I recently wrote about how Amazon's new Dash service embodies the Stackato
vision; in that post I discussed how Dash reflects the Business Agility
portion of our vision. As the image to the left shows, Dash is a service that
offers a small button; when pressed, magic happens and an order is placed for
the product (in this example, Tide detergent), which is eventually delivered
to the customer.
Dash presents a very different model of retailing, changing the purchase
execution from a physical retail outlet or an online website to the very
location of product consumption. With this service, Amazon boxes out its
retail competitors by offering a more convenient and immediate transaction. I
think Dash is a really interesting and innovative offering that foreshadows
the enormous changes the Third Platform portends.
In this post, I'd like to discuss the technical underpinni... (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
Looking to ease application development and deployment and also retain the
maximum flexibility in terms of deployment location?
If you work in technology, you'd have to have been under a rock to have not
heard about Docker. In a nutshell, Docker provides a lightweight container
for code that can be installed onto a Linux system, providing both an
execution environment for applications and partitioning to securely segregate
sets of application code from one another. While this high-level description
doesn't sound that exciting, Docker addresses three key issues confronting
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)
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 acc... (more)