Our civilization has a single point of failure

People no longer collect music, they subscribe to it. We post thousands of photographs to Instagram and Flickr most of which get forgotten within hours from posting. We e-publish articles and blog posts, much like this one, that we know will be lost in the noise by tomorrow morning. We build apps that within weeks or days become outdated. There is hardly anything we put together today in the electronic form that is going to get discovered by our descendants a decade from now, never mind a century or a millennium.

IT departments must transform in the face of the cloud revolution

During the week of October 5th, I had an opportunity to attend the AWS re:Invent 2015 conference in Las Vegas, of all places. As someone who has built an entire career on putting together custom application server software, I should be the last one to get excited about server-less applications. Just like Salesforce’s “no software,” Amazon’s “server-less software” mantra is about a world where application development is not limited by IT, software to install and servers to manage.

Top Ten Differences Between ActiveMQ and Amazon SQS

UPDATE 2/15/2018: This post was originally published in 2015. While it is informative in its own right, a lot has changed in AWS since then. In particular, AWS now offers managed ActiveMQ. Please read a more up-to-date article on the topic: Which AWS messaging and queing service to use? 1. Persistence and Durability ActiveMQ Depending on … Continue reading Top Ten Differences Between ActiveMQ and Amazon SQS

Your IT Department’s Kodak Moment

The cloud brought the barriers to entry to near zero. While it used to be that it would take months or years and millions of dollars for a company to scale out their on-premise IT, now the same takes hours or days and zero upfront costs to scale out a data center. Companies that adopt cloud services will find themselves delivering applications, tools, and products to their customers much faster and at a lower cost. Companies that continue to look for excuses not to will find themselves outcompeted by peers that do not.

Smart IT Departments Own Their Business API and Take Ownership of Data Governance

Satya Nadella explained Microsoft's “secret” weapon against AWS and Google: To me what matters is having the right mix of SaaS value. I don’t think of my server business as somehow “old school” or “legacy.” I actually think of the server as the edge of my cloud. We now have the ability to tie together … Continue reading Smart IT Departments Own Their Business API and Take Ownership of Data Governance

Exploration of the Software Engineering as a Profession

In 1992 Ed Yourdon wrote Decline and Fall of the American Programmer followed by Rise and Resurrection of the American Programmer just four years later. The first book spelled doom and gloom for the American Programmers who were going to get replaced by cheaper counterparts in India, Russia, Philippines, etc. The second book revisited some … Continue reading Exploration of the Software Engineering as a Profession

Microsoft and Apple Have Everything to Lose if Chromebooks Succeed

Desperate times call for desperate measures at Microsoft. Frobes reports: Despite a lacklustre start, Chromebooks are becoming relatively popular in the super-budget end of the portable market. This has worried Microsoft for some time. After all, with a Google-centric experience, not to mention an operating system in the form of Chrome OS, there’s little if … Continue reading Microsoft and Apple Have Everything to Lose if Chromebooks Succeed