Wednesday, February 5. 2014
shared infrastructure coop
I'm working in a very small web agency with 4 employees, one of them part time and our boss who doesn't do programming. It shouldn't come as a surprise, that our development infrastructure is not perfect. We have many ideas and dreams how we could improve it, but not the time.
Now we have two obvious choices: Either we just do nothing or we buy services from specialized vendors like github, atlassian, travis-ci, heroku, google and others.
Doing nothing does not work for me. But just buying all this stuff doesn't please me either. We'd depend on proprietary software, lock-in effects or one-size-fits-all offerings.
Another option would be to find other small web shops like us, form a cooperative and share essential services. There are thousands of web shops in the same situation like us and we all need the same things:
Does something like that already exists? There already is the German cooperative hostsharing which is kind of similar but does provide mainly hosting, not services. But I'll ask them next after writing this blog post.
Is your company interested in joining such an effort? Does it sound silly?
Sounds promising. I already answered by mail.
#1 Dirk Deimeke (Homepage) on 2014-02-16 08:16 (Reply)
I'm sorry for accidentily removing a comment that linked to https://mayfirst.org while moderating comments. I'm really looking forward to another blogging engine...
#2 Thomas Koch on 2014-02-16 12:20 (Reply)
Why? What are you missing? I am using s9y for 9 years now.
#2.1 Dirk Deimeke (Homepage) on 2014-02-16 12:57 (Reply)