Getting ready for change sure pays off when things change

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

Gartner on Google Cloud

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

Giving developers the tools to do security checks

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

What is a Tanzu servicemesh?

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

All things are not fair and just

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”

Re-training your urge to distract and procrastinate

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

VMware Tanzu strategy

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’

The weekly review is critical

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

Alone by pen

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

Right-wing people use Facebook as a major rallying space, in the US

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’?