Prospect: “Guy Fieri said I should get a tuna sandwich with swiss cheese melted on it and sirachi, can I get that?”
Cloud vendor: “What? That guy’s a moron and a pan-man! That’s not what you want!”
Prospect: “But, but, I have the money…?”
Cloud vendor: “Listen, you don’t want a tuna sandwich, you want a locally, sourced, artisanal mid-day nourishment experience. It will change how you live your life. Read this white paper!”
Prospect: “Uh…I just want a tuna sandwich. Thanks…?”
The sad thing is, both sides are 110% right.
According to data compiled by Pew Research for its annual State of the Media report, awareness of podcasts grew significantly last year. One-third of all Americans now say they have listened to a podcast; 17% said they had listened to one in the last month alone, as of January.
You know, over whatever the survey base is (US), but Pew is pretty legit.
Podcasting has something like 17% market penetrarion
From the perspective of the xMatters engineering team, Serediuk and Dunn-Krahn told me they see themselves as a service provider helping the business and customers to achieve their goals.
They got those super short pieces over at FierceDevOps.
Organizational change is only first step to ensure DevOps success
I was asked to give an overview of cloud and DevOps by some old corpdev friends. Here’s some slides. The point is to explain the “why’s” and what the overall industry shift (“battle”) is about. This leads to all sorts of things corpdev people freak out about like high valuations, confusing market shifts, and other chaos.
“Changing the behaviors and culture are fundamental to the success of a bimodal IT approach. We estimate that, by 2018, 90 percent of I&O organizations attempting to use DevOps without specifically addressing their cultural foundations will fail,” said Mr. Head.
“We do not advocate wholesale cultural change in a single organizationwide program. Instead, I&O leaders should focus their efforts on an initial, small Mode 2 team, establish the values and behaviors needed, and take incremental efforts to recognize and reinforce desired outcomes prior to scaling."
In more positive news, they predict 25% G2000 penitration by 2016.
It’s 2018, get ready to fail at DevOps
This is pretty much all the project management us kids who grew up in the 80s learned.
A system of record is a core system that an organization uses to run its business, such as finance applications or email provision. While a system of record is vital to the operations of the company, it provides no competitive advantage. Systems of record are classically Mode 1. These projects tend to be more knowable both in clear outcomes and clear approaches to achieving these outcomes, which ultimately amounts to doing the process as well as any competitor. Once this is achieved, there is little incentive to improve further or change the process unless conditions or regulations change.
Systems of differentiation are generally Mode 2 projects, because their value resides in providing capabilities that competitors don’t have. Since the nature of competition is that competitors will copy successful innovations, these capabilities need to constantly improve. The project will likely have a long-term goal that is achieved through several iterative steps that build on one another as success is demonstrated. The exploratory nature of Mode 2 projects is important to their long-term success.
A system of innovation is essentially an experiment. It needs a Mode 2 approach because it is a brand-new idea and there is no established way to plan the details of what will be done.
Gartner Says Bimodal IT Projects Require New Project Management Styles
From the data I have seen the number of production OpenStack deployments worldwide in 2014 was on the order of hundreds – not thousands or tens of thousands.
Some criteria for “should I use OpenStack” as well.
Is OpenStack a Success?