• 🗂 Greene steps down as Google Cloud CEO, to be replaced by Thomas Kurian

    “We have moved Google Cloud from having only two significant customers and a collection of startups to having major Fortune 1000 enterprises betting their future on Google Cloud,” Greene said. www.axios.com/diane-gre…

  • 📹 Rethinking enterprise architecture for DevOps, agile, & cloud native organizations

    Latest version of my talk on the usefulness of enterprise architecture in all this DevOps stuff.

  • 📚 OG fanfic, Nietzsche ed.

    In the year 2000, some fifty years after its first publication in 1951, and exactly a century after Nietzsche’s death, a book purportedly by Nietzsche called My Sister and I was still being reprinted. “The Boy who grew up in a house full of Manless Women,” runs the advertisement for the book. “The Strange Relationship between Nietzsche and his Sister, suppressed for fifty years, Revealed At Last in the Philosopher’s own Confession. The story of a famous Brother and terrifyingly ambitious younger Sister who grew to love each other Physically as Children and continued to do so in maturity—to the exclusion of all other Men and Women. One only has to read a few Pages of this Breathless Book to Realize why it has been Hushed Up all these years. Quite simply, and in Fearful Earnest, the 19th century’s Greatest Philosopher tells how he was gradually led into this Extraordinarily Dangerous Love-trap which kept him from marrying and caused the Suicide of his sister’s Only Husband. MY SISTER AND I was written in an asylum in Jena. Undoubtedly it was his studied Revenge on his family for refusing to let him publish an Earlier and much tamer Confession, entitled Ecce Homo, which did not appear until ten years after his Death. MY SISTER AND I had to wait over fifty years because it could not be made Public until all the actors in the Great Drama had Passed Away.”

    It is a loathsome tale, right from its start, with Elisabeth creeping into his bed and “the administration of her fat little fingers” occurring for the first time on the night of the death of their little brother Joseph. As Elisabeth was aged two at the time, and Nietzsche four, logic and reason are left behind at the outset. But then, good sense often finds itself trumped by sensationalism once scandal is abroad. The great scholar Walter Kaufmann unpicked the book philologically with great skill but it took years before it was unmasked as a forgery, product of the industrious fraudster and jailbird Samuel Roth, 2 whose anonymous or pseudonymous publications included Lady Chatterley’s Husbands (1931), The Private Life of Frank Harris (1931), Bumarap: the Story of a Male Virgin (1947), I Was Hitler’s Doctor (1951) and The Violations of the Child Marilyn Monroe by “Her Psychiatrist Friend” (1962).

    From I am Dynamite!.

  • Talking about enterprise architecture. Something I know little about. From here: twitter.com/laffezant…

  • 🗂 Lack of trust breeds bureaucracy

    “When DEC was small a hardware engineer could go to the software department and ask whether the supporting software would be ready in six months so that the product could be launched. The software manager would say, “Sure.” The hardware manager would then tell me that he “knew” that this meant nine months because “he is always a bit optimistic but he will get it done, so I can plan accordingly.” As DEC became large and more differentiated, the same scenario would no longer produce the same result. The software manager would again say, “Sure,” but the hardware manager would tell me that he was unsure whether that meant six months, nine months, twelve months, or never, because some other priorities might bump his project. The software manager was now a stranger, embedded in other organizational units, someone with an unknown personality. The hardware manager now had to resort to getting a written commitment so that he could hold the software manager to it. Bureaucracy was born. Now deals have to be negotiated with strangers, trust levels erode, and political processes begin to replace teamwork in pursuit of common goals. The subunits become power centers, and their leaders become barons with an increasingly local agenda. Echelons of supervision, midlevel management, and senior management develop their own norms and force the communications going up and down the hierarchy into certain forms. For example, engineers learn that they have to put their design ideas into cost-benefit language to get middle management to look at proposals, and middle management learns that it has to show the benefits of the project in terms of the particular financial issues the CEO is grappling with at the time.”

    From The Corporate Culture Survival Guide: New and Revised Edition

  • 🎙️ Existing investments & business innovation fuel

    Software Defined Talk #155:

    Hybrid cloud and kubernetes with Cisco, and the latest beard analysis from the OpenStack community, and some spontaneous ERP and ethics of Facebook meandering - all this week in our power episode)!

  • 🗂 The computational legacy is Oracle's cloud opportunity today

    The company said it was saving most of its cloud-native announcements for KubeCon in December, but highlighted its new managed Kubernetes service (OKE, launched in May), platinum-level membership in the Cloud-Native Computing Foundation and growing support of open source projects (e.g., Fn, a functions project; Terraform for Oracle Cloud orchestration) as evidence that it has turned over a new, developer-friendly leaf. Oracle acknowledges a credibility gap with developers, but notes that it is at the start of making a transition similar to the one Microsoft has largely accomplished. As part of this effort, it may pursue acquisitions that give it access to customers that will help change Oracle’s image and shift the culture within the company (perhaps similar to what IBM is hoping to accomplish by buying Red Hat). sso.451research.com/saml2/idp…

  • When you eat with Taco Bob, order extra pickles.

  • How many clowns do you think you can fit on that seat?

  • 🗂 Salesforce makes undisclosed “strategic investment” in Docker, companies will cross-sell MuleSoft and Docker Enterprise

    As part of the new relationship between the companies, Docker and Salesforce’s recently acquired MuleSoft division will cross-sell each other’s products when courting companies that are looking to modernize their software development organizations. The collaboration extends beyond that, however; the two companies will also do integration work aimed at helping mutual customers take advantage of their investments in one platform by extending capabilities to the other platform. www.geekwire.com/2018/sale…

  • 🗂 Mission capability delivered at startup speed

    More coverage of the US Air Force going all in on digital XP, lean design, and cloud native to dramatically - almost unbelievably so - modernize their software.

    The mission capabilities these war fighters received in 120 days or less span deliberate targeting, mission reporting, advanced target production, refueling operations and many more, saving over $6.4 million and 1,100 man-hours per month within the Air Force Central Command.

    More:

    Embracing agile software development processes, the AOC leverages a highly disciplined approach to software engineering called Extreme Programming (XP), to gain the benefits of test-driven development, pair programming, continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD).

    www.fifthdomain.com/thought-l…

  • Finally, I can get my drank on.

  • 🗂 Seeking stasis

    “One basic assumption of adult learning is that we are at all times in a state of what has been called a “quasi-stationary equilibrium” and that we are always trying to stabilize our emotional and cognitive state, which is perpetually bombarded by new external and internal stimuli that have the potential for upsetting and moving the equilibrium to a new state.1 Many of these stimuli can be thought of as “driving forces” that push us toward something new, but we also generate within ourselves “restraining forces” that keep us at the present state. Learning or change takes place when the driving forces are greater than the restraining forces.”

    Later:

    In many change programs senior management announces a strategy of shifting from a production or engineering focus to a customer-centered marketing focus. When they do this they are asking many of their employees to make a major cognitive shift that they may not be able to make. When senior management announces they are going from a formal hierarchy to a matrix or networked project structure, they are asking their employees to grasp entirely alien concepts of how to work and how to think about authority. When senior management announces that employees should become more involved and empowered, they are asking both employees and supervisors to shift their whole cognitive frames of reference for what it means to be an employee or a supervisor.

    From The Corporate Culture Survival Guide: New and Revised Edition

  • I went to the wrong room and now I know about the people who contribute to Glassfish.

  • Waving goodbye to Wall Street

    the trend has accelerated in just the past half-decade as gigantic pools of private capital have, to some degree, replaced public market investors. blogs.the451group.com/techdeals…

  • Rancher Labs Ropes Tencent, Alibaba, Huawei Support Into Containe

    “The market has really heated up this year, and clearly that is what’s driving the acquisitions,” Williams said. “I’ve had a half-dozen customers tell me in the last month they see containerization and Kubernetes as the single most strategic project/platform in their company, and the future of their cloud strategy. It is certainly not surprising that companies are acquiring teams with strong container knowledge.”

    Williams understandably passed on offering any insight into Rancher Labs’ own future. But he did note that Rancher Labs alone added 27 new customers during the third quarter, with nearly all part of the Fortune 500. www.sdxcentral.com/articles/…

  • OpenStack Expands With New Projects, Canonical’s CEO Is Not Thril

    Round up of new projects in OpenStack land. www.sdxcentral.com/articles/…

  • Singapore Airlines employees urged to innovate, fail without fear

    There needs to be a place where you can fail and there’s no implication to your career. [The innovation lab] is a safety net. Anyone in the company can take a day in a week to work with the team [at the lab] and innovate together and talk through the idea. www.zdnet.com/article/s…

  • Enterprises to spend almost $2 trillion on digital transformation by 2022

    “Industry spending on DX technologies is being driven by core innovation accelerator technologies with IoT and cognitive computing leading the race in terms of overall spend,” said Eileen Smith, program director with IDC’s Customer Insights and Analysis Group. “The introduction of IoT sensors and communications capabilities is rapidly transforming manufacturing processes as well as asset and inventory management across a wide range of industries. Similarly, artificial intelligence and machine learning are dramatically changing the way businesses interact with data and enabling fundamental changes in business processes.”

    Some 75 percent of the total digital transformation spend will go to hardware and services. Chinese and U.S. companies together will account for more than half the overall spend.

    What? No blockchain? siliconangle.com/2018/11/1…

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