Mickaël Rémond for Board 2006
I am the founder of Process-one (http://www.process-one.net/) and developer on ejabberd (http://www.process-one.net/en/ejabberd/), an open source Jabber implementation, and several other related Jabber projects. I have been active in the Open Source community since 1993, mainly in French Linux non-profit organisations. My interest for Jabber gets back to 2000, when I was working for a company developing a clustering and scalability layer around Jabberd. Since then, I have been doing mainly Jabber and Erlang activities. I have worked on an XML-based EAI (Enterprise Application Integration platform), that is nowadays known as J-EAI (XMPP based integration platform).
Why I'm Applying
The XMPP protocol is an IETF standard. The JEP process have produce a fair amount of good and ready to implement extensions to the protocol. However, we have reach a point where we both have a strong technical asset and a growing adoption of the protocol. However, the protocol is still not spread largely enough, in accordance to its technical merits and its standard status.
My goal in applying is to try helping pushing further the business and marketing approach of the XMPP protocol:
- I think that the Mozilla Foundation has made a good job promoting Firefox throught various initiatives: Properly targeted website, nice spreadfirefox campaign, Newspaper advertisement, good coverage in the blogging community. I feel that we could aim at something similar for Jabber / XMPP and my role at the Board would be to help raising awareness and motivate the community towards this ambitious goal.
- Promote interoperability and security. XMPP is already an ecosystem and this is the main strength of this IM standard. Increasing the XMPP federation, in a secure way, is a good approach to make XMPP even more necessary. We need to use it in a marketing-oriented approach and not only a technical tool.
- Promote the community itself. The development environment is already very rich and sometime too rich. How can we make this diversity a strength and counter the argument that this could be a drawback. The Jabber software map project is a good initiative. A developer conference can be another good approach. How can we turn the Jabber community into a strong and powerfull support for the protocol itself ? Maybe some inspiration can be taken from the Eclipse Foundation, which has been successfull in setting a powerful community in the Java domain. We could imagine a way to do something similar for the Instant Messaging world.
This target are obviously long term effort. I will primarily focus on helping the JSF and the community behind it in defining and walking through the first steps on the road, by asking the right questions.
My IM ID: mremond @ process-one.net