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Why the world’s first robot hotel was a disaster
But when the robots were put in place, things went wrong. The concierge struggled to answer guests’ questions. The dancers in the lobby broke down. The luggage-carriers could not climb stairs or go outside. A question-and-answer robot could not handle anything beyond basic inquiries—and responded to at least one guest’s snoring by waking him repeatedly to tell him it could not understand what he was saying. Rather than saving labour, the robots actually required the hotel to increase staffing in order to assist and repair the struggling robots. So the hotel recently decided to lay off more than half of its 243 robots.
Robots  Japan  automation  links  via:Workflow 
march 2019 by cote
'The gulf between apps and infrastructure is blurring' says boss of DevOps darling Puppet
Their portfolio:

> Puppet Bolt, the company's simplified open source automation framework, hit version 1.0; Puppet Insights, a tool for measuring how fast and how well teams commit code, showed up as a private beta; Puppet Discovery, for corralling IT resources, moved on to version 1.6; Pipelines for Containers 3.3 got Helm support; and Puppet Enterprise 2019 and Continuous Delivery for Puppet Enterprise 2.0 reached general availability.
automation  Puppet  conferences 
october 2018 by cote
The Smart, the Stupid, and the Catastrophically Scary
“Part of me likes being a programmer—because we're the last job. I can see a future—if we don't manage to blow ourselves up first—in the robot paradise where people are either robot engineers or programmers, or I guess do marketing. Or maybe bake pies, or smell things? Those are essentially the hardest things for a computer to do. But computers do everything else.”
ml  ai  automation  robots  work 
july 2018 by cote
Survey Shows Cloud and DevOps Complexity and Culture Concerns
"The findings, based on more than 1,300 responses from DevOps and IT professionals, showed the top barriers to DevOps adoption involve stagnant organizational cultures (according to 22 percent of respondents); managing the jumble of legacy processes, IT infrastructure and newly created cloud environments (21 percent); and growing software complexity that impacts application modernization initiatives (20 percent). "


"DevOps teams are still highly dependent on IT assistance to help deliver infrastructure, often through a ticket-based process. About 27 percent of those surveyed get access to the necessary infrastructure and environments within one day. But nearly 50 percent must wait up to one month for infrastructure access, while 24 percent wait for more than a month, particularly those with distributed teams."
surveys  cloudnative  digitaltransformation  automation  devops 
march 2018 by cote
Federal Reserve chair says ‘Amazon effect’ could be responsible for low inflation
‘The “Amazon effect” refers to the decline in traditional retail employment despite expansion in the overall retail sector. That paradox is occurring because of the explosion of online retail, driven in part by Amazon. As online shopping becomes more efficient and widely-used, fewer traditional retail workers are needed. The Amazon theory purports that lower demand for retail labor keeps wages low and holds down the price of consumer goods. But economists are split on the extent to which this phenomenon actually impacts inflation.’
automation  jobs  economics  retail  amazon 
march 2018 by cote
Datical cozies up to Pivotal for synchronized database updates
'Datical automatically examines SQL scripts created by developers and aligns them with a common object model. “We create a package so you have an immutable artifact that goes from development to test to production just like your app code,” Reeves said. The software checks for inefficiencies, such as the use of multiple indices or joins, and flags them before changing the schema.... Datical’s containerized image can be run with Concourse as part of a testing pipeline to enable application development teams to push application and database changes through the release cycle at the same time. The company’s will cross-sell each other products, although the arrangement isn’t exclusive, Reeves said.'
Datical  Pivotal  partnerships  data  databses  automation  cicd 
december 2017 by cote
Fear of Automation
“What this ignores, for the 50% that thinks the Internet is good, is that without it, and the automation and communication it has enabled, the workplace would be very different today. And that is one way the creep of insidious automation has been taking over.”
surveys  automation  work  numbers 
december 2017 by cote
The Bright Ops Future - Reinventing Operations in the Age of Cloud-Native IT
Slides from a Forrester/Pivotal webinar. Some survey charts on automation and DevOps stuff. Also, an overview of Pivotal's platform and cloud-native roles.
surveys  Forrester  DevOps  automation  Pivotal  cloudnative 
may 2017 by cote
Reflecting on the OpenStack Kilo Summit and Looking Forward to Liberty
"Puppet alone provides the basis for the majority of OpenStack deployments, at 56 percent. Puppet plus deployment tools that utilize Puppet (e.g., Mirantis Fuel, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, PackStack) provide the basis for 72 percent of all production deployments."
openstack  puppet  surveys  automation  cloud 
july 2015 by cote
EMC IT | Case Study | Pivotal
"Before adopting Pivotal Cloud Foundry, if a developer wanted a server for application development, it could take one to three months just to get an application development platform. Now, it can take just hours to get a server."
via:IFTTT  from:Instapaper  EMC  proofpoints  CloudFoundry  Pivotal  PivotalCloudFoundry  licensing  SaaS  speed  automation  transformation 
july 2015 by cote
Digging behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, Carr explores the hidden costs of allowing software to take charge of our jobs and our lives. Drawing on history and philosophy, poetry and science, he makes a compelling case that the dominant Silicon Valley ethic is sapping our skills and narrowing our horizons.
luddite  CCOS  culture  books  automation  consumertech  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
june 2014 by cote
DevOps folks don’t have much in the way of “orchestration.” In our 1Q2014 DevOps Study (the first rev of this study), we wanted to explore the DevOps toolchain. The high-level categories are summarized above: there’s some good usage of tools, but if you dig deeper, most of the tools are “legacy” tools. When you dig in deeper, DIY tools do dominate usage as well. Notably - esp. for ServiceNow’s recently announced features and demo of being an “orchestrator of orchestrators” with Puppet and other fancy tools - orchestration/topology/architecture was in very low use. I spoke a bit to this slide at my Red Hat Summit talk on cloud and DevOps, and you can see the next rumination on this study and other 451 work at DevOpsDays Austin next week.
DevOps  slides  charts  451  451Research  automation  know14  knowledge14  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
april 2014 by cote
BMC & BladeLogic are at ChefConf 2014 (right now!) | Server Automation
So we’ve built some first-generation integration between Chef and BladeLogic 8.5, which we’re demoing in our booth for the first time here at ChefConf. You can use BladeLogic to call Chef cookbooks and recipes on a push/scheduled basis, and you can reference BladeLogic compliance policies from inside your Chef cookbooks. It’s all very early and not production-ready, but we want to put this integration front and center with the people here at ChefConf and start a conversation about how they want to blend these two approaches to a stable, managed IT infrastructure. BladeLogic plays an interesting role in the history of the Puppet/Chef/etc. automation world. As I recall, Puppet’s founder Luke Kanies worked on Blade for a short while and, you know, was interested in a better way, which eventually led to Puppet. Also, for those who like startup culture books, Blade was the chief rival of Opsware, where many of the stories in The Hard Thing About Hard Things come from.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  history  BMC  bladelogic  automation  Puppet  chefcon  link  tumblr:link 
april 2014 by cote
Chef Closes $32 Million In Series D Funding | Chef Blog
Chef’s Sales grew 250 percent year-over-year for the third quarter. The number of new Chef Software customers grew by 350 percent for the nine-month period ending September 30, 2013, with Fortune 1000 companies accounting for nearly 60 percent of Chef’s sales.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  momentum  opscode  chef  growth  funding  numbera  automation  cloud  startups  link  tumblr:link 
december 2013 by cote
Dell Grabs Puppet to Master Competitor Systems
This is the private cloud in a box that Dell doesn’t call a private cloud. It’s converged infrastructure. Adding in Puppet is great and certainly makes it feel more cloudy. Dell has spent a long time, with several acquistions, trying to get ActiveSystems just right. As TPM sums it up: Active System Manager is largely based on a sophisticated set of infrastructure management tools that Dell took over and rebranded after it acquired Gale Technologies in November 2012 for an undisclosed sum. Dell had a mix of systems and cloud management tools, including those it got when it acquired Scalent and licensed from DynamicOps (which VMware bought in July 2012), for its infrastructure management. The two questions for Dell on automation are always around Crowbar and Gale: “We have been following Chef and Puppet in the industry for a long time,” Ganesh Padmanabhan, director of products for Dell’s converged infrastructure solutions, tells EnterpriseTech. “With Crowbar, the exercise at that time was to make a bet and see how far it goes. We are going to keep that activity alive, Crowbar is still massively important for our larger scale and Web 2.0 customers. But we are seeing more traction on the Puppet side, so this becomes a more strategic bet for us.” And on Gale: Going forward, new configuration and control templates for Dell machinery will be created in Puppet, and the vast trove of templates for third party gear will be available to customers using Active System Manager. Overall, it sounds good. It does make Dell a Chef and Puppet house, which is always an architectural quandry to sort out internally.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  Dell  ActiveSystems  privatecloud  automation  Puppet  PuppetLans  link  tumblr:link 
december 2013 by cote
Coté • I’ve been in Chef Fundamentals training this week....
I’ve been in Chef Fundamentals training this week. It’s a good course. Chef is a lot more ruby than I’d realized. It’s pretty close to what a programmer would do if they were forced to manage machines. Of course, programmers also came up with Ant and Maven, so we have that. All this will be a good baseline for chomping through the successors of Puppet and Chef, the SaltStacks and Ansibles who seem to be taking an even more simplified approach.
Chef  modeldrivenautomation  screenshots  Opscode  PuppetLabs  Puppet  automation  DevOps  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  tumblr:photo  photo 
december 2013 by cote
Puppet Labs Achieves Record Third Quarter Sales Growth
"Puppet Labs ended the quarter with more than 1,400 commercial customers."
puppetlabs  momentum  automation 
october 2013 by cote
Are PaaS and Configuration Management on a Collision Course and Four Other PaaS Questions – tecosystems
If we assume for the sake of argument that, at least on some level, traditional configuration management/provisioning will become a feature of PaaS platforms, the next logical question is: what does this mean both for PaaS platform providers and configuration management/orchestration/provisioning players? Should the latter be aggressively be pursuing partnership strategies? Should the former rely upon one or more of these projects or attempt to replicate the feature themselves?
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  redmonk  sogrady  paas  configurationmanagement  automation  DevOps  link  tumblr:link 
september 2013 by cote
Coté • Companies that can deliver software more...
Companies that can deliver software more frequently with fewer issues have a competitive advantage over those who can’t.
devops  automation  puppet  modeldrivenautomation  cloud  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
september 2013 by cote
Opscode adds services for Chef control freak
"There have been over 1.2 million downloads of the open source Chef tool to date, and Jay Wampold, director of marketing at Opscode, says there are 23,000 active users with the tool and 16,000 registered users in the open source Chef community."
chef  pricing  numbers  automation  cloud  startups  services  momentum 
august 2012 by cote
HP to cut 1,300 jobs in UK, says Unite
Press quote by Twitter: 'Many were sceptical of this explanation, however. “If you can replace 9,000 jobs with ‘automation’ you must have just invented some earth-shattering technology,” remarked RedMonk analyst Michael Coté [in Twitter] at the time.'
redmonkpressquotes  HP  layoffs  twitter  automation 
october 2010 by cote
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: 'Cloud will automate millions of IT jobs' - Mobile
'Ballmer said 20 to 25 million people worldwide work in the IT business, either with vendors or in-house IT departments. "There's a chunk of that, 10 to 15 per cent, whose jobs will be automated in new ways as a consequence of moving to the cloud," he added.'
via:gigaompro  cloud  microsoft  automation  quotes  numbers  itmanagement  layoffs 
october 2010 by cote bolsters ITSM SaaS offering
"What's interesting with this release is it's becoming clear that instead of just sticking with just the service desk, wants to branch out into other parts of IT management. … It's trying to get toward one hosted service that orchestrates all of the pieces for you," Cote says. With runbook automation, for example, "it's providing the beginning of a tool you would need to draw out processes, such as provisioning a new user. You can model out the process, see where humans get involved and where automation kicks in," he says.
redmonkpressquote  servicedesk  automation  redmonkclients  itmanagement  itmanagementguys 
october 2010 by cote
HP to cut 9,000 jobs, automate enterprise service business - BusinessWeek
Man, if you can replace 9,000 jobs with "automation" you must have just invented some earth-shattering technology -
layoffs  HP  automation  cloud  EDS  redmonkpressquotes 
june 2010 by cote
HP products target hybrid cloud computing
HP "is expected to introduce an updated version of its Operations Orchestration software, which can now extend the product's automated provisioning and de-provisioning capabilities into Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). The software, sold as a license and deployed on customer premises, enables IT administrators to automate the process of provisioning virtual resources. HP executives say the added features will let companies using both internal and external clouds standardize on provisioning and de-provisioning workflows."
itmanagement  itmanagementguys  via:twitter  via:AndiMan  DeniseDubie  cloud  Amazon  provisioning  HP  automation 
december 2009 by cote
Cloud Computing Shoot Out - FedScoop on Vimeo
Supposed to be some BladeLogic, maybe automation stuff in here.
via:twitter  videos  itmanagement  tk  BMC  BladeLogic  automation  FedScoop 
december 2009 by cote
Private cloud: Self-service IT at your command
Brief customer case of setting up a (beta) private cloud for self-service.
cloud  privatecloud  VMWare  virtualization  cases  selfservice  automation 
december 2009 by cote
BMC Software, Strategic Partners Drive Customers Toward Proactive IT Operations
(Whao!) “Our ecosystem of strategic partners is deeply engaged with BMC to help our mutual customers tackle their most critical IT challenges, often before they arise,” said Vick Vaishnavi, vice president of worldwide marketing for BMC’s Enterprise Service Management business unit. “Together we are enabling IT departments to better anticipate issues and outcomes, an increasingly important priority as complexity increases with cloud and virtualization initiatives.”
bmc  virtualization  itmanagement  via:twitter  automation  itmanagementguys  pr  bizspeak  quotes  partners 
december 2009 by cote
gist: 161265 - GitHub
Some sort of manifesto/rules on dev/ops automation, model-driven IT hoopla. Things like: "Do not use any product with configurations that are not machine parseable and machine writeable." Yup.
puppet  via:twitter  automation  itmanagementguys  itmanagement  manifestos 
november 2009 by cote
RightScale ServerTemplate Library and Machine Tags
Tags! "We introduced Flickr style machine tags recently and we’re expanding their use with this release. One of the really exciting new features is that servers now have tags and we’ve integrated the tags with the routing of messages between servers, with Chef (via the RightLink agents) and with the UI. All this is still in alpha but it’s starting to take shape. Our first real use-case is the registration of application servers with load balancers. The way it works is that when a load balancer comes up and is ready for operation it adds a “loadbalancer:lb=www” tag to say “I’m a load balancer for the www vhost”. When an app server starts up, it requests all servers in the deployment with a “loadbalancer:lb=www” tag to run a Chef recipe that adds the app server to the load balancer rotation. This way, the app server doesn’t need to know which or how many load balancers there are. The tag matching, communication, and running of the Chef recipe are all done by the RightLink agents."
tags  rightscale  cloud  itmanagementguys  chef  automation 
november 2009 by cote
Reductive Labs | Austin, TX Puppet Training
I'll be sitting in on this training to get my next generation automation skills on. Discounted registration ends tomorrow/today, so check it out. It's in Austin!
training  redmonkclients  automation  itmanagement  itmanagementguys  puppet  ReductiveLabs  conferences 
october 2009 by cote
The State of Puppet
Hear Luke tell the story of Puppet and how it's doing today.
puppetcamp  ReductiveLabs  redmonkclients  automation  presentations  puppet 
october 2009 by cote
Red Hat bolsters system management tools - Network World
"The Spacewalk technology includes a software and hardware inventory system, software update installation, package collection and distribution, provisioning, management/deployment of configuration files, monitoring, virtual guest provisioning that includes start/stop/configure capabilities, and the ability to distribute content across multiple geographic sites."
spacewalk  Satellite  RedHat  RHEL  itmanagement  itmanagementguys  RedHatSummit2009  automation 
september 2009 by cote
Defining 'unified computing systems'
"I guess the idea is that it is one that brings network, storage and computing resources together and managed as a single unit."
cisco  automation  unifiedcomputing  virtualization  cases  quotes  itmanagement 
august 2009 by cote
Becki Heller, Co-Founder, Trendsta
Big Data meets The Kids: "The process of engaging with Trendsta teens is almost completely automated, so we can engage ten thousand teens at once. And once teens are engaged the Trendsta system sits in the background passively observing interactions, and quietly segmenting users from within all of a teens social spaces. This ensures responses that are incredibly candid, while also highly informative."
thekids  bigdata  trends  trendspotting  automation 
august 2009 by cote
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