Explaining Containers To Your CEO

The Why: What’s the Fuss and Why Should You Bother Thinking About Containers?
If I were a CEO, the first question I’d ask anytime someone presented a new technology to me, would be a simple one: Why? As in Why this software or tool? What’s its purpose? How is it going to improve the business?
Answer: The most significant impact of containers is that they are going to simplify development and deployment overall. This means new software and new versions are available faster, and that there are fewer problems in making that software available.

Full Article from Forbes

 

Agonizing death of the Windows Phone

Agonizing death of the Windows Phone

Interesting summary of the slow agonizing death of the Windows Phone from Forbes. Ruthless Microsoft’s Smart Decision To Kill Windows Phone.

A better read from WSJ in July 2015 predicted the demise.  In the WSJ report, Apple profit per phone was more than double every other manufacturer combined.

With only 4.5 million Lumia devices sold in Q4 2015, Microsoft’ mobile hardware reached the heady heights of a 1.1 percent market share.

Why CIOs should care about Microservices – [the future of cloud computing applications]

Why CIOs should care about Microservices – [the future of cloud computing applications]

Interesting summary from Forbes on Microsoft’s new Azure technology with comments from Azure CTO Mark Russinovich 

“Microsoft firmly believes that the future of application development for all organizations will be created using microservices. Microservices is a modern take on software architecture, in which complex applications are composed of small, independent processes communicating with each other using APIs. These services are small, highly decoupled and focus on doing a small task. The rise of Docker, the proliferation of third party developer tools and the increasing reliance on the cloud all play into the growth of microservices.”

Forbes: Microsoft Reinvents The Meaning Of PaaS–Welcome To The Microservices Future

Microsoft and Amazon’s approach to cloud computing and the road to $128 billion

Microsoft and Amazon’s approach to cloud computing and the road to $128 billion

Microsoft’s cloud growth is led by Office 365, their productivity suite that’s been around for 20+ years.  For most Microsoft’s customers, that means exporting all their existing emails / contacts / calendars that reside on their internal Exchange server to Microsoft’s cloud. All the productivity applications (i.e., outlook, excel, powerpoint, access) still run on their local PC / notebook. 

A considerable amount of Amazon’s cloud revenue is derived from moving servers run in traditional corporate datacenter to Amazon’s datacenter.  A very different model.  Both Amazon and Microsoft are working on delivering both services.

Charley Blaine provides additional insights about how both companies reported financials are leading him to predict a $128 billion cloud industry

“the market for cloud services will hit $128 billion a year “in the next few years.” I’d guess sooner rather than later.”

Forbes – Amazon And Microsoft Will Tell Us A Lot About The Cloud’s Size