It’s about time. William Hurley is announcing the news at OSCON. BMC has never done a good job of spanning development and operations- and these days its increasingly about the lifecycle, rather than the operational waterfall. So a developer community makes sense, especially if they can get some ARS dorks on board. A dev community on its own is not necessarily a big deal. But combining it with a thoroughgoing open source strategy, based on BSD- well that is more interesting for sure. BMC is even talking about running an unconference. I said William had brought some cool, didn’t I?
HP already has a developer story through Mercury. But lacks in open source.
IBM through WebSphere and Rational.
CA- well, that’s a good question.
BMC is going organic. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out, but things look good for BMC right now.
update: Cote offers a deeper analytical perspective here. I tend to be quite positive on news like this. Mostly because I see BMC’s moves here as a first, not a last step. As with Adobe’s “just” open sourcing an Flex SDK recently, BMC is not open sourcing its prime money makers. But contributions and open course culture can take on a life of their own. Watch this space. Oh yeah one other thing- “whurley”.
IBM is patron. BMC is very nearly a patron. CA is a sponsor. Adobe is a sponsor. Explanation of levels here.