2015 annual report

Dear friends,

The year 2015 is coming to an end, and we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

This post is a brief review of SIGSPL’s activities this year and technology observations.

The Magic SPL Triangle 4Q/2015


As there is yet no ‘official’ SPL technology but just initial trends, we have decided to put software products, which are in our opinion able to become proto-cells of future Software Production Lines, inside the Triangle. Outside the Triangle are products not directly related to SPL, but able to support.
If you think that your favourite technology is missing here, please tell us and we will consider an update to the diagram.


  • our members have deeper understanding of SPL, as well as good traction in their companies to drive our concepts forward;
  • we have recognized that with our methodology we can disrupt a multi-billion IT services market;
  • we designed an operational model for a rating agency to issue quality certificates. Our vision is to run it as a subsidiary department at the International Computing Centre by United Nations in Geneva;
  • we started contacting top notch VC companies to know how we can evolve after our first year, generate revenue and build a commercial branch, while aiming to improve this world as a public non-profit Think Tank.
  • we started talking to consulting companies interested in disruptive methods we offer.

Public relations

  • we launched this blog, offering its landing page in many languages to reach local communities;
  • we presented to the European Commission and the FICORE consortium our proposal of a technology agnostic digital certificate for technical software excellence, comparable to the EU Energy Consumption Label and received very positive feedback from all parties;

Many thanks to all supporters and readers and to all those who invested their time for brainstorming, exchanging ideas or an interview – we are looking forward to welcome new active members and contributors! 

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IoT 2.0 – the next Internet of Things!

“The Internet of Things 2.0 (IoT 2.0) is a virtual network of virtual objects or ‘virtual things’ embedded with virtual electronics, where applicable special IoT 2.0 software, virtual sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these virtual objects to collect and exchange data globally. That is, the physical matter in the IoT 2.0 domain space is digital code itself (with the two atoms 0 and 1), and virtual things are pieces of this digital code – or cyber artifacts.”


SCM: Better and fewer OSS suppliers in 2015

The 2015 Supply Chain report from Sonatype reveals recent facts on standard OSS software packages and vendors.

“Today I want to focus on the huge ecosystem of open source projects (“suppliers”) that feed a steady stream of innovative components into our software supply chains.  In the Java ecosystem alone, there are now over 108,000 suppliers of open source components [with 1M+ standard components –].  Across all component types available to developers (e.g., RubyGems, NuGet, npm, Bower, PyPI, etc.), estimates now reach over 650,000 suppliers of open source projects.” Derek Weeks

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However, like in traditional manufacturing, not all suppliers deliver parts of comparable quality and integrity. My latest research, the 2015 State of the Software Supply Chain Report, shows that some open source projects use restrictive licenses and vulnerable sub-components, while other projects are far more diligent at updating the overall quality of their components. Choosing the best and fewest suppliers can improve the quality and integrity of the applications we deliver  to our customers.

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