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Announcing PlatoCDP, a Plone distribution for enterprises.

Announcing the first release of PlatoCDP Plone distribution. A Plone distribution with the goal of attempting to build a more supportable, enterprise-ready, document management and content management  solution for government and enterprises. The ideal aim is to develop improvements on the distribution so that it will be a viable alternative to Sharepoint.
So what is it exactly?
An enterprise Plone distribution - that is, an integrated product which includes Plone, selected Plone add-ons, 3rd party softwares and integration/automation improvements to deliver an enterprise ready product for customers.Is it a rebrand of Plone? - It is an enterprise distribution product. PlatoCDP to Plone is like RHEL to Fedora. It is not a mere rebrand. PlatoCDP includes core Plone, additional components from the collective and its own improvements. We engage on packaging, certification and development activities to make the whole stack supportable for enterprises. These components of the dist…

Lessons learned on how not to run an Open Source company

Back when I co-founded Inigo, one of my primary motivation was to create an Open Source company which:
Provide quality Open Source solution for Malaysian market (in this case, KM & CMS solution) Work closely with upstream on improving the products supported by the company (in this case, Plone)Actively develop local talents and human resource on Open Source skills, following pure Open Source philosophyActively create new innovation for the market related to our core solutionsScale the company up that it become a prominent player on its core market Unfortunately, over the years, none of the goals were reached. Due to our business model approach, ended up as a company which primarily focus on developing client-specific add-ons on top of Plone. The projects were fun, and challenging, however, due to a poor support and pricing model, the business unable to scale and we ended up in a hamster wheel of non-stop trying to catch up to pay the bills. Mistakes done includes:
Poor business/pric…