack Foundation driven philanthropy. We have a plethora of very wealthy organisations in OpenStack. I want to see some of them get behind a co-operative philanthropic effort to identify, mentor and even seed innovative OpenStack related start up business ventures the world over. Think of it like the Summit travel program for innovative OpenStack start-ups!
Solve the common problems via the “Operations Project”. Its clear that operators the world over have the same problems. This project is all about collaboration to form best practices from that. I want to encourage and help this project because I see first hand the benefits that operator collaboration has brought to my team and our business.
DID I ACHIEVE ANYTHING LAST YEAR?
A year ago I suggested and championed the Operators Day concept (http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/openstack/2013-December/003850.html) until it was adopted for the last two summits. These sessions have proven to be some of the most popular sessions and this increased focus has even spawned the Operations Project that seeks to define high quality solutions to common operator problems.
I am the founder and organiser of the Australian OpenStack User Group. For sixteen months I was a twice elected individual member Director on the OpenStack Foundation Board, and for the past year I've been fortunate to occupy a Gold Member seat on the Board.
My contribution has been, and still is, about fostering the community here in Australia and in India, and using that experience to help new communities flourish. I am a passionate advocate for OpenStack around the world as I sincerely believe that OpenStack presents a unique platform for nations, business and everyone to build open and innovative clouds and maintain data sovereignty.
I assist other User Group founders around the world in getting started and have led around 35 meetups in all six state capitals of Australia. I have also organised OpenStack miniconfs at Linux.conf.au, PyConAU and I organised and manned an OpenStack booth at CeBit for 3 days. In April I am organising Australia's first business oriented OpenStack day at the Connect 2015 conference in Melbourne. I am also very proud and humble to have been made an OpenStack Ambassador.
As a sitting Board member of the OpenStack Foundation, I believe I’ve brought a unique perspective to the organisation. As a completely independent Board member, I was able to bring a relatively uncluttered perspective to the table on most issues. As CEO of Aptira, my wife and I mortgaged our house and bet our future on building our business on OpenStack. I believe it’s critical for OpenStack success that smaller organisations are fairly represented on the Board.
Prior to being on the Foundation Board, I have taken an active interest in supporting several Australian non-profit organisations. As the CEO of an ICT business I ensure that my team and I dedicate a percentage of our time and money to supporting non-profits such as: Sydney Mardi Gras, one of Australia's largest events; The Big Issue Magazine; and the RSPCA. While not on the Boards of these organisations, I’m frequently called on to provide strategic and operational advice. This gives me a special insight into a spectrum of how other non-profit operations are managed.
The Board's role has been and continues to be pivotal in the success of OpenStack. Why so?
It provides an equitable balance between the business interests of the project and the community. This involves the Board in:
- representing the interests of the community;
- directing growth and leadership;
- supporting and endorsing strategic activity to benefit and grow the OpenStack community
- acting as an interface between the community and advisory bodies; and
- promoting the technology while preserving the integrity of the technology.
The top priority for 2014 should be thinking about the priority for 2015! :-D.
So for 2015, yes there’s Defcore and that’s always going to be a top priority every year as the project continues to grow and evolve.
Looking ahead, it is important for the Board to create a strategy for OpenStack and enable the community to execute it.
One of the biggest wins for OpenStack this past year has been the moving of operator feedback to a primary position in the community mind. It became apparent during the operators meetings at the summit and mid cycle that common problems were encountered by all. The emergence of an Operations Project is designed to solve this interestingly not by code, but by collaboration. See http://www.mattfischer.com/blog/?p=610 for more.
The natural progression from there is to involve the wide diversity of product managers and hidden influencers in the OpenStack ecosystem into shaping the strategic and tactical direction of OpenStack using a similar collaborative approach.
The task of solidifying OpenStack’s position in the commercial world is still not complete, and continues to require intimate knowledge of commercial matters as well as philosophical matters pertaining to OpenStack’s culture, which I bring to the table with a vendor independent, start-up and international perspective.
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