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Useful Mac — Bartender
I totally had a lengthy dream about this last night:
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Forrester Loses $90m and Josh Bernoff | Kea Company Blogs
Forrester’s readership is changing, however. Kea Company’s 2014 Analyst Value Survey showed that Forrester’s hold on its potential audience is shrinking, especially in the freemium readership that is transforming the analyst industry. In 2014, Forrester was used by 65% of survey participants whose companies subscribed to analyst firms. That’s an impressively large number, despite being down on the 2013 percentage. Importantly, just 41% of those without corporate subscriptions use Forrester. Forrester’s audience is (like many of the top ten analyst houses) too small in the freemium segment, which is now the majority of the audience for analyst research. Of course, 41% isn’t a terrible percentage: Forrester’s the second largest analyst house, and it has a significant audience. That said, any analyst firm should look at the ratio between its freemium audience and the premium (subscription-paying) clientele. Some firms can get more freemium readers per client than Forrester does (such as IDC). When I was doing charts for the post on the industry analyst business, I noticed that Forrester’s profits had been shrinking: Without looking at the details it was hard to say if this was good or bad (a company can choose to spend profits to grow, invest in the business…or they could just be doing poorly). Anyhow, this write-up from Duncan Chapple goes over some highlights from recent earnings at FORR.
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Software is eating the world, change or die!, and other business memes
I’ve been working on a piece for the Pivotal blog exploring what the hell “software eating the world” actually is and means, esp. as it related to that other hallowed mantra of keynotes: “change or die!” Here’s the intro so far: Pretty much every macro-level keynote in our industry covers the three horsemen of the digital apocalypse: Software is eating the world! Businesses must change or die! Buy our products/services! Trust me, as an analyst I would see these three horsemen about once a day. I got to know those horses well and even let them store the occasional turkey in my fridge when they had family over for Thanksgiving. They’re nice, as bringers of apocalypses go. Few things rankle me more than a business meme I’m forced to hear over and over. I’m left to delight myself with whatever new clip-art the presenter will use. I’ve always been curious to investigate the validity of the horsemen. The third one, of course, is evaluated on a case by case basis, but if you follow the citation chain for the first two, to get lost in a dense forest of leprechauns, if there’s any citations at all. So, I thought I’d start checking in on these two bedrock ideas more: What does “software is eating the world” really mean, and is it really on a tear like a starved man at a Shoney’s? Are businesses really facing such an existential crisis that they need to dramatically change? Should we expect them to change? Now if I can just work “third platform” in there, I’ll win bingo! “Bi-modal IT” for triple word score ;> In putting it together, I’ve currated a few charts, not all of which I’ll be using, but here they are for those of you who like charts: PCs vs. post-PCs from Gartner This is good for when you want to go over the foot-print for “computers” and/or show relative market-share between “mobile” and PCs. Source: Gartner 2012, 2013; 2014 to 2016 Embedded Software, 2009 edition Back in 2009, the embedded systems market was around €160bn… More recent estimats (from IDC, it seems) put the embedded market at around €1.5 trillion. Uber’s rumored growth by net revenue 330% CAGR! Source: “Uber Expands Funding Round as Revenue Growth Accelerates,” Wall Street Journal, Feb 18, 2015.
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@walmartlabs is now running in excess of 100,000 nodes of OpenStack on its compute layer. And that’s growing by the day. It’s also the technology that ran parent company Walmart’s prodigious Cyber Monday and holiday season sales operations. If that’s not production, I’m not sure what is.
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Apple doesn’t look at the numbers, it looks at what causes the numbers.
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[Y]ou’ll get an answer either within 10 minutes
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The folks at HeavyBit asked me to come talk briefly about continious integration and continious deployment in “the real world” for a little summit they had yesterday. The audience was a great mix of statups (HeavyBit ones) and end-users, most of them quite advanced. I hear there’ll be a recording of the talk, in the meantime here are the slides, some of which will be familer if you’ve followed the DevOps works we did while I was at 451. (You may recall I talked with the HeavyBit crowd early last year on how to deal with industry analysts.)
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In order to do that thing - which I’m not really sure why I’m doing - I need two cups of coffee.
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What is a true digital enterprise? | Information Age
Overall, McKinsey believes the value of becoming a digital enterprise should be in reducing costs by replacing labour-intensive activity with software-supported activity, either through full automation or through improving the productivity of individual workers in their jobs. … One widely accepted view of the digital enterprise is that it’s about leveraging technology to gain a competitive advantage. But achieving and maintaining a competitive advantage isn’t possible if a business isn’t productive. Boosting productivity is about more than simply adding new processes here and there; instead, organisations need to reorganise how they operate and the way their employees work. The key to achieving this is by eliminating the waste of unnecessary paperwork and overly complicated processes by digitising and automating the way we collaborate at work. From Ben Rossi at Information Age. It’d be nice to find whatever that McKinsey source is.
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This is what it looks like in my head pretty much all the time.
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I was delighted to be asked to be a guest on this week’s Speaking In Tech Podcast (see their larger site as well). If you’re not familer with the show, they split it into two halves: topical tech news discussion followed by a guest interview. I sat through the first half on mute resisting the urge to chime in, it was a fun conversation. The second half was an overview of my career in tech with me plowing through my weird travels therein, all the way up to Pivotal. Anyhow, have a listen, and subscribe to the podcast if you like tech podcasts - it’s good stuff each week!
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Elf (2003) Smiling's My Favorite (HD) - YouTube
"Make work your favorite. That’s your favorite, OK?"
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I went to three tech conferences recently - monkigras, FOSDEM, and Config Management Camp. My little trip report is up at the Pivotal blog. Check out the running dude line art they made for it. A tie!
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How to draw an owl, oft used in presentations to say “it’s hard.”
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What, speak in front a group of people for 60 minutes? Sure, I wasn’t doing anything important- just about to hang myself with this belt on a door-knob, but I can do that later.
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I’ll be at a couple of Pivotal Cloud Foundry Roadshows, free day long events where you can come learn about what Pivotal has to offer and how it fits in with companies that want to inject more software into themselves. I’m speaking at several of them as well: March 3rd, Austin - you can see Josh McKenty’s keynote and I believe I’m giving a lunch talk. March 5th, Houston - same as the Austin setup, but closer to the Gulf of Mexico! ;) March 10th, Cincinnati - I’ll be giving the keynote. I’ve nver been to Cincinnati, so: fun! March 10th, Raleigh-Durham - if you’re not in Cincinnati, catch it in RDU with a keynote from Cornelia Davis March 12th, Columbus - another place I’ve never been. I’ll be keynoting. March 12th, Charlotte - check out Cornelia again in Charlotte.
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Mounted on a destrier, William Marshal unseats an opponent during a joust.
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London, Brussels, Ghent trip, a set on Flickr. Gobs of photos from my recent trip to London, Brussels, and Ghent. Time was, I’d spend much effort tagging and selecting photos. Now I just uploads them.
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Follow-up In reponse to the analyst access commentary from last time, a reader wrote in: Are you familiar with Securosis? They’re a security-only analyst firm. Their business model is pretty different – everything they publish is free, and make money through sponsorship and inquiries etc. They have a model they call totally transparent research. I don’t know how much they make – but apparently they make enough to cover themselves. Tech & Work World Working at Pivotal I started a new job earlier this month at Pivotal. I haven’t had time to write an informal overview yet, but instead I did this interview/post on the official Pivotal blog. There’s also a follow-up piece that I haven’t promoted too much yet. I’ve been busy. Hopefully I’ll have my feet better under me. So far it’s been great, I’m really liking it. We have so much cool stuff at Pivotal and are getting crazy traction, with around $40m in Pivotal Cloud Foundry bookings last year. Quick Hits 2015 IT Budget Report - Spiceworks does a good job surveying the SMB (less than 1,000 employees) IT base out there. There’s always good stuff in there. Win Sun, lose Sun: How Larry’s bet on old-world systems hurt Oracle - a nice analysis of the Sun acquisition 5 years later. We discussed it, and more on the topic, in last week’s Software Defined Talk Podcast. VMware is bringing key Google services to its cloud Kyle Hilgendorf on VMware/Google cloud partnership Perforce study on CI/CD - they commisoned a study from Evans, looks legit enough. Average deployment across OSS and proprietary versions of Puppet is about 250 nodes. -@puppetmasterd #cfgmgmtcamp — Donnie Berkholz (@dberkholz) February 2, 2015 Fun & IRL Watch Run the Jewels’ New Video for “Lie, Cheat, Steal” - these guys! Sponsors This Memo is sponsored by The Craftsman PM - Amp up your skills and get to the top at this Whole Product Workshop Feb 21-22 in Austin and Mar 7-8 NYC. Grab a spot at 10% off for just Cote Memo readers (use code: cotememo62) before it’s all gone: http://bit.ly/cotememo62 FRONTSIDE.IO - HIRE THEM! Do you need some developer talent? When you have a web project that needs the “A Team,” call The Frontside. They’ve spent years honing their tools and techniques that give their clients cutting-edge web applications without losing a night’s sleep. Learn more at http://frontside.io/cote Meta-data Elsewhere: @cote, cote.io, memo@cote.io Archives: http://coteindustries.com/tagged/cotememo Subscribe: http://coteindustries.com/memo
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Looks like fun. That one lady in the upper right is really diggin’ the typing!
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I’d wager most Americans think there’s a lot more Team USA on this chart that there actually is. From The Economist Espresso: In the pink, Cadillac aside: GM’s results.
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Inside Amazon Prime - Fortune
All about Amazon Prime. The company doesn’t report many details, but there’s some estimates on costs and membership numbers. As ever, file under crazy pricing schemes that seem to work.
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All about VMware’s OoenStack distro. Check out the pricing: You may already own it. VIO is free to use for any organization with Enterprise Plus licensing. Support is optional. This is great for organizations that want to kick the tires, but aren’t quite ready to move to production. OpenStack is more than just a technology, it is a shift in thinking. It may take organizations a while to make it there, so why pay for something you don’t quite need yet? When you’re ready to go production, it will cost $200 per CPU, with a 50 CPU minimum. So, “free” if you’re already a customer and don’t want support. Fits well for the PoC and dev/test projects, and helps VMware retain customers who want to look into OpenStack. Also, with NSX under the hood, the hope is that one of the more complex parts of cloud, networking, works. We’ll have to track uptake over the next year; VMware has an interesting model here.
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Office everywhere: More great news for Office on iOS and Android - The Official Microsoft Blog
As Benedict said in his newsletter: Office for iOS has had 80m downloads so far. No word on active base, but that would be a little over 10% of all iOS devices. As we talked about recently, Microsoft’s overarching strategy is “don’t fuck it up.” Going OK so far.
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How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim Kardashian’s back-end (SFW) — The Message — Medium
One of the things nerds love to do is look at other people’s stacks and say, “what a house of cards!” In fact I fully expect people to link to this article and write things like, “sounds okay, but they should have used Jizzawatt with the Hamstring extensions and Graunt.ns for all their smexing.” Here’s what I think: We are rebuilding our entire culture and economy on top of computers, which are crazy light switches that turn on and off a billion-plus times per second. You can describe what a given computer might do in a given circumstance using math, but there are billions of computers running at all times now, all chatting with each other using different versions of software. So it’s chaos. Everything is a house of cards. You can point at the house of cards and laugh, or you can sit down at the poker table, grab the cards, and deal. Finally catching up on some reading.
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Scenes from FOSDEM, including a Dell XPS 13 in the wild, a la CoreOS.
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january 2015 by cote
When To Shave Yaks, Or Avoid It All Together | Pivotal P.O.V.
My first post at the Pivotal blog is up. I wrote up something the old “IaaS+” trend that I’ve been seeing recently and even encountered early on at Pivotal. Even worse than shaving yaks is shaving the wrong yak, like a llama. And there’s one of my favorite 451 charts in there, in case you like charts.
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Slack moves the world closer to an email-free future – Quartz
So far, the company counts 365,000 active users across 45,000 companies. It’s good stuff.
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I like the humble admission from Apple here: other people make calendaring and reminder apps that you might like more than ours.
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Amazon Prime is becoming a juggernaut – Quartz
Despite a price hike back in March for the company’s US home-delivery service (which includes free access to its increasingly impressive streaming video platform), the number of US subscribers to the service grew 50% last year. Globally, Prime’s subscriber base increased 53%. Crazy pricing gambits in action.
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Microsoft: Commercial Cloud Revenue Up 114% | Cloud Computing content from Talkin' Cloud
Microsoft (MSFT)’s commercial cloud revenue rose 114 percent in the fiscal 2015 second quarter, marking its sixth consecutive quarter of triple-digit commercial cloud revenue growth. The technology giant’s commercial cloud revenue is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $5.5 billion too. All they have to do is retain and then convert the office crowd. Should be easy. As an old boss of mine used to say, “just don’t fuck it up.” Ben has a good analysis of Microsoft from a corporate strategy stand point in his recent podcast.
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I bet the margin is all on the top two. See Gartner’s press release for raw numbers.
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iPad mini UI for the Pioneer amp. Much better layout than on the iPhone. Kind of IoT?
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451 Research report: 2015 Tech M&A on a Path to Continue Record-setting Spending of 2014
According to 451 Research, more than half of corporate acquirers (58%) indicated that they expected their own company to pick up the pace of deal making in 2015. That was the highest forecast by strategic buyers in the tech M&A marketplace in a half-decade. Likewise, tech investment bankers are bullish for this year, with M&A pipelines fuller than they’ve been in years. More than three-quarters (77%) of investment banking survey respondents indicated that the aggregate value of tech transactions they are currently working on is higher than it was a year ago. That stood as the second-highest assessment in the past half-dozen years of the 451 Research Survey. From the M&A team at 451.
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Crowe at Cloud Meetup. Meat. “You had one job…”
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