Industrial Erlang User Group Enhances Communication between the Open Source Community and Ericsson

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The ‘Industrial Erlang User Group’ will allow enterprise users of the Erlang/OTP programming language to collaborate with Ericsson and complement their work while spreading awareness and increasing adoption and commercial usage of Erlang.

The Industrial Erlang User Group will leverage the experience and expertise of its members to find solutions for technical, community and open source-related challenges faced by Erlang users in various industry verticals.

The ‘Industrial Erlang User Group’ will allow enterprise users of the Erlang/OTP programming language to collaborate with Ericsson and complement their work while spreading awareness and increasing adoption and commercial usage of Erlang.

Erlang is a proven high-scale, robust technology used globally in some of the most demanding commercial environments. The Industrial Erlang User Group brings together the Erlang community across fields as diverse as Big Data, NoSQL databases, software defined networking, many-core computing, virtualisation and data centres. Their aim is to become a focal point of the community, complementing the work Ericsson is doing in terms of libraries, tool chains and contributions while spreading awareness and increasing user adoption.

The founding member companies of the Industrial Erlang User Group are: Ericsson, Erlang Solutions, Basho Technologies, Concurix, Infoblox, Klarna, Opscode, Spil Games and Ubiquiti Networks.

The Industrial Erlang User Group will communicate directly with the OTP team at Ericsson and assist with marketing and practical interaction with the open source community. The Group will present to Ericsson its combined views on a range of matters related to Erlang, including the shaping of Erlang/OTP product roadmap to ensure its future commercial success and broader global adoption. It will also take care of implementing and funding items not on the Ericsson roadmap but of interest to the members of the group.

Francesco Cesarini, Founder and Technical Director of Erlang Solutions said: “The Industrial User Group is an ideal way to canvass and collect valuable user feedback. We provide an unified viewpoint from the commercial users of Erlang. We will also leverage the experience and expertise of our members to get the latest thought leadership, thereby helping to find solutions for various technical, community and open source related problems our respective industry verticals are facing.”

Mike Williams, co-inventor of Erlang and first chair of the Industrial Erlang User Group also declared: “Erlang was originally intended for telecom applications, but usage is now much larger and spread in many more areas such as banking, gaming, databases, network supervision and so on. The Industrial Erlang User Group is a welcome addition for addressing these new areas and it will help support the roadmap for future relevant additions and enhancements.”

The community website Erlang Central will also be managed by the Industrial Erlang User Group. In the first year of operation, the Group will fund the hiring of a community manager based out of Europe, who will be in charge of the community website and the activities of the Group.

For more information about the Industrial Erlang User Group and its individual members, visit http://www.erlangcentral.org/industrial-erlang-user-group/

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