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From Ron Wheeler <rwhee...@artifact-software.com>
Subject Re: Apachecon NA 2016 - Summary Update
Date Tue, 17 May 2016 15:15:21 GMT
OFBiz is a bit of an anomaly in the Apache world where most of the 
products are tools (all the Big Data stuff) or infrastructure 
components  (Cloudstack, HTTP, Tomcat)
where technical details are really important.

I think that the mixing in of the framework as part of the ERP adds a 
bit to the confusion.
No one chooses OFBiz because of the framework even though it is key to 
the end-user functionality.

If the framework is a product, it needs to be clearly separated from the 
OFBiz ERP marketing information.

If it is not a product, it becomes a one or two point item in the 
feature/benefit list with the emphasis on how it adds to the ERP.


On 17/05/2016 4:48 AM, Sharan-F wrote:
> Hi Everyone
> I'm still getting over the jetlag but here is a quick update of my Apachecon
> experience last week.
> I went as a TAC volunteer and volunteered to help out on the Apache booth. I
> think we had around 18 people on TAC from various countries including India,
> Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, China, Turkey, Egypt and various parts of the
> US.
> My main duty was talking to people about Apache and handing out Apache
> branded caps, stickers and swiss army knives (yes swiss army knives!).
> On the first day I saw a familiar name  - Jinghai Shi, one of our OFBiz
> Committers from China! He had come over for both Apache Big Data and
> Apachecon and throughout the week we spent quite a bit of time chatting
> about OFBiz!
> Unfortunately we didn't come across anyone else from the OFBiz community,
> and I think that could be related to the conference location as I know we
> have had good Apachecon attendance figures in the past.
> I did meet up with quite a few people including a team from NASA who are
> using a lot of Apache projects from the big data side, and the conference
> included a complete Geospatial Track.Big data seems to be a bit of a hot
> topic so is getting quite a few more attendees. We captured the attendance
> figures for the majority of the sessions and will pass them on to the
> Apachecon team.
> On Wednesday I participated in some Media Analyst training. This was mainly
> focussed on understanding techniques and tools about how to market and
> promote your project in the media. Our final test was to promote  (or
> 'pitch') our project to Stephen O'Grady, Industry Analyst from Red Monk
> (http://redmonk.com/)  who was also one of the Apachecon keynote speakers. I
> did a pitch for 'OFBiz' which went OK but he said that I needed to also
> include some minimum technical details so that he could see where OFBiz sits
> technically (and since I'm not too techie – I didnt know it!). Anyway this
> is an action point that I need to work on so I need to find a simple
> technical description of what OFBiz is...(so any feedback welcome....)
> My Apachecon presentations were scheduled for the last day (Friday 13th). My
> first talk on consensus attracted 15 people and my OFBiz talk on
> configuration attracted 5 people.
> I think that all the sessions from both conferences have audio recordings
> and the keynotes also have video. There is some editing work going on at the
> moment to get all the audio recording published and you will find them on
> feathercast (see link below)
> http://feathercast.apache.org/
> I really enjoyed my Apachecon experience and would recommend it to anyone.
> It will be time to start thinking about Apachecon EU soon.....
> Thanks
> Sharan
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Ron Wheeler
Artifact Software Inc
email: rwheeler@artifact-software.com
skype: ronaldmwheeler
phone: 866-970-2435, ext 102

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