Category Archives: product

Is the Real Uber Threat to Hertz?

It has become commonplace to forecast that Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services are a strategic threat to car manufacturers. After all, if “everyone” uses Uber, why would they bother owning cars? The problem with that argument is that it … Continue reading

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Amazon Pricing Should Be Customer-Centric

Today, I had a very interesting discussion with Rich Miller, a consulting colleague who has been around the block more than a few times. One of the interesting points he raised is that Amazon’s AWS pricing doesn’t quite work for … Continue reading

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Architect Your Product Before It Holds You Back

Architecture determines capabilities. This is not new. Anyone who has planned and architected a new product, or has tried to retrofit capabilities for which a platform has not been architected, knows it first-hand. Yet, time and again, I come across products that have … Continue reading

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Your Car Interior Should Be Like A Network

A lot of ink has been spilled (if that term still can be used in the digital age), on the coming driverless “revolution.” Yet a much simpler “evolution” is long overdue for automative technology: the inside. Anyone who has replaced any … Continue reading

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The Problem with Serverless Is Packaging

Serverless. Framework-as-a-Service. Function-as-a-Service. Lambda. Compute Functions. Whatever you call it, serverless is, to some degree, a natural evolution of application management. In the 90s, we had our own server rooms, managed our own servers and power and cooling and security, … Continue reading

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Pilots In Habitats: Basic Unit of Application Deployment

What is the basic unit of application deployment? Two related trends have changed the answer to this question: DevOps Containers For many years, the tasks between engineer and operator were cleanly, if painfully, split: Engineer builds and delivers a package of … Continue reading

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Does Open-Source Increase the Value of Talent?

For the last few weeks, I have been trying to unravel the connection between the value of talent and open-source. Inevitably, some products have a high level of importance but few people who truly understand it. This creates high demand with low … Continue reading

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Why Customers Agree to Open-Source

Why do customers agree to open-source work I do? In the past, we have discussed the benefits of open-sourcing your own software: Reputation Recruiting Contributions Recently, I had the pleasure of walking half an hour from a Tokyo train station … Continue reading

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Continuous Everything

Earlier this week, a really smart architect and I were evaluating various methods for managing software code changes, bug fixes, releases and major features. We both were in agreement with the primary direction, a popular one in nimble companies. Have a primary … Continue reading

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Open Source Business Models

Sometimes I am amazed by open source software… even as I contribute to it. The largest repository of public open-source projects, GitHub, has over 35MM repositories in it. Granted, some large percentage of those are private, and therefore closed-source, but … Continue reading

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