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Another year has gone, but the World is still here. Time for new resolutions, wishes and hopes.
On behalf of the ForgeRock Grenoble Engineering Center, I’m wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2013.
ForgeRock France was officially formed on October 25th, and so last week we marked our second anniversary.
In the past 2 years, we’ve grown from 1 to 4, to now 7 employees, and we’re still looking for talented software engineers for our research and development center in Montbonnot, France (near Grenoble, just on the edge of the Alps). We have opened positions for Java developers, Quality engineers and experts in Identity and Access Management. If you’re interested, check our website and apply from there.
But more important than the growth of the French part of ForgeRock, I’m really excited by the company as a whole. We’ve grown so much in every way since we’ve started, and it’s visible :
It’s been one of these weeks, where you’re so busy that you hardly have the time to tweet, let even blog. The week started on Sunday morning with an early flight to London (after a very short night thanks to my daughter end of the year party). On Monday, I’ve been driven to Bristol, to see our new office, meet with Steve Ferris, head of ForgeRock UK, and meet with Chris Ridd who has just joined our company as a Support engineer, focusing mostly on OpenDJ, our open source LDAP directory services in Java.
After Oslo, this was my second stage of the tour of world-wide offices (*). Bristol office has opened a couple of weeks ago, and it’s really nice, located on Queen’s Square, in an old house and spread through 3 stores and a cellar.
On Tuesday, we left the Bristol office around noon to come back to London for 2 meetings with customers, both using OpenDJ.On Wednesday morning I flew back to France, to prepare our Grenoble office warming party, planed for the Thursday at 5:30pm.
On Thursday I went and picked up Lasse Andresen our CEO, at the airport. He was just back from San Francisco and making a detour on his way home for the party. We had a little time for talking about the business, hiring, and a few other things, and already our first guests started to show up for the official opening of the new office for the ForgeRock Grenoble Engineering Center. Over an hour and half, we had the visit from some of our office neighbors, some ex-colleagues from Sun, the Chief Service Officer from BonitaSoft (another great startup from Grenoble, build on open source software), our external accountants, a few leaders from the AlpesJUG (the local Java User Group), guests from other software or services companies around, and even the future new hire who signed his contract yesterday. I was so busy with welcoming everyone, making sure glasses were not empty, that I realized afterwards I had not taken a single photo of the event, despite having my camera ready on my desk.
This morning, Lasse and I had another session of work before he started to head towards the airport to fly back home, and since then, I’ve been trying to catch up on emails, documents and all… This is my last action before I call it a week and go in the living room to sip a very fresh beer and relax !
The coming weeks should allow me more time for blogging and tweeting. Until then, enjoy the week-end !
(*) I don’t plan to continue my tour until September, and should see the San Francisco office when I’m coming to speak at JavaOne.
As we’re growing the team in the Grenoble area, we’ve finally moved office to the “Silvaco” building in the Montbonnot tech area.
We now have enough space for the whole team, interns and for the coming new hires (and yes, we still have positions opened). The facilities include a small cafeteria, some showers for the cyclers, soccer players or runners, and a well air-conditioned machine room that we haven’t fully taken advantage yet. Here are a few photos:
We’re still in the progress of decorating the office, adding a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with certainly some “Rock attitude”.
If you’re in the neighborhood or you plan to pay us a visit, here’s the google map to come:
Don’t hesitate to drop by, we have coffee and may be more, especially if you are a developer with a passion for code and Java.
Finally, I’d like to have a special thank Mancala Networks and its CEO Marc Rozier for having hosting us for the last year, as we were building the team.
Check out our open positions.
We are seeking for a number of highly motivated and skilled software professionals to grow our engineering team, in Development, Quality and Technical writing. Our engineering teams are based in the Bay Area and Portland (USA), Bristol (UK) and Grenoble (France). We also have positions opened in Support, Sales, Account Management and Business Development.
A view of Grenoble, France. (c) January 2012, Ludovic Poitou.
2011 is gone and we’re back to work. Welcome in 2012. We ended the year beautifully and we’re hoping the new one is starting the same way. So far the signs are good.
On behalf of ForgeRock and more specifically ForgeRock Grenoble Engineering Center, I’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year ! May the year be even better than last one…
It’s been a busy day in the Grenoble Engineer Center with Directory Masters gathering from all over Europe and even Japan for two days of training on the coming releases of Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition and Sun OpenDS Standard Edition.
For those two days, we’re hosting 30 sales, presales, architects, consultants from Sun and partner companies, immersed within the developers, architects, managers of the Directory Engineering team. This is a very good way for our guest to understand where the product is going and how to better sell it to customers, and for engineers to learn more about the real customers needs and problems to solve.
Today we’ve touched mostly the Directory landscape, our product roadmap, DSEE, deployments, performances, virtual directory features. Tomorrow will have more of an OpenDS flavor…
PS: To my Japanese friends, Moryia is not on the picture, but he’s in Grenoble