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.
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:
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.