A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called
Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based
Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact
on the data center and on server computing in general.
What Is a Microserver...and What Isn't
Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will
be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is
available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some
years to come - growing to over 20% of the server market by 2016 according to
Oppenheimer ("Cloudy With A Chance of ARM" Oppenheimer Equity Research
According to Chris Piedmonte, CEO of Suvola Corporation - a software and
services company focused on creating preconfigured and scalable Microserver
appliances for deployin... (more)
To Heck with “Big Data”, “Little Data” is the Problem Most Face
"Big data" gets all the press - but for the vast majority of people who work
with data, it's the proliferation of "little data" that impacts us the most.
What do I mean by little data? I'm referring to the proliferation of
various SaaS and Cloud-based applications, on-premises applications,
databases, spreadsheets, log files, data files and so forth. Many
organizations are plagued with multiple instances of the same applications or
multiple applications from different vendors that do essentially the same
thing. ... (more)
I'm not in love with "requirements". There are some who think that
"Requirements" are the be-all and end-all for building great software.
They're not wrong, but they are off by a third of a bubble.
Great software companies come from creating and bringing to market (with a
great "go to market" strategy) quality software that solves one or more
significant problems for an appropriately chosen target audience - and does
so measurably better than alternative solutions.
How does such successful software happen? Certainly not by accident.
Understanding the Target Customer
It comes from... (more)
For those who would like a clear explanation of what cloud computing is and
how it might impact their business, I’d like to point people to Cloud
Computing for Dummies, which they can purchase online (physical format as
well as kindle). Some nice details are also on dummies.com
It’s not for technology experts or developers looking for specifics on EC2,
but if you’re new to Cloud and would like an easy to read overview to get
you up to speed quickly, this is a great book.
I’d also like to thank Robin Bloor for his acknowledgement. That was very
If you haven’t been t... (more)
You'd think that we'd be smarter about IT projects by now.
You think that we'd be tired of the horrifying rates of failure, and the
crushing consequences of those failures.
But if you are not spending more time understanding your customers - and
developing tightly scoped requirements to make great software to meet their
real needs, not some imagined "needs mash-up" cobbled together by the
squeakiest wheels in your organization - you're part of the problem, and
you're accepting failure as an ever-present option.
It's time to stop the madness.
It's time to reduce the waste of multi... (more)