Dear SuiteCRM Community members,
In these times of instability for the world, changes are sometimes necessary, and I am here to announce I am no longer continuing my part-time job at SalesAgility, which I held since 2017. I was a Community member before then (since 2014) and hope to continue being one from now on, although some uncertainty hangs over that.
In these years I’ve had the joy of being here (sometimes a little too obsessively) answering thousands of posts and commenting on GitHub. Some of you guys, I’ve seen you around so often that I feel you are my friends, in that funny sense in which the Internet uses that word for people one has never personally met!
I’m proud to have led the Documentation project, and the Forums migration. All these years, I’ve also worked as a teacher and done lots of work for a handful of non-profits, most of it voluntary. I’d say I had between 3 and 7 jobs at any point in time, depending on how you count
I want to say thank you to this Community. I really like what we have here, and how it’s grown in size and quality.
I want to say thank you to SalesAgility - for keeping SuiteCRM truly open-source and free in all senses. For keeping up their investment in this software so many others use, year after year, and that’s a real effort. Having seen the company from the inside, I am assured of their true-believer commitment to open-source and to SuiteCRM. The company knows it has a business to run, but profit is not the only language spoken at SalesAgility. The passion for the project and the Community are very real, and I learned from that. Thank you for paying my salary, which was a very direct contribution to the Community.
What am I going to do next? To be honest, I don’t know. There’s always the chance that I just turn all my life around and go get a “real” job, a single, well-paid developer job. There is plenty of demand for that where I live. That would be financially compensating and would greatly simplify this crazy life I lead, but… it would also feel a bit too boring and would kill off my idealistic side, and I can’t let that happen, can I?
I do plan to be less present answering on the Forums and on GitHub (others have been doing it very competently and I need a break, I am sure you understand) but I am quite motivated to do more development work for SuiteCRM, as long as that brings in some money to pay my bills.
I have ideas for add-ons which could be very significant additions to SuiteCRM functionality, but I don’t want to go sell them on the Store. Not if I can avoid it. I want them to be in core code as soon as possible. So I’ve been thinking a lot about business models, and new ways to align incentives in the Community. I know many of you out there share my itch to “go and fix” so many flaky things, the templates, the email module, campaigns, installs and upgrades, permissions code, etc… This will be my focus: reliability, robustness, core functionality.
You will probably hear from me in a few weeks if I can come up with some sponsorship solution for this.
P.S. - make sure you check out (and upvote!) my two parting gifts: PR #8640 (documented here), and PR #8686. They are meant as ways to greatly facilitate troubleshooting. It’s like me leaving behind some code to do my job in my place.
EDIT: if you want, you can put a “Like” down there just to say “hi” to me or “thanks”, it doesn’t imply that you are happy about this change. This way I will know that you read my post and that you are a friend