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Securing Technology Investments

Securing Technology Investments

This is a talk I gave at EmberFest 2023 in Madrid. I talk about how the status quo of the Ember ecosystem puts investments that companies that have built on Ember have made are at risk. It also is a call to action to address those risks and together ensure a stable future for the project.

The ecosystem has been losing momentum for some years, the pace of progress has slowed down significantly and hugely important initiatives like Embroider take forever to get released.

Yet, companies have made huge investments by building on Ember for many years with large teams. The worst case scenario is having to eventually rewrite potentially. There is a simple business case for those companies to invest just a little bit more now to secure their investments and avoid potentially having to invest a huge amount later in case they indeed have to rewrite.

I present the Embroider initiative that we started with some sponsors that is a first step towards improving the situation and ensuring a stable future for Ember. My hope is we can grow that into a long-term sustainable funding model for Ember and allow companies that have invested in Ember and depend on its sustainability to actively contribute to that goal.

Marco Otte-Witte

September 25, 2023

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  2. • improve documentation • teach and onboard new contributors Product/SaaS

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  3. • A group of individuals works on a project out

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  4. …in the worst case, we end up here https://xkcd.com/2347/ The

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  8. Companies have built applications with Ember over many years with

    dozens or sometimes hundreds of engineers. Yet, investments have been made
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  11. …is a team of people working on major initiatives full-time

    as their main and only priority, pushing the ecosystem out of the pit of incoherence and beyond.
  12. Thanks! [email protected] +49 89 452 139 03 Mainmatter GmbH Managing

    Director: Marco Otte-Witte Hans-Sachs-Str. 12 München, 80469 Germany Court of registry: Amtsgericht München Registration number: HRB 217887 EU VAT ID: DE299706241