Patriots Season Ticket Holder!

This morning, I checked my email and I received a very exciting email. Here is the first paragraph:


Welcome! You are now a New England Patriots Season Ticket Holder! We are excited to have you as the newest member of our team.

The rest of the email just explains when I’ll get my seat assignments, when they want money, if I’ll be eligible for playoff tickets this year (yes), etc… The rest of the email is pretty boring, but that first paragraph got me out of my seat and caused me to dance around house. 🙂

For those of you that are curious, I put my name on the season ticket waiting list back in 1998 or 1999 (don’t remember which, been a LOONNNG time). Over 10 years. At that point I was single. I was living in Dorchester with friends. I was driving a Saturn. I was working from home (I guess that’s still the same).

Quite an exciting day. I guess the saying “Good things come to those that wait” applies to this. 🙂

Talend Acquires Sopera

For those of you that don’t follow the news feeds and press releases an such, Talend and Sopera announced this morning that Talend has acquired Sopera. Since I know a lot of you are too lazy to go read the actual press release, here’s a quick summary:

  • Talend acquires Sopera
  • Talend also has secured $34 million in financing from Silver Lake Sumeru and it’s existing investors
  • Sopera will become Talend’s “application integration division”

So, what does this mean? Well, for starters, as of today, I’m now an employee of Talend. How exciting. Third company this year. Time to go update profiles and such. Again. 🙂

Seriously, the combination of Sopera and Talend makes a lot of sense. Talend is best known for it’s technology around data management. Taking a step out, the next category of problems that customers usually face are application integration problems, and that’s where Sopera comes in. Through Sopera’s current “ASF” product, the Swordfish project at Eclipse, involvement in various Apache projects, and it’s engagements with it’s customers, Sopera is recognized as a leader in solving tough application integration problems. The combination of Sopera and Talend provides a complete middleware platform.

The $34M in financing that was secured is also an exciting part of the announcement. Obviously, the extra money helps to allow us to rapidly expand the teams. Talend/Sopera will definitely be hiring good developers. (On a related note, with Talend having more locations around the world, like huge offices in France and the US, things like employee benefits are a bit more secure, especially for a US based person like myself.) The more important thing to look at, however, is WHO is doing the financing. Silver Lake is NOT a small investment firm. They’ve been in the business of financing technology companies for quite a while. They know what they are doing. They do their homework before investing to give the investment the highest chance of success. The fact that they are investing that much money into Talend really shows that they believe the strategy can work.

If you missed my note last week, we’ve already started to grow the team by hiring Sergey Beryozkin and Colm O hEigeartaigh, both highly regarded engineers at Apache. We plan to continue the process of expanding the team as we refine our product strategies and prepare new product offerings. More to come on that topic at a future time.

Anyway, I’m very excited about this. I believe that this can really “open the doors” for new opportunities for both Sopera and the Apache projects that I’m involved in.

Welcome to Sopera!

I’m very excited to be able to announce that two very talented developers have joined the Sopera team.

The first is Sergey Beryozkin. Sergey has been an extremely valuable resource in developing, promoting, and supporting the JAX-RS and other REST related parts of Apache CXF. He’s also been a solid contributor to the DOSGi stuff, various JAX-WS/WS-* things, very active on the mailing lists, etc…. Basically, a very valuable CXF contributor.

The second developer joining us is Colm O hEigeartaigh. Colm is an expert in the various XML security related specifications and technologies. He is one of the main contributors (and release manager) to the Apache WSS4J project and is the PMC Chair of the Apache Santuario project. He has contributed several patches to CXF related to the WS-Security runtimes, and I fully expect that to continue.

With the addition of Sergey and Colm to the team, Sopera is now the one company that can really provide top notch support and leadership for CXF.

Anyway, I want to extend a warm welcome to both Sergey and Colm and I look forward to working with them once again.