Bad advice and myths debunked – Amateur tech diviner – Issue #6

As part of my role as a senior product marketing manager at an enterprise software company with an open source development model, I publish a regular update about market trends for product marketers, managers, and other influencers. In the spirit of open source, here are the 5 articles my audience found the most interesting last week (as measured by clicks) and why I think that’s so.

10 Steps to AppDev in the Cloud Happiness

“It’s not just getting container development working, but getting you started with meaningful enterprise components such as process automation, business logic and integration topics.”

Why I suspect this played: Based on a well received talk from the All Things Open conference by a respected colleague, this helped us better understand some of the differences between the concerns of The Enterprise Developer and The Open Source Software Developer personas. Plus, who doesn’t want to be happier?

“We used to joke that our goal was “Total World Domination”, but it really wasn’t a joke. We achieved that goal, Linux really does rule the world. All companies use it, contribute to it, and it has ended up making the world a much better place because of all of us working on it.”

Why I suspect this played: It was a pretty big deal for Linux Torvalds to take a break and work on himself, this post provided a bit of perspective from one of Linus’ lieutenants on how the kernel community has been changing over time.

IT outsourcing has left banks ill prepared for digital transformation: Red Hat

“According to Henshall, the advice organisations received from management consulting firms in the 90s to outsource their IT has left them ill prepared for digital transformation today. “They outsourced [IT] to these big consulting companies. And that worked to a degree because they were outsourcing risk, outsourcing cost and project delivery risk. But now because IT is a core capability that helps on the transformation, they have to bring some of those capabilities back in-house.”

Why I suspect this played: The pendulum swing on the role IT organizations play within companies is swinging away from cost and back towards value creation. My company supports customers to drive business value from new (and legacy) technology and prepare them to participate in the economy that is being built around APIs and the cloud. This story makes clear the cost of doing nothing by creating a strawman that can’t do anything.

The Data Center Isn’t Dying, But It Is Changing

“A private data center is a data center that has adopted cloudlike management and methodologies,” explains Schaapman. “So, I think we’ll see the trend of moving from the traditional to private to public continue by adopting those low-touch approaches to managing your infrastructure. That’s going to be the future, for sure.”

Why I suspect this played: This is the story my company has been telling for years, that wholesale moves to the public cloud aren’t happening and aren’t likely to. Data centers will remain a fact of life, on premise will remain a valid deployment target.

“Mesosphere DC/OS now includes a Mesosphere Kubernetes Engine (MKE), which enables deployment of multiple Kubernetes clusters on the same physical IT infrastructure. That approach will reduce substantially the number of servers, virtual machines and number of operating systems that need to be provisioned to support multiple Kubernetes clusters”

Why I suspect this played: Kubernetes has become the defacto standard in container orchestration. Every time a company with a competitive (to Kubernetes) offering adds functionality to enable Kubernetes to play in their ecosystem, they validate its status as the default (and the decision of my company to adopt it early on).

Those stories got the most attention last week; subscribe to find out what we read this week (along with the other stuff I publish).

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