Last year was the 20th year of ColdFusion and thanks to the enthusiastic participation of the customers it was a great hit. The celebrations culminated at the ColdFusion Summit 2015 which was the largest ColdFusion Summit we had till date.
2016 promises to be great year for ColdFusion with the new release. Some of the activities that we are planning on doing this year are:
1. ColdFusion Champions – We are creating a CF Champions team which would help us with community building, helping us with blogs and some technical articles. We already have Dave Ferguson, Dave Epler and Kev McCabe signed on. Look out for articles from them. If you are interested in joining the Champions team please reach out to me. This team would also help in promoting ColdFusion in some of the developer conferences. This is one of our efforts to rebuild the developer evangelist ecosystem so would appreciate all the help we could get.
2. User Groups – The ColdFusion user group managers have done an awesome job of helping us to keep in touch with our Developer base. UGMs like Dan Fredericks, Giancarlo to name a few have put in a lot of effort in making their groups meet regularly. We would continue to support the User Groups, if you want to create a new User Group in your area or want to find if there are any User Groups are there in your area, let us know we would help you.
3. E-Seminar and Technical articles – We would be having a Developer week in April first week which would talk about the new features of ColdFusion. This would be followed by a technical e-Seminar once every month. I would follow up on the time slot for the meeting very soon. If the community wants to contribute to the Technical articles or blogs on Adobe.com please reach out to me, Elishia or Rakshith. We would love to have you write about ColdFusion and would promote the articles so that it reaches out to our developers.
4. ColdFusion Summit – Last year we had around 500+ attendees for the ColdFusion Summit. This is one of the largest developer events at Adobe. This year the Summit would be held at Mandalay Bay on October 10th – 11th. The pricing for the event would be the same as last year. We hope to see a large participation this year since 95% have rated the quality of session content as above average and 93% have said that they are very likely to recommend this event to their peers.
5. ColdFusion Government Summit – Since most of our Government customers were not able to travel to Vegas we are having an one-day ColdFusion Summit for Government on March 9th in Washington DC at Washington Hiltion . We are also planning on having an event at our India office for the ColdFusion customers in India in Q3.
6. Sponsorships – We would be at our usual events like NC Dev con and CF Camp this year. We are also looking at other events where we could meet the decision makers and prospective new developers, so the list of events that we sponsor might increase.
7. Customer Outreach – We have been having 1:1 discussion with some of our large customers to let them know about what are the features in the new version of ColdFusion and working with them in case they have any issues. If you want us to have the Roadmap discussion with your organization please let us know.
These are some of the activities that have been planned for this year. If you have any other ideas about how best to increase ColdFusion presence do reach out to me Kishore@adobe.com