Category : Cloud and Enterprise IT

Agile/DevOps Maturity Model at the Team Level

This is going to upset a lot of consultants, but I think Agile/DevOps maturity models are ridiculous.  Most of them are setup to test if you look like a good Agile team, rather than checking what really matters. I typically see questions like; “Is your team 7 +/- 2?”, “Do…

Staying Plugged In To Tech News

If you’ve been in the IT Industry long, you know about the worst kind of meeting.  The one where you sit down and your boss or one of your key clients says, “Tell me more about <Name of Tech Company That Is Key To Your Company> doing <Game Changing Move…

BYOP

Be Your Own Programmer Bring Your Own Device has largely come and gone as a phenomenon.  What’s the next one?  It just might be “Be Your Own Programmer.” What happened with BYOD? I remember signing up to be one of the first people in my group to have a blackberry.  It was 2005…

Investing in the Cloud

The cloud is growing.  Over the next 15 years enterprises will spend billions of dollars finding ways to leverage commodity compute (IaaS/PaaS), flexible platforms that support very specific demand (PaaS), and software that automates non-differentiating practices (SaaS).  Almost everyone in IT knows this, the question is, “How do I make…

Windows 8: What’s the Best That Could Happen?

Microsoft launched their new Windows 8 operating system.  It appears from all of the reviews that this change is more like Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 (When you were like, “woah, what’s this whole Start menu thing?”) than it is like Windows XP to Windows 7 (When you were like,…

Enterprise Software Startups Make a Comeback

“Venture capitalists placed $2 billion with IT startups in the first quarter of this year, according to a survey by Dow Jones VentureSource, a 14% increase from the first quarter of 2011. Meanwhile, investors put 76% less investment in consumer internet companies. Software companies attracted the most funding, $1.3 billion,…

The Way I See the “Talent War” in Pittsburgh

There have been a number of interesting articles in the past few weeks about the “talent war” that tech companies in Pittsburgh are fighting.  There was one (actually from last year, but I recently saw a link to it) about Pikimal addressing a shortage of developers by finding strong candidates…

Zynga’s Hybrid Cloud

There are two things I thought I’d share about the story I read in iWeed this morning about Zynga’s hybrid (internal/Amazon) cloud: In the hype about cloud it’s easily to lose track of just how immature we are so far.  The fact that with all the cloud options out there in…

Amazon, The Cloud Supermarket, and Other Ways to Eat

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post on Amazon’s Toolkit Strategy.  I wrestled with whether Amazon should still be considered infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or whether they were providing so many services that it was easier to think of them as Platform as a Service.  I ended up…

File System For the Cloud

Once in a while something comes along and you’re like CRAP, why didn’t I see that coming.  Box.com being the NAS of the web (not just for their apps but for ANYONE’s) is frickin brilliant.  Releasing their API isn’t just storage as a service, it’s something more than that.  It’s…