2008 – The Year of the Asterisk Ecosystem?

By Digium Webteam

Happy New Year Asterisk fans,

The New Year is typically the time for reminiscing on the past, and looking forward to the future. I’ll also soon be celebrating my 3rd anniversary of working at Digium. It’s hard to believe how quickly the company has “grown up”, now employing about 120 folks and sporting a modern, spacious new facility. I certainly don’t miss our cramped old offices and their third-hand furniture. But I do fondly recall some of the past traditions, like Mark walking down the hall yelling, “Who wants to go to lunch?” That doesn’t happen as often – especially now that he and I work on different floors.

But while Digium evolved, Asterisk exploded over the past few years – creating a revolution that no single company could possibly manage. Digium can’t do it all, but luckily we don’t have to. This is where the Asterisk community and our “ecosystem” of partner companies come in. We’re fortunate to have a great set of business partners, and in 2007, we renewed our commitment to them by creating a new Technology Partner group with dedicated staff and new programs. We appreciate our partner companies, and we’ll continue to give them top billing and red-carpet treatment.

But we realize there are a lot more companies out there making great products for the Asterisk community than we can keep up with. To help you find them, we recently built a new Digium|Asterisk Marketplace. It’s where users, developers, and resellers can go to get the “parts” for complete open-source telephony solutions. It includes our official Digium Technology Partners, but now boasts a new listing service that almost anyone can join. So if your company has a great Asterisk-related product or service, but you’re not quite ready to be a partner, the Marketplace is an easy and inexpensive way to advertise it to the community.

The price is right – a listing starts at $395 per quarter. In return, your company gets exposure to the thousands of unique visitors that cross the Digium site daily. Or you can get a more prominent “premium” listing for a few extra bucks. For a limited time, you can get a listing for a full year starting at $795 – about half the regular rate.

Later, we plan to add more cool features, such as the ability for users to provide feedback, more categories for listings, and the ability to buy selected partner products directly from the Marketplace site.

Getting a listing is easy – submit your information here, agree to the terms (gotta keep the lawyers happy!), and place your order. Digium approves the listing within a couple of days, and boom – it appears on the Marketplace for all to see.

A lot has changed in the past few years, and of course more changes are inevitable. But I think it’s safe to say the Asterisk Ecosystem is here to stay, and I believe 2008 will be the year that it truly comes of age. By creating new tools and programs such as the Marketplace, we’re trying to help it grow and flourish.

Here’s wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2008!

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