Agile IT has been widely heralded (and equally widely decried) as a way to
align the pace of change in IT with the pace of change in the broader
At its core, Agile IT is making the very basic point that if in house IT
cannot keep pace with the business there are a rapidly increasing number of
cloud and SaaS providers for whom that is not a problem.
In short, IT must innovate around time-to-market or die a death of a thousand
credit card cuts as individual developers outsource the IT they need to
Amazon and other public cloud providers.
But what is the core activity that drives the shift to agility? Most often
this shift is characterized as a vat migration to cloud. This is true, but it
misses the key driver of IT agility: orchestration.
How Orchestration Drives the Cloud
IT automation deals with performing a particular task, such as setting up a
single com... (more)
Chris Keene's "Keene View" Blog
For cloud computing to take off, there need to be tools available that enable
a developer to build and deploy an application without having to download
anything to their desktop. This requires an on-demand development tool that
sits on top of the cloud and provides a development Platform as a Service
There are two paths that a vendor can take to create a development platform
for cloud computing: cloud-first or tool-first.
Cloud-first approach to PaaS: first build a cloud platform, then build a
development tool that runs on top of it. This is... (more)
Cloud Foundry at Cloud Expo
I have had some interesting conversations recently with partners about how
cloud computing will affect the developer tools market.
I don't believe developers jump on a band wagon just because they like the
wagon. They jump on the wagon because they like where the wagon is going!
Roughly every 10 years, a technology disruption changes developer aspirations
and drives them to adopt new tools that get them to new places.
With client/server, developers aspired to build "modern" apps and break free
of the bureaucracy of central IT. Cloud computing offers a sim... (more)
Open source companies live or die by the health of their communities.
WaveMaker's proudest achievement last year was creating a passionate and
rapidly growing community.
Thinking back, probably our most important decision affecting community
health was made early in the year, when we decided to dump our AGPL license
in favor of Apache.
Although we had never gotten direct feedback that the community didn't like
AGPL, we had more forum posts than we thought was healthy that asked pointed
questions about our licensing. This let us know that people were confused,
and if there was an... (more)
Most home security systems have a panic button - if you hear something go
bump in the night you can push a panic button to starts the sirens wailing,
call the cops and hopefully sends the bad guys scurrying. As useful as this
is for home owners, enterprises need a security panic button even more.
Security spending is heavily weighted towards keeping bad guys out. Media
coverage has demonstrated how often they get in anyway. According to the
CyberEdge Group, 71% of large enterprises reported at least 1 successful
hacking attack in 2014.
While there is extensive advice around the m... (more)