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 …   continue reading

    14 Sep 2016

    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 component on a …   continue reading

    09 Sep 2016

    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 …   continue reading

    08 Sep 2016

    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 …   continue reading

    06 Sep 2016

    When Your Workers Love Their Job

    How do you know when your workers really love their jobs? Of course, not all will, and plenty will leave over time no matter how great a working environment, but how do you know when workers really enjoy working for you? A few weeks ago, I had the …   continue reading

    16 Aug 2016

    SSL Is Broken, Time to Fix It

    For a long time, I have felt that SSL/TLS - the protocol that secures your communications with Web sites, mail servers and most everything across the Internet - is broken. It is broken to the point that it is fundamentally insecure, except for the …   continue reading

    22 Jul 2016

    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

    13 Jul 2016

    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

    12 Jul 2016

    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. …   continue reading

    06 Jul 2016

    The Blessings of Liberty for All Mankind

    On this day, 240 years ago, the visionary gentlemen of the 13 colonies pledged their fortunes and their very lives to the cause of liberty. Given the incredible forces arrayed against them - the British Navy was the dominant sea force of the time, …   continue reading

    04 Jul 2016