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Content as a Service

There is a model that evolved over the last decade in IT that’s based on creating a community, a marketplace, or a platform.  The best examples of this to date are Twitter, Facebook, and Google.  You not only think of each of these when you’re at their site, you think…

IT Jobs in the Future

The “IT Department” is shrinking.  Cloud computing means that more and more applications are running outside the datacenter.  In fact, with PaaS and SaaS solutions, big non-IT companies are often not even managing their own OSs, software platforms, and monitoring stacks.  These same companies are also employing fewer and fewer…

The Next Steve Jobs

The other day I wrote a post about how Steve Jobs made Apple a great company by slowly but surely helping people conquer their fears about technology.  He made computers usable without knowing how to type on a command line with the mac, made the crazy complicated world of music…

Welcome to Facebank

I was scanning through my morning news and came across this interesting little prediction from Gartner (via RWW); Facebook and other social networks will begin to add banking and insurance services.  The rest of the article is a snooze fest that mainly revolves around 3 points: Social Media sites need…

Too Big to Fail and IT

People have their lives, their IP on IT systems like Google Docs or iTunes or Facebook, and many businesses rely on the software and support of companies like Microsoft.  Imagine what would happen to the American economy if Google or Microsoft failed.  Imagine if Facebook shut its doors and you…

VMWare as the Amazon of PaaS

Note:  This is an extremely geeky post… if you have no interest in Enterprise Infrastructure it will not only bore you, it probably won’t make much sense. I noticed this week that VMWare expanded their Cloud Foundary offering to include support for .NET.  I had three seperate thoughts about this…

People as a Service

Those of you that have been working with the cloud and Amazon for a while now have probably heard of Mechanical Turk, but I thought the concept might be interesting for people who read this but aren’t familiar with it.  Essentially, the Mechanical Turk function allows you to leverage humans…

Hacking Enterprise IT: Flipping the Model

Note: As a former IBM Architect who loves startups, my sweet spot of the moment is enterprise IT startups (like the one I work for presently).  I don’t talk about them as often on this blog as I’d for two reasons.  First, they’re not that sexy because 95% of the…

Netflix, Amazon, Facebook and Why to Keep a Big Startup Private

Eventhough Netflix is making the right business move for the long-term their stock price is reeling.  Similarly Amazon is a retail giant, a content producer and quietly (at least as far as Wall Street is concerned) establishing a cloud position that will one day make it as big in the…

It’s Just a Phase

I had an interesting discussion with a couple friends last night and thought I’d pass it on here.  First, a little background.  The conversation was about the evolution from standard printed newspapers and magazines towards… well, I think we would agree that’s still being worked out.  There’s a continuum between…