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The Lens of Time

As an industrial engineering student at Stanford in the 80s (they didn’t yet have an undergraduate Comp Sci degree!), we were taught about time and motion studies and the pioneering work of Frederick Taylor. In order to assess and improve industrial efficiency it was critical to capture detailed time-based measurements. For my final project, I wrote a…

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The Tao of Modern Application Delivery

The Tao of Modern Application Delivery

The recent AWS outage again raises the question of public vs. private cloud technologies. How do I architect my systems in such a way to provide maximum flexibility with regard as to where they run? Microservices are one step towards this goal, but the workflow for deploying and managing microservices across public and private clouds…

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Surfing the Data Tsunami in IT Ops

Surfing the Data Tsunami in IT Ops

It is a massive understatement to say that IT infrastructure has changed in recent years.  Developers have been empowered and they are choosing from a veritable smorgasbord of technologies. So, IT and DevOps teams have more options to work with, technology is getting cheaper and more powerful, tech is more flexible and more scalable, and…

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The Rise of the Quants

I graduated from Stanford in the late 1980s with a dual degree in engineering and economics, and, like so many others of my day, I was drawn to Wall Street. Reaganomics was in full swing, Bloomberg terminals were still in their early days and popular culture was full of colorful characters like Gordon Gekko. Wall…

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Start-Up Opportunities in Infrastructure

As we wind down 2014, a wave of innovation is sweeping infrastructure software and providing outsize opportunities for startups. From the introduction of Amazon Web Services in 2006 and the beginning of infrastructure-as-a-service, to the unveiling of Github in 2008 and the continued expansion of open source software, infrastructure technologies have evolved at a frenetic…

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Artisanal Cheese, Cocktails … Now the Artisanal VC?

Most venture investors say they are hands-on, but now some are taking it a step further and calling themselves “artisanal” VCs. What does this term really mean? Is it just a pretentious moniker that fits into today’s world of “handcrafted” $5 coffee and $4 toast? Or is there actually a new movement happening in the…

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The ‘Smart apps’ explosion is happening
right now

There are over a billion smartphones being used around the world today, but most apps running on them are still quite dumb, in that they throw away a lot of valuable information that could be harnessed to serve users better and to provide a better overall experience. Don’t believe us? Just look at the highly…

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Business process API-ification: The LEGO promise fulfilled

My previous post on the API-ification of software focused on the ecosystem of infrastructure-level APIs. Today, I want to discuss companies providing APIs that operate at the business process or application layer, which brings a whole new level of productivity and revenue potential to businesses. Amazon has clearly been leading the way in API-fication by…

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The API-ificiation of software – and LEGOs

Today everything has an API. Facebook has hundreds of APIs across such social areas as friends, photos, likes and events. Google has thousands of APIs across search/AdWords, Web analytics, YouTube, maps, email and many more. Amazon has APIs that cover the spectrum from Alexa Web traffic rankings to e-commerce product and pricing information and even…

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The Big Deal On Big Data

In tech circles, the new paradigm of handling massive volumes of information has dominated the discussion about the future of enterprise for a while now. Two years ago, a cover story in The Economist offered tips on how to prepare for the “new world” of Big Data. As recently as February 12, the New York Times reported…

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