Purpose of the Center of Expertise will be, and I will quote the announcement, amongst others:
- Contributing to/supporting open source projects
- Supporting user groups/communities
- Organizing conferences/seminars
- Developing training material
- Forming and maintaining partnerships
- Developing professional services
This is a step not a lot of commercial organizations dare to make, and I am very proud to be working for one of the companies that has the balls to do it. Sure, there's commercial stuff in there, but there's also big investments in the open source community in there.
Once again I am proud to work for Ibuildings, and am very happy that I made the choice to go for Ibuildings last year.
Now, last but not least, if you want to work for such a cool company as well, there are still openings for (senior) developers at Ibuildings. Please feel free to contact me for more info or to pass on your information to HR. You'll have to put up with working for the same company as me ;) but you will also be working with lots of other cool people, like Ivo, Lorna, Mikko, Helgi, and lots of others. You'll be working in a company that is a Zend and PHP|architect partner, that delivers high-quality software and services, and is already a big player on the PHP market with the potential to become much, much bigger. So contact me if you're interested!