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Last Day at the Eclipse Foundation

This is my last day at the Eclipse Foundation. If you missed my earlier post, I have resigned from the Foundation and am starting to look for new opportunities.

Thank you to everyone in the Eclipse community for making my time with the Foundation an amazing experience. It is the people that make a community. I will definitely miss the people in the Eclipse community.

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Time for a New Challenge

The new year brings a big change; I will be leaving the Eclipse Foundation at the end of January. This has been a difficult decision to make but it is time to take on a new challenge.

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IoT Trends for 2018

Last year I made the bold move to write-up the 2017 trends I thought would be important for the IoT industry and Eclipse IoT community. It seemed like a useful exercise so I thought a 2018 version is appropriate.

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Industry 4.0 Meets Open Source

A key industry that is driving the Internet of Things is Manufacturing. Companies are always looking to make their manufacturing process more efficient, flexible and improve quality, while lowering costs. Therefore, modernizing factory floors and integrating factory equipment with the enterprise IT systems is of interest to many manufacturing companies. In Germany, they call this trend Industrie 4.0. They see IoT as being the fourth industrial revolution to fundamentally change the manufacturing industry.

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5 Trends to Watch in the Java Ecosystem

Over the last couple of months a number of announcements have been made that change the the Java ecosystem. These changes could have a long-term impact on Java developers and the Eclipse community. This week at JavaOne I expect we will hear about a lot of these changes. For the most part I think there are 5 key trends that all Java developers will need to watch.  If you can’t make it to JavaOne, many of these trends will also be highlighted at EclipseCon Europe.

1. Adoption of Java 9

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Annual Donation Campaign: End User Support for the Eclipse Foundation

The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that is mainly funded by fees from our corporate members. Our corporate members definitely get a lot of value from their involvement with the Eclipse Foundation. Their support of the Eclipse Foundation is essential to the ongoing operations.

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All Things IoT at EclipseCon Europe

This year it is going to be All Things IoT at EclipseCon Europe. There will be a wealth of content that focuses on the IoT industry and technology.  It is going to be a great learning experience for anyone interested in IoT.

The main highlight is 3 days of single track IoT content:

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Goodbye Kat, Welcome Stephanie

This is the last week Kat Hirsch, the Eclipse Foundation marketing specialist, will be with the Foundation. Kat is moving on to a new opportunity and the next step in her marketing career.  We have been lucky to have Kat at the Foundation and we will certainly miss her dedication and passion.

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Eclipse IoT in London

Once again we are hosting an Eclipse IoT Day in London on September 11. Like last year, we are co-locating with the awesome Thingmonk event, one of my favourite IoT events of the year. Thingmonk brings together some of the best thinkers in IoT so it is always a great chance to learn and network. If you are serious about IoT, you need to attend this event.

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New Eclipse IoT Charter and Steering Committee

It is hard to believe the Eclipse IoT Working Group was launch over 5 years ago on November 1, 2011, at the time we called it Eclipse M2M.  A lot has changed over these 5 years, including the name, and the IoT industry has matured to be one of the dominant technology trends in the technology industry. The good news is the Eclipse IoT Working Group has been a huge success. We have a thriving open source community that includes 30 different projects, more than 200 developers and 30 member companies.

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