TheServerSide tries hard not to play favorites when it comes to covering the enterprise computing landscape, but there are certainly members of the community that the TSS editorship turns to when looking to uncover emerging trends, keep up on the latest industry changes, or even just grab a smart quote or interesting sound bite. When it comes to Agile development and application lifecycle management (ALM), TheServerSide finds it regularly turning to Mik Kersten of TaskTop Technologies for guidance.
"For some reason, the end-to-end connectivity and collaboration you get from a team of developers working on an open source project just doesn't happen at enterprise scales."
As Editor of TheServerSide, my first introduction to the CEO of TaskTop was at SpringOne 2010 where Kersten was blazing new trails in the field of cloud based application development. Real software development in the cloud is a topic that is often discussed, but in 2010, Kersten was far ahead of the curve with Code2Cloud, providing real and tangible was to make application development in the cloud work.
At JavaOne 2012, Mik was still beating the cloud-computing drum, providing more insights into the evolution of Code2Cloud, while at the same time updating the community about task automation, PaaS based offerings and streamlining application lifecycle management workflows.
More recently, in June of 2013, TheServerSide spoke with Kersten about how the software lifecycle integration bus was revolutionizing the world of social coding:
And of course, Mik continues to be a regular reference for various projects and publications, having been quoted time and time again in articles about everything from the inception of enterprise wide applications to the de-commissioning mobile applications:
For those lucky enough to be attending Agile 2013 in Nashville or JavaOne in September, be sure to attend Mik Kersten's, presentation: "As distributed as it gets: 10 Agile best practices from open source" As far as providing expert insights into the state of ALM and modern application development, TaskTop's Mik Kersten doesn't disappoint.