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Blog posts for February 2013

[PR] One million downloads for XWiki, the open source collaborative platform

XWiki SAS is pleased to announce that the XWiki open source collaborative platform passed one million downloads at the end of last year. This number marks an important milestone in the development of the software, which has been available for download on OW2 Forge since 2005, a few months after its creation by Ludovic Dubost.

Paris, February 5th, 2013

XWiki is a collaborative platform that allows users to better share and organize information. XWiki responds to various uses, such as public or private knowledge bases, project spaces for information sharing and collaborative applications.

It is part of the Top 5 most downloaded on OW2 Forge, which currently includes around 150 software solutions. Its success shows how the distribution has increased since the beginning. The software is currently deployed in all kinds of sectors (administration, insurance...) and organizations (public / private, small companies and large groups). This dynamic has been possible thanks to the commitment of the XWiki community members who have contributed to making the software better known.

"We are pleased to see that XWiki has surpassed one million downloads", said Ludovic Dubost, President and founder of XWiki SAS. "This number confirms the positioning of XWiki as an Open Source platform leader in the capitalization of information."

This event has also closed a successful year for XWiki SAS, which has seen the arrival of several prestigious customers and the release of new features. Here are some highlights:

  • Collaborations with major French Web players, such as Meetic and voyage-privé, vente-privée.
  • The company has experienced a strong growth in 2012 with a turnover that exceeded one million euros.
  • The launch of the "App Within Minutes" feature, which allows everyone (developers or not) to quickly implement applications that correspond to their specific needs.
  • The real-time collaboration launch (in a Beta version) that allows multiple users to simultaneously edit the same wiki page.

Combining open source ethics with private interests

Last weekend, Ludovic Dubost and Vincent Massol had a presentation at FOSDEM. The presentation aimed to share the benefits and challenges of contributing to an Open Source Community and at the same time having companies selling services around the software. It covered how the XWiki Open Source Community is organized in a full Open Source way, open to any participants regardless of their interests, and how the employees of private companies, including XWiki SAS, manage their roles as members of the community. Vincent Massol and Ludovic Dubost also touched on XWiki SAS' approach to support the Open Source project. Finally, they discussed how the company, as well as developers and users, benefit from a fully Open Source approach.

Why do start-ups fail?

Mashable's infographic gives several examples of Web startups, that have either failed or have been successful. The reasons why they failed can be generalized to different areas, even when (in our case), the product answered the companies needs.

Here are some reasons we identified:

  • No uniqueness: being the only one to offer a particular service is one of the key ways to be successful;
  • Bugs at launch: bugs make a bad impression. Sometimes, details make the difference. But if the product is unique and the users are addicted, the service/product can continue to evolve. For instance, Twitter. Do you remember the "Twitter whale"? (at XWiki SAS, we have "Skol") ? Today, Twitter is famous;
  • Lack of innovation: being a pioneer and a precursor (but not too much) is a good point; XWiki is the first second generation wiki! It is a wiki and a development platform at the same time.
  • Lack of evolution: the product / service must continually evolve to meet the needs / expectations of customers or to be closer to market trends. This is what we do every day, with the help of the Open Source community
  • Acquisition of the company by a larger one: the acquisition of a structure by another one may lead to several difficulties: re-allocation of employees to other features, no more support and/or development...

According to us, this last reason is particularly interesting, because it is unfair to users who believed in the product. On this topic I invite you to read the article written by Ludovic Dubost: Tech companies and their buyout.

Do you see other reasons? 

Ludovic Dubost at the CeBIT Webciety Conference in March

Ludovic Dubost will be speak­ing this week at the CeBIT Webciety Conference, an event that takes place in Hannover, Germany:

This promises to be a fruit­ful event, so register now!  If you want to get in touch with Ludovic while in Hannover, please contact us.

About the CeBIT Webciety Conference

"The CeBIT Webciety Conference is the central platform to address the issues and challenges posed by web-based business processes and models. The main focus of discussion in 2013 is on the design and implementation of digital processes in businesses. Taking place on all five days of CeBIT 2013 the high-calibre and internationally oriented conference program will feature discussions with experts and decision-makers, fireside talks with leading personalities, plus pitches by start-up enterprises."