I think one of the best parts about the SugarCRM community is how global it is. On a weekly basis, I’m interacting with people not only from inside the United States, but from across 6 different continents with different backgrounds than my own. I really enjoy this part of my duties as community manager, as a I can bring the needs, feedback, and struggles of all those users and developers from around the world back into the project for the betterment of everyone. As Sugar Community member Greg Soper reminds me of the aphorism “a rising tide lifts all boats”, I feel in the end we are all in this same sea together, trying to make ourselves and the organizations we work with more successful every day.
But often times, there deserves to be a good ole’ “pat on the back” to those in the community which are making a huge impact on the product. I really want to reach out to those in Europe who have been members of the Open+ Developer community and thru it have made great contributions to the product to make it the success that it is today.
- Cedric Mourizard of Synolia, a French Gold Partner, who for all intents and purposes was the pioneer in helping us develop the program at the beginning of this year and leads all partners in code contributions in the product. Cedric and the whole team at Synolia were behind several recent features in Sugar, including the Twitter connector in 6.1, adding functionality for module tabs and for the Activity Stream in 6.2, and upcoming in 6.3 ACLs on Mass Update. This is in addition to the many bug fixes provided across 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 to fix problems and enhance the customizability of the platform as a whole. Synolia is one of our oldest partners, and has been a huge supporter of SugarCRM in France.
- Fabio Grande of Poker SpA, an Italian Bronze Partner, who is a new entrant into the program but has made a huge impact in such a short time. He spoke at SugarCon this past April as his first foray into the community and then this spring began flooding us with many great bug fixes and features you’ll see coming in 6.2 maintenance releases over the coming months, as well as some features coming in 6.4 early next year. He was also the grand prize winner in June’s SugarCRM Bug fix contest
- Diogo Cabral of DRI, a Portugese Gold Partner, who has been a bit in the background but consistently providing great feedback and contributions to the program. They are a unique in that they purely develop using SugarCRM as a platform, and I really look forward to seeing more contributions and participation in the program coming from them over time.
A big thank you to these fine people and the teams of developers they work with, as they are driving the Open+ Developer Program to be a great success.
Would you like to be one of these “rock stars” ( pardon the cliche )? We are holding one of our famous SugarCRM Code Sprint events this October at our offices in Munich, Germany, and would love to see new faces who want to be part of this fine group of developers and help build and strengthen the Sugar platform. Space is limited, but you can apply to attend by filling out this form before September 5th, and we will notify those chosen shortly after that. And if you can’t make it to Munich but would still like to be part of a future code sprint, let us know in the comments or on Twitter and we’ll be sure to let you know when the next one is coming up.