[Labs-l] Fwd: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Cloud Services: new team, new name, renewed focus

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From: Victoria Coleman <vcoleman at wikimedia.org>
Date: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 9:22 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Cloud Services: new team, new name,
renewed focus
To: wikimedia-l at lists.wikimedia.org

Hello everyone,

Starting in April 2017, we will be taking a number of projects related to
services we are offering "in the cloud" and creating a new team, Wikimedia
Cloud Services (WMCS), to support a more unified approach to these efforts.
The sub-teams currently managing these efforts - the Labs sub-team within
the Wikimedia Technical Operations team and the Tool Labs support sub-team
from the Community Tech team - will be merged to form this new team.

Wikimedia Cloud Services will be a new team in the Technology Department of
the Wikimedia Foundation reporting to Victoria  as the Foundation's Chief
Technology Officer (CTO). This team is being formed based on a proposal
made by the members of the Labs sub-team and the Tool Labs support sub-team.

The new team will be managed by Bryan Davis, who previously managed the
Reading Infrastructure and Community Tech teams before helping found the
Tool Labs support team in 2016. Chase Pettet, formerly manager of the Labs
team, is taking on the new role of Lead Operations Engineer. Andrew Bogott,
Yuvaraj Pandian, and Madhumitha Viswanathan are transferring in their
existing roles from the former Labs team.

The WMCS team will maintain and extend the existing Wikimedia Labs
infrastructure as a service platform, the Tool Labs platform as a service  <
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platform_as_a_service> project, and many
additional supporting technologies used in the cloud environment. The new
team is excited to continue supporting developers who create innovative
solutions to further the free knowledge movement, and will continue to
partner with the larger Wikimedia volunteer community to manage the
physical and virtual resources that power the environment and provide
technical support to volunteer developers and other Wikimedia Cloud
Services users.

This new team will focus on three areas of ongoing support and improvement:

Providing a stable and efficient hosting platform
Creating and maintaining services that empower the creation and operation
of tools
Delivering technical and community support for users of the products

This new team will soon begin working on rebranding efforts intended to
reduce confusion about the products they maintain.   <
https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Labs_labs_labs> This refocus and
re-branding will take time to execute, but the team is looking forward to
the challenge.

Stay tuned for more announcements, and as always Community members are
encouraged to participate on labs-l at lists.wikimedia.org,  <
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/profile/832/>Phabricator  and the
#wikimedia-labs IRC channel.

Thank you,

Victoria & Wes

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