The technology publishing industry needs to transform in order to survive

In May 2017, IDG has laid off a good chunk of its publishing staff after the acquisition by a Chinese investment firm. In a way, that was the inevitable. Computerworld, an IDG publication, had its last printed run in 2014 and they struggled to stay afloat as a digital edition. The age of glossy computer magazines is pretty much over. It just so happens that … Continue reading The technology publishing industry needs to transform in order to survive

Rather than innovating Walmart bullies their tech vendors to leave AWS

On June 16th, Amazon announced they would acquire Whole Foods in what to me seems like the most exciting M&A event of the past couple of years. As a long time customer of Amazon Prime and Amazon Fresh, I couldn’t be more excited at the possibilities. Of course, every other retailer is terrified. There are some ways the retailers can react to competition. One way would … Continue reading Rather than innovating Walmart bullies their tech vendors to leave AWS

Architecting API ecosystems: my interview with Anthony Brovchenko of R. Culturi

In May 2017 I gave a talk at TDWI Leadership Summit in Chicago. The general message I was trying to convey was that businesses operate as ecosystems and public API platforms play a crucial role in ecosystem leadership. It is possible today to build a startup with a very negligible up-front investment. This startup can deliver an existing product or service in innovative new ways … Continue reading Architecting API ecosystems: my interview with Anthony Brovchenko of R. Culturi

Copyright in the 21st century or how “IT Gurus of Atlanta” plagiarized my and other’s articles

I thought this would never happen, but it did. I am not sure if I should feel honored that someone plagiarized my article, but someone did. They did such a bad job at copying my article that they left one of the links in it that point back to my blog. I got a WordPress ping-back request – that is how I found out. If … Continue reading Copyright in the 21st century or how “IT Gurus of Atlanta” plagiarized my and other’s articles

Emails, politics, and common sense

Like many Americans, I’ve been trying to explain and justify the 2016 election cycle. I am not an expert political scientist. I am a software engineer. The question I ask myself is “What role did computer technology play in this election ?” In particular, I want to focus on email. Email is an insecure medium. Period. I once attended an HR orientation session where we … Continue reading Emails, politics, and common sense

Online grocers have an additional burden to be reliable

Today in first world problems: Amazon Fresh fails to deliver a grocery order, forcing a suburban New Jersey family to go to the grocery store. Over the past couple of months, we’ve come to rely on Amazon Fresh for our groceries. The amount of time it saves for us makes it worthwhile. Typically they’ve delivered the groceries on time with no issues — including one … Continue reading Online grocers have an additional burden to be reliable