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Digital Marketers: Make Your Customers Hate You in 5 Easy Steps on CMSWire

My latest article is up on CMSWire. Entitled Digital Marketers: Make Your Customers Hate You in 5 Easy Steps on CMSWire, I admit it’s a bit of a rant. I list five things that digital marketing professionals do that irritate and infuriate consumers. See if you agree.

Providing a Rapid Response to Meltdown and Spectre for Hybrid IT

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I have a new Amalgam Insights paper out called “Providing a Rapid Response to Meltdown and Spectre for Hybrid IT“. It’s sponsored by CloudPassage.  The paper is free from them. There are billions of PCs and mobile devices affected by Meltdown and Spectre. That’s a big problem for OS vendors. For enterprise IT, there is also the need to deal with hundreds of millions of host servers and the virtual machines running on them. Meltdown and Spectre highlight just how difficult it is to update and patch hybrid systems with hosts, virtual machines, containers, and cloud servers in the mix. Don’t despair! There are solutions.

Technical Books I’m Reading

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I try to keep current on technology. As weird as it may seem, to be an IT industry analyst, you don’t have to know much about technology. You can understand the market without knowing the technology that drives it. It’s limiting but possible. To really understand IT customers – truly grok them – you need to live a bit in their world. It is my belief that understanding technology provides insights into the market. More importantly, I like information technology, programming, and and all things geeky. It was my profession for many years before moving to the business side and my heart is still there. So, it is for myself

As API Management Problem Grows, Informatica Jumps into the Market

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This originally appeared on the Amalgam Insights website on January 2, 2018 API management is a necessary but boring practice. As developers make use of a mix of public cloud, purchased or open source libraries, and homegrown services, the number of APIs used by developers quickly renders pouring through documentation impractical. Microservices, usually accessed via RESTFul APIs, cause API calls to rapidly proliferate. Even modest sized microservices-based systems experience API overload quickly. Agile development can exacerbate the problem of understanding and using APIs. The rapid pace of Agile, especially Scrum, leaves little time for proper documentation of APIs. Documentation often takes a back seat to continuous deployment. There are a

On Tap for 2018

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This was originally posted on the Amalgam Insights website. As the year comes to a close, I have had the opportunity to reflect on what has transpired in 2017 and look ahead to 2018. Some of my recent thoughts on 2017 have been published in InformationWeek, CMSWire, and DevOps.com. These articles provide a peek ahead at emerging 2018 trends. In the two areas I cover, collaboration and DevOps/Developer Trends, I plan to continue to look at: The continued transformation of the collaboration market. I am expecting a “mass extinction event” of products in this space. That doesn’t mean the collaboration market will evaporate. Instead, I am looking for niche products

Digital Marketers: Make Your Customers Hate You in 5 Easy Steps on CMSWire

My latest article is up on CMSWire. Entitled Digital Marketers: Make Your Customers Hate You in 5 Easy Steps on CMSWire, I admit it’s a bit of a rant. I list five things that digital marketing professionals do that irritate and infuriate consumers. See if you agree.

Providing a Rapid Response to Meltdown and Spectre for Hybrid IT

Amalgam Insights Logo

I have a new Amalgam Insights paper out called “Providing a Rapid Response to Meltdown and Spectre for Hybrid IT“. It’s sponsored by CloudPassage.  The paper is free from them.

There are billions of PCs and mobile devices affected by Meltdown and Spectre. That’s a big problem for OS vendors. For enterprise IT, there is also the need to deal with hundreds of millions of host servers and the virtual machines running on them. Meltdown and Spectre highlight just how difficult it is to update and patch hybrid systems with hosts, virtual machines, containers, and cloud servers in the mix. Don’t despair! There are solutions.