I just read through "The New Kingmakers," a thought-provoking book by Stephen
O'Grady of the small, but influential, analyst firm Redmonk. The thesis of
the book is straightforward: technology changes have moved developers,
previously of little importance within the world of IT, to a central
direction-setting role within companies.
O'Grady attributes this change to four factors:
Open source, which democratizes both creation and access to software
components, enabling developers direct access to useful software without
having to obtain budget or endure sales interactions. This accounts for the
move to PHP, MySQL, Cassandra, and Cloud Foundry rather than their
proprietary equivalents. Cloud computing, which makes infrastructure to run
software (especially the just-mentioned open source) available for pennies.
Amazon Web Services kicked off this revolution and it is co... (more)
Why PaaS Represents the Future of IT - for Both Users and Providers
Cloud computing in the form of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) has
revolutionized the expectations of IT. Infrastructure that used to take weeks
to months to provision is now available in minutes.
Moreover, most of the traditional drawbacks associated with infrastructure
have disappeared as IaaS has become more widely used. The lengthy timeframes
to add infrastructure resources to existing applications, which led to wildly
over-provisioned environments, have disappeared. The heavy upfront capital
investment th... (more)
Cloud Computing: Pets, Cattle and ... Chickens?
If you've spent any time at leading cloud computing conferences, you may have
come across the meme "pets vs cattle." (Here is a lengthy slideshare
presentation by Randy Bias of EMC/Cloudscaling discussing the difference
between pets and cattle in a cloud computing world.) The message associated
with this meme is that we should have different attitudes about traditional
infrastructure versus today's cloud infrastructure.
Traditional infrastructure is expensive and individuated - we give servers
names, we lavish attention on them, and... (more)
Last week we announced the release of "Enabling the Future of Applications:
The Stackato Vision." This video describes how the nature of information
technology is changing - from automating business-supporting processes to
being the business offering itself. Using IDC's Third Platform concept as a
framework, we identify the critical success factors necessary to be a Third
Platform company and present examples like Uber and Airbnb.
If you're not familiar with IDC's Third Platform, it represents the
confluence of four technology trends - social, mobile, Big Data, and cloud
What began as a small movement based in a Finnish student's apartment has
mushroomed far beyond his or anyone else's expectations. Linux, sprung from
Linus Torvalds' imagination, has alighted in countless data centers and now
stands tall as the software strategy centerpiece of technology giants like
Hewlett-Packard and IBM.
Despite bad-mouthing and the sowing of fear, uncertainty, and doubt, Linux
has successfully established a beachhead in IT organizations. Cost savings
and control have made it an acceptable choice in a variety of organizations,
from Google to Sabre Holdings (c... (more)