Category Archives: product

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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Why the Internet of Things Is So Vulnerable

It seems every day there is another article about how “vulnerable” the Internet of Things (IoT) is. Here are two choice excerpts from the last year: “Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway,” Wired, 21st July 2015 “Security Researcher … Continue reading

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An Electric Engine Doesn’t Make it Cloud

I loved the Tesla shareholders meeting, for the same reason I love it when VCs write posts about “all the investments we passed on and regretted later.” Bessemer Venture Partners even has a page dedicated to its “Anti-Portfolio.” Fortune magazine called … Continue reading

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