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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 realities. 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 Anyway, Right? By @ABridgwater | @ThingsExpo #IoT

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)

Transformation Is an Unstructured (Data) Journey By @ABridgwater | @BigDataExpo #BigData

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)

Why Open Data Is Not an Overnight Sensation By @ABridgwater | @CloudExpo #Cloud

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)

Cloud & the Killer ‘Infinite Variety’ Factor By @ABridgwater | @CloudExpo #Cloud

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 varied. 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)