Yesterday, Bungee Labs released 15 regular employees and contractors. It was a difficult day for us. The people we hire are without exception highly talented, motivated, creative, and professional. We regret their departure deeply.
This change had less to do with the rate of technology development and more to do with actual versus anticipated rates of adoption. Our Platform-as-a-Service, Bungee Connect, has achieved the level of robustness and capability we envisioned and we are committed to its continued regular advancement and support. As with most new breakthrough offerings, Bungee Connect will require longer incubation time to become broadly accepted. As a start-up, our action yesterday extends our operating plan well into 2010 to more deeply establish Bungee Connect in the marketplace.
Today, our leaner team is concentrating its efforts on the following:
Demonstrating Enterprise-class Applications
The major assertions we made about Bungee Labs’ vision for a Platform-as-a-Service are that developing in and for the cloud must: i) produce much better and more productive applications for end-users with less total effort end-to-end, ii) enable applications to be automatically hosted for a fraction of the cost and complexity of self-hosting, and iii) enable applications to be iteratively and rapidly enhanced. Over the next several months, Bungee Labs will lay out the course for a business object solution framework for user configurable enterprise-class applications that demonstrate these principles.
Enhancing Bungee Connect Platform-as-a-Service
We continue to pursue our vision for Platform-as-a-Service described well over a year ago. Bungee Connect is now very capable, comprehensive, and a stable platform for building and hosting highly-interactive web-service and database driven applications. However, 100% cloud-based development and hosting is still a radically novel idea. Feedback from potential adopters have raised understandable concerns about it being too early, a new and different programming paradigm, a perceived proprietary stack, and a potential risk for vendor lock-in–as observed with most SaaS and cloud-base systems. We intend to address the core aspects of these concerns over the coming quarters through changes in our software and business policies/licenses.
Opening Bungee Connect
No matter how powerful a development platform may be, developers are both sophisticated and skeptical when selecting the frameworks and platforms they use. Bungee Connect leverages the work of many open source communities and is built on Linux, around Apache, and uses numerous open utility libraries. We have begun the process of opening our own source code via the publication and “solicitation for comments” on the Bungee Labs Community Source License (BCSL) which will provide no-fee source code access to Bungee’s full stack when we emerge from Beta. There are still several significant platform level modifications and enhancements needed before making the full source-code generally available. Additionally, we are evaluating other licenses to find the appropriate Open Source license or compatible set of Open Source licenses for a cloud-based world.
Transformations for any business and team—especially ones with large ambitions—are exciting, and challenging. From the moment we opened access to Bungee Connect, first by private invitations in June 2007, then as an open beta in February 2008, Bungee Labs has been on a voyage of discovery. All along the journey, our community of developers and other technologists provided us ongoing advice, critique and support. As we evolve and take actions on the plans implied above, we’ll continue to use our blog as a central place for communication so that we can receive valuable feedback.
As always, we encourage you to engage with us to influence our plans and guide our actions.
Chief Executive Officer