Last week we were at OSCON 2011, one of the premier open source conferences worldwide. Over 2000 developers and open source enthusiasts descended into the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon for a week of pure open source goodness and community interaction. I always appreciate OSCON for all the people I meet, especially those in communities I don’t often interact with. It provides me as a community manager the opportunity to learn about what’s going on in these communities, and how we at Sugar can better interact with them.
We at SugarCRM were big at OSCON this year, with a Platinum Sponsorship, expo hall booth, and launch of a new book “Building on SugarCRM: Creating Applications the Easy Way” published by O’Reilly. I also hosted two talks during the conference:
- On Tuesday afternoon I led a tutorial entitled ‘Building an application on the SugarCRM platform‘ where I’ll be talked about using SugarCRM as a platform for application development, showing off an app built using the platform and how it was done. This was a free of charge event that brought a packed room to learn about what makes SugarCRM great to build upon. I was impressed in the number of people new to SugarCRM that came, and all walked away impressed on what can be done on the platform with relative ease.
- I’ll also did a normal session talk on Thursday afternoon entitled ‘Making Your PHP Application Easy to Customize‘, which I’ll talked about the various strategies for make PHP apps more customizable, drawing from our experiences building SugarCRM. The talk received a very positive response, and I hope to be bringing it to many PHP conferences over the next year.
I want to thank everyone I had the chance to meet while at OSCON this year, as well as the great product and community feedback we received from attendee visiting us at the booth and around the conference. I look forward to building upon the new relationships formed during the conference to bring SugarCRM into new communities and help grow our existing community to new heights.
And I look forward to OSCON 2012, just over 11 months away :-).