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  • What Does Open Source Mean in the Era of Cloud APIs?
    One of the most interesting and unsurprising characteristics of conversations with organizations that have adopted one of the emerging hybrid or “non-compete” style of licenses is that they are universally insistent on being differentiated from one another. Which is understandable on the one hand, given that there are major ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2019-01-25
  • The Cyclical Theory of Open Source
    In an attempt to explain the periodic fluctuations in American history, the historian Arthur Schlesinger – the Schlesinger the Harvard library is named after, not his son Arthur Schlesinger Jr that worked in Kennedy’s administration – posited that history runs in cycles. Specifically, his cyclical theory argued that American ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-12-21
  • Three Things to Take Away From re:Invent 2018
    To properly digest and summarize Amazon’s annual re:Invent show would take months and a novel’s wordcount, which is impractical not least because said summary would be rendered obsolete long before it was published. Instead of attempting to document every last facet of the sprawling event, then, it’s useful to ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-12-12
  • The RedMonk re:Invent 2018 Recap
    sogrady: (Stephen O’Grady) OK, so we’re all a week out from AWS’ annual re:Invent show, which is maybe a tenth of the time needed to digest everything we learned there. So let’s start with the first question: what were you general impressions of the event? rachel: (Rachel Stephens) It ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-12-05
  • The Kubernetes World: VMware Acquires Heptio
    One week ago, a one hundred and seven year old technology company bet its future, at least in part, on an open source project that turned four this past June. It shouldn’t come as a total surprise, therefore, that a twenty year old six hundred pound gorilla of virtualization ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-11-07
  • Big Blue Puts on a Red Hat: IBM Acquires Red Hat
    When large companies with diverse product portfolios are acquired, the rationale for acquisition tends to reflect that complexity. This is particularly true when the cost of acquisition is high, as the models used to build the case for the move benefit from multiple paths to revenue, synergistic or otherwise. ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-10-31
  • The 2018 Monktoberfest
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-10-08
  • Happy Retirement, Jeff Jones
    For better or for worse – and in my experience, it’s usually for worse – the technology industry is not an industry particularly interested in its history. The obsession with inventing the future comes, to some degree, at the expense of remembering and learning from its past. One manifestation ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-09-27
  • Tragedy of the Commons Clause
    For those who would develop software and sell it, open source is something of a conundrum. On the one hand, as Mike Olson has noted, you can’t win with a closed platform. On the other, it substantially complicates the sales process. Before open source software entered the mainstream for ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-09-10
  • Lighting Out for the Territories
    anyone know what happens if you refuse to leave your vacation rental? A post shared by stephen o'grady (@stephenogrady) on Aug 3, 2018 at 6:29pm PDT As those of you who follow me on social media may have seen, I’ve ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-08-18
  • Meet the New Monk: KellyAnn Fitzpatrick
    The interesting thing about interviewing analyst candidates for RedMonk is that you literally have no idea where the conversations will take you. As a firm that intentionally casts a wide net, our applicants come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring very different experiences to the table. From former ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-08-17
  • The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings: June 2018
    They’re a month overdue, and from the volume of inbound questions about when the language rankings would drop, it’s been noticed. As always, these are a continuation of the work originally performed by Drew Conway and John Myles White late in 2010. While the means of collection has changed, the ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-08-10
  • What’s Next for Google
    Based on the company’s capital investments prior, it’s certainly not fair to date Google’s level of commitment to its cloud platform to Diane Greene’s hiring via acquisition in November of 2015. But that is just what many in the industry do. That event is viewed as an unofficial but ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-07-27
  • IT Matters Again: The Enterprise of The Future Present
    When it was first released in August of 2006, Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud – shortened to EC2 – was the definition of a minimum viable product. Which naturally led many of the vendors that EC2 would compete with and eventually dominate to dismiss it as little more than a ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-06-29
  • Perfect Headphones are Never Going to Get Here
    For years, I waited for hardware manufacturers to produce the perfect laptop. Lightweight, powerful and battery life enough that I could stop thinking about the battery life. Sustained by rumors of the next great battery technology, which as it turns out is perpetually two years out, I delayed and ... read more
    Source: sogradyPublished on 2018-06-27

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