Coté Memo #14 - Wet Phones, Podcasts, and #S1P
Since last time, I was at SpringOne Platform and took a week off for beach-time. Both were fun. I have very little travel over the next few, well, months. I'll be speaking up at DevOpsDays Dallas, Sep 15th and 16th.
With this "downtime" - we'll see if I actually do it - but I'm hoping to work on a second edition/sequel to my "Cloud Native Journey" book from last year. Over the past year I've collected a sort of FAQ that large companies us about DevOps, microservices, PaaS, continuous delivery, and agile (you know, "cloud native"). It'd make a good 20-30 page booklet.
Later this month (August 31st) check out the free webinar I'll be doing with Brian Gregory (of ExpressScript) and Holger Mueller (an analyst at Constellation Research) on getting started with cloud and the benefits of multi-cloud: "...why multi-cloud capabilities are an important differentiator when choosing an application framework. Regardless of whether an organization ever moves its workloads from on-premise to a public cloud or from one IaaS to another, multi-cloud portability has become a requisite expectation that gives customers the confidence to choose the architectural paradigm best aligned with where they are in their digital transformation journey."
My old friend Barton George interviewed Bridget and me at SpringOne Platform. This is, basically, our informal discussion of "what's Pivotal's deal with containers?"
There's several podcasts to check out:
Spring Sleuth and Zipkin - Marcin Grzejszczak and I discuss microservices tracing, monitoring, etc.
Platforms and contracts - I talked with John Feminella about his talk on platforms and contracts. He uses the legal metaphor of contracts to describe the beneficial trade-offs between things like 12 factor coding and continuous delivery.
The legacy of the open source wars, with Barton George - in addition to Sputnik talk and Hawaiian food, Barton and I talk about how OSS has evolved.
“I get to see your face during this podcast,” Matt says as we start talking about SpringOne Platform. Both of us were there and we recap Matt’s talk on managing 10 Pivotal Cloud Foundry instances, namely, how they figured out using a Concourse pipeline to automate much of that management. We discuss “how to do the transformation” talks we liked, like the Citi talk. In addition to some other random digital transformation topics, we also discuss how HR policies are struggling to change with things like pair programming and DevOps.
The world can always use more advice on briefing analysts. Few briefings go well. At the very least, they could go a lot better. Here's my tips from back in January 2014. Also, check out a good discussion of analysts relations from the supremo master of AR at Pivotal, Rita, in a recent podcast episode.
The Small Phone
While at the beach, I regrettably say down in the water with my phone, frying it out. I've had this phone - a 128 gig iPhone 6 - for a month under three years (is that right?), so I suppose it's served well. While I sort out what to do with a replacement, I switched over to using Kim's iPhone 5 (a cursed 18 gig version).
The smaller, original iPhone size is pretty enchanting. Visually, the screen is fine. It's the feel of that seems to so small, esp. since I don't have a case on it. I doubt I'll go out and buy an SE, but the small size is nice. I'm thinking more of getting the big-ass phone.
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 get 10% off registration if you use the code COTEMEMOOIO16.