As I prepare to wrap up my time at RedMonk, I wanted to complete the series of foundational posts I started in 2012 on our approach to understanding the tech industry [part 1, part 2]. Hopefully this aids any readers in addition to the next RedMonk analyst (we’re hiring!) in understanding the historical context.
- “Open source licensing: obsolete or of importance?” on OSS licensing strategy.
- “The Friday grab bag: X300, Github, GAE, and more” on Github. Sure, we mentioned distribution version control earlier, but Github’s effect upon the barrier to entry was what really tipped the scales. (Follow-up on the future of open source looking more like Github than like nonprofit foundations.)
- “Development frameworks and the enterprise” on frameworks, productivity, and acceptance.
- “Flightcaster and the future of asymmetric intelligence as a product” foreshadowing concepts like data moats years later.
- “Beyond Cassandra: Facebook, Twitter, and the future of development” on companies going open by default with permissive licensing in an increasingly polyglot world (follow-up a year and a half later on the extracted software model).
- “Why you should pay attention to Node.js” on opinionated software and enabling full-stack, single-language web development.
- “The future of open data looks like … Github?” on data collaboration.
- “Open core is the new dual licensing” on the lost goodwill in open-core business models.
- “Even with Big Data, it’s hard to ask the right question” on getting insight from information.
- “Platform as a Service: Current and future returns” on the gradual disappearance of blockers to enterprise adoption of new technologies, like security, stability, and compliance.