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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)

Google vs. China, Our First Cyber War

Last week we witnessed the first Cyber War, but it didn’t go down quite as many of us expected. Instead of a group of anonymous hackers trying to take over thousands of infected PCs or trying to cut off access to critical infrastructure, we saw Google declare the first salvo in its war against Chinese censorship by moving its servers to Hong Kong. The more I thought about this, the more I realized that this was war, declared by a private company on a nation state. Just because Google doesn’t have its own army (yet), or that no actual physical weapons were fired doesn’t make it a... (more)

How bad is your website these days?

I am doing the research for a comparative review for one of my favorite IT pubs this week. And the results so far are miserable. The ironic thing is that I haven’t yet started doing any actual testing of the products. I am talking about visiting a series of poor websites to get the basic information about the products. How do these companies stay in business? For the most part in my review, I am looking at Web-based services that you don’t need to download anything. Some have free accounts, but you have to sign up with a credit card. Some have free accounts that you don’t need a... (more)

It's Maybe Time to Consider Crowdsourcing

Web 2.0 Magazine on Ulitzer We all know about outsourcing, the ability to farm out work to people, often overseas, that will work for less, and sometimes for a lot less. But a not-so-new trend is changing the way that outsourcing happens, called crowdsourcing. The idea is to take a job and divide it into small enough pieces that someone can do it quickly in their spare time. Think about transcribing an audio recording. Or Photoshopping a series of photographs. The difference between regular outsourcing and crowdsourcing is that you don’t necessarily know your contractors, and th... (more)

Ten Years On: Giving Thanks To RSS

New Media on Ulitzer In the ten years since Real Simple Syndication (RSS) has been invented, it has been one of the most significant technologies that Rodney Dangerfield would say “got no respect.” Providing the connective glue behind most social media, linking various Web sites for automatically posting content, being able to Webify various other protocols — RSS is the tech that most of us now take for granted. I am not a big fan of the best of the decade type of stories (especially as the decade isn’t really yet over for another year). But as I was thinking about how far we ha... (more)