Yesterday was the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA. Although I am English and no longer live in the USA, I have a soft spot for Thanksgiving. It is the least commercial of the US holidays, and I like the idea of taking a little time to step back from the hustle and bustle of life to contemplate and Give Thanks.
Here are some of the things I'd like to give thanks for, from a JRules and Rules for .NET perspective:
- An active customer base that pushes the product to its limits (and sometimes beyond!), and in particular the customers that help us refine requirements to make sure we are solving the right problems.
- Customers that take the time to describe their experiences with the product to their peers.
- All the contributors to the user forums, blogs and attendees of Dialog.
- Product Managers that set the overall product heading by interviewing customers and assimilating contradictory requirements and market data.
- Project managers that plot the course and manage to get us to where we need to be, despite treacherous reefs and shoals along the way.
- PR and Marketing that work with customers, press and analysts to build awareness of the product.
- MIS that manages all the complex infrastructure required to build the product, distribute and support it through the web.
- Product Experts and Support that do so much to diagnose customer issues, propose solutions and file high-quality bug reports when required.
- R&D, Quality Assurance and Documentation for their professionalism, dedication and commitment to shipping state-of-the-art software.
- The Open Source communities that provide so many high quality libraries, allowing us to go to market faster with a better product -- especially the Eclipse Foundation.
- The JViews team for allowing us to use their visualization technology! :-)
- The localization team and the engineers working at the ILOG offices in China, Japan and around the world that help fix internationalization problems and support and sell the product in their regional languages.
- Partners and Systems Integrators that provide the infrastructure, middleware and services that make product deployments a success.
- Technical Account Managers and Sales that make the calls, organize the meetings and spend time patiently listening to prospects' problems and sell innovative solutions.
- Competitors for keeping us on our toes and motivating us to keep innovating.
- Thought Leaders that have pushed business rules, often while it was much less fashionable to do so.
- Executives that over 20 years have grown the company from a tiny startup to the international success that it is today; all while preserving a culture that is inclusive, challenging and fun.
Thank you all! Have a happy Thanksgiving.
PS: If you are going to research the origins of Thanksgiving on the Internet, be careful as there is an awful lot of contradictory nonsense around.