I’m Paul Edwards, and as a former member and treasurer of the OpenMPE Board of Directors (2003-2008), I have several major issues with the current BOD that are of great importance to the HP3000 user community. These issues are no business plan, incomplete tasks, no usable minutes, no treasurer’s report, no hope of future success, and lack of leadership.
A need for a comprehensive and realistic business plan was discussed in BOD meetings for years. None has been produced. A proper business plan is vital for the success of any real corporation. The OpenMPE organization is not a business corporation. There are no products, no employees, no corporate facility, or steady income stream. It is essentially a volunteer users group. The original advocacy purpose of the organization is now gone due to the abandonment of the HP3000 and any liaison to the group by Hewlett Packard.
Several major tasks undertaken by the group include acquiring the source code for the MPE/iX operating system, as well as providing an HP3000 server to host the Invent3k environment, the Contributed Software Library, and the Interex Conference Proceedings. A donated server hasn’t hosted the items listed above as promised by Matt Perdue several years ago.
The source code has been acquired from HP, but only in a read-only format. Therefore, a new build of the operating system can’t be accomplished. So, any enhancements and fixes have to be done via patches.
The last BOD minutes posted on their web site is June 24, 2010. That was two months ago. That leads one to think that no meetings were held by the BOD. Looking at a few of the existing minutes on the group’s web site show minutes that are void of any real content. There aren’t any notes about why so many BOD members have resigned over the last year. There must not be any agenda for the BOD meetings, since that would normally be reflected in the minutes. So, I conclude that when BOD meetings were held, nothing was accomplished.
When I was Treasurer of the BOD, I gave a financial report at each meeting, kept the BOD members up to date on the group’s bank statements and tax status, and the information was published in the minutes. Since I don’t see any traces of that continuing in the minutes after I left the BOD, I assume that no financial information is being relayed to the user community by the current treasurer. This is not the way to run an organization.
Because of these issues, it appears that there is no future for the organization. Unless there is a radical change in the way the group is organized and managed, there is no hope of success. It must be remade into a full blown corporation with a realistic business plan, focus on proper organization and management, profit producing products, employees, and proper legal status. There seems to be a total lack of leadership by the BOD.
In conclusion, I feel that the OpenMPE organization should be dissolved by the end of the year 2010. All assets acquired from Hewlett Packard and Client Systems should be returned to them. Any money left should be given back to the persons who made loans to the group. It is time to close the doors.
CDR Paul Edwards USNR Ret.
OpenMPE Director 2003-2008