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To promote OpenStack to be the ubiquitous cloud computing platform!
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 2 years ago I founded the Australian OpenStack User Group (AOSUG). The response has been fantastic, and we have grown to over 600 members. 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 spending 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 and end users of OpenStack on the BoD – 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!
Tristan has been nominated enough times to appear on the election ballot. You can read the answers Tristan gave to the election questions below.
I am the founder and organiser of the Australian OpenStack User Group, the largest per capita OpenStack User Group there is (until proven wron :-). For the last sixteen months or so I’ve been an individual member Director on the OpenStack Foundation 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 and businesses 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 30 meetups in all six state capitals of Australia. This year I also organised OpenStack miniconfs at Linux.conf.au, PyConAU and I organised and manned an OpenStack booth at CeBit for 3 days. I am very proud and humble to have been recently made an OpenStack Ambassador.
Looking ahead, I think my biggest task this year is to encourage participation and help grow the OpenStack docs training manuals initiative started by Sean Roberts and Colin McNamara. It is vitally important to OpenStack that training materials are made accessible to all, so that those that are challenged by financial constraints or location or otherwise have access to materials to improve their OpenStack knowledge, and hopefully their wellbeing!
The task of securing OpenStack’s position in the ICT world is far from 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 an international perspective.
As a sitting Board member of the OpenStack Foundation, I believe I’ve brought a unique perspective to the organisation. As an independent board member, I have been able to bring a relatively uncluttered perspective to the table on most issues.
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;
- acting as an interface between the community and advisory bodies; and
- promoting the technology while preserving the integrity of the technology.
A clear priority of the Board in 2014 and beyond will be to remain aligned closely with the wishes of the community.
Within this broad focus I see at least three key areas:
a. Above all other issues, we need to ensure that our vibrant community remains intact, while promoting growth. It is people who determine the success of organisations such as ours, and by fostering increased international communication and actual face-to-faces where and when possible, we will provide the conditions to promote as inclusive a culture as we are able;
b. We need to make sure the individual election process satisfies the wider community. It’s important that diversity is maintained, and that any potential for abuse of process is eliminated.
This is what I personally embody as an independent board member, and the positioning that I have been advocating. It is my sincere desire to be able to continue to do this throughout 2014; and
c. We need to protect the brand that is OpenStack. Be this defining what is core, or ensuring that use of trademarks and language is tightly controlled, it is essential to ensure that OpenStack’s culture displays integrity.
I recognise that progress to date on these complex issues has not been as fast as some would wish. I would raise that what is being done with the Foundation, the Board and the Community has no previous template to follow, and it is imperative that we make steady measured progress. Personally, being on the Board has been a steep and highly-enlightening experience for me, and I promise that if I am re-elected I will continue to work hard to help the promise of OpenStack flourish.
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