Since I’m in the process of porting our MDD framework to Red Hat Linux, I was curious about the various new tools available to me. (It also feels good to get dirty with another environment again, especially an old friend like Linux. It’s refreshing.) I found some interesting new packages, including OpenShift (which could be useful if we decide to consolidate applications to only a few servers.) However, personally, the most interesting package was something that I’ve been seeking for a while. Behold MatterMost!
A couple months ago, I had complained that bots weren’t generally useful. However, I had found one useful scenario for myself, if only a given platform would support it. Basically, I’d like an interactive bot that could give me status information about my distributed system (currently running processes on multiple machines, database row contents, etc.), all through a secure messaging client on my phone. And apparently, MatterMost is just that platform! According to the site, I can install the software onto RHEL, run my own messaging service (with native mobile clients), and then integrate bots into that running instance of the service. And at a fairly modest price…Now I just need to get the brass to sign off on it, in terms of both budget and network integration. It’s a long shot, but at least it’s now a distinct possibility.