Here is the summary of the foundation call.
As per popular demand, we will retire the google groups and move discussions as a private category on the forum. Umair will do the migration.
The foundation has received 4 good applications so far. Talks are going on with 3 applicants. We have decided to hire @vishdha as the first foundation employee (Vishal is also a member!)
With 2 more committed gold members, we will cross 30k. It was decided to raise foundation goal to 50k
It seems that issue tagging will get completed in another week. The next goal will be to define a roadmap. Members felt it would be a good idea to define a broad strategic roadmap with features, documentation and other goals. It was decided that we should identify someone who can take a lead in presenting a strategic roadmap to the community. This person should ideally have a breadth of information and experience in the ERP industry and it was decided to invite someone from the community to take a lead. This person will form a small group and they will present a draft of the roadmap that the foundation can then discuss and take forward.
If you are interested in building a roadmap, please reply to this post!
The local chapters feature on erpnext.org is ready and will be deployed next week. We will bootstrap with a few chapters like Bangalore, Mumbai, US-North East (?) and then we it becomes a benchmark for others to follow. We hope to start with 3-5 chapters soon!
Whats in for the members?
There was a discussion on why should someone become a member of the foundation. What benefits do they get?
From the end-user perspective @dominik shared that his goal would be to ensure the long term sustainability and growth of the ERPNext project and also the shared resources will drive long term goals that are common for the commnity like better documentation. Also the formation of local chapters is important to build a thriving user community.
From the service provier perspective @JayRam said that the most important things are visibility and credibility. The service provider listing gives visibility to the service provider and also the credibility that comes with positioning as an official foundation partner.
Foundation members wanted to start some merchandise for the foundation. So we will invite art-work from the community and also setup a web-store (store.erpnext.org). @Sagar_Vora agreed to find vendors that can ship internationally.
Foundation Code of Conduct
@JayRam proposed that all foundation members should ensure that all their improvements are pushed back into the product as a code of conduct. We will discuss further and invite responses in the next call.
It was decided that the Bangalore chapter will have a dev workshop and the Mumbai chapter will have a code sprint on GST for India. Stay tuned for dates.
Please share your feedback and comments!