MaestroDev named DevOps “Cool Vendor” by Gartner

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Warning, some self-promotion ahead! :)

Gartner has published their annual list of Cool Vendors, including a section for DevOps, where we are one of the 5 selected companies.

Not a big fan of this analyst things, but quite proud of being included in such a short list, right next to the people from CFEngine, Opscode and Puppet Labs, that are very active on the DevOps space and, in the case of PuppetLabs, whose products we use heavily for automation.

MaestroDev, an innovation leader in DevOps Orchestration, has been included in the list of “Cool Vendors in DevOps, 2012” report by Gartner, Inc.

And thanks to our great customers too!

Keith Campbell, CTO, Informatics, said “The Maestro product has automated our build process all the way through packaging. We are using our same toolset, but the Maestro Composition engine gives us consistency and speed that we did not have before. With Maestro, we are planning our development-cloud environment as well — reducing our build cost even further because we can dynamically integrate hybrid resources and external services into our workflows.”

You can check out the rest of the press release at the MaestroDev blog, and the Gartner Cool Vendors report.

Working in a distributed team

Reading this post from James Governor No Need to Commute, Ever, that he started from a job offer from Genuitec on twitter, I felt like writing a bit about my experience working on distributed teams.

@genuitec No need to commute, ever. See more of your family, work with talented people: Genuitec is growing, developers apply today

That is exactly the Open Source community model. Back 7 years ago or so, it worked pretty well for me on the OSS projects I participated in. When later I joined Mergere, where we provided services on top of Apache Maven, it was pretty clear that if we wanted the best people we’d need to hire them wherever they where, and the advantage with OSS contributors is that there’s no need for a resume, you can see exactly how their work is. So there was people in the team working in Los Angeles, Sydney, Paris, Florida, Philippines,… a bit painful to get everybody at the same time if we wanted to, as we were all across the world, but that also ensured that the number of meetings and their length are reduced as everybody makes an effort to have offline communication in their best interest.

There’s a big difference between working remotely and a distributed team though. When some of the team members work remotely but a number of them don’t, you have an issue, there are gonna be interactions that happen in person that are not gonna be in the mailing lists, issue tracker, irc,… but when the whole team is distributed (or most of it anyway) all the communication will flow through the same channels, with the added plus that everything is documented and you can go back to previous conversations.

Working at the GooglePlex is nice, sure, but imagine what you can do with all those hours commuting to work, the ability to work from anywhere, eat at home, see your family more often,… does free food make up for that?

And what’s the advantage for the companies? You can reduce expenses, but more importantly the ability to offer employees something they won’t get in most of other companies, who wouldn’t prefer working remotely than having to go to an office? And access to great people over the world instead of a specific area.

Just make sure you take some of the cost savings and use them to get the whole team together as soon as possible, and for a few days from time to time. Getting beers together does help human interactions :)

InterOp New York and ApacheCON Atlanta

One week ago I was at InterOp New York, where we announced the release of Maestro 3, and talked to people attending the conference and analysts on the product and our ideas behind it, and we got some coverage on Maestro 3, including a video interview with InformationWeek, which covers some of the ideas behind the product, not all of them given the format and duration of the interview, but I thought it was worth posting it anyway.

We are doing webinars this Wednesday 3rd and 10th, showcasing how it may help organizations improve their build-test-release-deploy process, so if you are interested you can just check the times and sign up on our Build Through Deploy in a Single Interface – Introduction to Maestro 3 page.

Tomorrow I’ll be in Atlanta for ApacheCON, along with Brett Porter that is doing a training on Maven today. I’ll be at the BarCamp on Tuesday and the Maven Meetup on Wednesday for sure. BTW BarCamp and Meetups are free for everybody, so if you are in the Atlanta area you can just come by even if you don’t attend the show.

At Interop NYC, Maestro Dev showcased its latest Maestro 3 app dev choreography environment — a cloud-based solution that stitches together the discreet steps (build, test, deploy, etc.) of application development, using existing tools for each step