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Refreshing APM: on Agile, Continuous Deployment, Hybrid and Micro-services

Application Performance Management (APM) is going through one of its periodical refreshes as new platforms and methods emerge and pressure grows on enterprises to become more like web native companies in terms of velocity of digital product and service delivery. This video, sponsored by IBM, represents some of my current thinking on the subject. Let me know what you think.

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Opinionated Infrastructure Podcast: Java 20 years in, past, present, future.

Introducing a new podcast series, called Opinionated Infrastructure, for those of that don’t like to watch video rants while you’re driving. This first one is sponsored by, which might surprise you given the theme is 20 years of Java, past, present and future. More surprising perhaps is that the guest is Joe Kutner, JVM Languages Owner at Heroku. Now don’t imagine we spend the show saying Java sucks, but JVMs are cool. That is not the point. Rather – what is the role of Java in a web native era? How did we get here, and what comes next. Heroku wants to be be a home for the new Java workloads.

Hope you enjoy the show. I will be making this a regular thing.

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20 Dos and Don’ts about Presenting at Developer Events

from James Governor

A couple of months back I presented at IBM Interconnect about developer events and why they’re increasingly important. IBM is a client and paid my travel etc.

Some of the reasoning is fairly obvious. Twilio for example, is now adding $1m in annual recurring revenue every seven days, driven by participation in more than 500 developer events in 2014.

IBM itself has been investing heavily in developer ecosystems, events and locations, through its Ecosystems and Digital Cities initiatives. It’s been running tons of BlueMix (IBM’s Cloud Foundry implementation) training events, hackathons and so on. And of course it supported the Shoreditch Village Hall venue, by Shoreditch Works, helping to fund a space in which we ran developer community events and conferences such as London Node User Group, London Java Community, and Cleanweb throughout last year.

But for traditional companies, IBM’s core customer base, the obvious isn’t always so obvious, so I put together this deck to help IBM clients (and Big Blue holdouts) understand the value of face to face interactions with developer communities, but also to provide some advice about how to come across.

So here are some dos and don’ts. I bet you have your own pet loves and hates. Please make your own suggestions.

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Microsoft Build 2015 and the Dancing Elephant

At Build 2015 Microsoft finally sloughed off many of the shackles of its own making and renewed its relevance to the industry from a developer, and thus customer, perspective. Microsoft is moving forward by systematically dismantling an apparatus of corporate control built on tight coupling between Windows and Office.

CEO Satya Nadella is increasingly looking like Microsoft’s Louis Gerstner – that is, an executive who can look at things from the customer perspective, with a truly outside-in view, and drive the cultural change needed to revitalise a company from the ground up. Nadella has a relaxed, confident demeanor that makes you want to lean in and engage, and now by extension, so does Microsoft. In terms of its corporate evolution Microsoft currently looks like IBM in the late 1990s, supporting whatever environments customers choose, but with Azure playing the role of Global Services, and the key customer being the modern software developer rather than the CIO. In other news Microsoft’s timing is pretty much perfect. Decoupling just in time for the age of micro-services? Priceless.

When Microsoft released its iPad apps for Office pretty much everyone gushed about them. But the apps would have been released two years earlier than they were had the project not been nixed by ex Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. This is not necessarily to damn Ballmer, whose “only failing was delivering sustaining growth (from $20 to over $70 billion in sales.)” but rather to point out the shackles of success were forged in an earlier era. Selling both apps and the infrastructure they run is after all the the holy grail of industry dominance.

But times have changed, and the change is accelerating. To reestablish relevance Microsoft needs to be winning new developers to the cause, and that just wasn’t happening under Ballmer. Where Ballmer was a farmer, Nadella is a forager. It’s not as if Microsoft didn’t know the world has changed, but sometimes new management is needed to drive the change a company already knows is necessary to respond.

So what did Microsoft actually do at Build?

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  • Launch an IDE, Visual Studio Code, that runs on Windows, Mac OS-X and Linux from the get go. Code is an IDE that expresses what Microsoft has always been good at – IntelliSense, developer productivity for the 99%, solid debugging tools, but multiplatform. It supports Node.js, JavaScript, C#, C++, PHP, Java, HTML, R, CSS, SQL, Markdown, TypeScript, LESS, SASS, JSON, XML, and Python. It can only be a matter of time before we see Go and Rust supported, too.
  • Support Xcode in Visual Studio. This one was kind of crazy – opening an Xcode file in Visual Studio to edit Objective-C using the Project Islandwood SDK. Why would you want to do that? Developers can now compile Objective-C to support Windows, allowing for porting of apps and games from the most vibrant ecosystem to Windows Store, which definitely needs a boost, but which is going to get a huge amount of cash support from Microsoft. The toolset was used by King, the publishers of Candy Crush, to port their app to Windows 10 Mobile. And now Microsoft is going to ship Candy Crush preinstalled with Windows 10. From developers to users, see.
  • Support Android on Windows  – quite a different approach, but Windows 10 Mobile will be shipping with an Android subsystem, allowing for easier porting of Android apps to Windows using the Project Astoria SDK. These apps can be developed in Eclipse, as per the Google tool chain.
  • Support Java in Visual Studio – demonstrated by 17 year old Aidan Brady, for writing Minecraft mods. Perhaps more telling in the keynote than the demo, was the fact Briana Roberts, on stage with Aidan, was at pains to explain that being able to write Minecraft mods with Visual Studio didn’t mean Microsoft didn’t like Eclipse.
  • MOAR DOCKER – Microsoft ceded the stage to Docker CEO Ben Golub, so it became his show for  a few minutes. Ben explained that when it started working with Microsoft they expected to simply be writing support for Docker on Hyper-V, so Docker was surprised when Microsoft went a lot farther. In Ben’s words:
    • Here are the 5 surprises we have had in making this a reality
      1. Docker on Windows Server Not Just Linux
      2. Content and collaboration for developers
      3. Open orchestration for multi-container applications
      4. All about freedom of choice to mix and match to build the best distributed applications
      5. In just 6 months, real and it’s being demo’d today

      In the Demo, Mark Russinovich showed the following

      • A .NET application being deployed to Windows Server using Docker
      • The same .NET application being pushed to a Linux Server running on Azure via Visual Studio
      • Remote attachment and debugging of the .NET application running inside of a Docker container from within Visual Studio

      The demo is a great reflection of the freedom of choice to developers (italics mine).

  • Deliver support for Apache Cordova in Visual Studio for creating hybrid web/native apps (as announced at Build 2014)
  • Go nuts for Node.js. Slick Visual Studio integration with NPM, etc.
  • Preview .NET framework running on Linux and Mac. When this work is baked, it will make the Docker support v interesting in terms of app portability.
  • Make a browser that doesn’t suck. Welcome Edge.

Related- The Node stuff is starting to get interesting.

Perhaps most interestingly of all in terms of going where the developers are, oddly enough it didn’t make much splash in the keynotes, was extensive support announced for Github on Azure, Hyper-V and Visual Studio.

So Microsoft slew some sacred cows, but lowering barriers to entry isn’t enough in itself to attract net new developers. For that you need some beautiful and shiny to attract them. Microsoft certainly delivered that with its HoloLens demos. So yeah- you can now make an object in Minecraft and deploy it in your living room…

So Microsoft is back in the game. It is a dancing elephant. We’ll find out over the next year or so whether Microsoft can really begin to attract new developers into the fold however, but many impediments are now gone. Thankfully I won’t have reporters call me any more about being surprised because Microsoft is doing x where x is anything remotely open source.

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We are hiring

In case you haven’t already seen the post from my business partner Stephen I just wanted to let you know that some changes are afoot at RedMonk, to wit Donnie Berkholz is leaving the firm.

We are sad to see him go. He has made a material contribution to the firm’s success and helped build our community. So thank you Donnie.

However we’re still very confident about our trajectory. As Marc Andreesen says, Software is Eating the World. Every bite it takes RedMonk’s market opportunity grows. We’re brilliantly positioned. We were outliers when we launched the firm, because we said developers matter. But today market after market is getting the memo. 2014 was our best year ever.

So we’re hiring. If you’d like to help developers, by helping their patrons better serve them, this is a sweet gig. We’re steeped in open source and the open web. Our track record in making predictions is pretty incredible, mostly because we believe in the William Gibson dictum – the future’s already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed. And of course – the best way to predict the future is to (help) build it. This is an opportunity to join a firm that makes a meaningful impact on the tech industry.

Fair warning to all applicants: we will be very picky. You need to be able to communicate effectively, write well and be committed to rational discourse. You should have a reasonable online presence and a passion for developers and the tools they use. Other things we’ll look for include programming skills, economics and statistics training and experience with rich media. Previous experience as an analyst is a bonus, but absolutely not required. Interested? Send a CV and anything else you believe we should consider to hiring @

You will have big shoes to fill, whoever you are. The analysts that have come before you have done some incredible work, and we expect nothing less from you.

Why work here? The most obvious reason is that RedMonk remains, in my obviously biased opinion, an amazing place to work. There aren’t many too many jobs available that allow you to influence the strategic direction and decision making process of some of the biggest and most important technology companies in the world – as well as their disruptors, that give you a pulpit to produce public research for some of the best and brightest developers on the planet. Fewer jobs still let you work on things that are important, things that improve the day to day lives of developers, and by extension, the users they service. Tim O’Reilly says to “work on stuff that matters“; we think we do, almost every day. And as you might guess from conferences like the Monktoberfest, we try and have fun doing it.

Come and join us, and help us do even better in 2015.



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At Interconnect: On mobile, enterprise data moats and why developer events matter.

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It’s Interconnect next week, the first outing for IBM’s new conference consolidating its Cloud, Mobile, DevOps and Security businesses. It will be good to find out more about the recent reorganisation at the company, and to catch up with clients. Is IBM really all in for cloud? I should know more in a week.

I am giving a couple of talks, and really looking forward to both.

Monday morning will be the first outing for a piece of work I am doing looking at tech events and Developer Engagement. I will explain why corporations should encourage their technical staff to get out from behind their laptops and start going to developer events. We will look at the advantages of hosting events, going to events, and generally getting out there from an engineering perspective. Companies from all sectors are realising that they won’t get through the transition to the digital economy without getting the best out of the best software engineers and developers. So what can the enterprise learn from Web companies about developer culture, and how to channel it?

Monday, February 23, 2015


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My second session of the day examines a completely different topic – Mobile, Moats, Mainframes and Data Management. Today we’re seeing the rise of the unicorn – mobile app companies valued in the multibillion dollar range. These sky-high evaluations are not based on revenues from the mobile app itself, so much as the data being collected about how users are interacting with the network. I will examine how enterprises can benefit from similar approaches, and begin to establish their own data moats and drawbridges. Companies need to take a broad view of data assets and the transactions that underpin them, in order to compete with new highly capitalised competitors. I will be presenting with IBM’s Michael Perera again. We do a pretty good double act. You should come check us out.

Monday, February 23, 2015


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RedMonk comes to the USA: Thingmonk in Denver

Over the years we have been asked many times to run more events in the US. One of the reasons we haven’t done more events in the USA is that it’s hard work to run events outside your home city, without a local network in place, and we can’t do everything in Portland, Maine. So when 2lemetry volunteered to help host Thingmonk in Colorado we thought why not go for it?

So we’re bringing RedMonk’s unique blend of story-telling and craft experiences to Denver, at Mile High Spirits and Tasting lounge on March 3rd and 4th. You can expect fantastic speakers, and great food and drink experiences. It’s not every IoT conference that will have a URLs for the sensors in a hog roast, for example, or a beacon-driven pub crawl, taking in some of Denver’s best pints.

We try to bridge different communities, rather than having a constant stream of talks that represent essentially the same viewpoint.

Speakers include

Alexandros Marinos, founder,

Building a SONOS Clone in 5 Minutes, a live coding demo.

Josh Dzeilak, open sorceror at,

I Connect, Therefore I Am – A Philosophy of Things

Kelsey Breseman, Engineer & Director of Community at Technical Machines

Stories from a Connected World

Josh Holmes, architect evangelist, Microsoft

Connected Car: from devices to data to knowledge

Doctor Sarah Cooper, VP bus dev M2Mi

Rise of the Machines: on data and IoT comms

Sam Phippen, founder Fun and Plausible

The Most Dangerous Game: Giving 16-Year-Olds Power Tools


Day One will be a hackday, where we join up all the things, and have fun playing with fantastic, easy to use Tessel devices.

Day Two will be talks – we aim for short punchy stuff that goes META.


If you’re interested in attending, you should probably ping [email protected] (he has some awesome discount codes). If you’d like to make a corporate company purchase, please email me jgovernor at and i’d be happy to work something out. This event is a great learning and networking opportunity for companies interested in developer-led adoption for IoT apps, services and solutions.


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Monki Gras 2015 – Curating the Nordic (Developer) Invasion

Was the most tweeted comment of the conference by far. Or if I was a marketing person I’d probably lead with

Or for something a little more geeky:

Monki Gras is a labour of love. I personally select every talk and speaker, and sign off on every detail, from schwag to food to design. It is not conference by committee, which makes the event a bit scary to organise, but incredibly rewarding. With my theme this year – the inexorable rise of Nordic influences on craft and digital culture and software development – I feel I helped to uncover something people know intuitively, but haven’t yet given a name.

Also, apparently, I stuck to my theme. Laura Cowen says: “All the speakers this year were Scandinavian in some way. It was probably the most rigorously applied conference theme I’ve ever seen (mostly, conferences come up with a ‘theme’ for marketing purposes which usually gets mostly forgotten about by the time of the conference itself).” You should read the whole post.

David Gingell also has a fairly comprehensive write up here, which you should also check out.

And then there are some thoughts on the Open Culture angle from Cote.

Helena Bengtsson, Editor of Data Projects at The Guardian newspaper, told us about her adventures in data-driven journalism. That is, the seemingly simple task of using a tiny bit of coding and data analysis to mine the world for stories. In particular, Helena was interested in looking into various government activities, for example, seeing how often each lobbyist visited government officials.

Each of the data-driven investigations quickly turned into a sort of cat-and-mouse game where the Helena would find a piece of interesting data and then the government would slightly change how that data was made available in order to, one presumes, add just enough chaff to the system to make Helena’s task more difficult. For example, Helena asked for a dump of all lobbyist visits and received a very tidy CSV file for the past 30 days. As she asked for more complete updates, the government changed its reporting mechanism to just be daily snap-shots, expiring any data older than 24 hours. So, being tenacious, Helena simply asked for these snap-shots daily. There were other nightmarish ETL tales like having to handle PDFs and other ill-formatted data.

Day One in particular felt just right – dare i say lagom. Day Two of course we all had a hangover, so things were not quite crisp like crispbread [Swedish: knäckebröd, hårt bröd, hårdbröd, spisbröd, knäcke, Danish: knækbrød, Norwegian: knekkebrød, Finnish: näkkileipäIcelandic: hrökkbrauð], but talks were a little more technical. 

The conference kicked off with a wonderful talk by the Söderhavet digital agency about its rebranding work for Sweden, creating a new brand and visual identity for all official communications by the country. The Guardian has a nice write up of the project, here. Next up was Linda Sandvik, now working at the Guardian, on ‘Fjellvettreglene: The Norwegian Mountain Code’, with comments on everything from Slow TV to the Quota Law (today companies must legally have at least 40% board level representation by women). Regarding the Mountain Code Linda helped us all understand something that every Norwegian kid knows – sometimes it is right to quit, because you can’t beat weather. We should celebrate Frijtof Nansen rather that Robert Falcon Scott.

These two talks set the tone for the conference. We learned about culture, technology and language. We learned that the Nordic countries, let alone Scandinavian ones, are not a singleton. One of the particular pleasures of Monki Gras me learning more about how the different nations in the region see each other, and view themselves.

I want to thank all my amazing speakers. Helena BengtssonEditor of Data Projects at The Guardian newspaper, Donnie Berkholz, Senior Analyst at RedMonk,  Per Buer is the CTO of Varnish Software and became an avid home-brewer after Monki Gras 2014. Emil Eifremfounder of Neo Technology (Neo4j), Martin Elwinhead of Solutions Architecture, Nordics, for Amazon Web Services, Michael FriisProduct Manager at Heroku, Niklas Gustavsson is a backend engineer at Spotify, Reetta Heiskanen is Communications Lead at Mehackit, Janne Heino, Solution Designer of Cloud at Nokia Siemens. Co-presenting with Janne Heino, Chris Grzegorczyk is a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard, Chief Architect of Helion Eucalyptus, Anke HolstJanne Kalliolafounder and CEO of Exove, Viktor Klang is the Chief Architect at Typesafe Inc. Marietta Leinvestigative journalist on the Hungarian website Atlatszo.huElina LepomäkiMember of The Finnish Parliament, representing the center-right National Coalition Party, Joonas Lehtinen is the founder and CEO of Vaadin, Andreas Olofsson, CEO at Adapteva, will discuss ‘Designing Hardware the Nordic Way.’ How does the Nordic landscape and environment impact its peoples viewpoints on life, structure, design, and even hardware? We all know IKEA furniture – its simplistic, clean lines are instantly recognisable. Is Nordic hardware designed to a similar brief design, and if so, how does this impact its usability and effectivenesss? Andreas will give us an overview of designing the Nordic way, Patrik Sallner, CEO of MariaDB (formerly SkySQL), Linda Sandvik is a creative technologist and Knight-Mozilla Fellow at The Guardian, Ilja SummalaCTO at Nordcloud. From Söderhavet, Creative Director Mattias Svensson and Jesper Robinell, Head of Design. Stefan Hattenbach, Type Designer and founder of MAC Rhino Fonts. And Saffron Governor, catering consultant.

Techworld has a solid write up of the Niklas Gustavsson talk on Spotify Developer culture.

“Spotify’s success is largely down to the way it gets developers to work in small groups on autonomous engineering projects, according to one of the company’s project leaders.”

Techworld also gave us a view on How the collapse of Nokia has fuelled the Finnish startup revolution, in an interview with Patrick Sallner.

Videos of talks should start going live this week.

We didn’t achieve 40% participation by women, but I think we did sort of OK on gender diversity. On racial diversity, not so much.

While I had sign off on every detail, that is not to say I didn’t have a great curatorial team working with me. Christie Fidura made sure the trains ran on time. Helgi Gudjonsson pulled together an outstanding range of craft beers and aquavits, and my sister Saffron Governor managed all the catering, putting together an incredible menu which included elk salami, reindeer mouse and air-dried pickled wood-ear mushrooms. My colleagues at Shoreditch Works managed logistics for me. As ever Ben Gatehouse managed design.

If you like the sound of Monki Gras you should check out Thingmonk USA in Denver in a couple of weeks. We’ll have amazing talks and hacks, an IoT connected Hog Roast, and a beacon-driven pub crawl.

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Monki Gras ’15, Nordic Connection, Culture Done Right

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I have been running Monki Gras, a single track intimate event with epic food and craft brewing experiences for four years now. The theme for 2015 is Nordic Craft Culture and Tech. The speakers are going to be incredible. For example we have the Söderhavet team that recently created a new national brand identity for Sweden – see the Sweden Sans font above, in the playful logo redesign. But as with all RedMonk events the attendees are also an incredibly talented, vibrant bunch. Everyone comes to learn and play.

Monki Gras is a meta conference. It’s about culture, craft, language, design, code and getting things done. As I plan for this year my thoughts keep going back to the inaugural Monktoberfest in 2011 – Zack Urlocker gave a fantastic talk about how to effectively manage remote teams. He reprised the talk at the first Monki Gras. Given Zack’s background, helping to scale MySQL, he gave us some wonderful insights into Nordic software development culture.

When you look at the list of technologies that originated in the Nordics it becomes clear that collaboration and distributed development are central – from Linux to GIT to SSH, technology is needed to underpin effectiveness. You can’t rely on San Francisco meetups to establish the “right way“. Long dark winters make for good code, but also collaboration through code. If i am right that Open Source invented Social networking – Why Open Source software is Social Media – then that means the Nordics invented online social networking as well.

So what about open source and money? One interesting tension is that Nordics and Scandinavians know the monetary value of work – you have to make a living, don’t ask someone to do something for free – but made open source what it is today- commercial and successful. Freedom doesn’t have to mean free as in beer, but i can.

So what set off my thinking?  The basic idea is pretty straightforward and was inspired by… Radio One. As I explain on the Monki Gras blog:

After two years in a row where the theme was obvious to me early on- Scaling Craft (2013), followed by Sharing Craft (2014) I was floundering for a guiding curatorial line this time around. So I get home one evening and my wife is listening to Radio 1 (I know, I know, we listen to Radio 6 as well!) the show is about the Scandinavian Invasion, with a new wave of Scandinavian pop artists, writers and producing  breaking through. To be honest I didn’t really notice any of the music as soon as the presenter mentioned Spotify.

Neurons started firing. My first thought? London is not very good at scaling companies. Too many London startups sell too early. Stockholm on the other hand has an incredible track record of taking companies further – Skype, Kazaa, Spotify, etc. Of course gifted individuals play a role – Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are an incredible team. But a culture spawned these individuals, and my neurons kept firing and I knew I had a potentially incredible conference on my hands.

Noma in Copenhagen is currently the best restaurant in the world, with its minimalism and focus on foraged, local ingredients. The Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen was one of the sparks that reignited craft brewing excellence across Europe – and is now crushing it in San Francisco. Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, with his peripatetic “gypsy brewing” style is all about excellence in collaboration and brewing high wire acts.

Gypsy brewing. Sharing Recipes. Making it easy to recombine things and collaborate. Beer suddenly feels like software. The Web runs on Nordic inventions. 3 Letters out of 4 in LAMP stack. Not bad considering Silicon Valley considers itself to be the place that provides infrastructure for the rest of the world.

What makes Nordic Culture so productive? Education is clearly fantastic in the region, and the winters are long and cold, perfect for heads down coding.

Design and lighting are both very important in Scandinavian culture too. This all comes together. Code, design, liberal social values, education, great taste, modesty, skill, practice. This conference is going to explore all of these themes, and it’s going to rock.

The Speaker list is really solid so far.

Per Buer is the CTO of Varnish Software and became an avid home-brewer after Monki Gras 2014. In addition to crafting his excellent beer, he’s an expert at starting his own business. In Per’s presentation, ‘Fighting with Polar Bears and Other Challenges You Encounter When Running a Startup In Norway’, he will share his experience with running a commercial company that has an open source product at its core.

Linda Sandvik is a creative technologist and Knight-Mozilla Fellow at The Guardian. She describes herself as a wannabe MacGyver and rebel. In her talk, ‘The Norwegian Mountain Code’, Linda will examine Norwegian culture as it is exposed in the code. You can expect comments on everything from slow TV to the Norwegian Quota Law.

Janne Kalliola is the founder and CEO of Exove, a services company using open technologies to improve customers’ business in the Nordic countries and Baltic states. Janne will be teaching us the Finnish word ‘talkoot‘ in his presentation ‘Making Meaning By Contributing to Improve the Quality of Your Life,’ as he emphasises the benefits of working together to achieve a common goal by being an active member in the local community.

Jason Hoffman, head of cloud at Ericsson, will be giving us a Lilyhammer view of his first few months in Sweden after leaving San Francisco.

Joonas Lehtinen, founder of Vaadin – Software Design in the Nordics. Hacking When It’s Cold.

Viktor Klang, Chief Software Architect at Typesafe, on Reactive Technology, Culture and the Nordics.

Patrick Sallner, CEO MariaDB on Collaboration and Nordic Development Culture.

Stefan Hattenbach, founder MAC Rhino Fonts and Jesper Robinell, Soderhavet on the thinking and process behind creating a new official national typeface – Sweden Sans, otherwise known as Lagom, “just enough” in English.

Ilja Summala, CTO, Nordcloud on Finnish Craftsmanship and the Cloud – Cloudcraft, Maslow (of course), How craftsmanship and open source in Finland tie up with setting up new housing for 10% of population post WWII. Docker and microservices as anti-devops craft movement.

Our very own Donnie Berkholz will be talking about how tech culture in the US midwest is influenced by settler’s Scandinavian roots.

Perfectly normal tech conference fodder then. Or maybe not.

For tickets you should go here.

If you’re a potential sponsor please check out the options we have, and ping juliane@redmonk for more details.

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Thingmonk Done, Monki Gras Next

Turns out that running four conferences in as many months is hard. Really hard. What with IOT@Scale with SAP, Thingmonk, The Business of IoT, and next Monki Gras I have had my hands full. Without Fintan Ryan helping me pull things together I could not have managed.  Throw in Christmas, and as ever I am delinquent in posting.

The second Thingmonk was a blast. People really enjoyed the program. I wanted to run a conference “for IOT people looking at development, design and data to get stuck in with the programmers, designers and visionaries that are making the Internet of Things.” and I feel I did pretty well there.

We had amazing talks from a wide range of speakers, some alumni, some new additions to the RedMonk community.

Alasdair Allan (how we’re doing IoT wrong, and need to put people first)

Patrick Bergel, Founder and CEO, Animal Systems, (how limited we are in imagining how things will talk)

Chris Swan, CTO Cohesive (security of lack of it in IoT)

Tamara Giltsoff, VP bus dev, Product Health (data and sustainable cradle to cradle supply chains for energy in emerging markets)

Leanne Templeman and Reid Carlberg, Salesforce (how IoT is driving development platform requirements)

Dr Boris Adryan, Department of Genetics, Cambridge University (What the IoT Should Learn from Life Sciences)

Shalini Kapoor, IBM Distinguished Engineer (the Internet of Connected Cars)

Tim Kellogg, 2lemetry (What’s next for MQTT)

Naveed Parvez, founder and CEO Andiamo (the Internet of Empathy)

Damon Hart Davis, OpenTRV (the Internet of Smart, cheap, plugs)

Yodit Stanton, (an update from a local startup, Thingmonk Alumni and friend of RedMonk)

Ian Skerrett, Eclipse Foundation marketing director (the confusing soup of IoT “standards” and how we should move forward)

Alexandros Marianos, founder (building a SONOS clone in under 5 minutes, live demo. amazing)

Tony Smith, writer Electric Imp (pitch by former Register editor, poached turned gamekeeper)

Michael Hausenblas, MapR data engineer (a toolbox for IoT data management)

Nick O’Leary, IBM (incredible talk on machine to human and M2M conversations)

Andy Stanford Clark, IBM (demo of a hydrogen powered Raspberry Pi!)

Adrian Grabinar (PhD, Creative Exchange Hub (making music playlists into something you can touch again)

A wide range of topics then, and they meshed together well.

Thanks Tim!

It’s impossible to put on a conference with great food, drinks and logistics unless you have great sponsors. In this regard we were very very lucky at ThingMonk. So massive thanks to Salesforce, 2lemetry, Eclipse Foundation, Aviva Insurance, IBM, ThingWorx, and SAP. For the hackday, APIs were wrangled and we got SAP, IBM and Salesforce talking to each other, and to Adam Gunther’s Hoff styled leather jacket. Oh yeah – IBM even brought a connected car to hack.  Espruino, Tessel, and all played a starring role.

Truth is it is very early days in the Internet of Things. This isn’t the end, or the beginning of the end, but it may be just be the end of the beginning. Standards, the role of data, open source, open hardware, programming models, business models are all in flux. Who knows – Uber may yet become the biggest IoT player on the planet, once it delivers flying cars, though I personally am going long on IFTTT. Suffice to say, there is plenty more to share and learn and work together on. That’s why we’re now planning Thingmonk in North America.

But first, at the end of this month, comes Monki Gras, for the fourth time. We’re taking a different cut this time around. I have done Social Craft, Scaling Craft and Sharing Craft, but was running out of runway with “S”s. instead this year I am looking at Nordic culture, and how it has been massively influential in powering the Internet – from IRC to SSH to Linux to MySQL to PHP to Varnish to C# to GIT. If you want to know How To Do Things Right in Software Development then check out the Nordics- Silicon Valley is just one center of gravity for the Web buildout. Then consider the businesses such as – Skype, Spotify, Rovio, and SuperCell, all epic market leaders.

But I am getting ahead of myself. Read my next post to find out more about why you should get involved with Monki Gras 2015 – either as an attendee, sponsor or both.


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