After 15 years running a successful business, Ed Schipul released the source code for his proprietary software, Tendenci, to the world. Foreseeing the impact of the cloud, mobile, and GIS, Ed knew he had to change his business model or become irrelevant. Open source was the path to future sustainability and innovation.
There were however, seemingly insurmountable challenges. Tendenci 5, the first open source CMS platform for nonprofit organizations, had to be completely rewritten from .Net, ASP and SQL to Python, Django and PostgreSQL. From Github to cloud software, he had to choose all the tools to put in place to support his rewritten product and new architecture.
Lessons learned from the transition include the importance of testing and how to make your application’s architecture more scalable as well as what open source tools have proven to be most valuable. Ed will share his reasons for thinking that all of this is the best choice for both the product and the development community.
Speaker Ed Schipul
Ed Schipul, CEO of Schipul – The Web Marketing Company, is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in marketing and software programming. His Houston based company developed the Tendenci software which powers more than 400 web sites and has over 1.4 million users. The company's broad client …
Ed Schipul, CEO of Schipul – The Web Marketing Company, is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in marketing and software programming. His Houston based company developed the Tendenci software which powers more than 400 web sites and has over 1.4 million users. The company's broad client base includes the Society for International Affairs, YMCA Houston, Metropolitan New York Library Council, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Houston, and Tony Chachere's. Schipul has been the recipient of awards such as the Aggie 100 (2005-2009), the Houston Fast 100 (2007-2011) and the Houston Fast Tech 50 (2004-2005, 2010-2012).
As a speaker, Ed has engaged audiences all over the country. He has presented at the Bulldog Reporter National Conference, PRSA’s International Conference, the Sarasota International Design Summit, Mom 2.0 and SXSW Interactive. Groups he has spoken to include the Public Relations Society of America, the American Advertising Federation, the Southeast Texas Museum Association, The Houston Technology Center, the International Association of Business Communicators and the American Creativity Association. Ed has also served as a guest lecturer at Texas A&M, the University of Houston and Rice University.
Ed has been published in national journals including The Public Relations Strategist, PR Tactics, Houston Business Journal, Association News and Nonprofit World. He blogs for Hearst Newspaper’s Houston City Brights and has been interviewed on NBC and ABC news as an expert on Social Media and Technology.