Hi everyone, 

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 
Platform team.

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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