Saturday Nov 24, 2007

FOSS.IN Featured Leader: Chris Armes

Meet Chris Armes, Senior Director of Solaris Revenue Products Engineering (RPE).

More about Chris and his organization:

Chris is the Senior Director of Solaris Revenue Products Engineering (RPE). Although based out of the UK his wife would argue the UK is just another hotel in which he spends his year, as with a global team split across the three geographies that Sun operates in he spends a significant proportion of his time is spent on the road visiting not just his team, but Customers and Partners evangelizing the message of Solaris.

RPE is part of the Solaris engineering organisation, within Sun's Software business unit. The RPE team are primarily focused on the ongoing sustaining engineering of the shipping releases of Solaris, although a good portion of the time is also spent working on the next release of Solaris. The tight integration and co-operation with the New Product Engineering (NPE) team is one of the key success factors of Solaris.

The RPE team provide 24 x 7 source code engineering level expertise on the Solaris operating system. If you have an issue that needs code level expertise, including source code changes, delivered at 2am Pacific time on Christmas Day its likely you'll be working with someone in the Solaris RPE team. The team also owns a large number of the areas within Solaris that Sun is no longer doing active development on, this combined with working closely with our NPE colleagues on the latest and greatest parts of Solaris makes the RPE organisation a particularly challenging and exciting team to be part of.

Chris joined Sun in 1999 and has over 20 years of experience in the industry including software engineering of operating systems and application software for military usage. He has a BSc (HONS) degree in Computing Science from Staffordshire University. When he is not working he is married with two children, a dog and a cat and enjoys Amateur Dramatics in what little spare time he has left.

Why is FOSS.IN important to Chris?

In his own words...

Open source is a key component of Sun's Solaris strategy and the innovation and creativity I see from my team based in the IEC and the wider community in India is key element in this. India has a rich, creative, diverse and bright talent pool and we want the contributions and participation from the community in India and FOSS.IN is a key part of that community.

Be sure to catch up with Chris, and say hello when you meet him next week.

FOSS.IN Featured Speaker: Simon Phipps

Simon Phipps will deliver a talk on "The Virtuous Cycle: Sun's FOSS Philosophy and Strategyā€¯.

Simon Phipps is the Chief Open Source Officer at Sun Microsystems, co-ordinating Sun's extensive participation in free and open source software communities, promoting consistency and best practice and actively participating in the global conversation they express. Prior to this appointment he co-founded Sun's pioneering staff weblog facility at blogs.sun.com. Simon joined Sun in mid-2000. Click here for more information. He maintains a personal and official blog.

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