We are very pleased to be making three big announcements:
1. The Platform Evolution (PE) cross-departmental program (CDP) is approved in
the annual plan for next fiscal year.
This PE CDP was developed with input from staff across our organization in the
Audiences and Technology Working Group. Together, these staff worked to
identify some of our most pressing issues while opening healthy discussions
between both departments and WMDE.
Along with the other Technology programs funded in the annual plan, funding of
this program represents a renewed commitment by the Foundation to the long term
health of the technology that is key to supporting our mission, staff and
2. We are creating the Core Platform team, a new converged platform and
services team to be the focus of the Platform Evolution CDP.
We are doing this in order to better support the PE CDP and begin the hard work
of re-architecting our technology stack into a more sustainable and flexible
platform, in support of the Wikimedia movement strategic direction. The
MediaWiki Platform team alongside the Services Platform team hold some of the
most senior technologists of our community. Their skill sets and experience are
vitally important for the success of the CDP so they will be moving into the
new Core Platform team. We want to thank Tim Starling and Marko Obrovac for
their hard work, leadership and dedication which has brought us to this point.
They and their teams are doing incredibly important work to sustain our
software stack day in day out while also looking into the future and guiding
the reengineering of our platform to support the mission for the years ahead.
3. Corey Floyd will be joining the Technology Department to lead the Core
In addition to day to day management, Corey will operate in the program
management capacity for the PE CDP. Corey was instrumental in formulating the
PE CDP, assembling the program through extensive needs analysis, synthesis, and
collaboration with Foundation team members and WMDE. He brings a proven track
record in clarifying stakeholder needs and translating them into amazing
As many of you know, Corey started at the Foundation as an iOS engineer, was
promoted to manage the iOS and Android native apps engineers who worked
tirelessly to evolve the open source apps into award winners beloved by
millions of our users, and has been operating in an
engineering product owner capacity for the Infrastructure team within
Audiences-Readers. He is known for his work ethic, thought leadership, real
world experience, and collegial spirit.
Audiences will be working to backfill the duties of Corey in Apps engineering
management and Reading Infrastructure product ownership, and work is already
underway to close these gap in conjunction with Corey’s cutover to Technology.
We’re happy to make the Platform Evolution CDP official. And please join me in
welcoming Corey to Technology, where he’ll transition on July 1, 2018. We’ll be
sharing more updates about the team and the PE CDP in the coming weeks.
We are incredibly excited!
Victoria and Toby
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