A little while ago I was on The New Stack Makers podcast with Alex Williams, talking cloud and Pivotal. Check it out:
Here’s what we go over:
In this podcast with Michael Coté, who works at Pivotal in technical marketing, he and The New Stack founder Alex Williams talk about current production systems and development environments for building applications. According to Coté, Pivotal describes these new systems and environments as “cloud native.”
Over the course of this interview, Coté discusses best practices and illustrates three requirements for cloud native development and deployment: utilizing the patterns of microservices architecture, implementing a DevOps approach, and striving for continuous delivery as the primary vehicle for software delivery.
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After covering out genius new business model, we talk about Twitter, how Wall Street values tech companies, the Austin startup scene, follow-up on kick-off meetings, and recommendations.
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With Brandon Whichard, Matt Ray, and Coté.
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…or: “Knowledge work is a lot more like cloud than traditional IT.”
Of course, it is most certainly not in the interest of knowledge workers to go to their bosses and declare that they have “spare capacity.” At best, they might then be judged in performance reviews as having an easy job and being not very productive. At worst, the bosses might decide that these employees could be cut. Thus it is to every knowledge worker’s benefit to look busy all the time. There is always a report to write, a memo to generate, a consultation to run, a new idea to explore. And it is in support of this perceived survival imperative that the second driver of productivity—knowledge transfer—gets perverted.
The rest of the piece is good stuff. Notice how much of the thinking follows the same pattern of opex vs. capex thinking of cloud, and the somewhat similar notions of continuous delivery. I’d also add that if you follow a small batch (smaller amounts of work delivered more frequently, rather than big projects delivered once), you’re given more opportunity to re-allocate your “knowledge workers” to different projects. As the author points out, this means you have to rejigger how HR/roles and responsibilities work; staff policies don’t currently favor moving people from project to project like you see in (management) consulting.
Couple this with the “you need to constantly be coming up with new businesses” pressure from Transient Advantage, and you have good operating theory.
That’s a big chunk of change. Developers don’t pay for anything, eh?
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I started a new column at The Register, on the topic of DevOps. I used the first column to layout the case that DevOps is a thing, and baseline for how much adoption there currently is (enough, but not a lot – a “glass almost half full” type of situation). I was surprised by how many comments it kicked up!
Next up, I’ll try to pick key concepts and explain them, along with best and worst practices for adoption of those concepts. Or whatever else pops up to fill 800 words. Tell me if you have any ideas!
(You may recall had a brief column at The Register back when I was at 451 Research.)
Check out my brief (~15 minutes) discussion with Alex Williams at The New Stack about how we’re thinking about the architecture of Pivotal Cloud Foundry. In addition to giving an overview of what Pivotal Cloud Foundry is and the cloud management and PaaS capabilities it has, I go over a way of thinking about the layered architecture (and why you’d care) that Andrew has been talking about recently.
There’s a longer version of this in my recent talk from Gartner ADDI as well.
Closing mostly smaller stores and Brazil. All in, just 3% of stores globally, and opening 300 next year. Sounds more like a re-tooling. There’s good coverage of the US retail climate as well.
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Ramping up cloud: “Oracle talks a great cloud game – it says it has in the last six months added nearly 1,500 new software as a service (SaaS) customers and more than 2,100 platform as a service (PaaS) customers.”
Source: Wanted: 1,400 sales jockeys to flog Oracle Cloud