Hello, Asterisk Community.
My name is Bryan Johns. I am a long-time Asterisk proponent and promoter who comes from a seven year history of deploying Asterisk solutions into corporations and carriers across the United States. I believe that open source platforms like Asterisk and Asterisk SCF are radically changing the telecommunications landscape and I derive great personal satisfaction from the opportunity to shake up the status quo.
I started my work with VoIP in 1997; a time when you could easily be laughed out of a conference room for trying to sell such a “radical” technology. It was time when every major telecom vendor would shamelessly tell any potential customer that “VoIP doesn’t work” as their primary competitive retort. A lot has changed since 1997 and much of this change was recently accelerated by the disruptive nature of the project we have all come to know and love: Asterisk.
It is with great excitement that I introduce myself to you as the new Community Director at Digium. My predecessor, John Todd, was confronted with the need to take an indefinite sabbatical from the company and I was fortunate enough to be asked to step in for him. I have great respect for John’s talents and insight and I hope to be able to perform in this job to the standards that he has set for the position. John will continue to participate in the Asterisk Community and I wish John the best and look forward to his continued involvement.
The scope of this job is intimidating. There is much to be done. I am working on a number of new programs that I anticipate bringing to the community in the coming months. I am sure that we will all get to know one another as we all work to make the best telecommunications software on the planet even better. The recent addition of the Asterisk SCF companion project to our work effort expands the possibilities for broad telecommunications market adoption in ways that even we do not yet understand. These are very exciting times at Digium.
My office door is open to anyone in the community that needs Digium’s assistance in any form. I want to make both the Asterisk and Asterisk SCF projects the most welcoming and respected open source initiatives in existence. I am your concierge, your ally and your promoter.
If you do not already know me through my years in the Asterisk Community, please introduce yourself to me in the coming weeks. The Holidays will be a busy time for me as I work to find my footing and prepare to do great things in 2011 but there are few things more important to my job than getting to know all of you. I look forward to that very much.
Bryan M. Johns