🗂 Speak up more

> If you’re authentic and fully invested in making an impact while enhancing the experience of those around you, then you strengthen your case. Conversely, if you’re inauthentic or let yourself be silenced in the moments that matter, your case weakens every time you withdraw. [www.strategy-business.com/blog/Good…](https://www.strategy-business.com/blog/Good-Leaders-Dont-Disappear?gko=bb06d)

🗂 “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

> my company is based in Oakland. This is like being based in San Francisco, but with fewer microclimates. Rolling up to work in a company hoodie, jeans, a t-shirt from your last company, and a pair of Tevas is A-OK. But the further east you go, the more formal everyone’s business wear gets. Jeans turn into chinos somewhere around the Mississippi, and then into actualfacts slacks. T-shirts become button-down plaid, and then long-sleeve with ties. Hoodies to sweaters to blazers. And I’m using dude-presenting clothes as an example, because they are so much less complex than women’s clothes. And then, and then, you jump the pond. I showed up for an onsite in France, and pretty much every single male developer – the developers, was wearing an ironed shirt and a fine-gauge wool or cashmere long-sleeve sweater. [www.heidiwaterhouse.com/2019/01/1…](http://www.heidiwaterhouse.com/2019/01/15/style-is-a-way-to-say-who-you-are-without-having-to-speak-rachel-zoe/)

🗂 Kafka at Audi, IoT

> When Audi wanted to build a system to manage the on-board telematics data in its vehicles, it turned to Kafka. The system gathers and publishes data about engine performance from 850 sensors in each car, from cylinder heads to braking systems, feeding back tens of terabytes of data to Audi every day. But Audi is also using telematics to develop more sophisticated systems on its prototype autonomous vehicles and electric cars, and plans to deliver on-road weather conditions, nearby available parking and nearby electric charging stations – all in real time. As Stefan Bauer, Audi’s Head of Development and Data Analytics put so eloquently, “Data is not only the ‘new oil’. It’s the new DNA of Audi.” [www.indexventures.com/blog/conf…](https://www.indexventures.com/blog/confluents-meteoric-rise)

🗂 Focusing on Business Outcomes at Barclays: Overcoming the “Urgency Paradox”

Spreading lean software in an enterprise:

– Get stakeholders to think in terms of the end-to-end value stream, not just piece parts.
– Break down big programs and strategies into smaller parts, down to a month.

Makes sense. [www.infoq.com/news/2018…](https://www.infoq.com/news/2018/07/barclays-business-lean-portfolio)

🗂 Oracle’s priorities for 2019? Repeat this handy mantra: Applications! Automation! Integration!

> Big Red, which has been struggling to gain foothold in the cloud market, is looking to make applications and integration the order of 2019 to help it win 50 per cent of the corporate apps market. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/23/applications_automation_oracle_london/

🗂 Achieving Multi-Cloud Flexibility

Matt Baker’s concise history and path to the “multi-cloud” thought-technology:

> “The definition and the usage of the term cloud has been hotly debated for the past decade, changing significantly over the years from access to computing resources over the internet to now reflecting an operating model designed to help IT. One that is agile and delivers IT as a service, while reducing costs through efficiencies, and managing risk, regardless of locality. And now, one that can consistently manage cloud operations from on premises to cloud instances off premises in multiple public clouds – out to the edge – all from a single location. [blog.dellemc.com/en-us/ach…](https://blog.dellemc.com/en-us/achieving-multi-cloud-flexibility/)

🗂 I went to a Skookum Tech Talk and learned how Duke Energy is staying on top of all things tech – and what that means for your energy services

Doing software better at the south east’s largest power company. [www.charlotteagenda.com/97827/sko…](https://www.charlotteagenda.com/97827/skookum-tech-talk-duke-energy/)

🗂 Why Do We Need Architectural Diagrams?

> In practice, most stakeholders are not interested in detailed diagrams, but rather in one or two high-level diagrams which reflect the modularity and boundaries of the system. Beyond these, for a deeper understanding, the code should be the source of truth, which in most of the cases only developers are interested in. [www.infoq.com/articles/…](https://www.infoq.com/articles/why-architectural-diagrams)

🗂 Multiple personality enterprise data

> There is also the cost of different people thinking about data differently because they are working with different platforms and not really speaking the same language as each other. I hear about this all the time from customers. They’ll have two people from their own organisation pitch up in a meeting with two different answers to the same questions, supposedly from the same data source.

> But those data sources are being run through different platforms and end up getting corrupted or changed or amended. And so you no longer have a single source of truth in your own underlying data. And that’s a big problem that many enterprises are facing. That is why, I think, for all those reasons, you absolutely see a trend towards consolidation. [www.computerweekly.com/feature/T…](https://www.computerweekly.com/feature/Tableau-CEO-Adam-Selipsky-talks-strategy)

🗂 ‘The goal is to automate us’: welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism

Better predicting, targeting, and driving people to buy shit:

> While the general modus operandi of Google, Facebook et al has been known and understood (at least by some people) for a while, what has been missing – and what Zuboff provides – is the insight and scholarship to situate them in a wider context. She points out that while most of us think that we are dealing merely with algorithmic inscrutability, in fact what confronts us is the latest phase in capitalism’s long evolution – from the making of products, to mass production, to managerial capitalism, to services, to financial capitalism, and now to the exploitation of behavioural predictions covertly derived from the surveillance of users. [www.theguardian.com/technolog…](https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/20/shoshana-zuboff-age-of-surveillance-capitalism-google-facebook)

🗂 The U.S. Department of Defense on How To Detect ‘Agile BS’

Tips on finding good agile teams in large organizations:

> Are teams delivering working software to at least some subset of real users every iteration (including the first) and gathering feedback? [thenewstack.io/the-u-s-d…](https://thenewstack.io/the-u-s-department-of-defense-on-how-to-detect-agile-bs/)

🗂 Insiders say that Google’s new cloud boss is likely to make some very large acquisitions

Financial analysis of in wild with bizarre predictions. It’s hard to see synergies worth paying for in GCP owning Atlassian or ServiceNow. GCP is infrastructure. Plus, sounds like Google staff throw up resistance to buying old school companies:

> In the months before IBM’s mega-deal, Greene formed a close relationship with the Red Hat team, Business Insider reported in December. But she struggled to get the support from her colleagues at Google to actually make an offer, a source said at the time. [www.businessinsider.com/new-googl…](https://www.businessinsider.com/new-google-cloud-ceo-thomas-kurian-acquisitions-2019-1?international=true)