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CA Technologies says, “For DevOps to work correctly, it must be treated as a movement, not a market for a specific vendor’s products.” As Arlo Guthrie once sang, with three people it is an organization. But if we can find 50 people who can sing the praises of DevOps, it can become a movement! Trouble is, many software developers are stuck in the past. In a 2012 service virtualization survey of IT executives and managers by analyst firm voke, only 6% of the group responded they were completely confident that new IT applications would be delivered to market on time. But maybe its high time DevOps becomes a movement. You can read more about this idea in my post last week on CA’s blog here. ... (more)

Time to catch up on new encryption protocols

Remember when encryption meant scrambling your hard drive and using PGP for your email? It seems so quaint. Nowadays encryption has gotten much more complex, thanks to our friends in government agencies that have tapped into the Internet and made copies of our data out in the Utah desert. Or, make that metadata, sorry, it is hard to get the precise information, even with the NSA giving demos of its software tools to CBS. The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently compiled a report card of the many faces of encryption that a modern Internet provider needs to operate on. It is a ... (more)

Are you paying yourself too much?

As we get into the holidays, I want to ask all of your startup CEOs this question. Could you be paying yourself too much, and risk losing your business eventually? No, this isn’t coming from my Scrooge side, but some practical thinking. Last week, a Sili Valley startup (Yet Another Social Media Posting Tool) posted, in the name of complete transparency, their entire staff salary schedule, from the lowliest workers on up to the CEO, who is getting nearly $160k. While people weighed in on whether or not this is Yet Another GenY Oversharing, what got me going on this particular scr... (more)

The Evolution of Web-based Enterprise Video

It took only a few years for the Web to evolve from its first crude text-only efforts to a full graphical experience. Yet it has taken more than a decade to get videos inside the browser page. This week Brightcove begins a new lower-priced video service called Express that starts at $100 a month and offers some impressive features. I’m glad to see them in this space, which is still very much in the pre-Gutenberg publishing era. I thought I would take this moment to talk about some of the issues involved in publishing Web videos for corporate uses, putting aside all the tectonic s... (more)

Developing the Next Gen of iPhone Apps Programmers

iPhone Developer I had an opportunity to audit a computer science class this week at Washington University, a class that was teaching students how to write iPhone apps. It was their final presentation, and I got to see a dozen apps that were very impressive. As I was watching the kids present, I was thinking back to my college days and the similarities and differences about my education. Of course, back in my day real programmers wrote in Assembler, and maybe Fortran. None of this object-oriented stuff had even been invented. We also had punched cards, which is probably why I nev... (more)