OpenMPE adds two
Volunteer group looks toward licensing
HP picked a new executive last month,
but an HP 3000 volunteer group added leadership, too. Some could
argue the new directors of OpenMPE could have more impact on the
3000s future than new HP CEO Mark Hurd.
A three-week online election provided
two new members of the OpenMPE board of directors. Although the
turnout for the election numbered less than 60 voters, some HP 3000
customers are still looking toward OpenMPE as a source of confidence
for MPEs 2007 and beyond.
Chuck Ciesinski and Mathew Perdue
joined the OpenMPE board after a three-week election added Ciesinski
and then gave Perdue a chance to serve the future of MPE/iX. Both
will serve two-year terms.
Three incumbent directors returned
for two-year terms: chairman Birket Foster, Alan Tibbetts and Paul
Edwards. Tibbetts, who works for PA-RISC emulator developer Strobe
Data, and Edwards, chair of the MPE Forum, ran for full terms after
they stepped in during 2004 to fill resigned seats.
Ciesinski, a two-time candidate for
the Interex user group board of directors, led the field of
first-time OpenMPE candidates in the voting.
Foster will begin his second complete
two-year term. No other founding director of OpenMPE the group
started operations in 2002, and Foster has served since the first
meeting has returned for another term of volunteer service.
A 2005 board resignation, from former
treasurer Ron Horner, left the group with another director slot to
fill by appointment. Perdue, who operates an HP 3000 support and
consulting business and launched a new ISP management app that runs
on MPE/iX, won an appointment to the board.
Directors for the group are now Donna
Garverick, John Wolff, Stephen Suraci, and John Burke, along with
Edwards, Foster, Ciesinski, Tibbetts and Perdue.
Meaningful for many
Although the election generated a
light turnout, the response shouldnt indicate a lack of
interest in MPEs post-2006 future, according to members who
missed this years election. These customers say the
boards work with HP, as a forum for the HP 3000 divisions
management decisions, is more crucial than a count of votes.
MPE is still vital to us, and
OpenMPE plus a hardware emulator seem like our best hope, said
Dave Powell of MMFab. An emulator, plus software support with
someone able to fix whatever really needs it, might mean we can stay
on the 3000 for longer than we currently plan.
Sarbanes-Oxley audit work and 60-hour
weeks kept Terry Simpkins from casting a vote. I continue to
support OpenMPE and sincerely hope we are able to accomplish our
goals, said the IS Director of Measurement Specialties.
My not voting was not a statement about my perception of the
role or effectiveness of the group.
Some members missed the election by
waiting for a ballot to be sent to them. OpenMPE is one of
those initiatives that may allow HP system owners to justify a
longer, safer homestead, said Harley Shouldice of Pivital
On the other hand, other OpenMPE
members who skipped the election are simply moving away from the 3000
community, Tom Brandt, owner of EDI software firm Northtech, said he
has only a handful of customers using the companys package on
the 3000, a group he expects to dwindle to nothing in the next few
years because all his new development is in Windows.
I wish the OpenMPE folks
well, Brandt said, but I just dont see MPE being
used much in the next few years, except in a few companies with
die-hard MPE supporters, or in companies currently running MPE where
their business requirements are stable and their applications
dont need many changes.
The OpenMPE mission will still help
some sites, according to another member. My current employer
has no plans for converting from the HP 3000, said Paul
Christensen. In fact, they just put their business onto the HP
3000 in 2000. That was a major contributor to their ability to