I'm doing many activities lately regarding Plone and what it means to the Jamaican development market and the Caribbean region. I'm building out a collaborative team of local and international companies, foundations and people to solve each team member problems and problems in the world. Imagine building a house, a company or person drafts the blueprint and the initial cost of making your home. Another company employ construction workers who prepare the foundation for your home, which is wired by an electrical company and piped by a plumbing company. I think you get the gist. Now imagine, if you only go to one single company that offers a seamless service with a group of companies to satisfy your needs and wants in various areas like buying a car, registering your business and building your new website or product in a couple of weeks or months. Finally, imagine if that group of companies are in every sector of the economy driving the use of technology, which pushes all industry forward. This organisation is called the United Nations of Companies and People in Tech (UNoCaPiT); please note the name is tentative. I am aiming to make UNoCaPiT a public company with each of its core members a shareholder of the company. Also, I am seeking to start another company called the Osoobe Foundation to hold a managerial role in planning, directing, managing, marketing and help to find funding core collaborators and partners to improve their current service and aid them in their expansion while assisting in the larger goal of UNoCaPiT.
Now, if we take in the principles of economics and the principles of sustainable growth into for each member's country, especially third world country, doesn't that mean the economy, the GDP and skillset to offshore developers will increase, which in-turns appreciate the country's currency, ease of doing business and more?
What I just described is part of the overall vision of what I am trying to achieve with a group of collaborative companies in Jamaica and the world at large with Plone being one of the core systems. In fact, I am launching and demoing https://jamaicandevelopers.com, a Plone website that will be the foundation of this initiative.
Ok.... So what else is in it for Plone? At the moment, I am using Gitlab for Auto-deployment, task management for various departments. Slack for communication. DgitalOcean for hosting. ERPNext for accounting, CRM and more. TermsFeed and Grammarly for initial legal documentation drafts and grammar checks. All of these great systems and tools are great but I had to set up integrations, whether by coding and manual integration set up. Now, Imagine if Gitlab, DigitalOcean, docker container provider or hosting provider having a one-click create, install and deploy button like DigitalOcean one-click-app-deployment for Wordpress, Drupal and other frameworks by attaching your Plone docker image or use a vanilla version Plone. If individuals choose Vanilla Plone, then they can change not just look and feel of Plone, but the behaviour of Plone. These are processes that I am aiming to build out from strategies I am borrowing from Asko and Dylan as mentors without their knowledge.
To make this a reality, not just for the Jamaican market but the world at large, we need the assistance of the Plone Foundation. This assistance involves funding. To put it in perspective, the workflows I built for the Jamaican Developers website started around August 15th, 2018. Now, imagine what we can do together as a group of collaborative team of companies and developers.
Yes, it sounds like an ambitious problem, but with the right team of companies, it is more than possible. Funnily, what I said is just Phase 1. There are three phases. I also want to make the pitch a talk, but I do not know if it is viable for one because these are only presumptions that I have observed from working with different organisations.
Please let me know if you are interested to hear more. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Full Stack Developer at Alteroo and Founder of the Jamaican Developers Community.