Link: Tolerating distraction

“The modern anxiety about distraction betrays a good deal about us. Insofar as we associate attention with power and control, it reflects our fears of losing both in an increasingly unpredictable cultural and natural climate. We also find ourselves living in an economy where we pay for cultural goods with our attention, so it makes sense that we worry about running out of a precious currency.”
Original source: Tolerating distraction

Link: Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spending Forecast to Reach $160 Billion This Year, According to IDC

Includes an interesting chart that lists the types of services/features (like data management and appdev platforms) that compose vendor revenue. Plus geographic and vertical rankings. But, just a press release.
Original source: Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spending Forecast to Reach $160 Billion This Year, According to IDC

Link: Who’s using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 1 in 10 Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

“less than 10 per cent of active Google accounts use two-step authentication to lock down their services. He also pointed out that a Pew study in 2016 showed only around 12 per cent of web users have a password manager to protect their accounts.”
Original source: Who’s using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 1 in 10 Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

Link: Whither the DBA

“In every case in which a CIO or other executive has driven or authorized substantial investments in service-based database infrastructure, changes in DBA roles have followed. As two financial industry executives put it at a conference in Jersey City and re:Invent, respectively, their DBAs are all being moved to doing more generic DevOps-style roles, roles that involve more architecture and engineering than traditional database administration. This is the logical outcome of a scenario in which making a database fault-tolerant with 6 copies across three availability zones with continuous backup is now merely a product feature instead of a full time job or jobs.”
Original source: Whither the DBA

Link: What is Developer Advocacy?

“Developer Advocacy has many names. You may have heard it referred to as Developer Relations or Evangelism, and while these roles vary company to company, we all essentially do the same thing — We represent software developers. I like to say that it’s my job to ask dumb questions so you don’t have to, but the real goal of a Developer Advocate is to become the voice of the user. We gather feedback in a way that most developers don’t, then use that feedback to shape the product to become what it needs to be.”
Original source: What is Developer Advocacy?

Link: Amazon lost cloud market share to Microsoft in the fourth quarter: KeyBanc

For 4Q2017: “Amazon Web Services had 62 percent market share in the quarter, down from 68 percent a year earlier, KeyBanc’s Brent Bracelin and other analysts wrote in a note on Thursday. Microsoft Azure jumped from 16 percent to 20 percent, and Google’s share increased from 10 percent to 12 percent, they said.”
Original source: Amazon lost cloud market share to Microsoft in the fourth quarter: KeyBanc