[OOTB-hive] What a great Summit!

Richard Esplin richard.esplin at alfresco.com
Thu Oct 16 17:52:30 BST 2014

I think this is well put.

I am glad the Alfresco team is paying more attention to line-of-business 
managers and end users. But I agree that we need to increase that effort 
without undermining the work we already do with the open source community, 
developers, and IT. I don't think it needs to be an either/or; I believe that 
we can do both. It sounds like management plans to increase resources for 
developer outreach and improvements, even as our design, sales, and marketing 
teams pay more attention to our non-developer audiences.

The Order of the Bee is a big asset by helping to augment our efforts to 
technical and open source audiences.


On Monday, October 13, 2014 21:29:57 Heimo Laukkanen wrote:
> Thanks Boriss & others for making the buzz!
> Personally I've been worried about Alfresco moving too much and too
> far to business talk - and aiming for ex-Documentum customers while
> potentially killing the old roots. Though at the same time it might
> mean they get those cash infusions that allow them to make more and
> advance Alfresco into much 'cooler' places - it could damage things
> that make Alfresco cool to us techies, the opensource roots and
> ability to make things work in ways we need.
> Looking forward making the world a better place with all of you.
> On Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 10:05 PM, Boriss Mejias <tchorix at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Dear bees,
> > 
> > Thanks for the great Alfresco Summit we had! It has been much better than
> > what I have expected and we have created a great opportunity to build
> > something important. We are just starting, but we have gained huge
> > momentum
> > now. We can't miss this chance, we can't let the buzz fade away.
> > 
> > I'm going to ask you to give a little extra effort from now until the end
> > of the year to concrete the ongoing tasks so that we can consolidate the
> > Order of the Bee.
> > 
> > OK, that was the message I wanted to give you on this email. You are
> > allowed to stop reading now. If you have some more minutes you can read
> > my impression of the summit :-)
> > 
> > The keynotes: I remember that I was disappointed in Summit 2013 because
> > the
> > words "community" and "open source" were practically axed from all
> > keynotes
> > (except from Jeff's speech). This year, both concepts were included in
> > each
> > keynote, and the speakers spent time to convinced us that Alfresco
> > Software
> > Inc hasn't forgotten about it. Of course, this is what we need to monitor
> > to see that it is true, but at least we got them to think and talk about
> > it again. We are changing things.
> > 
> > The Q&A session was the best part of it, with Luis Sala's introduction
> > calling the Order of the Bee to make some noise, and the spontaneous
> > reaction from a large part of the public really lifted my spirit. At that
> > moment I realized that we made it! Afterwards came the question about the
> > Order, to which the management team gave public support to the Order.
> > 
> > Our lightning talk: I'm really glad I could present it. It made a huge
> > different having a slot to officially be present at the Summit. I'd like
> > to
> > thank Richard and Oksana for helping me with the presentation,
> > 
> > At the pub: Having the first meeting on Tuesday at the pub was very
> > important to clarify some ideas and get the people know each others
> > better.
> > The bee party on Thursday was a hit! Too bad I missed it, but from what I
> > heard it was really good. An important plus was the presence of John
> > Newton
> > and two Alfresco VPs, specially because they acknowledged their will to
> > attend on stage during the Q&A session. Since Alfresco finally sponsored
> > the party, we should mentioned that somewhere. We know reward is
> > important. Thanks Richard for coordinating that invitation and
> > sponsoring.
> > 
> > The t-shirts: This was another important thing. Having the logo exposed so
> > many times to the eyes of the attendees to the conference help us to show
> > that we are not just a core group people of geeks trying to be geeker.
> > Having the logo on the slides of other presentations was also excellent.
> > It
> > gave more weight to the Order. I believe with did a consistent marketing
> > that worked.
> > 
> > Those are the things I remember while writing this email. I'm sure there
> > were other things that went well that escape at the moment.
> > 
> > Thanks again to all the bees.
> > Keep the Buzz
> > cheers
> > Boriss Bee Mejias
> > 
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