Why did I join CloudBees? As with most things, it’s a complicated story. Across 13 years at Oracle, a lot of developers’ only experience there has been with me in their management chain. I was a constant for people across many changes. For a lot of external people and companies, I was their main view into Oracle, especially when it came to Java server technologies. It was a great experience, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with some exceptional people.
But…we are all in for a sea change with the cloud. You can see it everywhere. Classic software vendors like Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and others see it and are crafting strategies to protect and expand their positions. Classic SaaS providers like Salesforce see it and are crafting strategies to expand their platform plays beyond their roots. Players in the IaaS and virtualization arena are moving upstack to protect and enrich their franchises. Mobile, open source and standards are all impacted. Competitors are taking all the tools out of the competitive toolbox and sharpening them. In short, it’s one of the most exciting times we’ve seen in the software business for a long, long time! So for me, the opportunity to be in the middle of an innovative, fast moving, highly driven startup, populated by the stars that brought us JBoss, GlassFish, Jenkins, Stax and other great products was just too good to pass up.
The fact is that the changes coming about in today’s software business are fundamental and the incumbents all know it. The opportunities for CloudBees to surf this wave of change, to revolutionize the entire application lifecycle for Java in the cloud, are tremendous. I am really pumped to get back to my startup roots and mix it up with the incumbents. I expect to be sharing the experience with you on the blog here and via Twitter (@stevengharris), and I hope you’ll join me. As someone once said…onward!
Steve Harris has joined CloudBees. Read more about his background here.