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This year like last year, XebiaLabs polled Fortune 1000 companies in banking, manufacturing, healthcare, government and IT, interviewing DevOps teams and everyone from QA to C-level suites. More than 1,000 people were asked to share their perspectives on software delivery trends. Last...
How do you know when a technology has become mainstream? A good clue may be when politicians start talking about it on the campaign trail and with mainstream media. David Cameron, the UK prime minister, was the latest, indicating that the world was now on “fast-forward” with the Intern...
I write and study often on the subject of digital transformation - the digital transformation of industries, markets, products, business models, etc. In brief, digital transformation is about the impact that collected and analyzed data can have when used to enhance business processes ...
If you could attend a big technology event in Silicon Valley that features the best of Cloud Computing, Big Data & Analytics, and the Internet of Things, would you be interested? What if there were a DevOps Summit to go along with it? And maybe some WebRTC thrown in for good measure? T...
This month, we released our latest MetraNet® 8.0 software. What makes this release particularly exciting is that it bridges the gap between the complex business models and customer and partner empowerment that is unique to MetraTech with the user experience typically found in consumer ...
Stupendous projections for the value of the IoT have been thrown about this year. Trillions of dollars of value are said to be in play. Great, but who will pay for all of this? To get a handle on this question, we can start by looking at the nature of the IoT. The other day I mentioned...
Violence is the great disruptor, the great destroyer of people, nations, and hope. Some places on earth, say Somalia, are simply off-limits to outsiders and practically uninhabitable to those having to live there. Others, say Democratic Congo or Iraq, are perilous enough to defy ration...
Let me think lemme think. Do I date myself unnecessarily by making a “Gaslight” reference? You know, the 1944 film with Ingrid Bergman and several other great actors in which the remote, seeming random dimming of a house's gaslights were part of a plot to convince Ingrid's character sh...
The earliest challenge to the original homebrew microcomputer geeks was to get little indicator lights to flash. Then, by toggling several switches to turn the lights on and off, the computer would start doing other things, processing instructions within the confines of several hundred...
Within the world of Big Data & the IoT, there's a significant sub-culture of what @CloudExpo & @DevOpsSummit faculty member Lori MacVittie has recently termed "passive tethering." Her example was a little barcode reader she carries around that scans food items for gluten. The device ho...
Nobody likes waiting in line. This is the fundamental reason enterprise computing has changed so dramatically over the past generation. Nobody enjoyed waiting for what was then called MIS to deliver their batched reports on MIS's schedule and terms. The PC changed all that, even as IT ...
I've done a little more thinking abou The Zettabyte Age, and the continuing, astonishing drop in storage costs. No reason to get distracted by dreamy scenarios of the future, but I think it's worth considering how quickly we've progressed in recent years and how quickly we should conti...
We are formally announcing the IoT Project Framework at @ThingsExpo Nov 4-6 in Santa Clara, CA. it will feature four overriding goals for the IoT in the year 2040: 1. To reduce poverty & disease 2. To eliminate violence as a way of settling disputes 3. To spur beneficial economic ...
I had a fun conversation with Mark Van Rijmenam (@VanRijmenam) a couple of weeks ago about cloud computing, Big Data, and the IoT. Mark runs BigData-Startups.com in Den Haag, Netherlands. We were mutually amused that he had chosen the name Think Bigger for his new book just as I had ch...
Sharing data is a cornerstone of the scientific method because it makes it possible to replicate work. That foundation is mostly absent from data science, which makes obtaining and reusing knowledge more difficult than it should be. Job postings for data scientists increased 15,000 pe...
I love receiving gifts in the form of new insights! It doesn't matter if others received the same gift years ago and I am just getting it now. If it is new to me, I get excited. It is like waking up in the morning and discovering a new room in your house. I read an article by Thoma...
A web of large-scale business and trade connections is making it difficult to imagine a successful strategy and tactics to counter Vladimir Putin's Crimean land grab. Putin himself seems to be unconcerned with nuance and complication, as he bulldozes onward. Russia's abrupt takeove...
Ukraine sits on the precipice of civil war. Beneath the ostensible storyline of protests against the government of Viktor Yanukovych and recent laws it's enacted lies what is likely an insuperable rift between the eastern and western regions of the country. The east, archetyped by ...
As a Product Manager with deep technology roots I always enjoy reading HighScalability.com. While many of the articles are technical case studies, there are frequently good business discussions as well. The other day, I read an article on data monetization, Data Doesn’t Have to be Free...
I recently led a panel discussion for SYS-CON.TV on the topic of “Cloud Computing 2.0,” a term I decided to employ just a few minutes before we started recording. A few years ago, any right-minded person would wince at the use of “2.0” to describe anything, as it had long become a m...
The rather stunning deal between Apple and IBM—described as “exclusive” by both parties—has been hailed as a victory for Apple, a victory for IBM, and a “victory for design.” Actually, it's a victory for Big Data. Apple has cultivated an image as the coolest of companies from the t...
Remember when John Sculley predicted a trillion-dollar convergence of consumer and enterprise technology by the year 2000? It turns out he was thinking small. As I sit here a few months before our upcoming @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, to be held Nov. 4-6 at the Santa Clara Convention C...
In Part 1, I looked at what could be behind Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and subsequent purchase of Oculus Rift. How are these seemingly different acquisitions related? There is no question that both Facebook and Google are in a race to build the next-generation computing/communi...
This is a summary of a QNX webinar that was just presented on July 10, 2014 by BlackBerry (BBRY) and QNX. This was an anticipated seminar because many people are looking for answers to questions they have about the big buzzword, the Internet of Things (IoT). They also want to know wha...
Dromology - the science (or logic) of speed. This is the definition developed by Urbanist and Professor Dr. Paul Virilio's. He believed that, "a thing that acts with speed quickly comes to dominate that which is slower." I highlighted this statement in his paper when I read, Speed a...
Did you read that Uber, the mobile application company, received $1.2 billion in additional VC investment this month? Why would investors be willing to invest so much? Investors believe that Uber is among a group of mobile app companies capable of disrupting entire industries. They are...
A converged infrastructure should incorporate a release certification matrix that validates all of the patches, maintenance and upgrades of all of the product’s components throughout its lifecycle. Many public sector organisations are not changing their ICT legacy systems. As a result...
Retailing has always been hard, but it is getting even harder. Brick and mortar stores are struggling to get people into their buildings to see and buy their products. Even when customers enter the store and look at the products, they often reach for their smartphone to check prices ...
In this fast changing world of transformation, digital transformation, the rules of business are being changed before our eyes due to the impact of mobile technologies, big data, social media, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, etc. The strategies of yesteryear are no longer del...
Social media of all types allows customers to share their interests and sentiments. To be successful, companies have to find ways to capture and process the information. The power of Big Data technology is being successfully applied to understanding such complex unknowns as consumer s...
The Internet has been buzzing over the recent news of a federal proposal that creates the equivalent of “slow” and “fast” lanes online. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday, May 15, 3-2 in favor of a new proposal that enables the creation of Internet fast lanes...
Data ownership and privacy are two big issues that we all need to be thinking about these days. Mobile, telematics and IoT technologies have reached the point that it is very easy and cost effective to track the location of just about anything. What personal information are you willin...
VisionMobile recently published one of the best reports on apps for vehicles that I have read. It is frustrating with how difficult it is to actually get an app approved for use in a car. Here are some of the unique challenges: Safety first considerations (like driver distraction) Lo...
GIS technology is being used in the healthcare industry today for patient care and preventative medicine among other things. Hospitals and other organizations, with GIS and big data resources now have the ability to collect geographic information from their patients and study trends in...
We all want usability, that’s a given right? We exist in an enterprise world, but we want to behave as naturally as possible with all of the technologies and devices that we come into contact with every day. The co-called ‘consumerization of information technology’ suggests that we as...
A recent post by John Wilmes on the TM Forum website caught my eye for drawing a parallel between the Uber car service business model and the telecom service provider business model as network functions virtualization (NFV) becomes a reality. Wilmes uses this metaphor to remind us of t...
There is a common phrase, often attributed as a Chinese proverb/curse, “May you live in interesting times.” For those following the cloud technology space, we are definitely living in interesting times. In their latest magic quadrant report on IaaS, Gartner describes the market as stil...
Companies worldwide are using big data to gain ever deeper analysis and rapidly and securely making those insights available to more people on their own terms. Big data capabilities and advanced business analytics have now become essential to nearly any business development activity. ...
Big Data and its most prominent technical ingredient, Machine Learning, are all the rage these days, as IT industry is trying to convince companies technology revolution is underway. ("If you are not doing it, your competitors sure are, and by the time you realize it, it will be too la...
Over the last three years, the number of IT decision makers who believe their business has more applications than it needs has increased from just over a third (34 percent) to nearly half (48 percent). Apps bloat is a huge problem. Especially when the apps are non-mission critical, or...


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