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Lambda kicks in, a serverless world made of messages

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:55:55 +0000

There were so many possible angles of attack in covering the Amazon Web Services re:Invent 2016 conference that I seemingly never got to the point of delivery. RedMonk covered the event with a new recap format, borrowed from fivethirtyeight media, which you can see over here. Fintan has written a couple of posts – one on

Parsing the IBM Watson and Salesforce Einstein deal

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:27:37 +0000

When IBM and Salesforce announced their major partnership around Cognitive, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning many commentators, myself included, were surprised and maybe even a little confused. Even after IBM’s Interconnect conference keynote, where the warmth between IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Salesforce Founder was palpable, warm and genuine it wasn’t clear how the

Data aggregation, Docker and Datadog

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:20:30 +0000

In recent posts I have been looking at data transformation and culture, tooling and finding the right indicators to track rather than vanity metrics. At RedMonk we spend a lot of time trying to understand developer choices and practitioner-led adoption, which isn’t always easy. Surveying developers is sub-optimal because good developers spend their timing writing

On multi-cloud tradeoffs and the paradox of openness

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:14:41 +0000

In any technology adoption decision organisations are faced with a balancing act between openness and convenience. Open standards and open source, while in theory driving commoditization and lower cost, also create associated management overheads. Choice comes at a cost. Managing heterogeneous networks is generally more complicated, and therefore resource intensive, than managing homogenous ones, which

Data fluency isn’t just for tech anymore.

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:29:25 +0000

So data transformation is the new digital transformation. One of the critical aspects in building an organisation that can make more effective use of data than its peers is creating the right culture – not everybody needs to be a PhD,  but ideally everyone should be data curious. In my last post on data transformation

Data Transformation is the New Digital Transformation

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:26:08 +0000

It’s a truism today that we all need to become data-driven businesses – data is the new natural resource – and so on. But nobody seems to know what that means. Tim O’Reilly was talking about the trend, Data is the new Intel Inside, as long ago as 2005. RedMonk attached itself fairly early –

Breaking the glass – a way forward for Google Cloud

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:09:26 +0000

Google had no shortage of significant feature function announcements at Cloud Next 2017 in San Francisco last week but is still looking for a clean narrative to sum up why it should be a preferred enterprise cloud provider. Cloud is far from “done” in terms of enterprise spend and adoption. The great majority of enterprise