- Why Johnnie Walker joined the Internet of Things | CIO - "The smart bottle features a printed sensor tag made with Thinfilm's OpenSense technology. It can detect the sealed and opened state of each bottle. OpenSense uses smartphones' Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities, allowing Diageo to send personalized communications to consumers who read the tags with their smartphones."
- The Internet of Things becomes the Game of Thrones in standards war • The Register
- Anil Dash on Twitter: "If this is what they're having for dinner, I bet they prefer an app to having messy, inefficient sex with humans: http://t.co/U4YpnmA7Gu" - RT @lcooney: Just. Wow. 'Time wasted by eating is, in Silicon Valley parlance, a “pain point” even for highest echelon of techie'
- Mark Shuttleworth considering Canonical IPO | ZDNet - @swardley @cdaffara @acruiz @simoncrosby Assume $$ references this No idea if reality or not
- The Day We Set the Colorado River Free | Outside Online
- The Disappearing Colorado River - The New Yorker
- U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Policy on Automated Vehicle Development | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- Artist Alexey Kondakov Imagines Figures from Classical Paintings as Part of Contemporary Life | Colossal
- Untitled (http://www.mitcio.com/sites/default/files/2015%20Twitter%20Handout.pdf) - RT @sethearley: @mitcio @ghaff thanks! Should be on the checklist for every event organizer (twitter handles for speakers) #MITCIO
- Why Apple Just Wasn't Feeling It For The TV Set - ReadWrite - At one level this seems blindingly obvious. TVs should be mostly dumb monitors and the options for innovating seem fairly limited. Maybe OLED but middle-of-the-road TVs today are pretty darn good.
- Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Embracing Disruptive Change - Why Is it So Difficult? - "Managing a new, potentially disruptive initiative is quite different from managing an established business. Operational excellent requires a highly disciplined style of management based on the detailed analysis and inspection of all processes, including product quality, customer satisfaction, sales results, costs and expenses, and so on. On the other hand, managing an initiative based on a new technology or potential market requires a more entrepreneurial management style, based on establishing an early market presence and learning in the marketplace through continuous experimentation and adjustments."
- Three Questions from the Cloud Foundry Summit – tecosystems
- Every Episode Of "Mad Men" Ranked, From Good To Perfect
- Decoding the Enigma of Satoshi Nakamoto and the Birth of Bitcoin - NYTimes.com
- United Club Enhancements | United Airlines - United is apparently updating the food at its clubs. About time. It's not great today.
- Red Hat Survey Identifies Back-end Integration and Security as Top Challenges for the Mobile Enterprise | Red Hat - "The majority of organizations anticipate the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact their business. Most businesses are acknowledging the growing relationship between mobile and IoT by actively planning for the next wave of integration that will be required by connected devices. While 21 percent of organizations have already incorporated IoT projects into their business, more than one in four (28 percent) plan to do so in the next year, and 70 percent plan to do so over the next five years. Given the demonstrated pain point of back-end integration, companies should focus on a solution that effectively integrates IoT."
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Board members estimate that 32 percent of their companies' revenues are under threat from digital disruption in next 5 years. This was one of the findings from a November 2014 MIT CISR study that Peter Weill shared to kickoff the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 2015 yesterday. The theme of the day was "Inventing Your Future: Accelerating Success Through Technology.” The annual event always explores the intersections of business and technology in interesting ways and this year was no exception. I’ll cover a few of the ones that especially caught my eye here.
The first was the topic of digital disruption. This is happening because, in the works of Mendix CEO Derek Roos, "Every company is now a software company. Every employee is in IT. The CIO is a business leader.” Jennifer Banner, the CEO of Schaad echoed that "10 years ago I’m not sure I would have known the CIO if I had ridden the elevator with him. The CIO was not really in strategy. Now [the CIO is] absolutely critical in helping the board move into [digital] strategy."
At the same time, Christopher Perretta, CIO State Street notes that "risk has changed. Risk excellence is top of mind. If I blow the risk , that's it."
These twin and sometimes opposing needs to be nimble enough to handle digital disruption while simultaneously dealing with risk led to a discussion of two-speed (a.k.a. bimodal) IT. As Roos explained:
What's critical is you can't just take existing IT and decide to go fast. You may be able to incrementally improve efficiency and speed. But you have to do things differently. Large insurance company. We created a fast-track IT organization and put a cross-functional team together. Very nimble. Were able to take introducing new products from 18 months to 3 weeks. Think like a startup. Accept that they may fail. Fail but fail fast.
Ultimately, Roos envisions that the distinction between IT and not-IT will blur however. "Eventually the organizational structure of IT has to change. 100 years ago all the typing was done in a typing pool."
As a side note, there’s been a lot of discussion of late in “cloud circles” about the bimodal IT concept (at my employer Red Hat as elsewhere). It’s not without its detractors but, properly understood as referring to a modernizing classic IT plus a strategic initiative based on cloud platforms, DevOps, and new-style applications, it makes a lot of sense. That it made such a prominent appearance at a relatively business-oriented event such as this helps substantiate its usefulness as an organizing principle.
The Academic Keynote Panel dealt with the impact of automation on all this. Which tasks can easily be automated away? The key question is how repetitive and long-lived the tasks are. Prof. Daniela Rus, Director MIT CSAIL noted that the "car industry automates 80 percent of tasks because they can take advantage of repetitive tasks. But cell phones and electronics are generally only about 10 percent automated. If product is going to change every three months, you don't have time to retool and reconfigure the factory. Robots today are a bit like programming before we had compilers."
In general, tasks related to iterative software testing and deployment, as in DevOps, probably have fewer limitations than do tasks in the physical domain. Nonetheless, it’s worth remembering that it’s important that workflows have to be understood and repeatable in order to enjoy the benefits of automation.
On the same panel, Prof. Mary “Missy” Cummings, Director of Duke’s Humans and Autonomy Lab also cautioned that heavily automated systems can be a problem when humans need to take over control. A former US Navy fighter pilot, Cummings said that "Commercial pilots touch the stick for 3 or 7 minutes. Mostly on takeoff because planes aren't rated for automated takeoff. That's on a tough day. How much automation is in there? How much should be in there? Boredom is setting in. Humans don't handle that well."
Friday, May 15, 2015
- Ronald Coase is dead. Here are five of his papers you need to read. - The Washington Post
- You're not going to do Microservices – Software Blog
- Books That Literally All White Men Own: The Definitive List - The Toast
- Research: IT departments lack strategic approach to container apps | News | Datacenter Dynamics - Highlights some data from a Forrester Consulting survey that #redhat commissioned.
- Alum Books Podcast: The Proof and the Pudding — Slice of MIT from the MIT Alumni Association
- Ken Jennings Has Nothing On Joe DiMaggio | FiveThirtyEight - "Here at FiveThirtyEight, we love a chance to disagree with the big guy. So let me take this opportunity to dissent: With no disrespect to Jennings, awesome though he is, his record is breakable. Joe DiMaggio’s isn’t."
- Hire Goats, Not Outside DevOps Engineers - InformationWeek - "Tap the curious, hungry individuals inside your company to change the culture between software developers and other IT pros."
From the announcement:
Nulecule defines a pattern and model for packaging complex multi-container applications, referencing all their dependencies, including orchestration metadata, in a single container image for building, deploying, monitoring, and active management. Just create a container with a Nulecule file and the app will “just work.” In the Nulecule spec, you define orchestration providers, container locations and configuration parameters in a graph, and the Atomic App implementation will piece them together for you with the help of Kubernetes and Docker. The Nulecule specification supports aggregation of multiple composite applications, and it’s also container and orchestration agnostic, enabling the use of any container and orchestration engine.Blog post on the Nulecule announcement
IRC: #nulecule on freenode
GitHub repository for Nulecule: github.com/projectatomic/nulecule
GitHub repository for Atomic App: github.com/projectatomic/atomicapp
Container-tools mailing list: www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/container-tools
Docker Hub namespace: registry.hub.docker.com/u/projectatomic/atomicapp/
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