Adobe India's support to community19 Jul 2009
Mrinal Wadhwa started a discussion, in Adobe India Community Champions mailing-list, to raise concerns about Adobe India's role in Flex India community, he raised some good points.
It's unfortunate to see how one of the Adobe evangelists took it personal and reacted publicly and made some personal attack on Mrinal.
You can check out Mrinal's post to read what happened.
This is what I posted during discussion in the mailing-list.
My two cents after reading entire thread.
1) Adobe India works differently, the hierarchy and culture is different. More focused one engineering and marketing (to whom - God knows) than anything else. So any such event is aligned with sales and marketing needs. A lot of people who work enjoy their work but beyond that they don't do much. A lot of them even maintain low-profile for various reasons.
2) Adobe India Evangelist team works differently compared to their counter parts in USA. In India, they report to engineering director of Flex or platforms team, which is not the case in USA, if I am right.
3) Expecting Flex team engineers to participate would be too much, it's individual's curiosity/passion to do that. If their managers make it as on objective/gaol, most of them would show up for sake (performance review, appraisal, etc) - we don't want that. I have been through it and opposed the idea when my manager wanted entire team to do what we (Manish and I) were doing our own, due to our own curiosity.
I have always asked these questions (what Mrinal is asking) to myself and during discussions, but could never really understand. I have learnt that it's better not to expect much from the Adobe India, it's not really Adobe USA. Culture comes from top to bottom, and top management is not really anywhere close to what it's in USA.
I like Evangelists in Adobe India, most of them are passionate and are there because they love technology and what they do. Unfortunately, when you work for a boss who got a different agenda or things, you can't do much. As said earlier, Evangelist team reports somewhere to engineering director or someone like that, now you can imagine things.
These are some of my random, but based on my observation and experience, thoughts. No offenses meant to anyone.
I am keeping kind of low profile myself in Flex community, I realize community is doing good - there are far more developers than we had couple of years back. I also see there are far more passionate developers than before, you can judge that by seeing some regular names in lists/forums.
I am also sure, there would be far more people who are religious about Flash Platform and one can see tears coming out of their eyes while they talk about technology. As it used to happen with me :D
Expect the unexpected - the formula for peace of mind. Let's talk, inpsire and act to spread the words about things we believe in and love. I have been working hard to find a smart Flash Developer for my team, yet to find. I want to contribute in my way, I would love to have people in my team contribute to SDK and other opensource projects, now that's what I can afford to do now :-)
I expressed above based on my observation and experience, might not have been put properly as I wrote it quickly. But you might get my point there.