It is amazing how many open source software companies out there are trying to
get hit by the same $1B bolt of lightning that hit MySQL without realizing
that the MySQL result is not repeatable.
Looking at the current batch of big data high flyers, from TenGen to Cloudera
to Hortonworks, each seems to be vying for the same kind of ubiquitous usage
that enabled MySQL to get a more than 20x multiple. What they don't realize
is that the failure of early open source acquisitions to deliver substantial
value to owners has made buyers much more wary.
Companies like MySQL were valued based on a mystical belief that downloads
could be monitized (not unlike the similarly wishful belief in monetizing
eyeballs that motivated disastrous dot com acquisitions in the 90s). Moving
forward, open source companies will be valued the old-fashioned way: by the
viability of their business... (more)
Chris Keene's "Keene View" Blog
Cloud computing is custom made for Silicon Valley - it is poorly defined,
seemingly vast and has the potential to change human life as we know it (at
least for those of us who live in Silicon Valley). Since so many people are
jumping on the cloud bandwagon, I thought it would be useful to look not at
what cloud computing is but at what cloud computing isn't.
Of course, we have our fair share of naysayers (like Larry and Richard), as
well as theories about why those naysayers are down on cloud computing.
Cloud computing is the hardware equivalent of a... (more)
Of the many sins that Silicon Valley practices, none are more dangerous or
prevalent than the sin of smugness. Savio Rodrigues had a good posting
recently making the point that Microsoft is learning from and adapting to the
open-source movement, while the open-source movement is so enamored with
"free" that they are not paying enough attention to the total cost of
ownership from a customer's perspective.
Let's be clear - the free part of open source is a great innovation and
worthy of a few minutes of self-satisfaction. The aftermath of the Y2K bubble
was the erection of enormous... (more)
Chris Keene's "Keene View" Blog
Just because the web has been open so far doesn't mean that it will stay that
way. Flash and Silverlight, arguably the two market-leading technology
toolkits for rich media applications are not open. Make no mistake -
Microsoft and Adobe aim to have their proprietary plug-ins, aka
pseudo-browsers, become the rendering engines for the next generation of the
I spoke on a panel at Mashup Camp recently on why Ajax Standards matter. I
was quoted by Doug Henschen of Intelligent Enterprise as saying that we are
locked in a struggle for the soul of ... (more)
Mashups is a pretty broad term. A good definition for a mashup tool is a
solution that allows developers to combine interesting data and then
visualize that data through a web application
Usually, mashups are web applications that can be created quickly using
standard web services (e.g., REST) and components (e.g., Widgets).
There are three kinds of Mashup tools: front end, back end and integrated.
The differences are:
Front end mashup tools: these tools help build web front ends like dashboards
using widgets/gadgets and little to no programming (iGoogle, PageFlakes) Back
end mash... (more)