July 06, 2015

Why Invest in Tools?
Healthy open source is also extremely powerful for recruiting. I have personally interviewed dozens of people who told me they paid attention to Facebook after seeing React, AsyncDisplayKit, Pop, and other projects they wanted to be a part of. This brings smart people in and the positive cycle continues. Success is not found in isolation. As projects become exciting, and the potential is seen by others, teams form — ad-hoc or otherwise — and a snowball effect helps propel a project. At Facebook it’s not uncommon to be working on projects outside of your primary job responsibilities, or to move between teams quickly, and this allows for this snowball effect to occur. That also means there are many unsung heroes behind these projects.

How the Internet of Things is disrupting the C-suite
Over the past three years, I have worked with and observed executives struggling to meet the IoT expectations of shareholders and customers alike. Recently I have been working with IoT start-up CEOs and CTOs, both locally and in Silicon Valley, who do not come to the game with what I would call the baggage of traditional product businesses. The IoT experience is similar to what I observed during the dot-com evolution, but different in that it is not just about a new technology, but how entire business models have to change because of the technology. Every member of the C-suite is at risk unless they make behavior or educational changes in response to the demands of the IoT.

Enterprise DevOps interview with iThome Weekly
“Software defined businesses” are companies that are using custom written software to dramatically change and enhance how they run their business. Uber is a good example. Instead of just being a taxi or car service, they use software they wrote to change how their business runs: calling and paying for a taxi on your sell phone is much different than hailing a cab and paying in cash. Insurance and banking companies that are moving more and more of their daily business and interaction with customers to run over mobile apps and other custom written applications are another good example; we see this happening at Pivotal customers lie Allstate, Humana, and banks that use Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

Bringing DevOps to the legacy side of the business
Banks know they need to change, but with so much legacy technology in place that change is never easy. A major British bank, for example, recently experienced a computer systems failure that led to 600,000 payments not being processed and customer accounts not being updated. It cost the bank, both in terms of revenue and customer goodwill. There’s good news for these organisations saddled with so much legacy IT though. There is a way for them to be as responsive as the digital setup by two guys in a garage, or any company starting a project from a ‘green field’ perspective.Gartner refers to it as ‘bimodal IT’ – a dual approach to IT that balances getting IT right with delivering the speed and agility the organisation needs to meet digital challenges.

A Look At The World’s High-Tech Startup Capital
Engineering and hardware are among the strongest academic focuses available in the city, so it should come as no surprise that students are the driving force behind its tech scene. As their interests migrated toward entrepreneurship, so too did Delft’s. “Ten years ago entrepreneurship wasn’t that common, but we’ve seen that shift on the university level, and from the government,” de Bruijne told us. Funded by the Delft University of Technology, the city government and local industry interests, YES!Delft is itself a product of that process. Now entering its second decade of activity, it receives as many as 500 applications a year, from the Netherlands and across Europe, and has attracted $300 million in investment, according to de Bruijne.

A 2015 roundup of analytics, big data and business intelligence forecasts
89% of business leaders believe big data will revolutionize business operations in the same way the Internet did. 85% believe that big data will dramatically change the way they do business. 79% agree that ‘companies that do not embrace Big Data will lose their competitive position and may even face extinction.’ 83% have pursued big data projects in order to seize a competitive edge. The top three areas where big data will make an impact in their operations include: impacting customer relationships (37%); redefining product development (26%); and changing the way operations is organized (15%).The following graphic compares the top six areas where big data is projected to have the greatest impact in organizations over the next five years.

Artificial Intelligence That Makes Your Smartphone Smarter
Weave.ai cofounder Rodolfo Rosini says the startup expects to roll out a private beta test of an app showing a few different functions in the next few months. The company, which is participating in Techstars’ accelerator in London, plans to let developers add the technology to apps and hopes that it could eventually be added directly to operating software. ... Yet Rosini notes that Now on Tap will be available initially for the upcoming version of Android, leaving lots of people with older versions out of the loop. And he thinks many companies—phone makers, social networks, and more—will want to come up with their own version of contextual search, rather than delegating it to Google, in order to do things like control any results that could lead users to buy things.

Why big consulting needs to buy into BPO to address the As-a-Service Economy
The whole premise behind As-a-Service is one of a fundamental cultural change with how enterprises approach their operations and partner more collaboratively with capable service providers to re-imagine their processes, based on defined business outcomes. Simply put, it’s a huge, huge challenge for most current services relationships to morph into anything closely resembling an As-a-Service model, with the current mindsets of most buyside and sellside delivery staff. Buyers need deep expertise to help them reorient their skills and capabilities – and their service providers need to make serious investments and sacrifices to help them, which give their accountants and shareholders hives.

Containers: What IT Pros Should Consider
The containers concept is exciting because you package your application with all of its dependencies -- code, libraries, configurations, system tools  -- into a wrapper file system. Because everything is there, a containered application should run as well as it would natively. The open source Docker toolkit makes it easy to develop applications using microservices, and also to make changes and updates within a container without impacting adjacent containers. With worry about conflicts and environmental mistakes erased, the result is a double win. First, since more applications can sit within containers on the same physical hardware, there is a dramatic cost savings: Four to six times more server applications can reside on the same hardware compared to the number of VMs.

Architectural Refactoring: A Task-Centric View on Software Evolution
ARs address architectural smells, which are suspicions or indications that something in the architecture is no longer adequate under the current requirements and constraints, which might differ from the original ones. An AR, then, is a coordinated set of deliberate architectural activities that remove a particular architectural smell and improve at least one quality attribute without changing the system’s scope and functionality. An AR might negatively in uence other quality attributes, owing to con icting requirements and tradeoffs. In my view, an AR revisits certain architectural decisions 2 and selects alternate solutions to a given set of design problems. A decision’s execution leads to related engineering tasks, which fall into these categories:

Quote for the day:

“Leaders dig into their business to learn painful realities rather than peaceful illusion.” -- Orrin Woodward

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