[OOTB-hive] Office Hours Questions

Jeff Potts jeffpotts01 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 13 03:50:30 BST 2014

These are great questions but it is also a long list. If people have
questions they think are critical, I suggest you let Richard know which
ones to prioritize so they can be presented to Doug in priority order.
Providing an unordered list gives him the ability to cherry pick, which
could mean an important question gets skipped.


On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 3:54 PM, Richard Esplin <richard.esplin at alfresco.com
> wrote:

> Thank you for your great suggestions! This is the list of questions I am
> going
> to send Doug in preparation for Friday. I tried to include all of the
> questions you asked here.
> * I removed most references to Order of the Bee. I have no objection to the
> order coming up during the conversation, but I don't want it to become a
> focus
> of the session; I have already introduced it to Doug. I want to focus on
> the
> issues behind the Order, and I tried to preserve those bigger issues in the
> questions.
> * The email gate for downloading community edition will include an opt-out
> before Summit (our web team is on a big project that will take through the
> end
> of the month). I left the question because I think it is good for him to
> hear.
> * My focus has been internal education of  both the management team and
> other
> staff on open source and how it assists our business model. I agree with
> the
> concerns listed here, and am working to correct them.
> * Due to your efforts, we haven't missed a tech talk live yet (we are
> planning
> to skip September and October in favor of Summit, as in previous years).
> But I
> am certainly doing less in the forums, mailing lists, office hours, etc.
> So I
> re-worded that question.
> Let me know if I missed any questions, or mis-characterized anything.
> Thanks,
> Richard
> ----
> * What did you know about Open Source before you joined Alfresco? What have
> you learned since then?
> * We sometimes get the impression that Alfresco management does not
> recognize
> the contributions of the Alfresco community. What is your overall
> impression
> of the Alfresco community? Do you think it is useful?
> * How do you think members of the Alfresco community can be a driving
> force to
> organize and promote the Alfresco Community?
> * How can we encourage Alfresco partners to support the Alfresco community,
> including those who use Community Edition?
> * Can we invite Alfresco engineers to give talks, with their participation
> being sponsored by Alfresco Inc? It seems that recently Alfresco has not
> approved employees traveling to meet-ups as often as they used to.
> * What is in the future for the community team? Jeff left, and his tasks
> were
> spread out between existing people or put on hold. Richard is more busy
> than
> ever.
> * Since the community team was reduced by 50%, we have seen that the
> frequency
> of Office Hours drop, and there is less of a presence in the forums and
> other
> properties. Are there any plans to get more people in the community team?
> *  Why is Richard "Head of Community" instead of "Chief Community Officer"?
> * Richard and Jeff were both in the US, so unable to focus on  Europe as
> much
> as desired. The community is much stronger in  Europe than it is in the
> US, so
> this was a gap. Would be nice to hire someone on the community team in
> Europe.
> * How can Alfresco support local communities? Can Alfresco support
> communities
> in countries other than the US and Western Europe?
> * Can we get more Alfresco swag?
> * Another subject is the worry that is in the community. We fear that
> Alfresco
> will be closed off, or that we see critical features being enterprise
> only. Why
> does the community users have to live in fear of these things?
> * Do you see Alfresco Community Edition as a threat to Enterprise Edition
> sales?
> * What sort of ecosystem would you like to see around Alfresco Community
> Edition? What do you think of efforts by the Alfresco community to self
> organize and provide governance and support for Alfresco Community Edition?
> (This is Order of the Bee: http://orderofthebee.github.io/)
> * Many of us are interested in guaranteeing the existence of Alfresco
> Community edition as a free/libre open source solution for document
> management. Does Alfresco see this as a threat, or does the company
> recognize
> how our efforts benefit them?
> * Peter Löfgren (Loftux) requested a public promise about the future of
> Community Edition:
> "I'm therefore looking for a Community promise from Alfresco Software Inc.
> - Any features/functionality available today will remain available
> - Any features/functionality available today will remain on par with
> Enterprise
> - Any new features/functionality added to Community will be bound by the
> Community Edition promise”
> * It seems all engineers we talk to support the open source strategy. They
> live and breathe open source. However, when hearing from sales and
> management
> I get the feeling that “open source” is just a thing that looks good on
> paper,
> but they really don’t care, and they would *never* even talk to the
> community
> users and they really don’t know what that “open sauce” is all about. Does
> open source matter to you personally? And how do you think that opinion
> propagates down the ladder in the company?
> * What is up with the email gate for downloading Community Edition? If
> users
> and potential new customers want to try out your product, you do not need
> to
> stalk them by requiring their contact info. Fine, if they want the
> Enterprise
> Trial, but for Community Edition?
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