President’s Letter, March 2018

 

It’s truly hard to believe that we are well into 2018 and the months are already flying by.  2017 was certainly an exciting year for OSGi™ Alliance and we are hitting the ground running this year with plenty of activity on the horizon.

In October 2017, we hosted a very successful OSGi Community Event in Ludwigsburg, Germany and overall, the event was very well attended.  We had a great keynote delivered by Intel and Paremus so if you missed it, please take a look at the slides and video recording when you have an extra moment in the day.  We also had a very interactive BoF and the popular OSGi IoT demo returned, running a LEGO® train and track using OSGi specifications and OSGi enRoute.  Much thanks to Bosch, Imec, Makewave and Paremus for supporting the demo and I have to give a big shout out to the Community Event sponsors — Bosch, IBM, Huawei and Liferay – because without them, the event would not be possible. Thanks also goes to our hosts EclipseCon Europe who provides us with the opportunity to co-locate.

At the 2017 OSGi Community event, we also announced our OSGi Leadership Awards to two very deserving recipients.  Recognition goes to Tim Verbelen as the top individual contributor and Huawei Technologies Inc. as top organizational contributor to the OSGi Alliance and the OSGi ecosystem for 2017.  Congratulations to Tim and Huawei Technologies and thank you both for your contributions in 2017.

Please save the date for the 2018 OSGi Community Event that will be held October 23 – 25 in Ludwigsburg, Germany.  More details to come soon but we look forwarding to seeing you in Ludwigsburg in October.

This year, the OSGi Alliance has already kicked off 2018 with a strong start and has published the Proposed Final Draft of the OSGi Core Release 7 (R7) and Compendium R7 specifications.  The final specifications are expected to be published in April after OSGi Alliance member approval so stay tuned.  This release represents a significant amount of work over the last 2 years from our members involved with the Expert Groups. My thanks, and that of the board, goes to everyone who has made this happen.  You can follow the OSGi R7 Highlights blog post series to get insights on some of the new capabilities and features.  Updates are being made to OSGi enRoute, which will highlight R7 features along with documentation, examples and best practices.

I would like to welcome our Alliance’s newest member, SMA Solar Technology AG, a leading global specialist in photovoltaic system technology.

I’m also excited about the OSGi Alliance’s recent signing of a strategic marketing agreement with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce to promote the wide adoption of OSGi technology in China.  The strategic partnership is centered on a new “Information Sharing Facility” for OSGi Technology located in Changshu near Shanghai. This facility will act as a focal point for a number of strategic activities including providing a showcase for OSGi Alliance member companies to promote their `OSGi Enabled` solutions, serving as an OSGi Developer Certification exam center, and it will be a community hub for hosting China OSGi Users’ Forum and developer workshops.  Additionally, the facility will be instrumental in cultivating research and development relationships with Chinese academic and research institutes. This great initiative certainly provides some exciting opportunities for our members to raise their profile in China and participate in use cases and demonstrations in the Chinese market.

Finally, the OSGi Alliance will be participating in a panel titled “Building compelling value into Smart Homes” at this year’s Internet of Things World in Santa Clara, California.  The event will be held May 1417, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  If you do not qualify for a free pass (e.g., if you are an accepted speaker at the event), as an Alliance member you can receive a 20% discount off the price of the full event pass by simply using the code “OSGI”.

Thank you again to the entire OSGi Alliance community for all of your contributions, as they are essential to our success.

Here’s to sustained momentum and continued success in 2018!

Sincerely,

Dan Bandera
President
OSGi Alliance

 

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