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The Real ROI of Cloud

Is hard return on investment all there is? In exploring business (and tech) projects, we have a tendency to think about the immediate, quantifiable ROI. Yet, there are times when the soft costs or other benefits outweigh any measurable ROI, and … Continue reading

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Dangers of Bimodal Budgeting

One of the hot words over the last few years has been “Bimodal IT”. I won’t go into a complete definition – let’s leave the people who make much money off of the idea to explain it. The short form is that … Continue reading

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Ask Not What Technology Can Do For You…

At the Container Summit, I was speaking with a colleague at a booth, when a potential customer of his walked up and engaged in conversation. He asked an interesting question: How do I know if my software is ready for the cloud … Continue reading

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Do You Need Microservices to Make Containers Worthwhile?

Earlier this week, I had breakfast with a colleague of mine from Rancher. Rancher is a great “orchestrator” for Docker containers. I have recommended and used them in production environments. Containers – one of the hottest technologies in the last year – … Continue reading

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Sales-Product Tension: Small Companies Scale and Big Companies Fail

Steve Denning has a great short article in Forbes, referencing Peggy Noonan on what Steve Jobs had to say about why big companies fail. The article is worth reading – actually, the entire Isaacson biography of Jobs is a great read – but here … Continue reading

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Independence Drives Speed

In the last week, I have had several discussions with some really smart technologists, partially focused on what makes technology companies nimble and fast and, therefore, great. In the last article, we discussed hiring 10x people, and especially the way many great employees compound … Continue reading

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Cloud to Culture

If you want to change technology that requires a change in process or, more seriously, culture, then you need to change the culture first. Get your people on board and then make the changes. Right? Perhaps not. Or at least not always. … Continue reading

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Deodorant for Software

Although the title for this article might imply suggestions for Proctor & Gamble’s IT department, instead we will address how badly code can “smell” and how and when to prevent it. In business as in software, the concept of a “smell … Continue reading

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How to Outsource

Over the last week, I have had several discussions about the challenges to successful outsourcing. One person was dealing with manufacturing products in China; another was managing outsourced server maintenance and operations; yet a third had a financial technology management service provider. In all … Continue reading

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Velocity: Metrics that Encourage Safe Deployment

What do you do when you want to move towards more rapid deployment, perhaps as close as possible to continuous delivery, but the culture and incentives push against it? This is the exact issue I have had at several clients over the years. … Continue reading

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