OpenNMS – The Best Open Source Software 2010

For the second year in a row, we are humbled to have been recognized by InfoWorld with a Bossie Award.

OpenNMS was a winner in their “Best of Networking Software” category.

What I also thought was cool was that of the ten other projects honored in the category, OpenNMS integrates with three of them: Hyperic HQ, RANCID and OTRS, and it is a honor to be in the company of all the other projects who also won.

Last year the focus was on OpenNMS 1.6, and this year it is for OpenNMS 1.8.

They also mention the upcoming iPhone app. For those who have been waiting, version 1.0.0 has been submitted to the App Store for approval, and a big thank you to Ben Reed for working on this. We should know something about it within the next week.

Linux Link Tech Show Available for Download

Last night I had a lot of fun chatting with the Linux Link Tech Show guys. It is episode #343 and it is available for download.

I love any forum where I can run my mouth for an hour and a half talking about OpenNMS and open source software, and I can’t wait to meet these guys in person at SELF (where we are a diamond sponsor).

Note that it is subtitled “linux talk. unfiltered” and I do use the occasional profanity. The spirit took me toward the end and I did drop one “f-bomb” so if you are sensitive to such things you should probably avoid this podcast.

OpenNMS on MSN (sort of)

One of our oldest clients is Papa Johns International, better known as Papa Johns Pizza. They have sold over a billion dollars in pizza over the Internet, and they use OpenNMS to monitor that product line.

Chris Rodman sent me a link today to an MSN site called “Business on Main” that featured John Schnatter (the “John” in “Papa Johns”) mentoring a yogurt vendor from New York City. It’s an interesting clip, with quotes like “technology is a big part of our success” and his conscious decision to “make the internet a big part of our business”.

The fun part comes about 3:38 minutes in (the web site will show 4:15 remaining) when they move into the PJI NOC. There you can see OpenNMS front and center as their management solution.

We constantly get asked, sometimes in a condescending manner, about who would trust their important revenue streams to an open source solution. Papa Johns is a shining example of a technology-savvy enterprise that has become successful by not only embracing technology but by focusing on technology that works. Over the years OpenNMS has been molded to fit their business model (not the other way around), and we are happy to play at least a small part in their success.

UPDATE: There’s a shot of the OpenNMS maps as well:

OpenNMS in the May Edition of iX Magazine

Klaus sent me the good news that a review of OpenNMS has been printed in iX Magazine, the leading German language publication for IT professionals.

Picture by Klaus Thielking-Riechert

The article was written by Alexander Finger, Klaus Thielking-Riechert, and Ronny Trommer. They are also working on the first OpenNMS book, which we hope to have published by the end of the year.

Many thanks to the guys for taking the time to write this, and to iX for publishing it.