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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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february 2015 by cote
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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february 2015 by cote
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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february 2015 by cote
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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february 2015 by cote
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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february 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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january 2015 by cote
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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january 2015 by cote
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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january 2015 by cote
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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january 2015 by cote
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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january 2015 by cote
The Daily Update | stratechery by Ben Thompson
A nice insight into a shift in go-to-market mechanics from Ben Thompson in his newsletter today: From a product perspective, data should not be associated with a device, but with a person. That means it must live on the cloud: devices are simply a means of manifesting that data. The business implications are even more profound, at least for Microsoft: no longer does it make sense to focus on discrete licenses that serve as a deterrent to accessing your data anywhere on any device; instead the future is as a service and continuous payments from the customer either in the shape of subscription revenue or attention (which can be sold to advertisers). If you’re all “third platform” crazy, his daily newsletter is good stuff, and at $100/year, just about the cheapest price/quality you’ll find in analyst land.
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january 2015 by cote
Are emails about missing sandwiches the biggest workplace time sink? | Information Age
But despite 53% of those polled in the Sennheister study saying they wished everyone picked up the phone more rather than clogging up inboxes with wasted emails, many are reluctant to go retro and pick up the phone- 67% of workers said they send more emails than they make phone calls because it’s easier, and one in five confessed they were not confident about speaking on the phone. So are there better ways of keeping everyone in the loop about mundane things such as fire drills, whip rounds, new starters and lottery syndicates? I always feel like people just need to learn how to communicate in the written word better. Often, there’s no conventions explicitly stated about how to use email. I don’t think I’ve ever started a job that had “here’s how we use email around here” training. If you have no shared process - and training to get everyone using the process - of course it sucks, no matter what “it” is.
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january 2015 by cote
Writing Clarifies Thinking — Lessons from McKinsey — Medium
I knew that the creation of slides was important from a communication standpoint. However, it was only after being there for some time that I realized the importance of writing (and the creation of slides) for the analysis and thinking process. Each week we were producing decks to share with clients — however, I noticed that some of the slides we were creating never made into the client presentation. When I asked one of the partners on our project whether these slides were wasted work, he responded with what I would later hear from time to time as a McKinsey maxim: “Writing clarifies thinking.” Sure, that’s a thing. You bet. And I think it frustrates people who don’t realize there’s a collaborative writing process going on when you’re “wasting time” on those “excess” slides. Or it’s just thrashing. That happens too and is built into the overall model that run the types of situations that most “decks” are created in. Using writing to clarify your thinking is an excellent tool. As the author explains it can be helpful to just write purely for yourself to figure out what you’re thinking. I often do this for presentations, or after spending several days verbally spelunking through a complex problem. This written product can be especially useful in a group setting to basically say “so, is this what we all just agreed on?”
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january 2015 by cote
The “Uberization” of the economy is really about building a better trap for ideas – Quartz
I don’t think of Uber as a force that dis-intermediates—as we olds used to say—transportation, but one that creates value for itself, its drivers, and its users, by developing a new layer that integrates them all with maximum utility. A very talented developer once told me that the secret to a world-beating service like Dropbox was to make something very, very complicated seem devastatingly simple. To me, uberizing meant trapping a series of innovative processes—phone-enabled geo-location, payments and driver management and distribution—into an app-accessible service. That’s good framing. It’s not (just) removing a middleman, it’s better overall UX. One might even say “design.”
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january 2015 by cote
The mainframe lives on: Big Blue’s bet 2015-01-14 | Espresso
Analysts estimate that these machines, with related hardware, software and services, provide a quarter of IBM’s revenues and 35% of its profits.
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january 2015 by cote
Macy's mulls starting its own outlet chain - Fortune
Outlets and off price chains first emerged for clearing out unsold merchandise from earlier in the season or products with defects. But now, the bulk of what is sold is no longer close outs. Instead, much is made to order for the off-price and outlet stores. For instance, some 90% of what Neiman Marcus’ Last Call outlets chain sells is made specifically for those stores. This great deal was made just for you!
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january 2015 by cote
The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos's Fire Phone Debacle And What It Means For Amazon's Future | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
And team members simply could not imagine truly useful applications for Dynamic Perspective. As far as anyone could tell, Bezos was in search of the Fire Phone’s version of Siri, a signature feature that could make the device a blockbuster. But what was the point, they wondered, beyond some fun gaming interactions and flashy 3-D lock screens. “In meetings, all Jeff talked about was, ‘3-D, 3-D, 3-D!’ He had this childlike excitement about the feature and no one could understand why,” recalls a former engineering head who worked solely on Dynamic Perspective for years. “We poured surreal amounts of money into it, yet we all thought it had no value for the customer, which was the biggest irony. Whenever anyone asked why we were doing this, the answer was, ‘Because Jeff wants it.’ No one thought the feature justified the cost to the project. No one. Absolutely no one.” It is a pretty cool feature. I suspect if more developers were messing around with four camera on the front of a phone they’d come up with something. Needs more ecosystem.
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january 2015 by cote
A mile wide, an inch deep — Medium
We pay more attention to time spent reading than number of visitors at Medium because, in a world of infinite content — where there are a million shiny attention-grabbing objects a touch away and notifications coming in constantly — it’s meaningful when someone is actually spending time. After all, for a currency to be valuable, it has to be scarce. And while the amount of attention people are willing to give to media and the Internet in general has skyrocketed — largely due to having a screen and connection with them everywhere — it eventually is finite. That seems like a useful metric. See also: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention_economy
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january 2015 by cote
How Paul Graham Is Wrong | Hacker News
That Paul Graham piece has dusted up a bunch of links on remote working. This thread at HN has some good points in the usual sea of spew, including this point: I think you’re underestimating the degree to which day to day office crap weighs on people and makes them far less effective than they might otherwise be, even if they get to have someone come over and “pair” with them. I generally find being “in the office” very time consuming and distracting. For collaboration it’s great, but the value of that is way over estimated vs. the “cost” of wasted time driving, chatting with people, getting lunch, etc. To put it another way: getting things done in “the office” is hard. There’s too many white-collar vampires who want to suck up your time and cycles.
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january 2015 by cote
To Raise Productivity, Let More Employees Work from Home - HBR
[W]e found that people working from home completed 13.5% more calls than the staff in the office did—meaning that Ctrip got almost an extra workday a week out of them. They also quit at half the rate of people in the office—way beyond what we anticipated. And predictably, at-home workers reported much higher job satisfaction
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january 2015 by cote
Docker: IaaS or PaaS? Reflections on DockerCon EU
As mentioned in my newsletter recently, I typed up a think piece on Docker (the company and the emerging ecosystem after it’s EU conference earlier this month. 451 clients can read it behind the paywall, but here’s the 451 Take: The ecosystem around the Docker container technology is in the process of figuring out Docker’s identity while at the same time contending with a sudden rise in popularity. Although early attention on Docker paired it up against the likes of VMware at, let’s say, the IaaS level, as we investigate further, Docker looks like more of a PaaS innovator. VMware would certainly like that option, and Docker Inc spent much of its recent conference in Amsterdam talking more about Docker-as-PaaS – through the lens of ‘microservices’ – than Docker-as-IaaS. From this vantage point, it looks more like dotCloud never really stopped being a PaaS vendor and, instead, under its new name of Docker is just evolving the nature of PaaS. You can read a few more pre-copydesk excerpts in that newsletter edition as well. Apply for a trial if you’re not a client (you should be!).
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december 2014 by cote
Forecast: Workplace Trends, Choices and Technologies for 2015 | Re/code
From Steven Sinofsky: As an enterprise, the pragmatic thing to do is go public cloud and operate existing infrastructure as legacy, without trying to sprinkle cloud on it or spend energy trying to deeply integrate with a cloud solution. The transition to client-server, GUI or Web all provide ample evidence in failed bridge solutions, a long tail of “wish we hadn’t done that” and few successes worth the effort. As a startup, it will be tempting to work to land customers who will pay you to be a bridge, but that will only serve to keep you behind your competitors who are skipping a hybrid solution. This is a big bet to make in 2015, and one that will be the subject of many debates. Some good white-collar toolchain commentary too: Gone are the days where the enterprise productivity ninja was the person who could make the richest document or presentation. The workflow of static information, in large, report-based documents making endless rounds as attachments, is looking more and more like a Selectric-created report stuffed in an interoffice envelope. Today’s enterprise productivity ninja is someone who can get answers on their tablet while on a conference call from an offsite.
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december 2014 by cote
Red Hat CEO Whitehurst Talks OpenStack, Containers - Tech Trader Daily - Barrons.com
Good commentary, as always, from Red Hat’s CEO. I appreciate all the “color” that team tends to give on their numbers.
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december 2014 by cote
StackStorm automates and monitors a core DevOps asset: the software delivery pipeline
I’ve been speaking with StackStorm on and off for a few months now. I finally got around to writing up a report on them, available for clients. Here’s the 451 Take: StackStorm fancies itself an automation company, and with experience from Opalis Software, it’s little wonder. What’s interesting about its approach is that it’s automating the DevOps pipeline, including the continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) process. This may seem like a minor concern, namely, working on developer tools. And ‘developers don’t pay for anything,’ right? However, in cloud native application and DevOps teams, the CI/CD pipeline is the core factory for a company: it’s a mission-critical process that needs as much monitoring and automation as production itself. If your business depends on being able to deploy new code every week – or daily – anything that slows down that pipeline is bad, very bad. Not only that, integrating the pipeline with production monitoring and automation helps realize the full continuous delivery vision. Hence, StackStorm finds itself in an interesting position, vision-wise: we’ll take care of the new mission-critical asset for you, the DevOps pipeline. Few other vendors have that scope of vision, at the moment at least. Check out the full report behind 451’s paywall - apply for a trial if needed, there’s great stuff back there!
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december 2014 by cote
The Four Hundred--Changes Ahead For IT Jungle In 2015
The advertisements will be a little bigger, too, and my advice is for you not to complain, but to engage with our sponsors, who pay the bills around this joint and who make our strategic, tactical, and technical material possible. I’m a fan of everything TPM writes, he’s excellent and his coverage is always deep and timely. The Four Hundred/IT Jungle is about the best place for keeping up with IBM news. You can skip the AS/400 stuff and just read then general IBM news. Also, Enterprise Tech is a similarly excellent approach to general infrastructure concerns.
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december 2014 by cote
The New Stack Analysts, Show 22: APIs, Docker and Containers in the Cloud Casino | The New Stack
I seem to recall thinking that I did a pretty piss-poor job of saying anything interesting on this episode, but the other folks had good stuff to say. If you like meta-tech community talk, the discussion about defrag at the end is nifty.
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december 2014 by cote
Employers ignore almost everything on your application–except this – Quartz
Referrals account for between 30 and 50% of hires in the US. In a paper published earlier this year, researchers from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and MIT studied data from a financial services company, and found that while referrals only made up about 6% of total applications, they resulted in more than a quarter of hires. That’s more than the number hired via online job boards, even though those job hunters accounted for 60% of applications and 40% of interviews. In fact, a referral who gets an interview has a 40% better chance of getting hired than other candidates. See here.
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december 2014 by cote
DevOps Opening Session: The Application Economy is Here. Are You Rea…
CA does a pretty good job with their DevOps marketing. The company takes a “solution” approach (explains how existing products fit together to satisfy a complex, suite-needing problem). Here’s their latest marketing fineness.
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november 2014 by cote
Gartner Study Finds Big Data Still In Infancy - Page: 1 | CRN
About 73 percent of organizations in a survey of 302 Gartner partners said they’re investing or planning to invest in big data technologies and services this past June. However, 13 percent have actually deployed those solutions. That figure, for organizations planning to invest in the next two years, is up from 64 percent in 2013 across a survey group of 720.
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october 2014 by cote
Anthony Bourdain Has Become The Future Of Cable News, And He Couldn't Care Less | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
“Tony is an incredibly strong storyteller—he tells stories through food and travel and a little alcohol mixed in,” says Zucker. “Really, that’s what CNN should be about. I learned as much about Israel and the Palestinians from Tony’s hour on Jerusalem as I did from any reporting that I’ve seen.” I think there’s something magical in that statement. As the Boomers disappear into retirement and the next generation starts running things, I sure as shit hope that framing takes over media and “story telling.” That Cronkite-cum-PC, “everything is clean and tidy and yet culturally balances” has been stifling. Which is to say: gonzo, hopefully it’s back.
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september 2014 by cote
Veblen good - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In economics, a Veblen good is a member of a group of commodities whose demand is proportional to their price; an apparent contradiction of the law of demand. A Veblen good is often also a positional good.
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september 2014 by cote
VMware consolidates its systems and cloud management suite into vRealize, with SaaS
My brief report of VMware re-swizzling it’s cloud management tools into the “vRealize” brand is up now. More than just a re-branding, the intention is to systematically refactor the collection of tolls (vCAC, Log Insights, their “cloud business” tools, and others) into a set of more stand-alone services that can be composed into different combinations, sort of microservices oriented, maybe. Here’s the 451 Take: As we’ve noted previously, the VMware management portfolio had started to get too large to easily comprehend. Traditional Big Four vendors have long faced this challenge of simplifying their suites. The goal here is not only to make it easier for customers to evaluate and decide what to buy, but to make using the functionality in the suite easier for end users. The contrast between large suites of products and best-of-breed ‘products’ comes up most sharply in transition periods like the movement from plain old virtualization to cloud that we’re currently seeing. With the large portfolio it’s built and acquired over the years, VMware must do this consolidation to compete with best-of-breed competitors. It will take time. One positive note is that the use of SaaS may help defeat the perilous path of integrating the road maps and architectures of previously independent products if VMware can convince customers to go the ITMaaS route… a task in which others like ServiceNow are finding great success. Much of the time is spent explaining why VMware would do this rather than speeds and feeds’ing through the software. 451 clients can read the full report, or apply for a trial if you’d like to take a peek.
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september 2014 by cote
SolidFire's OpenStack reference architecture is driving new sales and thought leadership
My report on SolidFire’s OpenStack reference architecture (RA) is now up. In addition to covering the RA itself, I was more curious to hear how the business had been going that is, “is it a thing?” As I put in my newsletter the day of the briefing, it seems like the answer is yes. Here’s the 451 Take: SolidFire’s flash-driven software-defined storage approach has always been interesting: It promises to act as a generic pool of very fast storage, supporting multiple workloads on each box, with different performance characteristics as desired. The company has been looking to move beyond being just another storage provider, and its reference architectures in OpenStack and VMware, sold under the Agile Infrastructure brand, seem to be doing just that. SolidFire says the resulting thought-leadership has changed many of its customer conversations to a holistic cloud discussion rather than it being just a parts supplier for cloud projects. Our ongoing work in cloud and OpenStack shows that end users are eager for simpler and easier approaches to getting up and running with public and private cloud, and with so many companies planning cloud projects in the next two years, SolidFire should find plenty of traction. Clients can read the full report with some future looking plans, commentary on momentum and pipeline, and a similar RA for VMware that SolidFire just released
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september 2014 by cote
Containers as a service: Can Docker be a fresh opportunity for service providers?
As newsletter subscribers may recall, we’ve been talking internally at 451 about how service providers could use Docker, or not. The piece on that topic is now up, and free for all to view to boot. Here’s the 451 Take: Given the gulf between the actual needs of application stacks and the ability of modern hardware to pool physical resources, there is an opportunity for providers to move IaaS forward for developers. However, it requires commercial container vendors (Parallels) to tune their products toward delivering open-ended environments for users to bring their own applications, or it requires providers to blend IaaS with containerization to varying levels of sophistication on their own. Cloud computing succeeds because it is better at getting the consumer access to computing power than the alternative. In this case, developers are the consumer, and developers do not want to deal with every part of an operating system or systems concerns outside of their application. Developers happily pay low-cost providers $5 or $10 a month for a VM. If providers can give them superior service in the form of VM-less, stateful and container-ready environments they control for 1/10th the cost of production, this could shake up the cloud business, just as cloud shook up hosting before it. No more virtual machines, only apps. Carl Brooks did most of the heavy lifting here as he knows service providers (and existing containers-ish competitors like Parallels better than me. Obviously, since “developers” are my hammer, it’s nice that yet again Docker is a handy nail. Part of the reason I wrote that “big ass report” on developer relations was to help education service and cloud providers about the importance of developers and how to reach them. It’s nails all the way down!
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september 2014 by cote
Why Did Docker Catch on Quickly and Why is it so Interesting? | The New Stack
Excellent piece. Too bad my folks didn’t get around to writing it first, but at least now it doesn’t need to be written. The insights in developer relations are great. At a meta-level: It’d be interesting to “crowd source” analyst research agendas by just bundling up pieces like this and original work and having that be your “corpus” of research. It’s what Techmeme does for news (no original content though). That’s kind of what InfoQ does for appdev and I think it works kind of well there (I find video a bit too oblique, but you could do 500-1,000 word summaries a a la Blinkist on all the conference talk videos InfoQ has - that’d be a good premium service). Probably a good business too. I suppose it’s the infamous HuffPo and Forbes model, but applies to IT industry analysis.
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september 2014 by cote
Why Amazon Has No Profits (And Why It Works) — Benedict Evans
When you buy Amazon stock (the main currency with which Amazon employees are paid, incidentally), you are buying a bet that he can convert a huge portion of all commerce to flow through the Amazon machine. I have admit, I didn’t really read that closely, but there you go.
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september 2014 by cote
Compuware's Channel VP Says $2.5 Billion Thoma Bravo Sale A Big Boon To Partners - Page: 1 | CRN
Sell more APM, grow marketshare, probably over at 4-5 year term: The APM market is fragmented. We are the only APM vendor with more than 10 percent share. We can’t reach our potential without joining forces with the channel. No APM vendor has more than 20 percent share, and we aim to change that. If you threw in Keynote (and finessed the taxonomy), a bit of organic growth, and acquired a medium to large sized APM startup, sure! You could buy AppFog off Dell, but integrating that might be a hassle (maybe migrate customers over off Foglight?). NetIQ is also scurrying around in Thoma Bravo land, right? I’ll have to go check the APM market-share pie-charts and start the clock ticking.
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september 2014 by cote
Most comments ever: The irresistible rise of Constellation Research? | Influencer Relations | Analyst Relations | Edited by Duncan Chapple
That old pay to play model just doesn’t suit us. So this makes it hard to make it all work. We know it’s tough, but we also know it’s worth pursuing. We do have to thank over 100 sell side (vendor) and 200+ buy side (end users) clients. And to address someone else’s comment, these aren’t webinar attendees (we’d be able to list 1000 clients in that case) These 200 represent folks who’ve engaged us for subscriptions, advisory services, or attended our programs. Also, in that same comment from Ray, a fun analysis of doing staffing at an analyst firm.
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september 2014 by cote
How to grill an American VC... on the storage upstart world • The Register
WTH: How do you see the path towards the software-defined Data centre? AB: What I believe is driving this trend is that developers and organisations are looking to move extremely fast. Developers are getting used to the paradigm of going on AWS (Amazon Web Services) and getting resources immediately instead of weeks/months of provisioning time. That is the benchmark against which they are now holding their internal IT organisations. They are benchmarking their IT organisation against AWS in terms of ease-of-use, agility and price. I think that is the fundamental macro trend that is driving the desire for the software defined data centre. That feels right, and is probably missing some tricks (doing better analytics, new end-user devices, etc.), but hey, like I used to say cloud == speed.
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september 2014 by cote
Novell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I’ve been reading up on Novell’s history. So far it’s got some fascinating twists and turns. Wikipedia sums up the turning point well: The inclusion of networking as a core system component in all mainstream PC operating systems after 1995 led to a steep decline in Novell’s market share. That is, once networking become “commoditized,” the unique position Novell had with IPX changed. And then there’s some channel hijinks that happened. I’m also obsessed with figuring out what went wrong at Sun in the 2000s - Novell seems like some good mental training wheels for that.
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august 2014 by cote
In an API-driven cloud, Intigua wants to wrap APIs around your management midsection
A report I wrote on Intigua is up now. Here’s the 451 Take for y’all now: Intigua has always been a company with a difficult marketing proposition, having started off as a packaging and deployment balm for systems management agents. While there is certainly utility to ‘managing the managers,’ a broader positioning and purpose was clearly needed. Intigua’s new positioning as an enabler of cloud management APIs looks encouraging, and if the company can extend into ‘orchestration’ as a consequence, it can start addressing one of the major gaps of large enterprises that are ‘going cloud.’ It’s nice that all of those cloud-native companies can manage tens of applications with their devops and cloud approaches – but how will the large companies of the world manage the tens of thousands of applications they’re beset with? In talking with some folks who’ve been dealing with so-called “APIs” at the infrastructure stack…there’s a lot of work to do to make the management layer APIs behave like one would expect. Because WS-*. Intigua bought re-print rights to the last piece I wrote on them, so you can read it for free on their site. Client can read the full report, and try a trial if you’re not signed up with us yet.
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august 2014 by cote
A Sneak Peek At VMware EVO:RACK Cluster Appliances
With EVO, VMware is pitting the hardware vendors against each other for deals that will likely involve hundreds to thousands of nodes in large enterprises, and the competition will drive down hardware prices and therefore the overall price of the EVO solution. If hardware costs less than it might otherwise without such pressure, that extra margin can come from the software and support in the EVO stack. It’s rough being a hardware vendor. At the VCE level, pro-services is another margin lever to play with (mostly the increase price, not discount), but that’s a bit up market.
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august 2014 by cote
Zenoss is on the hunt for large enterprises with a little help from Hadoop and Docker
Back in my RedMonk days, I spoke with Zenoss a lot, so it was nice to finally catch-up with them again. They’re moving up-market and adding spending much time beefing up their back-end to handle the resulting, larger scale demands for a systems management platform in the enterprise space. The full report is available for 451 clients, but here’s the 451 Take: Zenoss has been undergoing much change in recent years. While other startups were snatched up and folded into larger vendors’ emerging cloud portfolios, Zenoss remained independent. The company has been transforming from its open source roots and now is solidly a commercial company, focusing upmarket on $45,000+ deals instead of smaller accounts. This is a wise move that lifts Zenoss out of competing at the low end (where the expansive nature of the platform makes the proposition too expensive) and allows it to focus on large enterprises that tend to like overstuffed systems management portfolios vs. the point tools from the likes of SolarWinds and others, which gobble up cash in the midmarket and below. As companies are switching their IT over to more cloud-like infrastructures, management vendors like Zenoss that can keep up with the new demands should find opportunities for growth. Is it working? Further in the report we cover the financial metrics that are known: The company says it has seen 30% Y/Y revenue growth and is now ‘north’ of $20m in annual revenue (Inc. reported its 2013 revenue at $22.4m). Zenoss says this is a record high and that it has a 93% renewal rate. If you’re not a client, sign-up for a trial to take a peek behind our paywall.
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august 2014 by cote
VMware Embraces OpenStack Clouds, Docker Containers
Good, thorough piece from TPM on VMware’s OpenStack and Docker stuff this week, inc.: The lesson to be learned from this is that OpenStack is just a framework for how the components of a cloud are controlled, but it does not prescribe any particular component for compute, networking, storage, or management.
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august 2014 by cote
Bimodal IT, VMworld, and the future of VMware | CloudPundit: Massive-Scale Computing
Gartner’s @cloudpundit has a great way of summing up VMware’s future-proofing problems when it comes to their strategy. tl;dr: they need to straddle two worlds, pre-cloud and post-cloud infrastructure. When VMware says “hybrid cloud,” that straddling of “legacy” IT and “real cloud” seems to be what they mean: That brings us to VMware (and many of the other traditional IT vendors who are trying to figure out what to do in an increasingly cloud-y world). Today’s keynote messages at VMworld have been heavily focused on cost reduction and offering more agility while maintaining safety (security, availability, reliability) and control. This is clearly a message that is targeted at traditional IT, and it’s really a story of incremental agility, using the software-defined data center to do IT better. There’s a heavy overtone of reassurance that the VMware faithful can continue to do business as usual, partaking of some cool new technologies in conjunction with the VMware infrastructure that they know and love — and control. But a huge majority of the new agile-mode IT is cloud-native. It’s got different champions with different skills (especially development skills), and a different approach to development and operations that results in different processes and tooling. “Agility” doesn’t just mean “faster provisioning” (although to judge from the VMware keynote and customer speakers, IT Operations continue to believe this is the case). VMware needs to find ways to be relevant to the agile-IT mode, rather than just helping traditional-IT VMware admins try to improve operations efficiency in a desperate grasp to retain control. (Unfortunately for VMware, the developer-relevant portions of the company were spun off into Pivotal.) This last parenthetical point is what always confus[es|ed] me about the Pivotal divestiture. I get all sorts of answers depending on who I ask, the official one (as far as I understand it) is always the least interesting, of course.
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august 2014 by cote
Teradici's remote workstation access product paves the way for a new type of WaaS
As you may recall, I write about virtual desktop stuff from time-to-time. Teradici recently launched a new workstation remote access package for engineers and CAD/CAM types. My 451 report on the topic is out, co-authored with Scott Ottaway. Teradici is an interesting company in this space as they get most of their revenue (70-75%) from OEM’ing their PCoIP technology to the likes of VMware, Amazon, HP, and many others for embedded use in those OEM’ers products and services. Here’s the 451 Take: As the needs for end-user computing devices continue to fragment, Teradici is wise to expand its portfolio and look downmarket. Its focus on specific use cases with high-end line-of-business applications is smart because of the potential revenue for these applications. We feel there will be a constant need for virtual desktops in the engineering and security fields, which like the controlled access. As new devices get into companies through BYOD programs, the demand for virtual desktop services is likely to increase for companies that need to support access to ‘traditional’ desktop applications from these new devices. Adding the ability to connect to workstations as a service in the public cloud should be appealing, especially for smaller businesses that may want to shift large up-front capital costs to ongoing operating expenses, renting monthly instead of buying up front. The company will have to pay special attention to building up its direct sales and marketing operations and expand beyond single OEM customers to maximize its growth opportunities. It’s a nice strategic move for the company to try and amp up it’s non-OEM business. Client can read the full report, or sign up for a trial (why not?).
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august 2014 by cote
DOD Certifies AWS Cloud for 'Sensitive' Data
Early on, vendors who wanted to compete with AWS would speak to the idea of an “enterprise cloud.” All the US Federal activity that AWS had been up to - including that $600m private cloud for the CIA - seems to nullify most of that. I think what will be more important is targeting the type of application supported: old school, three tier app that are statefull everywhere, or cloud native, microservices apps that are stateless (shoving statefullness of to caches and databases).
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august 2014 by cote
My awesome Facebook promotional failure - diginomica
I am going to sound incredibly churlish here but why on earth Lionel Messi could possibly like our stuff is well beyond my imagination. Flattering though it might be. The same goes for the 20 year career short order cook who posts cat pictures, the retired person who joined Facebook last week, the nurse with a heavy religious bent. On and on it went. Long ago I tried some ads for RedMonk on Facebook. I think I targeted them at people who worked for IBM. It was hard to figure out if anything “worked.” As with most things in work-life, I think you need to have a highly targeted, simple plan in place. Otherwise, you’re casting a broad net and doing classic advertising. The other issue is the fact that “enterprise tech” is very niche-y. One would think LinkedIn would be a better place for ads, Techmeme, or even parts of StackExchange. Maybe TechTarget or the occasional ZDNet and such. I think sites like The New Stack have a good chance to assemble (you could also say “aggregate” in this context) a hard to find tech audience and server up better ad space. We’ll see.
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august 2014 by cote
Creative People Say No — Medium
parislemon: Kevin Ashton: Saying “no” has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined. No guards time, the thread from which we weave our creations. The math of time is simple: you have less than you think and need more than you know. We are not taught to say “no.” We are taught not to say “no.” “No” is rude. “No” is a rebuff, a rebuttal, a minor act of verbal violence. “No” is for drugs and strangers with candy. I love and agree with everything about this post. Hey, it’s pretty good framing. It’s like the old programmer saw about how much interruption actually take - 2-3x the time spent in the interruption because you have to get back into “flow.” I spent a lot of time saying “no” the past week (mostly the email and my own desires to distract myself with meta-work), and ended up writing 5 or so reports. It worked out well. There’s a whole concept of that “meta-work” that needs to be explored: it’s “meetings,” analyzing team performance in spreadsheets and KPIs, dreaming up marketing support, etc. Stuff that isn’t core production. Once you master avoiding goofing off and get yourself some sort of GTD system in place, that meta-work is the next friendly assassin to watch out for.
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august 2014 by cote
Secure Hosted Desktops and Apps - DaaS Market Trends - Citrix
Citrix has a new DaaS service provider survey out. I’m often overly harsh on virtual desktops and, by extension, DaaS. I’m always curious who actually uses this stuff, so the vertical breakout is interesting: The largest number of service providers who responded listed financial services, healthcare and manufacturing as the vertical markets they served. This is an interesting change in the vertical market ranking compared to the December 2011 Citrix Service Provider survey. In 2011, service providers indicated their leading verticals were healthcare, legal and public sector/government. Manufacturing finished fifth in the 2011 survey ranking of most popular verticals and third in the 2014 survey. The growth of manufacturing as a DaaS vertical is a keen indicator of new trends in the vertical market ranking, which is usually dominated by healthcare and financial services. Citrix has, of course, chosen to not sell DaaS directly but rather be a supplier for others who’d like sell DaaS. Amazon and VMware, and others, have gone the opposite route. We’ll see what happens.
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august 2014 by cote
Developing and Enabling a DevOps Culture in Your Team | Datical
Smells like Agile in 2002: Your DevOps efforts will probably fail unless your entire management team buys into the required changes, and executives recognize that they’re going to have to change the way they operate, as well. Have fun storming the castle. Anecdotally, I hear fun tales of BigCo’s being befuddled by all the changes needed here. It shows why it’s vital to prove to The Business side that it’s worth it, which is always tough for such dramatic changes.
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august 2014 by cote
Contentful seeks to purify content management with RESTful APIs and cloud services
I spoke with the folks at Contentful recently. They have an interesting smoothie of API management and CMS that looks hopeful to people like me who remember “mashups.” Anyhow, as always, the full report is available for clients, but here’s the 451 Take: As companies seek to become ‘digital enterprises,’ many are faced with the challenge of omni-channel marketing and content distribution: delivering content to Web browsers, mobile and tablet browsers, and even in-car systems, for example. While dreams of ‘mashups’ in the past sought to deliver programmer-friendly ways of accessing cleaned, tidy data over standard Web protocols, that technology doesn’t seem to have rolled out to the market beyond early prototypes popular at conferences – after all, who says ‘mashup’ any more? Contentful is bringing an interesting, RESTful, public cloud API approach to content management. The company’s challenge will be to out-innovate larger competitors that have much to lose in the small content management market. You can also apply to get trial access (why not?) to read this report and more of what we have tucked away behind the paywall.
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august 2014 by cote
Rackspace continues to bring DevOps to the mainstream with new services
My recent report on Rackspace’s DevOps services is up. For a flat rate of $5,000 a month on-top of your cloud services they’ll do all sorts of DevOps-y things for for you. The full report is available for clients, but here’s the 451 Take: In our studies on DevOps, we’re constantly finding that companies would like to decrease the time it takes to get new applications and features into production. In one of our recent DevOps studies, more than 50% of mainstream (that is, non-technology) companies wanted to deploy their applications more frequently, especially companies with more than 100,000 employees. While much of what is required to achieve the benefits of DevOps is about ‘culture’ change (changing processes and roles within companies), that’s always been an obtuse thing to implement. On the other hand, there are quickly evolving tools and best practices that are more straightforward. Rackspace is doing an admirable job of bundling these tools and practices into two services that aim to help companies do DevOps. This type of offering, of course, aligns nicely with Rackspace’s new ‘we’re not just another cheap cloud’ managed cloud positioning. The DevOps market is in the early stages, but exploring specialized offerings like this will be key for Rackspace in building out its ‘managed cloud’ portfolio and positioning. If you’re not a client, why not try a trial?
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august 2014 by cote
Pivotal shows good momentum in helping build 'programmable businesses'
I wrote a brief update on Pivotal recently, [the full report is available for clients]. Here’s the 451 Take: Pivotal’s connection to the so-called ‘EMC Federation’ gives it an expansive portfolio, but we believe that Pivotal’s core message reduces to, “Hello, Global 2000 enterprises. The middleware stacks you use to build and run your enterprise applications are not so good. Ours is better, so you should use it for new applications development and to rewrite old applications.” The growing acceptance of Cloud Foundry as a PaaS standard is proving to be helpful in realizing this vision, as well as Pivotal’s deep assets in data and ‘big data’ management. Pivotal will need to focus more on articulating the company’s identity and explaining how its broad array of middleware helps solve the business problems that digital enterprises are experiencing when converting to ‘programmable businesses.’ If you’re not a client, apply for a trial to check out more.
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august 2014 by cote
Reg man grills HP Software big cheese • The Channel
A summary of revenue: [HP’s] software division - IT Management, Application Development, Vertica, security and Autonomy - turned over $3.91bn in fiscal 2013 ended last November, down from $4.06bn in the previous year. With software, it’s good to focus on profits as well, as the margins are much higher. A common problem with large companies is getting cross-selling, inside and out of the company: “The biggest challenge for HP Software,” Youngjohns says, “is to get access to that broad range of HP partners and resellers, people selling systems and device solutions, to convince them software ought to be part of that proposition.”
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august 2014 by cote
Dell's end-user device management portfolio, KACE, has grown revenue 5x since acquisition
I checked in with Dell’s end-user device management folks, KACE, recently and wrote up a report. Patching and all that isn’t exactly thrilling (but, as they say, necessary), however, it’s interesting to see the momentum the acquisition has had since 2010. Because we’d been collecting revenue from KACE over the years (thanks to Dennis), we could estimate what growing the business 5x looked like. The full report which goes over recent updates, competition, etc. is up for clients. Here’s the 451 Take: While end-user device management may seem one of the less glamorous sides of IT, it’s a vital ‘keeping the lights on’ function. If you showed up to work and there was no device to send emails from, everything would (perhaps delightfully!) grind to a halt. Nowadays, end-user device management is all about enabling employees to use different types of devices rather than straitjacketing them into outdated ones, and KACE seems to be keeping up with the times. We’re equally interested in KACE’s progress as an indication of how the vision for the Dell Software group is playing out. It seems to be going well, with KACE revenue having increased 5x to about $100m by our estimate. While this represents just 5-6% of Dell Software’s $1.8bn revenue, that growth should be viewed as good. Of course, as software, its margins should be far and away higher than Dell’s hardware business. John Swainson, Dell Software group’s president, has commented that he’d expect to see software contributing 25% of Dell’s profits, never mind the relative top-line. Indeed, as IBM has shown over the years, that’s the point of a software group inside a systems group – cash contribution. As always, I like to get a sense of the numbers and the relative size of things. The KACE group was one of the first software assets (albeit packaged as an appliance) that caught my attention and impressed me about Dell ambling into software, back in 2011. And, as always, you can apply for a trial and mention me to get a preview of the stuff we have behind the paywall.
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august 2014 by cote
Hey, biz bods: OpenStack will be worth $3.3bn by 2018 • The Channel
My new somewhat monthly column in the channel section of The Register is up. It goes over 451’s recent OpenStack market-sizing and relates some anecdotes about how common it is to get outside help with private cloud installs. You know, of interest to people who’d be reading up on channel stuff.
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august 2014 by cote
The Emerging Market in DevOps - 451 Research’s Q1 2014 DevOps Study O…
The Emerging Market in DevOps - 451 Research’s Q1 2014 DevOps Study Overview for Vendors from Michael Coté My team at 451 does a fair amount of consulting with vendors on the topic of DevOps: what is it, why do people use it, and how can I, the vendor, do something with it? I’ve presented on our thoughts on what DevOps means for end-users many times, but I wanted to share the conversation we have with vendors as well. Obviously, this is just a quick introduction and overview. What’s always esp. interesting is seeing how various companies figure out how to apply it to their plans and portfolios. I tinker with this presentation often so I’ll try to upload new versions as they come. Several weeks back, 451 re-did how we divide up our research practices and DevOps plays a central role in one the practices I manage, “Development, DevOps, and Middleware”…so you can be we’ll continue to do a lot in the DevOps space. Anyhow, tell me what you think!
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august 2014 by cote
Why major airports are missing a trick with their lack of free Wi-Fi access | Information Age
Here, the example is in airports: It lets the airport team observe where certain areas might become congested, allowing quicker reaction and reducing the impact on passenger flow. Furthermore, the heatmapping functionality enables them to overlay demographics, which proves particularly useful when examining the use of certain spaces. Airports can ascertain where it would be best to place new shops and restaurants, as well as signage and advertisements effectively. They can also observe how long it takes people on average to move from the restaurants through security to their gates, to inform future tactics and measure KPIs accordingly.
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august 2014 by cote
CSC, IBM Team On Extended Cloud Alliance Around SoftLayer, ServiceMesh Development - Page: 1 | CRN
The new offerings bring IBM solutions around SoftLayer Infrastructure-as-a-Service and BlueMix to CSC customers, including integrating them with the CSC ServiceMesh Agility Platform. The agreement will bring ServiceMesh Agility Platform to the IBM Cloud Marketplace. That ServiceMesh acquisition seems to have been a good idea.
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august 2014 by cote
Dell Sees Server Uptick, Awaits Demand For ARM
As detailed by Dell’s Forrest Norrod: We typically think in big animal terms. The true hyperscale market is a very small set of customers, maybe the top seven to ten players. The scale-out customers sit below these, and include Web tech, HPC, and the large financial institutions for their quant farms. The core enterprise comes next and includes converged, high-value workloads and volume workloads, and finally there is the SMB/value segment. All four of these segments are growing right now. The strongest unit growth is probably on that scale-out space below hyperscale and we are still seeing great opportunities for Web tech and technical computing. I think that HPC is becoming less and less a thing off in the corner and more of a critical component of almost everybody’s business. And the interesting thing from our perspective is not necessarily the exascale ambition and hundreds of millions of dollars in government projects. We are much more interested in the commercial, mid-scale, and educational technical computing areas and we think these are fast growing segments. Core enterprise has returned to growth.
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august 2014 by cote
qz.com
“What if?” statements throw fuel on the fire of stress and worry. Things can go in a million different directions, and the more time you spend worrying about the possibilities, the less time you’ll spend focusing on taking action that will calm you down and keep your stress under control. Calm people know that asking “what if? will only take them to a place they don’t want—or need—to go. Just keep suckin’ on that chili dog.
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august 2014 by cote
Stop Press: Why developers are not masters of the universe | Creative Intellect Consulting
Tracking the exact mechanics of bottoms-up shifts in IT is as hard as tracking “real cloud” spend, if not harder: I would listen to developers, but more likely an architect or head of development than allow the grass roots to start buying and using anything they wanted. I am not naive enough to believe that developers don’t go out and look at neat new stuff, a developer happy and content to just do maintenance on existing software is a rare commodity indeed. Developers may have introduced some tools such as Git, Github, JIRA and Jenkins but these will at some point still require some level of management buy in and approval , nor do they affect the company wide license expenditure. There’s a lot on “this is how large organizations actually work,” which is good context for what all this “enterprise nonsense” is all about: In order for a developer to sign up to a public cloud service any even remotely competent compliance driven department will ensure there is a process for approval for the spend which would include justification. If the initial spend is approved then there is a risk that a developer might be naive in his usage of the cloud environment and start moving data around or investing in massive amounts of computing power. This would normally be caught at a monthly bill cycle by any diligent IT manager/Director. If not then the finance team would certainly pick up on the unusual spend. In summary: “hi, we’re a ‘large enterprise,’; cloud, we don’t do things like that.”
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august 2014 by cote
Mesosphere bringing Twitter's infrastructure secret sauce to the Global 2000
As Coté Memo subscribers know I’ve been working on a report on Mesosphere. It now up, as alway available for 451 clients. Here’s the 451 Take: As with vendors like CoreOS, Docker and Red Hat (and the work around Google Kubernetes), Mesosphere is rethinking the infrastructure needed for cloud-native applications. We see a growing demand to rewrite and re-platform the bulk of applications existent in the consumer and enterprise spaces to fit into mobile and tablet form factors and take advantage cloud infrastructure. For example, the recent IBM/Apple partnership promises to develop ‘hundreds’ of iOS native applications and the back-end services to support those apps. As cloud platforms like OpenStack mature, alternatives like Mesosphere may present architectural – and wallet-share – competition for public and private cloud. As companies look to solve these problems, they may find themselves intellectually behind – most companies are just now addressing lower-level cloud infrastructure needs – requiring companies like Mesosphere to do a hefty amount of thought-leadership and market-making. If you’re not a client, take a trial for a spin, it’s good stuff back there behind the paywall.
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august 2014 by cote
Lack of SAP HANA use cases stifling demand among ASUG members - diginomica
Dennis reports on a refer SAP user group survey which points to difficult up-take for HANA. It seems like the primary blocker is coming up with justifiable reasons to buy and use the thing, a “business case,” as the kids say. On the other hand, the actual performance of the thing seem to be real, if under-appreciated by those report hungry LoB-monsters: BW on SAP HANA was always going to be an easy win given the time it takes to run reports. Crushing days into minutes and hours is a massive obvious win. What is less clear is whether those kinds of win turn into cash that can be released into other projects or process improvement. One problem I came across was that the massive speed improvements had put data analysts under incredible pressure as LOB started feeding them with many questions, not just the handful they’d been used to hefting. I suppose that’ll be the result of Big Data installs over time: “when have you crushed days into minutes for me lately, nerd?!”
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august 2014 by cote
OpenStack Community Challenged By Dearth Of Talent, Complexity - Page: 1 | CRN
"OpenStack talent is a rarified discipline," McKenty said, adding, "to be good with OpenStack, you need to be a systems engineer, a great programmer but also really comfortable working with hardware. You need to understand how the infrastructure works under the covers." … "There’s 2,000 people working on OpenStack on the vendor side, and the customers can’t compete with HP to hire OpenStack engineers. So they’re relying on us to make OpenStack work for them," McKenty said.
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august 2014 by cote
Cover Story: Chambers Preps Cisco For Toughest Transition Yet - Page: 1 | CRN
Since being tapped to lead Cisco in 1995, Chambers has grown the company from a $2.2 billion hardware manufacturer to a $48.6 billion network hardware, software, security and services powerhouse that’s more bullish than ever on becoming the world’s No. 1 IT company. Cisco had 3,827 employees when Chambers was appointed CEO. Today, there are more than 70,000.
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august 2014 by cote
CoreOS receives $8m in funding to bring its cloud-friendly Linux distro to market
As newsletter subscribers know, I’ve been working on a report about CoreOS. I find it intriguing as a possible “leap-frog” around cloud platforms like OpenStack…or possibly as future best buddies. Either way, it’s really interesting to watch that team try to re-imagine Linux for cloud scale. The report is up now for clients, but here’s the 451 Take: Along with companies like Docker (which CoreOS bundles) and Mesos, we’re seeing interesting trends that are reinventing how operating systems work, targeted toward cloud deployments. The end goal seems to ensure that Linux will not just become a component of cloud platforms, but become something of a cloud platform itself. CoreOS is an interesting tracer for this possibility. As CoreOS itself noted, gaining broader, ‘enterprise’ adoption is the main issue for a technology like CoreOS; most enterprises are slow to change over to new, automated methods of keeping raw infrastructure up to date. This of course leaves the early market pool as Web and cloud companies, which CoreOS seems gleeful to jump into. The ideas behind CoreOS are interesting and we’ll be watching to see how this cash injection will help fund compiling those ideas into running code and services. And, as always, if you’re not a client, you can sign up for a free trial to check out our good.
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august 2014 by cote
Serena Dimensions CM starts bringing devops to its enterprise customers
I had a briefing with Serena a short while ago around the new release of their ALM product Dimensions. They’re interesting to talk with because of their conservative customer base: so it’s a good way to track mainstream adoption of emerging developer practices. Things seem to be moving along nicely there. Since changing PE hands, they seem to have a renewed interest in shipping new releases, which should be fun to watch as well. 451 clients can read the full report, but here’s the 451 Take: While our research in devops shows strong interest in the market, with developers in the technology sector ‘getting it,’ mainstream adoption of devops (or even continuous delivery) practices is still lagging. Serena has long serviced a chunk of this ‘mainstream’ pool in the form of the more conservative developers in finance, insurance, defense and other highly regulated industries. These teams require maximal governance, risk and compliance trappings; often need to integrate with a variety of not-so-new tools and processes; and are looking for very safe bets when it comes to tool suites. Thus, a company like Serena, with more than 450 customers, is responsible for bringing new innovations in application life-cycle management (ALM) to these customers, and is seeking to do just that with the Dimensions 14 release. The reception should be good, if slow, since the technologies and practices in software development have been experiencing a pleasant refresh in recent years. Serena will have to contend with several competitors – like Atlassian and TaskTop, which are similarly bringing fresh takes on ALM to the market and increasingly looking to sell into conservative accounts. If you’re not a client, you can always sign up for for a free trial.
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august 2014 by cote
qz.com
First, Microsoft and other vendors like IBM still have a tight grip on the largest companies. Gartner analyst Tom Eid—who predicts that enterprise email alone will be a $5 billion global industry this year, growing about 10% from last year—confirms this. He estimates that Microsoft still commands 75% of the market’s spending, versus about 3% to 5% for Google. I like that specificity of “spending.”
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august 2014 by cote
Agile 2014- Metrics driven development and devops
This looks like a great presentation from @ernestmueller and @iteration1. Agile 2014- Metrics driven development and devops from Karthik Gaekwad I’m told this talk is good too.
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july 2014 by cote
Dropbox - AMZN 2014Q4.html
I took a look at Amazon’s recent earnings call transcript. Not as details-rich as CA’s, and more widely covered, but some little bits and pieces here. See the stand-alone HTML file in my dropbox share, and the raw markdown file if you prefer that. I’m still looking for a better way to render there if anyone has ideas.
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july 2014 by cote
Startup Board Decks: Free Templates from VCs | NextView Venture
What’s instructive here - even if you’re not a startup - is the stark contrast between the two different styles of presentations in the one “deck” here. There’s: "Keynote"/rhetoric presentation first, it’s trying to sell you something and entertain you (look how they add more weights to that bare-bell, how clever!), and, a “board presentation” that is looking to inform and create the context for coming to a decision. These are the ones people make fun of, e.g., "do you have you deck?" and so forth. If you come from “the Internet,” you often know the 1st format (because of the anti-PowerPoint, Zen presentations movement in the mid-2000s - represented well by the 2006 Identity 2.0 presentation) but have to learn the second. I know I did when I worked for two years in corporate at Dell. One day I should finish reading Speaking in PowerPoint, but it sure looks like a good summary of how to do “board presentations.”
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july 2014 by cote
Reputational Risk Drives Social Media Processes - Wall Street & Technology
53% of financial services industry respondents gave reputation risk a “No. 1” ranking among the hazards. By contrast, 19% named compliance as the greatest risk, and 9% selected data security.
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july 2014 by cote
Rackspace and the Cool Kids on the Web-Scale Data Center Scene | Data Center Knowledge
All you’ll need is an idea and some free time. The platform and the infrastructure underneath will not be anything for you to ever worry about. I think this is most people’s view of programming.
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july 2014 by cote
The Setup / Joel David Hamkins
At the chalkboard, I use only Hagoromo faru ta’chi (“Full-Touch”) chalk, for which it has been claimed that it is impossible to make a mathematical mistake when writing with this chalk. I always like a good The Setup.
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july 2014 by cote
Microservices - MindMeister Mind Map
I wanted to test out MindMeister, so I took some notes while I was reading two pieces on microservices yesterday: Your browser is not able to display frames. Please visit the mind map: Microservices on Mind Mapping - MindMeister. Create your own mind maps at MindMeister I used to use mind maps as my primary note-taking tool when I had a free license to MindJet sometime ago, which was delightful. So far, I find MindMeister a little clunky due to be in a web browser (I think?), but it seems OK. It’d be hard to go away from the mixed markdown and rich text stuff I do in Evernote, but we’ll see.
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july 2014 by cote
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