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Ross Gardler president of the ASF said The way

first_imgRoss Gardler, president of the ASF, said, “The way it works, the PMCs have to handle these things. If they don’t, then it eventually bubbles up to the people handling trademarks or board reports. Then what typically happens is the board will communicate what they expect to happen to the PMCs.” That’s what happened with Apache Cassandra, he added.“If any project appears to be owned by any commercial organization, then there’s a problem,” said Gardler. “If that’s the case, the meritocracy and the individual don’t have the voice they should. Usually it’s not that the corporation is abusing things, it’s that new people come in and don’t know how it works.”Specifically, Gardler blames the marketing teams at companies reselling Apache-related and derived products. “Marketing people don’t understand open source,” he said. “Often we find marketing people will confuse the Apache trademarks with their own products. Nine out of 10 times, it’s just a matter of educating people coming into these companies. We can help with that and the PMCs can help with that.”This type of marketing snafu happens all the time, said Gardler and Porter. It’s typically unintentional and quickly rectified. One example is when the Apache Spark project came under scrutiny for branding murkiness.“Spark is another project where there’s been a lot of active discussion,” said Porter. “It’s a very active project and there’s a lot of interest in the work that’s done in it. With the number of people interested in that project succeeding, we wanted to remain sure it was independent.”Matei Zaharia, PMC chair and creator of the Apache Spark Project (and CTO of Databricks), said that he made it a top priority to fix these minor but plentiful issues when they were raised. In response, Zaharia said Databricks revised thousands of documents and materials, and asked for permission to use the Apache Spark branding, firming up the lines between the open source project and Databricks’ business.The company also received explicit permission for branding events, such as Spark Summit. Zaharia remains chair of the Apache Spark PMC, and said that the board’s scrutiny has ended with their complete satisfaction.As for DataStax, the issues at hand were more severe. Despite DataStax’s efforts to rectify them, it would seem Ellis was not able to satisfy the Apache Foundation’s board of directors.But he has already moved on from the day-to-day work of being a PMC chair. “In terms of my involvement with Apache Cassandra, I’m still involved at an architectural level and am consulting on things, like, how’s the best way to build this at a high level? What’s the API going to look like? And how’s it going to work under the hood? I’ll still be involved at that level: As a member of the community. But, I’m going to be giving that administrative role of project chair to someone else and funnel that extra time into DataStax.”The ASF board voted on a replacement for Ellis, but the results of this vote will not be made public until the board’s Sept. 21 meeting when those meeting minutes are released. Those minutes will also include the discussions on Apache Cassandra’s leadership. On Aug. 19, DataStax cofounder and CTO Jonathan Ellis announced he would step down as chairman of the Project Management Committee (PMC) for the Apache Cassandra Project. At the time, in a blog post, he made no mention of pressure from inside the Foundation to oust him. The Apache board of directors, however, has admitted that it had to advise the Apache Cassandra PMC on marketing and branding issues, recently.While this type of intervention is typical for startups involved in fast-moving new projects such as Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop, it is often resolved quickly. In this case, however, DataStax was seemingly unable to satisfy the Apache Foundation’s board of directors.Discussions with Apache Software Foundation (ASF) board members as well as with members of the Apache Cassandra community at this week’s Cassandra Summit have pointed to repeated instances of DataStax blurring the lines between Apache Cassandra and its own offerings. According to the ASF’s board, marketing and branding issues were brought up with Ellis.Discussions of the resignation at the Cassandra Summit in San Jose, yesterday, pointed to two key threads on the Apache Cassandra developer mailing list as indicative of the real reasons for the departure. At issue were things such as the branding of Apache Cassandra training events run by DataStax, DataStax’s control of the Java driver for Apache Cassandra, and where e-mails and discussions of the project’s development are to take place.The first thread specifically cited the Java driver as an example of DataStax’s control over the project as a whole. While many other drivers exist, the Java driver is one of the most popular and widely used, and it is not developed inside of the Apache Foundation.The second thread was created by Ellis himself, and proposes that the project move its e-mail system from JIRA to the Apache mail servers. JIRA was used as a first line of communications for the project, and Ellis proposed moving development discussions to Apache’s servers as a method of gaining clearer discussions and more transparency.Ellis explained that JIRA was used when the project was still small and just remained over time, but others in the thread and at the conference questioned the reasoning for not using Apache’s mailing lists in the first place.Ellis, when asked about his departure, declined to comment.The ASF’s perspectiveBrett Porter, chairman of the board of directors for the ASF, said that a single company cannot be allowed to drive an Apache project. “If there’s only a single company, and they’re taking specific types of control or doing things that govern the project that happen outside the public forum where people can participate, even if there is a dominant player in that ecosystem, we’d expect them to conduct themselves in an open away.“We had an active discussion with Jonathan and the other members of the [Cassandra] PMC to talk about the way the project was running. I’m not sure if this is a specific case around Cassandra, but one of the most common elements is around the branding organizations do: whether it’s an event or the way they promote certain releases on their site. They have to communicate there’s an Apache community behind it.”last_img read more

Malcolm Ross vice president of product at Appian

first_imgMalcolm Ross, vice president of product at AppianAppian is the ideal platform to unify and orchestrate the new world of work that includes emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, and blockchain. Appian makes it easy for companies to integrate these complex technologies in the name of customer experience and operational excellence. Our technology can be used to write new apps from scratch, or to connect and enhance legacy applications already in place.Appian provides customers with a professional services arm, expertise/positioning across industry, alignment of technology within industries, and strategic partnerships that help to execute the vision. Our software runs some of the most important processes at the world’s best companies, like Barclays, Sprint, Merck, Aviva, and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.Burley Kawasaki, executive vice president of productsKony is the fastest growing, cloud-based digital application and enterprise mobility solutions company, and a recognized industry leader among low code and mobile application development platform (MADP) providers. Kony helps organizations of all sizes drive business ingenuity by rapidly transforming ideas into innovative and secure omnichannel applications. Built on the industry’s leading digital platform,Kony provides the most innovative and secure omnichannel applications, with exceptional user experience and app design. Kony’s cross-platform, low-code solution also empowers organizations to develop and manage their own apps to better engage with their customers, partners and employees. By seamlessly leveraging and connecting apps to all types of data sources and information, Kony also enables organizations to transform their business processes and gain valuable insight. Kony was named the first place winner in CTIA’s MobITs Awards in the Mobile Applications, Development & Platforms category and included on the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America.Related content: Low code development: It’s not just for business users Mike Hughes, director of product marketing for OutSystems The flexibility of OutSystems is unmatched in the industry. Using our visual development environment, organizations of all sizes accelerate their development timelines. Whether it’s to bring legacy systems up-to-date or to develop new full-stack cross-platform mobile apps, our low-code platform and single-click deployment make it easy for our customers to transform business.Low-code is a perfect choice for any organization with ambitious digital goals. Not all low-code platforms are ideal for all use cases, though. Some solutions billed as low-code are actually “no-code.” Most may not require a working knowledge of programming languages, but they are limited, and eventually, the “citizen developers” who use them will hit a wall with what they can actually do with it.On the other end are “low-code” solutions that really do require professional developers, if not for the actual development, then for deployment and maintenance. For any of these solutions to work where they aren’t specifically designed to, the solution’s core functionality has to change or additional services purchased to make it fit. Either way, it’s additional cost and additional complexity. OutSystems sits in the low-code sweet spot, offering the simplicity of visual development that citizen developers need while being powerful enough that professional developers can build on our software and customize it however they want.Related content: A guide to low code solutions last_img read more