Those that have been following the Exartu story know that I enjoy and see huge payback in the cutting --nay the bleeding -- edge of software, and that my team and I keep on iterating on exactly what bleeding edge has meant.

As such, we’ve flitted quickly, re-adapting our project to the latest technologies.

It’s been a bumpy ride.

The billions of dollars that Google, Twitter, and Facebook have been pumping into web technology have acted like a regularly-occurring tsunami, wiping out, even destroying (looking at you Ruby, Silverlight, Knockout, and dozens of Javascript frameworks) the prospects of what were once highly envied development frameworks and libraries.

If that weren’t enough, the landscape of recruitment is changing equally fast. Take job boards for instance. A few years back, we were considered advanced at Tempworks for having integration with the major job boards. Today, even our integration with Broadbean --arguably the most adept player in the job board integration space -- can’t be considered avant garde.

The internet has changed that. Or, more accurately, mobile has. Everyone from a seven figure investment banker to a goat herder on the mountain tops of Armenia is using a mobile device and often they are looking for a job with it.

The result, of course, has been the proliferation of job boards (great post by Staffing Talk’s David Gee on that) and career sites that has turned recruitment on its head. No one, no one team, can corner the technology to manage that.

I’ve tried with Exartu-as-job-board-integration-platform. We have the slickest integration platform the best computer scientists I know were able to put together, but it’s still not enough. There are just too many job boards in too many industries in too many countries.

And despite efforts to standardize, humanity and labor has its own ideas. Carry this job board line of thought to payroll systems, background checks, employment eligibility, assessments, and the case for openness becomes overwhelming. Sigh.

However, exasperation has its advantages. You get to rethink and reboot. And so we are releasing Exartu out to the open source community with the hopes that job boards, applicant tracking developers, and recruiting firms will adopt it. I’ve put up the initial shell on Github

More to come.

Tags: Facebook, Twitter, TempWorks, Google, Github, Ruby, News, Javascript, David Gee, Broadbean, Silverlight, Exartu, Knockout