Turning a page

Page turnAt the end of October, I will be leaving Talend, after more than 7 years leading its marketing charge. It has been quite a ride – thrilling, high octane, wearing at times, but how rewarding.

And indeed, how rewarding it is to have witnessed both the drastic change of open source over the years, and the rise of a true alternative response to integration challenges.

Everyone in the open source world knows this quote from the Mahatma Gandhi:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

And boy, do I recall our initial discussions with industry pundits and experts, not all of them were believers. I also remember the first struggles to convince IT execs of the value of our technology (even though their developers where users). And the criticism from “open source purists” about the “evil” open core model.

It would be preposterous to say that Talend has won the battle. But it is clearly fighting for (and winning) its fair share of business. And anyway, what does “winning the battle” mean in this context? We never aimed at putting the incumbents out of business (ok, maybe after a couple drinks, we might have boasted about it), but our goal has always been to offer alternatives, to make it easier and more affordable to adopt and leverage enterprise-grade integration technology.

Over these years, it has been a true honor to work with the founding team, with the world-class marketing team we have assembled, and of course with all the people who have made Talend what it is today. We can all be proud of what we have built, and the future is bright for Talend. The company is extremely well positioned, at the forefront of innovation, and with a solid team to take it forward, to the next step (world domination – not really, just kidding).

This is a small world, and I won’t be going very far I am sure. But in the meanwhile, since I won’t be contributing to the Talend blog anymore, I will start blogging about digitalization – of the enterprise, of society, of anything I can think about, really – and I might even rant about air travel or French strikes every now and then. I hope you will find it interesting.

Digitally yours,

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