Being pushed by some customers and friends, I decided to run as a candidate for the Board of Directors of the OpenStack foundation. My aim is to fill the gap between who takes decisions and the real world of enterprises, service providers and outsourcers.
I’ve been around for 22+ years in the IT industry and I know that usually vendors and engineering are a bit far away from the needs of the field. Even if the Board is more focused on the financials, they also take strategic decisions. Most of the board is elected by gold and platinum members, usually vendors, but I’d love to bring the voice of the customers at the table.
To make it crystal clear, I’m not against vendors at all. During all these years, I had the privilege of working with the best people in the industry. This is the reason why I’ve got great relationships with HP, RedHat, SUSE, Ubuntu, Dell, Intel, Fortinet and many many others.
As things are progressing too fast in OpenStack, I just felt it was the right timing to help consolidating and making clear statements on what is key for customers to have a secure and stable OpenStack in production, with less “stable” cycles to make upgrade painless.
It was great to pass the nominations in less than 24 hours, but the real challenge will be the elections from January 11 to January 15. Mind that to be able to vote, you must have joined the OpenStack Foundation as an Individual Member by July 19, 2015.
Wish me good luck 🙂
Check the candidate lists here: https://www.openstack.org/election/2016-individual-director-election/
My profile on the OpenStack Board list: https://www.openstack.org/community/members/profile/21953