A New Voice in the CollabNet Universe…

Hello everyone,

This is my inaugural post to the OnCollabNet blog – John Mark Walker and Jack Repenning having been good enough to invite me.  By way of introduction, I’m Guy Martin, a brand new CollabNet employee (about a month as of this post).  I’m taking on the role of Open Source Community Manager for some of the company’s corporate clients.  In this position, I’m hoping to do a lot of things, one of which is to help current (and future) clients understand how they can take advantage of the power of Open Source, and collaboration in general, while utilizing our products to do so.

I come to the company from Motorola, where I helped them launch opensource.motorola.com, using the SourceForge Enterprise Edition
product. I also helped run a small team inside of Motorola dedicated to
improving collaboration through the use of Open Source tools and
methodologies (or ‘innersourcing‘ as Jack calls it – I really like that description!)

I’m hoping to bring thoughts and ideas to this blog about how
individuals inside of enterprises can start to help shift the tide
towards usage of Open Source internally, as well as in products. I’ve
spent a lot of time pondering the difference between those two use
cases of Open Source usage, and I believe that they call for slightly
different approaches (not just because of licensing concerns). The
overriding belief I have in community interaction is that it rarely
pays to use ‘community goodwill’ as a loss leader. Successful
corporate/community partnerships have to have enough of what I call the
WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?) factor for both sides.

My other big passion is ‘Social Knowledge Management’ – the
intersection of social networking and knowledge management. What I find
interesting is that in a lot of successful Open Source projects, this
kind of thing happens organically, by the nature of the contribution
model and the participants themselves. I’m hoping to post as often as
is practical, and I welcome comments and lively discourse, as I truly
believe that is the only way to effectively move everyone’s knowledge
forward.

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