How to Install Mobile GPS Software

I am sure that most of the world’s population already has their own cellular telephone. In fact, a technology company is launching a cellular phone product for children in the form of a watch. This answers the needs of parents who are busy and still want to communicate and monitor the whereabouts of their children.…

What Do Birds Have to Do with Enterprise Architecture?

Lots of complexity in life. The business world is one of them. With current technological advancements, the business world is affected. Like it or not, he must follow the ‘rules’. Enterprise IT is facing a difficult conundrum. On one hand, it’s being asked to improve its agility, alignment with the business, and ability to innovate.…

Security, Rugged DevOps, and User-Centered IT

I responded to the presentations about “Rugged DevOps” with the question, “Can I join if I think that ‘Rugged DevOps’ is (or should be) a tautology?” I wasn’t trying to be a smart aleck. I do want to join. I greatly admire the work the Rugged DevOps folks have done so far. I think it’s…

User-Centered IT and T-Shaped People

The IT industry is undergoing tremendous transformation. To a large degree this transformation involves dissolving boundaries: Between “the business” and IT Between development and operations Between corporate and personal devices Between internal and external services and customers IT professionals are having to change the way they think and work. There has been a lot of…

DevOps vs. NoOps Misses the Point

I’m frustrated with the DevOps vs. NoOps debate. I don’t feel like it’s helping us define where we want to go. Instead I think we’re stuck arguing semantics. On the one hand, there seems to be a certain amount of violent agreement. On the other hand, we haven’t actually defined our terms. What does “ops”…

Cloud Computing is Lean Computing

Brian Katz thinks the cloud is “a pile of crap”. He bemoans the incessant debate about cloud or not cloud, private vs. public, and so on. Some days I’m inclined to agree with him. There’s certainly plenty of geekturbation going on. I have disliked the word “cloud” since the very first time I heard it. I…

Amazon is Not in the PaaS Business

Amazon recently announced two new AWS services: DynamoDB and Simple Workflow Services. These announcements have generated lots of discussion about whether Amazon is moving into the Platform-as-a-Service space. I believe Amazon is doing something altogether different from PaaS. I believe their new offerings are consistent with their historical path, and that their overall approach is…

Breaking Apart the Private Cloud Debate

I have been spectating throughout the ongoing private vs. public cloud debate taking place among the Clouderati. It often feels like watching medieval knights lumbering about the jousting field, sweating and grunting and smashing each other over the head with their maces. Recently, however, Christian Reilly mentioned the phrase “private PaaS”, which switched on a…

Defining DevOps from the Customer’s Perspective

There has been much discussion lately on the topic of “what is DevOps?” I sense a bit of a struggle to define the basic value proposition. If we view things from the customer’s perspective, though, the value becomes easy to see: Cloud computing turns software products into services. It used to be that software companies…

What CloudOps Tools Builders Can Learn from Software Designers

I have done both software development and operations in my career. I’ve worked for large companies where dev and ops were run by different Vice Presidents and startups where we all did everything. I’ve been working with cloud computing (or as we naively called it then, utility computing) and ops automation since the early 2000s. …