Coté Memo #5 - OpenStack, an interest in cheese
I'll be at the OpenStack Summit in Austin this week, meandering about talking with folks, at the Cloud Foundry Foundation booth a few afternoons, getting some pancakes and breakfast tacos with The New Stack folks, visiting with some analysts and other in-town, and moderating a panel on developer marketing Thursday morning.
Also, I got my second hair and beard cut from Abby Gapko. She does great work here in Austin and ain't too expensive. It's not just the usual pull out the buzz-clippers and process your head kind of thing, but a real, caring cut. You can book online too, like a regular citizen of these modern times.
"Forklift All The Legacy Apps You Want, But Don’t Forklift Process!" in Built to Adapt
While it may be possible to migrate your older applications to a cloud native, DevOps new fangled world, beware fork-lifting your process as well. Also, a good excuse to use the below chart from a Sep 2015 Gartner survey on DevOps:
My Twitter follower demographics
I haven't looked at my Twitter Analytics in while - I got obsessed with it for awhile, but it was never really that "actionable" with respect to "nice charts, but, er: what should I do differently to be 'better,' and what even is 'better'?"...the usual problem with data and charts.
Anyhow, if you throw a comparison to the general Twitter population, you can see some interesting (yet still mostly unactionable by me) stuff like: people who follow me in Twitter prefer taking a long time to cook food rather than just nuking a Totinio's:
Thoughts on Microsoft Cloud strategy
He says Microsoft is too eager to serve existing customers instead of going the "leap-frog" AWS path. Figuring out if private cloud is a thing is hard: people pay for it, so what's a vendor to do?
A Flop Unlike Any Other… Good summary of the Apple Watch, namely, it only "looses" if he comparison is the iPhone, but: "Last year, Rolex did $4.5 billion in sales. A solid year for the premium watchmaker. Of course, it was no Apple Watch. That business did roughly $6 billion in sales, if industry estimates are accurate."
OpenStack by the numbers: Who’s using open source clouds and for what? Some of the highlights from the recent OpenStack survey: profile of 1,000+ respondents' companies, what they use it for, why they choose it (cost), etc.
Cloud and digital transformation: UK government experience at Cloud Executive Summit
An overview of the U.K. Home Offices plans for cloud, going digital, and all that. Light on figures and such, but full of good anecdote and attitude about how governments are trying to sort out "digital," and, thus, "cloud."
Using the Eisenhower matrix to do backlog prioritization, to put it Agile-nerd speak.
The First Call Conundrum: What Buyers Vs. Salespeople Want to Talk About
A lengthy overview of topics and tactics for first conversations with prospects. While it's basically inside-sales-ish, I think it applies to broadly. Side note: I'm surprised how good HubSpot's blog is; I mean, we all know it's marketing/advertising, but it's good stuff: sort of embodies their whole inbound sales point: make honey pots that your customer wants to read and they'll pay more attention to you, then insert some TOFU-MOFU action.
I round up all sorts of discount codes for conferences and such, here’s what I got today:
Get 30% off OSCON, in Austin on May 18th and 19th, when you register with the code REFERCOTE.
Get 15% off DevOpsDays Seattle, May 12th and 13th, when you register with the code SOFTWARETALK. I’ll be there staffing the Pivotal table and also giving an ignite talk.
Get 20% off registration for the Cloud Foundry Summit, May 23rd to 25th, with the code CF16COTE.
Get $50 off DevOpsDays Minneapolis, July 20th and 21st, with the code SDT2016. I’ll be getting some for Chicago and Seattle sometime too.
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