Counter-intuitive leadership and boring technology – Amateur tech diviner – Issue #10

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.

“As the former Chief Operating Officer of Delta, Jim Whitehurst thought he knew the rules for how to lead. “I thought I was the person ultimately responsible for solving the problems facing my organization. I was the one who was supposed to bring order and structure,” he says. His world was turned upside down when he left Delta to become CEO of Red Hat, an open-source software company. Whitehurst shares what he learned when he took this leap of faith and joined a company unlike any he’d ever seen. ”

Why I suspect this played: I recently witnessed a colleague refer to Jim as “the father she’d never met”. Over the top? Yeah. Creepy? Sure. Does it illustrate what a big deal Jim is at my company? Pretty clearly.

“From new users to product launches, updates and case studies, the OpenStack Summit Berlin covered a lot of ground. Here’s a news roundup from the Summit. If you didn’t attend—or if you did and want a replay—Superuser collected the announcements, user stories and Forum discussions you may have missed.”

Why I suspect this played: OpenStack is having a renaissance; a large part of the hype and posturing around it has died off and it is reliably meeting real and varied customer needs. Even if it is boring, there are at least 51 reasons it is also cool.

AI in banking: Where artificial intelligence and machine learning may take us

“With an aim to separate hype from reality in Day 4 at Sibos, I was on a mission to understand what the existing and near-term applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) were in banking.  With machine learning described as “table stakes” now, Richard Harris (Feedzai) during The Ethical Side of AI panel, suggested that the closest we have to understanding the impact AI will have is by looking at the internet – knowing the internet would change everything but twenty years ago, we didn’t know how – describes the state of AI today.”

Why I suspect this played: Ethics and AI are very heady topics, this article imagines how it may play out in the very practical hip pocket world of banking. Not everyone can get their heads around the API economy; everyone can get their heads around “can’t pay for Pfeffernüsse because my insurance provider is worried about my weight.”

Kubernetes Container Runtimes

“We’ll compare Docker Engine vs CRI-O vs CRI Containerd vs gVisor vs CRI-O Kata Containers. The first three are traditional container runtimes that start containers in their own namespace. The latter two are new runtimes that provide extra isolation. Here’s a quick overview of the differences.”

Why I suspect this played: The world of containers is abstraction upon abstraction upon abstraction. Articles like this are a great help in understanding why those abstractions are necessary and what can be swapped in at different parts of the stack.

“Serverless paradigm is becoming a new methodology for developing and deploying applications without worrying about configuring any server to run them on. Hear the latest updates from Red Hat serverless open source solution based on OpenShift and K-Native, discussing all use cases matching serverless context for container-based workloads.”

Why I suspect this played: Some people think that ultimately containers are just a stepping stone on the path to serverless architectures. Whether or not that’s true, it is helpful to know how that might happen.

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.