I just read a new booklet from O’Reilly called The Software Paradox by
Stephen O’Grady. You can access it here.
Here is a direct quote:
“This is the Software Paradox: the most powerful disruptor we have ever
seen and the creator of multibillion-dollar net new markets is being
commercially devalued, daily. Just as the technology industry was firmly
convinced in 1981 that the money was in hardware, not software, the industry
today is largely built on the assumption that the real revenue is in
software. The evidence, however, suggests that software is less valuable—in
the commercial sense—than many are aware, and becoming less so by the day.
And that trend is, in all likelihood, not reversible. The question facing an
entire industry, then, is what next?”
IBM completely missed the role of software when it introduced the IBM PC back
in 1981. The focus was on hardware an... (more)
There is a whole area in the Data world, called by various names – data
integration, data movement, data curation or cleaning, data transformation,
etc. One of the pioneers is Informatica which came into being when Data
Warehouse became a hot topic during the 1990s. The term ETL (extraction,
transformation, loading) became part of the warehouse lexicon. If we call
this the first generation of the data integration tools, then they did an
adequate job for its time. Often the T of the ETL was the hardest job as it
required business domain knowledge. Data were assembled from fewer so... (more)
I attended a Meetup yesterday in Mountain View, hosted by The Hive group on
the subject of Lambda Architecture. Since I had never heard about this new
phrase, my curiosity took me there. There was a panel discussion and
panelists came from Hortonworks, Cloudera, MapR, Teradata, etc.
Lambda Architecture is a useful framework to think about designing big data
applications. Nathan Marz designed this generic architecture addressing
common requirements for big data based on his experience working on
distributed data processing systems at Twitter. Some of the key requirements
in buildi... (more)
Twitter on Ulitzer
Lately it seems like writing blogs is getting out of fashion, what with the
rise of microblogging star Twitter.
Something about Twitter is intriguing. I guess the simplicity of writing your
thoughts within 140 characters is a force larger that anyone expected.
Reminds me of the early days of Google, a sparse screen of white space with
ten words. The sheer excitement of entering any word and hitting the enter
key and seeing pages of results was a trip, whether the result set was of any
use or not.
My first reaction to Twitter was like that of many - who wants to... (more)
Opening Keynote at Cloud Expo
We just finished the first decade of this century/millennium. The early part
of this decade saw great worry about the Year 2000 problem. Much gloom and
doom was predicted, but things passed off smoothly. No apocalyptic upheaval.
As we usher into the next decade, the biggest buzzword is "Cloud Computing",
a rapprochement of ASP, SaaS, SOA, Virtualization, Grid Computing, Enterprise
2.0, etc. All these buzzwords have been making the rounds over past few
years. Finally, computing as a "utility" seems practical and doable. Amazon
took the lead in introdu... (more)