A few months ago I blogged about a new site called “MonitoringForge.org“. It seemed to me to be a thinly veiled marketing attempt with little value, but I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and time would tell.
Well, I was reading Coté’s blog today and read a link where they created a press release to trumpet their 2,000th registered member.
This struck me as funny because, in the same sentence, they state that there are “more than 2,000 projects” registered on the site.
So, if only one unique member of each project on their site registered, there should be more than 2,000 of them, yet they have less than that, and this is considered news? Heck, we have nearly 1300 people on the opennms discussion list and we’re just one project, but with their site running at an average of less than one person per project I guess we’re doing pretty well. And while I’m sure that 80 or so of our subscribers are directly working on OpenNMS, that still leaves about 1200 end users.
I’ll leave the similar calculation for MonitoringForge as an exercise for the reader.
Now I’m not one to beat a dead horse, but when the “Chief Marketing Officer” is willing to issue a press release on a site she calls “the epicenter of all open source projects that relate to IT monitoring” with such, in my humble opinion, lame numbers, I’m willing to stand by my original impression that this is just a marketing ploy.
Am I wrong? Can anyone comment who found the site valuable? Inquiring minds want to know.