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GroundWork – Man Up

By John | March 10, 2008

I heard this weekend that Groundwork is afraid of me. Wasup with that? Guys, I am a 48-year-old nobody who is still looking to score my first backyard built-in swimming pool. No series “D” funding here. Come on guys, if you don’t like what I am saying, let’s debate it. Here are some of my outstanding questions:

  1. Where is Ranga and why did he leave?
  2. Can Dave Lilly be an effective CEO or is this just a transition?
  3. Can you explain the mass exodus of senior personnel that have left in the last year?
  4. Is your execution model still two thirds services and one third product?
  5. I always hear about your customer growth, but I never hear about your revenue. Last I heard, you were stuck at the $5 million per year with two-thirds of that being services and not product revue.
  6. With $25m in VC funding are you running a sustainable model?
  7. Why would Tara Spalding, one of SugarCRM’s first employees, leave SugraCRM? I thought that they were thought to be one of the first potential OSS IPO success stories. Was this a fire sale?

Don’t be afraid; I won’t bite. Instead of just doing press releases and having analysts regurgitate your story, come here and do a podcast with me so that we can focus on transparency.

Topics: groundwork, gwmanup, open source, opensource, sugarcrm, tara spalding | 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “GroundWork – Man Up”

  1. Groundwork Man Up #2 | John M Willis ESM Blog Says:
    March 14th, 2008 at 3:36 am

    [...] See also Man Up #1  [...]

  2. The Mighty Two - Zenoss | John M Willis ESM Blog Says:
    April 21st, 2008 at 11:07 am

    [...] Qlusters gone and IMHO, Groundwork feeding off the bottom there are only two commercially viable open source enterprise systems management (ESM) monitoring [...]

  3. gokulnathb Says:
    April 28th, 2008 at 3:09 am


    Groundwork is a tool which has very good backed of nagios, cacti and other best opensource tool in it and which can plugin in to any another tools in the industry. We get all the features that we get in any other product and the pricing is much cheaper compared to zenoss. What does zenoss give the customers better than groundwork or hyperic is going to give?

  4. John Says:
    April 28th, 2008 at 3:39 am

    If you don’t have any concerns about the list above then I guess you are good to go. Myself, I would not recommend this company to one of my clients until they can …

    a. Start showing some positive direction as opposed to the list above.
    b. Prove they are going to survive (can you say Qlusters?)

  5. gokulnathb Says:
    April 28th, 2008 at 5:23 am


    I am in to no conclusions and have decided upon which is best. On the flexiblity end i guess groundwork is quite not easy. My question was why is that everyone is talking about zenoss and hyperic and not groudwork at all. As i see equivalent good features in groundwork too. Some tips needed….

  6. gokulnathb Says:
    April 28th, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Another question is since zenoss is agetnless, how zenoss is going to capture the details of service which not going to populate it as a snmp trap.