President’s Letter, January 2019

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and welcome to the New Year!

Our first community activity for this year is a meetup with the Berlin Brandenburg JUG on February 19 while the OSGi Expert Groups are in town.  And, it’s never too early to start adding to the calendar so please save the date for the 2019 OSGi Community Event that will be held October 21-24 in  Ludwigsburg, Germany.  We’ll be sharing more details in future newsletters and by email as well.

This quarter’s newsletter also includes highlights from the 2018 OSGi Community Event and where to find the slides and videos of the keynote and talks.  I also wanted to personally recognize the recipients of the OSGi 2018 Leadership Awards that were announced at the last Community Event.   Hans Werner Bitzer was recognized as the top individual contributor and Paremus was recognized as the top organizational contributor to the OSGi Alliance and the OSGi ecosystem.  Thank you both for your contributions to OSGi Alliance!

To learn more about all of the OSGi Alliance activities, please read on and I wish you all continued success in 2019!

Sincerely,

Dan Bandera
President
OSGi Alliance

OSGi Community Event 2018 in Review

In October last year, we hosted a very successful and well-attended OSGi Community Event 2018 in Ludwigsburg, Germany.  Our keynote was from the European Space Agency (ESA) titled Flying to Jupiter with OSGi, and explained why they selected OSGi for its maintainability and evolvability characteristics required for supporting spacecraft missions for the next 20 years plus. It’s great to see that OSGi is really delivering solutions that are ‘out of this world’!  If you missed it, please take a look at the slides and video recording of the keynote and all the other talks at the event.

Much thanks to our Community Event sponsors — Bosch, IBM, and Liferay who all provide significant support that helps make this event possible. Thanks also go to our hosts EclipseCon Europe who provided us with the opportunity to co-locate again last year.

OSGi 2018 Leadership Awards

At the 2018 OSGi Community event, we also announced our OSGi Leadership Awards.  Each year, OSGi Alliance recognizes individuals and/or companies who have made significant contributions to the OSGi Alliance and/or its ecosystem with our Leadership Awards.

We are proud to announce two very deserving recipients.  Hans Werner Bitzer was recognized as the top individual contributor in appreciation for his many years of service as an OSGi Board Director and for strongly advocating for the adoption of OSGi technology.  Also recognized was Paremus as the top organizational contributor in appreciation for extensive initiatives and activities in support of the OSGi Alliance including Board, Officer and Strategic leadership, Marketing Committee chair and IoT EG co-chair leadership, technical submissions, and initiation of and contribution to many other Alliance programs.

OSGi 2018 Leadership Awards

Expert Group F2F Meetings and Meetup with Berlin Brandenburg JUG

The next OSGi Alliance Expert Group Face to Face meetings will be held in Berlin on February 18-20.

We will be holding a meetup with the Berlin Brandenburg JUG and the OSGi Users’ Forum Germany on the evening of February 19 at the Bosch offices in Berlin. Thank you to Bosch for kindly hosting this meetup and the Expert Group meetings.

Also, watch the OSGi Blog and Twitter feed for details on location and how to register to join us for this meetup in Berlin.

Calling ALL OSGi Users

We want your OSGi Testimonials to help us demonstrate to the world the level of OSGi adoption.  We know that OSGi is being used extensively in a broad array of business and life critical applications through to more traditional enterprise and day-to-day solutions across the world.  Now is your chance to tell us and the rest of the world about how you are using it and promote your company and what you are doing with the technology.  This is open to all – OSGi Alliance members, Non-members, Open Source projects, Commercial products, end users, vendors, anyone at all that is using OSGi.

To submit your application please take a look at the simple guidelines available at https://www.osgi.org/about-us/testimonials/testimonial-guidelines/ and help us demonstrate the variety and extent of its application around the world.