Update on the Community
Welcome Back, Some Development for 2015
Whether professional or personal, in this New Year, I wish you a lot of success in your projects.
For 2015, with your help we will keep finding new use cases and creating new topic areas for the community. For instance, we expect a new public group to be launched mid-February.
Last year, we started to do private external collaboration, with groups like Juno ARM Development Platform which then became public. In 2015, we will keep extending these for the ARM University Program Partners and for other use.
This year, we should also upgrade the community to the latest platform revision. By experience when launching the community, I know people don't tend to like change. However, I strongly believe the platform upgrade will ease everyone's work and reduce some of the quirks you are meeting today.
But the platform upgrade is a big task. So the community better fits your, I've made a few tweaks which will need to be assessed to see if they are still useful on the new software revision.
The user interface will have big improvements. Also, even if I personally don't believe this is a must-have, the UI will follow the latest trends with simplified design (Skeuomorphism removed). The colour scheme used is also likely to change, following feedback we received in the 1-year survey.
We will be changing the contribution reward scheme to also give a chance to members who contribute less: everyone is welcome!
The goal is to grow to membership but more useful is growing engagement: the more people participate, the quicker everyone will get answers and progress... and the less reliant we are on a few people.
Some Numbers for December 2014
We ran a couple of experiences last December to assess how successful we/you can be when we are really putting some effort in it.
These three themed weeks we ran were:
- ARM Wearables Week - 17 - 21 November 2014 - #ARMWearablesWK
- Kickstarter Week - 8 -12 December
This, and other member initiatives, made December the most successful month since the community was launched.
You more than doubled (221%) the number of engagements (likes, replies, bookmarks, doc revisions...) compared to November.
Content got 20% more views in December, even if the amount of content created was similar to November (~500 pieces).
In December, we reached more than 83,000 different visitors, that's 11x the number of members.
Next week, we will look at numbers for the previous 12 months.
Almost every week, I pick a few items on the community I think you should see. You can also find featured content on the community homepage and on the overview page of each community.
- The ARM Cortex-M7 processor Technical Reference Manual (TRM) and Interview with Joseph Yiu: Part I are out.
- Stereoscopy Without Headaches with a video presentation from Stacy Smith
- A64 Shift and Extend Operations: Operand Modifiers by Jacob Bramley on the ARMv8 64-bit ISA
- Can the Cortex-M3 stream videos? on calculating what you microcontroller you need to handle large displays
- Do Aarch64 char parameters and returns have the top undefined? in our ARM and Keil Tools group
- Predicting the future using CES, part 1 and part 2 from David Blaza
For the first of the year, I would like to start by personally thanking members who were working in the community over the last couple of weeks.
You helped engineers with their questions when ARM employees were mostly away.
Special thanks to yasuhikokoumoto, Jérôme Décamps, Gopal Amlekar and techguyz.
We welcome Bramson Welch and Associates to the community, an embedded design services company. Marni Welch and Eric Welch, please think about creating documents with your services description so visitors have details about what you are doing!
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