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From Matthias Wessendorf <maili...@matthias-wessendorf.de>
Subject Re: Project Infrastructure Platform (Discussed at ApacheCon)
Date Thu, 08 Sep 2005 16:14:57 GMT
Hi Matthias :-)

I have been present during your talks with Noel and others about
incubating your project. Are there any updates yet?

You already said that the software is a Java EE app, that uses lots of
ASF projects, but do you have some architectural papers ? :-)

-Matthias

On Tue, 2005-08-30 at 16:52 +0200, Matthias Marschall wrote:
> As discussed at the ApacheCon we're thinking seriously about open 
> sourcing our project infrastructure platform (aka collaborative project 
> management platform).
> 
> We have been thinking about making our platform open source for quite 
> some time but we were not sure, whether this is an interesting project 
> for the open source community. At ApacheCon I was very glad to learn 
> that the topic seems to find quite a bit of interest.
> 
> Our vision is to build a platform for providing all necessary 
> infrastructure for running projects on the net. We want to provide 
> and/or integrate all applications and services required to successfully 
> build a project community.
> 
> Currently our platform supports document management, a closed 
> communication channel, workflows, administration of communities and some 
> industry specific applications.
> 
> Especially the administration of a wide spread community consisting of 
> individuals and members of various organizations is an interesting topic 
> where we've put quite some efforts into. We developed ways for inviting 
> new participants to projects, creating of groups of participants, 
> managing permissions for applications/services for them etc.
> 
> We're planning to extend our platform to enable integration of external 
> applications like mailing lists, version control systems, wikis etc. 
> Another possible extension would be a central portal for managing and 
> accessing all the applications and services.
> 
> Our platform is currently targeted to the real estate and construction 
> market (hence the construction industry specific marketing on our 
> website) but technologically it is completely agnostic to any specific 
> industry.
> 
> It is a J2EE application usings lots of Apache projects already.
> 
> Currently we're working on developing a business case based on an open 
> source software kernel. I see a quite clear win/win situation for the 
> open source  community and for my company in making our platform open 
> source.
> But I could use additional arguments and maybe knowledge about 
> successful business models based on open source software as I've been 
> asked to present this open source strategy to our board of directors on 
> the 22nd September. I hope to get a decision there to go on with it.
> 
> I would appreciate your feedback about the benefits you see in such a 
> platform. Would it generate the necessary interest within the ASF to 
> enter the incubator and to attract a vital community around the core 
> developers provided by us? Do you think the ASF would be a suitable 
> place for our open source project or shall we look for a differnt 
> place/community/license model?
> 
> 
> Matthias Marschall, conject AG
> 
> 
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