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As a starting point for understanding the digital future we face, it’s worth thinking about what the ancients might think if they suddenly tripped into a time warp and landed up in the present day. A good set is the ‘seven sages’, each of which (thank you Wikipedia) was known for a nugget of wisdom – so we have:

  • Cleobulus: “Moderation is best in all things”
  • Solon:  “Nothing in excess”
  • Chilon: “Do not desire the impossible”
  • Bias: “Most men are bad”
  • Thales: “Know thyself”
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A recent survey of 1,850  senior managers, conducted by enterprise cloud company, ServiceNow exemplifies how important the cloud has become more important to the enterprise.  Their research found over half (52 percent) of respondents are adopting “cloud-first” policies for new business applications. A revelation that may take most IT managers and staffers by surprise is that this statistic is expected to increase to 77% within the next two years. With more companies turning to the cloud first, IT organizations will need to do some serious re-tooling to successfully navigate through this new era.

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The word ‘shadow’ seems to take pride of place in this year’s Logicalis annual CIO survey, which asked questions of over 700 CIOs in mid-market organisations across Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. 

Four out of five organisations reported that their line-of-business departments now have dedicated IT staff supporting business-specific technologies and services. 23% of respondents said that decision making was shared equally between the IT function and lines of business. 

Much of this work may be targeted at app development – over 60% of respondents said they were targeting resources at Internal applications,… Continue reading

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The success of services like AWS Lambda, Azure Functions or Google Cloud Functions is indisputable. It’s not for all use cases, of course, but the technology is intriguing, easy to implement and developers (and sysadmins!) can leverage it to offload some tasks to the infrastructure and automate a lot of operations that, otherwise, would be necessary to do at the application level, with a lower level of efficiency.

The code ( a Function) is triggered by events and object storage is perfect for this.

Why object storage

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This week, I attended the Money 20/20 Hackathon & Money 20/20 conference seeking to better understand technologies disrupting the financial services industry and assess opportunities for startups and investors.

At the hackathon, over 500 people participated and 100 projects competed for $125,000 awarded to 10 winning teams. Sponsors like VISA induced teams to compete for their prizes by incorporating their APIs and technologies into innovative projects.

My team (EATS) set out to change the way people dine out by making it a more delightful experience from check-in with the host to ordering from a visual app… Continue reading

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