One the reasons that NIWeek 2007 was the Best NIWeek Ever was that during the NIWeek 2007 Alliance Day keynote, NI showed a slide called “The LabVIEW Community Online” (shown above) which included JKI’s logo! This slide displayed the logos of various LabVIEW community websites, including discussion forums, blogs, etc. I was extremely honored to see JKI’s logo included on the slide since we have long been focused on promoting and participating in the LabVIEW community.
What makes this somewhat interesting is that JKI is a company that provides consulting services around LabVIEW and other National Instruments hardware and software products. But, in addition to our work, we are extremely active in the LabVIEW blogosphere, discussion forums, open source community, and local LabVIEW user group meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area. In fact, the LabVIEW community is a core part of JKI. Let me explain.
JKI was founded in 2002 when I started working as an independent LabVIEW consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of JKI’s very first customers met me at a San Francisco Bay Area LAVA group meeting where I had been regularly presenting and participating. This contact evolved into one of JKI’s best long-term customers (we have worked with them on and off for over 5 years, now) and played a huge role in providing a solid foundation upon which JKI has been able to grow its business.
I got to know two of JKI’s senior engineers, Michael Aivaliotis and Philippe Guerit, through participation in OpenG and the LAVA discussion forums. After working with each other on various OpenG projects, we found an opportunity to work together at JKI. Philippe and Michael are an integral part of JKI’s team and a huge part of our ongoing success.
Additionally, in 2004, Jeffrey Travis contacted me and asked me if I was interested in co-authoring the 3rd edition of “LabVIEW for Everyone“. I met Jeffrey through our involvement in OpenG and Info-LabVIEW. If it were not for my involvement in the LabVIEW community, I would not have received this invitation.
JKI is actively working hard to find more ways to be involved with and promote the LabVIEW community. We do this because we enjoy being a part of this community and want to see it grow. Also, there are incredible opportunities that arise from participation in the LabVIEW community — you meet potential customers, colleagues, and build a professional network that enables business success.
I’m not telling you all of this to convince you that participation in the LabVIEW community is a guarantee for professional success, but rather to reinforce the fact that it has rewards which are varied but incredibly hard to quantify. In JKI’s case, it has contributed to attracting great customers, talented engineers, and book offers, as well as recognition during an NIWeek keynote. Yes, community participation takes a lot of time, but it is undoubtedly worth it — in addition to the satisfaction of making friends and helping others learn and use LabVIEW, you are establishing yourself in a professional community where opportunities abound.