The combined notions of open source and the ‘community contribution' model
of collaborative software application development are, of course, not new.
The history of open source is actually traced back to early software
exchanges between universities driven by academic principles of knowledge
sharing in the 1960s. Sometime afterwards (August 25, 1991), Finnish computer
scientist Linus Torvalds created Linux... and the rest is history.
But this is not a history lesson; this is an examination of current
Formalization and codification
We now have a variety of established frameworks and bodies dedicated to the
higher-level formalization and codification of open source. Names such as The
Apache Foundation's Hadoop, OpenStack and The Linux Foundation sit alongside
Docker, Drupal and OpenDaylight in a world where these brands are as
respected as any previously pro... (more)
We Don't Need Smartwatches & Virtual Assistants Anyway, Right?
There's a huge push within technology spheres right now to give us the users
new things, obviously. So without making this commentary too personal, allow
me to make a point.
A colleague from the technology industry who shall remain nameless (hello
Tom!) sent me a late night email asking if he should be concerned about not
really wanting a smartwatch or getting caught up on the hype.
He asked, "What killer app would I use on a smartwatch if I had one?"
I thought about it and replied, well e-mailed basically. But as we kn... (more)
The journey through IT transformation is an unstructured one, obviously.
Fraught with perilous pitfalls and uncertainties for the faint hearted, the
progression path toward decoupled, decentralized and essentially virtualized
new IT frameworks is no walk in the park - hence the need for a guiding
migration structure (and/or migration partner) to get from A to B (or more
often, A to Z) in one piece.
But the journey to IT transformation is also one of unstructured data, i.e.,
the need to be able to build (and successfully operate) database and
application structures that have an in... (more)
It's time to talk more vociferously about open data.
A better headline for this piece would be: why open data is not an overnight
sensation or indeed a turn of a dial or a flick of a switch, i.e., it is not
something automatically achieved without some kind of longer term strategic
drive, which, in itself, typically needs to be driven by a defined longer
term strategic need.
Back to basics
The Open Data Handbook defines open data as that information that can be
freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to
the requirement to attribute and share alik... (more)
The building processes inside the new mechanics of the cloud are difficult.
There, we've said it - do we feel better now? Okay so maybe not so much
difficult as such, but more complex in many cases... and definitely more
The ‘more varied' element here is simple to understand. Sometimes we will
be looking to cloud-enable traditional workloads, while in many other
instances we will be looking to create the next generation of so-called
‘cloud native' apps using the technologies that surround us today such as
OpenStack, Cloud Foundry or perhaps Docker.
As in nature, it is i... (more)