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  • The Post-Moneyball World and Optimizing for Developer Happiness
    When Moneyball was published in 2003, it was something of a phenomenon. The book, ostensibly about a baseball team’s efforts to compete in spite of more limited financial resources, was in fact a vehicle for evidence based decision making and the opportunities inherent in market inefficiences. There were a ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-02-07
  • Serverless is the New PaaS
    Even as Amazon Web Services was ascending to a position of market dominance in the exploding category of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) – a category, notably, that it created – and added new features and services at an improbable rate, there was one area in which the company pointedly did not ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-01-26
  • Whither the DBA
    It should not be controversial to say that the way software is written in 2018 is materially different than in 2008, let alone 1998. Not just in terms of the underlying technologies, which have inevitably evolved and been refined, but the associated processes and methodologies. Whether driven by the ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-01-09
  • What Ruby Needs
    Of all of the questions we receive at RedMonk, one of the most common concerns programming languages. Whether from members of a given community or a commercial entity, the desire is to better understand a given language’s trajectory and the context around it. Is it going up or down, ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2017-12-15
  • The RedMonk re:Invent 2017 Recap
    Following up on the recent Amazon Web Services conference, re:Invent, held at the Palazzo and Venetian in Las Vegas, the three monks who attended got together to chat about what we saw and the conference and what it means for AWS, developers and the rest of the industry. The conversation ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2017-12-13
  • What’s Scary About Amazon Web Services
    As has become routine at re:Invent, Amazon Web Services used the opportunity of its annual conference to shine a light on the fruits of a year’s worth of its labor. The product of which would represent years plural if not decades of almost any other company’s work, it must ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2017-12-08
  • Goodbye Macbook, Hello iPad Pro
    Six months ago after my laptop’s logic board ate itself, I used the opportunity to experiment with trading a laptop for tablet as a primary travel machine. Specifically, I substituted a 9.7″ iPad Pro for my usual 12″ MacBook on a trip. That test, while brief, went quite a ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2017-11-30
  • Fifteen Years of RedMonk
    In November of 2002, I’d been an analyst for about a year. I’d left consulting because I got tired of spending every weekday of every month of every year in a hotel. Unfortunately, the analyst firm I had joined was worse off financially than I had understood at the ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2017-11-10
  • The New Kingmakers Then and Now
    On Monday, I flew into Richmond for the first time in nearly twenty years. The occasion was the opportunity to speak to a room full of salespeople, sales engineers and developer advocates. The subject was one that we’ve discussed many times in The New Kingmakers, but with a bit ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2017-10-20
  • The 2017 Monktoberfest
    it begins A post shared by stephen o'grady (@stephenogrady) on Oct 5, 2017 at 6:37am PDT On March 3, 2011, I sent an email to a few people internally, subject line “Conference Thoughts.” It was about the possibility of RedMonk hosting ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2017-10-11
  • What is Microsoft Doing?
    If you talk to its competitors, partners and even unrelated third parties today, most will eventually ask some form of the same question: what is Microsoft doing? The company’s macro strategy is well understood, of course, and even the object of much admiration. The fact that a company as ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2017-09-28
  • Facebook’s About Face
    Thirty-five days after publicly stating, in response to objections from the Apache Software Foundation among others, that the company would not be re-licensing its React library, Facebook on Friday announced that it was re-licensing its React library. It was a surprising but welcome reversal for many in the industry, ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2017-09-26
  • Cloud Native Open Source License Choices
    One of the most common questions regarding open source licensing today concerns trajectories. Specifically, what are the current directions of travel both for specific licenses as well as license types more broadly. Or put more simply, what licenses are projects using today, and how is that changing? We’ve examined this ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2017-09-22
  • Two Open Source Licensing Questions: The AGPL and Facebook
    In many settings, open source licensing today is considered a solved problem. Not only has the Open Source Initiative (OSI) largely contained the long feared issue of license proliferation, the industry has essentially consolidated around a few reasonably well understood models. Copyleft licenses such as the GPL, which require ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2017-09-14
  • Lighting Out for the Territories
    In an hour, I’m going to click a button and anyone emailing me for the next two weeks is going to get a reply saying that I’m on vacation. Unlike most years, I don’t have a week in a cottage up north to look forward to at the back ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2017-08-18

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