Strong digital foundations are already helping leading companies adapt to the crisis quickly. One global retailer that invested for years in true omni-channel sales and delivery had already offered curbside pickup at 100 of its stores. When forced to close its physical stores owing to COVID-19, in just 48 hours it was able to expand its curbside service to 1,400 stores while maintaining a majority of its revenue. Meanwhile, many of its competitors struggled to shore up their online channels.
Black Swan thinking seems to be the principal that surviving long-term is all about avoiding the rare, but reliable occur disaster. When times are good, things are easy. You have the prepare for the worst, because eventually the worst will happen.
Original source: Accenture’s CEO: 5 rules for rethinking digital transformation during COVID-19
So maximising adoption for even the best product or first mover, in enterprise software, means producing open source software that caters to developer preferences. It means creating a supported, highly manageable product that can be sold to the FTSE1000/Fortune 500+.
Original source: Yugabyte CTO: The open road to developer mindshareis
How about Google? Gartner said it is also strong for “every use case,” apart from edge, which is a rather strong caveat. It has won developer “mind share” via open source Kubernetes and TensorFlow, and according to Gartner, “closed a number of critical capability gaps between GCP and Azure.”
The analysts were not happy with GCP’s availability record, however. “Google’s much-vaunted network capabilities have been the source of a number of GCP outages during the last year, with devastating impact on customers,” they wrote.
The fact that GCP is “a small fraction of overall Google revenue” is also a concern, presumably on the basis that if parent company Alphabet were to decide to change track, the cloud product set might no longer keep pace with its competition.
Based in Tim Anderson’s summary, it seems like the MQ matches everyone’s general sentiment and folklore about the public cloud providers.
Public cloud is just becoming normal IT, with the usual benefits and faults. Ongoing, as negatives are found, the framing will likely be: it’s better than the alternative. That is, whatever faults public cloud has, the overall benefit will likely be better than sticking with majority on-premises.
Original source: Gartner on cloud contenders: AWS fails to lower its prices, Microsoft ‘cannot guarantee capacity’, Google has ‘devastating’ network outages
As a user, I stopped playing with IFTTT as often as I used to, simply because the format was limited for all that I wanted to do.
Probably much nicer, but I haven’t looked at it.
Original source: Everything you need to know about IFTTT’s new paid service – Stacey on IoT
Synk and other cloud security vendors have focuses on container image registries as a weak link in the cloud-native application development workflow. Aqua Security, the Boston-based infrastructure security specialist, released a similar scanner earlier this year targeting Docker container images and Harbor, an open source container image registry project backed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
In the never ending quest to bundle up all the steps in software development into the developer phase. It started by pulling in QA and product management with XP, project management with Scrum; operations, configuration management, release management, and monitoring with DevOps and then cloud native; security here. Sometime it’ll need to be compliance.
Original source: DevSecOps Emerges as a Cash Magnet
Consider “consider.” Tasks that start with the word “consider” give you the ability to track optional tasks. My database is full of tasks like, “Consider cleaning studio,” and, “Consider setting client check-in calls.”
Original source: On Creating Tasks
Supplying equipment to automakers, on the other hand, is a notoriously cutthroat, low-margin business. If Luminar can’t sign up other automakers, it could find itself yoked to a demanding but not especially lucrative customer.
Lots of autonomous vehicle usage. What else will it be used for?
Original source: Lidar is becoming a real business
A service mesh decouples services from having to know about the network and helps developers to focus on business logic. A typical service mesh can provide: Service discovery; Weighted routing (for A/B deployments); Mutual TLS based authentication (including certificate rotation); Advanced telemetry for in-depth observability; Fault injection and retries; Circuit breakers
Original source: VMware Tanzu Service Mesh from a Developer’s Perspective
But all things are not fair and just. The capitalist pays you for the cost of your labor-power, not for the value of the goods you produce. Thus your paycheck is worth the value of your labor-power. But your labor-power is set to work to produce commodities of greater value.
Let’s say you work for Starbucks and they pay you $120 for an eight-hour shift. But you can probably make $120 worth of fancy coffee in an hour, or probably in a half hour at a busy store.
Even once you subtract the cost of materials and use of the equipment, Starbucks doesn’t pay you anywhere near the value you’ve created (hundreds of dollars a day). They buy your labor-power from you, not the actual fruits of your labor. And you make that value back for them in an hour. The rest of your shift, you’re basically working for free!
Original source: Under Capitalism, There’s No Such Thing as a “Fair Day’s Wage for a Fair Day’s Work”
As often as not, distraction is your brain ducking challenging feelings such as boredom, loneliness, insecurity, fatigue and uncertainty. These are the internal triggers – the root causes – that prompt you to find the comfort of distraction and open a browser tab, Twitter or email, instead of focusing on the matter at hand. Once you identify these internal triggers, you can decide to respond in a more advantageous manner. You won’t always be able to control how you feel – but you can learn to control how you react to the way you feel. A trigger that once sent you to Twitter can perhaps lead instead to 10 deep breaths.
Original source: How to be indistractable | Psyche Guides
The new Fiserv workflow helped secure 18k loans worth over $1.4bn…. Thanks to Tanzu Application Service & Spring, a team of 15 developers [wrote] 100,000 lines of code & perform 436 releases to production over 28 days.
Original source: SpringOne 2020: Day 1 Recap and Highlights
Spring helps developers build cloud native applications without learning new tools. Tanzu then becomes the best place to run those applications. It’s putting power back into the hands of the developer to do things that were previously done in standalone products.
And more commentary, including some missteps.
Original source: VMware’s app modernization chief: ‘We’ve put to bed the debate about containers versus virtual machines’
Among the 95% of Spring users who are containerizing applications, 44% said they have deployed those applications on Kubernetes clusters, with 37% planning to do so as well. Among those planning to embrace Kubernetes, 84% said they would do so within the next 12 months.
Original source: VMware: Java Apps Moving to Kubernetes
If you don’t do this, there is a good chance that some important outstanding task gets lost in the older and dusty parts of your system. When that happens, your mind is going to realise that it can’t trust the system, and it will take back the responsibility for remembering all outstanding work.
Without the weekly revision, you also don’t know whether the next actions you work on are the most important work you could be doing. Maybe the note that you created a few weeks ago is now more important.
Original source: Three principles distilled from Getting Things Done
“The legacy application that we had before took about three years to build and was about 10 times the cost of what we were able to do in six months with VMware’s support,” Krolikowski said.
Original source: Space Force boldly goes to Silicon Valley to get a Star Trek-flavored software boost
If you consider at what pains men are to be alone: how they climb mountains, enter prisons, profess monastic vows, put on eccentric daily habits, and seclude themselves in the garrets of a great town, you will see that this moment of taking up the pen is not least happy in the fact that then, by a mere association of ideas, the writer is alone.
Original source: “On the pleasure of taking up one’s pen” by Hilaire Belloc
In essence one could say — I think it’s a good idea to: Write more. Talk less.
Original source: Counter productive Zoom meetings in 2020
"CICD” as a “dangerous” term – hallelujah! CI is a development process. CD is an operational process. The two are, of course, related but must be decoupled – it’s GitOps that provides the protocol that draws them together in a powerful way.
Original source: Separating CI from CD with GitOps and Other Insights from KubeCon EU
Brad Parscale — the digital director of Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign — told “60 Minutes” that of everything Mr. Trump did that year, the thing that actually moved the needle was Facebook.
“Facebook was the method,” Mr. Parscale said. “It was the highway which his car drove on.”
That highway is still open. And right now, the fastest cars on it have M.A.G.A. bumper stickers.
The street finds its own uses for The Cluetrain.
Original source: What if Facebook Is the Real ‘Silent Majority’?
It. Was. A. Mess. I couldn’t figure out how to get the shutter to work, the screen phantom operated and would switch between apps, it would suddenly turn the camera app off, switch it to video, change my focal length, etc. It was frustrating, and in an inadvisable move, I removed the case from my phone and went back in.
Original source: Underwater Portraiture with iPhone