A new company, DevZuz, and Maestro 1.2

This week the new brand for our company was announced.
DevZuz is the evolution of
Simula Labs, Mergere’s parent company. Don’t miss also the release of
, a distribution based on Maven, Archiva (repository
management) and Continuum (continuous integration) with the tools
needed to manage open source adoption in the enterprise.

I was going to write an entry about it, but as Brett
already won me at it
, I’m going to copy and paste and save time
for other entries 😉

Other than “What does DevZuz mean?”, the main question I
am getting is “Why change the name?”

The reality of the two companies today is that they have a single,
simple and clear goal: to help enterprises adopt open source
projects and development processes
. Unifying under a single brand
gives us the opportunity for a “fresh start” that reflects
that specific focus. Far from being the end
of Mergere
, we are continuing to do what we are doing well now,
but additionally making some very positive changes (particularly in
relation to our community involvement).

As DevZuz, we will expand on our development and support for
Maestro, which is an enterprise-ready distribution of Maven
technologies now coming up on its one-year anniversary. Maestro,
which remains a free download, provides the foundation that is used
behind the firewall to enable artifact-based development practices
(and consume open source technologies). We will continue to provide
support, training and consulting services for Maestro customers.

In addition, DevZuz can now provide hosted
that build on top of Maestro to help enterprises manage
their open source governance and support.

We are also expanding our network of partners
to provide additional services, and to continue to provide commercial
support for key open source technologies.

More information can be found at our brand
new web site
. There you’ll also find that we have released
Maestro 1.2

One of the exciting developments is a re-emphasis on our
contribution to the open source communities we participate in.
Mergere has made significant contributions to open source over the
last two years in terms of development resources, free services and
the contribution of the first free book about Maven 2. These will, of
course, continue – but as DevZuz, we have established specific roles
and practices to improve our community involvement. Our aim is for
our participation in those communities to be completely transparent.

Though DevZuz is not “the Maven company”, DevZuz is
committed to making Maven and its subprojects successful as a
community in it’s own right. In particular, we will be focusing on
helping produce more frequent releases in the community, in addition
to the tested Maestro product suite. You can expect a lot more to
come in this area – and this is exciting news for Maven users and
developers alike.

In addition to our continued participation in Maven, DevZuz is
leading the Eclipse
project proposal as a community effort.

I’m personally pleased with this direction – we have interesting
and different problems to solve while continuing to focus on open
source development.

Mars Surveyor, the most expensive software error?

The Mars Surveyor failure was caused by software updates. A $154 million software error.

Was this the most expensive software error ever? actually no, seems that the Ariane 5 explosion in 1996 wins with $370 million. That of course if we don’t count the loss of human life as happened with the Therac-25 radiation therapy machine that killed at least five patients between 1985-1987 due to radiation overdose, or with the MIM-104 Patriot missile in 1991 that prevented the interception of a Iraqui Scud missile that killed 28 US soldiers at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, due to a failure in the clock, a failure that had already been discovered, but unfortunately no updated software was provided to the soldiers. The manufacturer sent instructions to work around the problem, but were not clear enough and therefore not properly used.

Saving money in testing can be very expensive!

More info in the wikipedia, the most famous computer bugs.

IONA acquires LogicBlaze

Finally it’s public, IONA has acquired LogicBlaze, one of SimulaLabs portfolio companies (the company I work for), with whom I was sharing offices all this time. Congratulations!

From Debbie’s blog:

I am so excited that the news became public today about IONA’s acquisition of LogicBlaze. Celtix already incorporates ServiceMix and ActiveMQ as part of our open source ESB, and this acquisition brings deep domain expertise on these opensource projects. As many of you know, I personally have worked very closely with the LogicBlaze team over the past year, and I believe that this acquisition will accelerate the adoption of open source SOA infrastructure.

The announcement and FAQs are available on the IONA Celtix site.

Here are some of the highlights:

– the transaction closed last Friday, April 6th, and the terms of the transaction were not disclosed

– LogicBlaze provides business integration solutions based on Open Source technologies. The company was founded by integration architects with extensive experience as leaders in OpenSource projects for integration, messaging, and enterprise servicebus technologies.

– LogicBlaze is most well-known for their leadership and contributions to the Apache ActiveMQ and Apache Incubator ServiceMix projects.

– all of the 9 LogicBlaze employees will join IONA, including the three founders, Hiram Chirino, Rob Davies, and James Strachan

– Approximately 25 active LogicBlaze customers will become IONA customers as part of the acquisition

– LogicBlaze’s customers include leaders infinancial services, government, and telecommunications industries. This is consistent and closely aligned with IONA’s existing customer base

– IONA will continue marketing and selling theservice subscription offerings for the ActiveMQ and ServiceMix projects for which the company is known and respected. IONA also incorporates code from ActiveMQ in Artix and code from both ActiveMQ and ServiceMix in Celtix.

– LogicBlaze has a subscription support and training and consulting revenue model that is similar to IONA’s opensource revenue model

– the key assets as a result of this acquisitionare: respected Open Source experts and leaders in the Open Source community (the people of LogicBlaze),  intellectual property, and existing customers that have adopted Open Source technologies to support their SOA deployments.

– LogicBlaze will not operate as a separate company, but will become an integral part of IONA’s Open Source business.

EclipseCON roadtrip days 3,4,5,6,…

It’s not easy to keep up with blogging, I had to forget about
blogging everyday from EclipseCON, specially when you have to
“socialize”, which basically means drink in the bar and
stay up late, with guys like these: IONA folks Debbie
and STP Oisin
, Xfire Dan
, ObjectWeb Adrian
, moreUnit Vera
, Eclipse on Swing Dieter
, Stephen Walli,
OSGi Peter Kriens, MVNrepository
Fernando Rodriguez, and of course SimulaLabs Philip
and David Schwartz.

After the conference I had the chance to meet another Spaniard in
the Valley, ZoomBlog and eGroups Rogelio
and enjoy a visit to Googleplex
invited by Gregor
(I basically invited myself 😉 ), where I also met Dion
and Greg Stein,
both working on Google’s open source group. Pretty cool place, with
volleyball court on beach sand, free lunch and drinks (I guess all
non alcoholic), and all the things you probably heard somewhere else.
Something that is not as well known is that one of the buffet
restaurants where you can eat for free is all Spanish tapas, some
typical like jamon
and cheese, and some more modern cuisine, pretty good
stuff, only missed some wine. But one thing they don’t have is the
view I have from my office 😀

Marina del Rey sunset

Saturday and Sunday was time to go down to Los Angeles, all the
way through the Pacific Highway 1, stopping in Santa Cruz, Monterrey,
Carmel, Big Sur (great drive, specially if you have a sports car),
visiting Hearst Castle at night (which BTW it’s NOT a Castle, let’s
say mansion), Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, where I met another
Spaniard Spaniards.es creator
Eneko Alonso. It was fun
to drive, it’s a beautiful nature area.

EclipseCON roadtrip days 1 and 2

Finally I got yesterday to Santa Clara, where EclipseCON is going
on. Saturday I drove all the way up from Los Angeles to Sonoma
Valley, stopping in San Francisco and Sausalito. Sunday I spent the
day in Sonoma Valley and Napa, visiting some wineries and tasting,
with a friend that I brought with me, people look at us and smile,
they even took us pictures, I don’t know why…

Golden GateMumm vineyards

BTW I can’t believe how useful is becoming the GPS I just bought,
a Garmin Nuvi 370,
very portable (important when you have a convertible), with both
Europe and North America maps, MP3 player, bluetooth and all the
stuff. I guess I saved several hours by using it. The only thing I
don’t like is that it doesn’t save where you’ve been, that would be
pretty cool for auto geotag pictures.

Anyway, later on the day I got to the hotel in Santa Clara where I
met some other folks at EclipseCON,
the table was pretty much like United Nations, with people from
several countries and after several drinks the most quoted movie was
of course… Borat! Lots of fun with Adrian
a.k.a. “Urkin, the town rapist” 😉 (Objectweb), Vera
(moreUnit), and many others, including as usual the very
British Philip Dodds, not
this one
, I mean this
other Philip Dodds

Now I’m sitting in the RCP
UI Development in the Eclipse Workbench tutorial
, if you are
around make sure you check the bar at the Hyatt lobby this evening,
we’ll be there. We’ll probably be there since the afternoon, I’m sure
there’s people already there drinking 😉

Ten Leading Open Source Innovators

A bit of self promotion ahead, my company, Simula
, is listed as 4th in this Ten
Leading Open Source Innovators
report, over other companies like
In the conclusions
you can read how last year trend with big companies like Oracle, Sun
or IBM pushing for open source it’s going to continue this 2007.