Andy Piper is widely known as a Social Bridgebuilder and speaker, and is a Developer Advocate for Cloud Foundry.
He is an enabler, a synthesiser, a connector, and a community-builder.
- About this Blog
- Professional Biography
- Technical Background
- Interests and links
- Press and other coverage
The Lost Outpost is Andy’s personal blog. Most of the time you will be reading his musings on topics related to his work, life, technology, the web, and photography. This is a wide spectrum of topics – particularly since “life” could cover anything and everything that catches his attention!
As well as this personal weblog, Andy also contributes to mqtt.org, the site for the community interested in lightweight messaging for mobile and telemetry applications; the Eclipse Paho project, part of the machine-to-machine working group at the Eclipse Foundation; and Home Camp, the home hacking, automation and green technology community.
Andy is probably best known online as a “social bridgebuilder” spanning a number of areas of technology and interest. His weblog The Lost Outpost reflects the diversity of his skills and interests: development, design, communications, everything social, community building, marketing, gaming and digital imaging. He has been a co-host of podcasts including the weekly Dogear Nation podcast (search for it on iTunes), Games at Work, and the Ubuntu UK Podcast; is one of the organisers of Home Camp; and was a committee member and former speaker at Digital Surrey.
Andy is a regular speaker on various topics, ranging from digital culture and virtual worlds to social software (slides on SlideShare). He is a STEM Ambassador and is keen to promote computing and technology education to schools and universities in the UK.
Andy was previously with IBM Software Group for more than 10 years, as a WebSphere consultant, strategist, and WebSphere Messaging Community Lead.
Andy is a Chartered IT Professional member of bcs, the Chartered Institute for IT.
Andy holds a Master of Arts (Oxf) in Modern History from Brasenose College, Oxford University, in the UK.
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Andy’s extensive technical career began with several years working with distributed middleware technologies such as MQSeries and DCE for the UK Post Office. He developed broad experience with enterprise computing environments using a variety of platforms and standards. He then moved to IBM Software Services for WebSphere, where he worked with customers to help with implementations of WebSphere products, as a specialist in the messaging and integration families within the WebSphere portfolio; and later joined the Hursley lab, IBM’s primary European laboratory, to bring his field experience back to the development teams.
In 2012 Andy joined the VMware Developer Relations team to work as a Developer Advocate on the Cloud Foundry platform. In April 2013 Cloud Foundry was part of the Pivotal Initiative launched by EMC, VMware and GE and Andy became the Pivotal Developer Advocate for Cloud Foundry.
Andy’s experience with Linux and open source software stretches over fifteen years. Currently, he is community lead on the Eclipse Paho project; a contributor to Cloud Foundry; and actively works to improve quality and usability of Ubuntu projects through participation in the community and bug reporting. He was previously a volunteer contributor to the Linux Open Client used internally at IBM. Further back in the past he helped to manage projects such as OpenUT, Anjuta and GnomeSword / Xiphos.
In the dim and distant past, Andy coded applications for Acorn computers running the RISC OS operating system, and had a small business providing educational software to UK schools.
Andy’s interests include photography, music, video editing, and travel. His passions are varied: history; scuba diving; gaming; computing and digital literacy in education; Open Source hardware and software; home hacking; electronics such as Nanode and Arduino; maker culture; LEGO; independent music; science fiction; and cinema.
You can find out more about Andy and his interests from these other sites:
- About.me landing page
- Flavors.me landing page
- LinkedIn profile (professional background)
- Facebook profile (personal network)
- Flickr photostream
There is a bit more information about when, how and why Andy started blogging back in his first blog entry (which isn’t actually the first entry by date, but there’s a reason for that…).
- Pivotal People, August 2013
- Open Source and Employment issues, Redmonk Lunch, June 2013
- “The Social Ubuntu”, Ubuntu Podcast episode S06E14, May 2013
- “Guest House Ubuntu”, Ubuntu Podcast episode S06E13, May 2013 (guest presenter)
- “An Easy Route to Interoperability”, JAXenter, June 2012 (interview)
- “The Stateless App”, Uhuru podcast, April 2012 (interview)
- “Mountain Goat Pie”, Techgrumps podcast episode 57, March 2012 (guest)
- “An Exhortation to Peace and Unity”, Ubuntu UK Podcast episode S05E01, February 2012 (guest presenter)
- MQ Telemetry Transport, Technometria podcast, January 2012 (interview)
- MQTT Could Reshape Enterprise Wireless, Idevnews, January 2012 (interview)
- The Little Protocol That Could, Imperica, December 2011 (interview)
- The Taxonomy of All Things (part 3), ReadWriteWeb, November 2011 (extensive interview)
- How MQTT Averts a “Thing in the Middle” Attack (part 2), ReadWriteWeb, November 2011 (extensive interview)
- Negotiating the Internet of Things (part 1), ReadWriteWeb, November 2011 (extensive interview)
- Making a Smarter Internet of Things, CTOEdge, November 2011 (interview)
- IBM Open Sources Messaging Client for Embedded Devices, NetworkWorld, November 2011 (interview)
- IBM Brings MQTT To Eclipse, Internet.com, November 2011 (interview)
- IBM Improves Foundation Software, eMoney Daily, November 2011 (interview)
- The Internet of Things: How to Make Sensor Networks Work Like The Internet, Building a Smarter Planet, November 2011 (interview)
- “Revelations”, Ubuntu UK Podcast episode S04E14, August 2011 (guest presenter)
- In conversation with… David Berry and Andy Piper (on the Philosophy of Software), Imperica, August 2011
- Inventive Job Titles: the newest corporate trend, GulfNews, July 2011 (extensive quotes)
- “Sun and Steel” Ubuntu UK Podcast episode S04E10, June 2011 (guest presenter)
- “We’re all bleeding blue” This Week In Lotus podcast episode 43, March 2011 (guest)
- “The Piper’s Price” Ubuntu UK Podcast episode S03E21, November 2010 (guest presenter)
- WebSphere MQ Telemetry, (transcript) a podcast interview with IBM developerworks, September 2010
- IMPACT 2010 update, a podcast with IBM developerWorks from the annual IMPACT conference, May 2010
- Innovation Key in Social Media, But Not Everything Goes, an interview for GovCon Executive magazine, March 2010
- All About RSS, an appearance The Dan Logan Show on the UK’s Focal Radio digital radio station, April 2009
[NB from Jan 2009 to July 2011, Andy was a regular co-presenter on the Dogear Nation podcast, so only the earlier appearances are listed here]
- “Metavangelist Down!” Dogear Nation episode #60 (podcast)
- “Exchanging Technical Leaders” Dogear Nation episode #47 (podcast)
- “Are the Leopard’s Spots Real?” Dogear Nation episode #30 (podcast)
- “Ocean’s Thirteen” Dogear Nation episode #13 (podcast)
- Blogs go to work (IBM.com feature, 2006)
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