As many of you know, I have been gradually changing roles at Alfresco. I moved from being the Head of Community Relations to being the Product Manager for Alfresco Community Edition. Or at least my title changed; my job duties didn't change much. We know how important it is to keep supporting the community of Alfresco enthusiasts, and I didn't want to dive into my new duties without making sure my old ones were in good hands.
Instead of hiring a direct replacement to take over my previous role, we took the opportunity to restructure how Alfresco works with the community. We divided the duties in a way that should allow us to better meet the needs of our diverse community and scale as the Alfresco ecosystem grows. We have done a lot of things well with our community, but there are many problems that we never seem able to address. I hope that the new structure will allow us to pay more attention to these areas. It took a while to get everything in place.
We aren't completely ready to announce the changes, but offer letters are signed and new talent is joining Alfresco. I can finally turn my (almost) full attention to my new role. I will be rethinking our approach to Alfresco Community Edition in order to make it a better product for its target audience. Expect future blog posts on that topic.
Over the past year, I have been faithful at continuing our regular Tech Talk Live and Office Hours events. We have had some great presentations and conversations, and I recommend you view any episodes you missed (and please forgive the minor problems with audio or camera selection). It has been hard to keep up on everything and I apologize if I never responded to your email, tweet, Skype, or paper letter. Most significantly, I haven't devoted sufficient time to get out the next release of Alfresco Community Edition. Six weeks ago I told Douglas that it would be out in weeks-not-months and I'm not on track to meet that expectation.
I will be scaling back events and focusing on other priorities. By mid-April I expect to have completed training the new team, and we will resume regular events. This is perfect timing because April 17 is our annual Global Virtual Hack-a-thon. Last year was a ton of fun. I learned a lot during the 25 out of 27 hours I was "coding", but I expect I'll sleep a bit more this year and see if my productivity improves. If you join us, you will find it to be far more educational than your standard day on the Internet.
Since last Summit we have been working on a lot of behind the scenes improvements at Alfresco that are finally starting to bear fruit. It is an exciting time to be part of the Alfresco community.