President’s Letter, June 2018

 

Greetings. I hope you are enjoying your summer. It has been a productive spring for us with the launch of the OSGi Core Release 7 Specification, a refresh of OSGi enRoute and preparations for the upcoming 2018 OSGi Community Event this fall, and we’re only halfway through 2018!

I hope you can take a few moments to read more below about the OSGi Alliance highlights these past few months and some of the exciting activities we have on the horizon.  One very exciting piece of news that I want to share right away is the announcement of our keynote at the OSGi 2018 Community Event. Tony Walsh, software engineer with the European Space Agency (ESA) will be speaking at our event on how they are using OSGi technology for a project that tracks and controls spacecraft. The first mission this system will be used for is JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) launching in 2022.

I’d also like to personally welcome two new members to the Alliance. Hagar Controls, a leading supplier of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, commercial and industrial buildings and Thingstream, provider of a global IoT connectivity platform.  Our member companies are what has kept OSGi Alliance strong and focused on our mission. To them, I would like to convey a heartfelt thank you on behalf of our organization and the industry for their contributions, expertise, and above all, to their belief in the mission of the OSGi Alliance.

Happy summer and enjoy your holidays and vacation time with friends and family!

Sincerely,

Dan Bandera
President
OSGi Alliance

OSGi Core Release 7 and Compendium Release 7 Now Available

In April, OSGi hit a key milestone with the launch of the OSGi Core and Compendium Release 7 Specifications (R7).  The R7 release truly builds upon the long history of the OSGi Alliance’s leadership in Java modularity and delivers several new specifications and features for improving the developer experience in building modular, scale-ready enterprise, IoT, Telco, Cloud and embedded applications.  Significant updates were also made to OSGi enRoute to support the new R7 features along with documentation, examples and best practices to provide a simple developer onramp for the new OSGi R7 Specifications. More details and technical information on some of the key OSGi R7 capabilities can also be found in the OSGi R7 Highlights blog post series.

Get Ready for the OSGi 2018 Community Event

If you haven’t heard the news, the OSGi Community Event 2018 is returning to Ludwigsburg, Germany where we are pleased to be holding a joint conference with EclipseCon Europe again.  The event will take place October 23-25 and we hope to see you all there where we will feature OSGi tutorials, talks, a BOF and other OSGi community-related activities.  The Call for Papers (CFP) is also officially open to anyone who has an experience, expertise or story to share about OSGi technology or the OSGi ecosystem and we are particularly interested in use cases and new initiatives around OSGi in enterprise, embedded, Cloud, Telco, and IoT.  See more CFP details and deadlines here and if you get your submission in for the Early Bird pick by July 2, you’ll have a chance to win an Amazon voucher (Who doesn’t shop on Amazon?)!

Additionally, various sponsor packages are available for the upcoming event and the prospectus is available here.

OSGi and IIC Joint Liaison Workshop

I am pleased to report on the successful workshop that the OSGi Alliance had with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) on May 24 in Helsinki.  There were a number of areas and opportunities identified in which the two organizations could potentially co-operate. It was agreed by all that there is an excellent synergy between the missions and deliverables of the two organizations and a fruitful, mutually beneficial liaison should be possible. Several actions were agreed and are being worked on and I will be pleased to provide updates on these in my future newsletters.  If anyone has questions about the workshop or would like to learn more, please contact Rouzbeh Farhoumand, OSGi Alliance Liaison Committee chairperson, at liaisonec@mail.osgi.org.

An Evening of OSGi with BGJUG and Software AG

In mid-April, the BGJUG and Software AG kindly hosted an Evening of OSGi where BJ Hargrave, OSGi Alliance CTO, provided an ‘Introduction to OSGi’ and Pavlin Dobrev and Kai Hackbarth with Bosch took a look at ‘How OSGi Alliance specifications have influenced the IoT market’. Additionally, Todor Boev from Software AG presented ‘OSGi and JPMS in practice’ and discussed Software AG’s experiences with OSGi and Jigsaw/JPMS.

Thank you to BGJUG and Software AG for arranging the event and videos of the presentations can be viewed here.