Coté Memo #13 - LAS Twice, Circle of Code
I'll be in Las Vegas two weeks in a row, which is a rarity. Las Vegas was a frequent destination when I was an analyst at RedMonk and 451: big vendors like IBM and Microsoft love to put on shows here. I suppose it's cheap, easy to get to, and has rooms a-plenty. The perfect combination.
Next week is Pivotal's big, annual conference, SpringOne Platform. I'm speaking twice, my 5 minute Ignite talk on surviving BigCo corporate culture and then my DevOps/Agile/Everything stump-speech. It'll be a great conference: the list of speakers is a fine balance between vendor, coding, and "business" people.
At SpringOne Platform, there's something for everyone who cares about how IT is being used to improve how orginizations function. If you want to come and still haven't registered, use the code pivotal-cote-300 to get $300 off registration.
Speaking of conference discounts, I have a discount code for Operability.IO, September 19th and 20th in London. I hear good things about this conference; check out their talks from last year. It has a good list of speakers, including our very own Casey West. You can 10% off registration if you use the code COTEMEMOOIO16.
Never trust a blogger's comment on how they blog
Awhile back I had one of those "I'm giving up on blogging" posts, moving everything to medium. Well, if you've been watching the cote.io feed, yo you know that was stupid. I once again re-oriented my head around making my blog a tumblr/occasional long post situation, with the help of some new IFTTT recipes and Workflow to make bookmarking links easier (this is my main complaint about WordPress.com: compared the tumblr's iOS is so much more useful for quick posting than the WordPress app. Also, you have to pay a big fee to use Google Analytics, and the default WordPress stats leave a lot to be desired. Gotta get that paper, tho.)
I like the results as it gives me a space to "reporter's notebook" out things like Verizon buying Yahoo! (and here too), post "original content," throw in some pictures, and do the usual link-blogging. I'm always trying to achieve that slightly-curated life-stream dream we had back in the late 2000's, and it feels close.
When you write for publication, it's not sporting to point out that the author doesn't write the headline. But, you know: the author doesn't write the headline. Nonetheless, here's my attempt at cramming the history of Agile, lean, and DevOps into a short post.
In the most recent Pivotal Conversations, Richard and I talk about the full end-to-end process of doing software right. We've done a good job putting these out almost weekly and I've really enjoyed the format (new and then discussion) and content. Subscribe to it, yo! Also, SoundCloud is pretty damn good for podcast hosting; they need at add HTML to the descriptions so you can have proper show notes, but whatever.
The recording of my 45 minute talk on surviving and thriving in large orginizations is up. I gave this at Devoxx Poland last month and had just about the most audience walk-up conversations afterwards as I've ever had. Hopefully it's helpful for younger versions of myself who were clueless about functioning in BigCos. There's also the five minute version if you're pressed for time.
WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!
This is becoming my new policy:
Q: Your colleagues say you have a healthy distance from Washington’s cocktail-party culture. Is that in part because you were raised in it?
A: I think I have a distance from the cocktail culture because I drink alone.
Every parent is like: SAME!
A fine walk down IT industry history from Dominic. He don't write bad stuff, you should read him.
As my buddy @littleidea said of one of our recent hires: "well, that was a fucking good hire." Rachel is doing great work over at RedMonk and she's really filling a the financial perspective, numbers hole RedMonk has always had.
Highlights from 451's OpenStack market overview: Al & Jay say $1.8bn in 2016, going to $5.4bn in 2020.