Your Next PC? The Personal Cloud, of Course
Since the introduction of the personal computer, we all like to longingly
think about what our next PC will have. Will it be lighter? Will it have
better graphics? Will it be faster? And the biggest question of all, do we
really need all of the latest and greatest features. All of these are
questions we ponder when a new operating system is released, or when our
current PC just decides to quit functioning (usually at the most inopportune
Well, what will your next PC be? No, it is not your next Personal Computer,
it is your Personal Cloud! That’s right, the next PC you invest in may well
be a Personal Cloud.
The Apple iPad is just the beginning of this move from the Personal Computer
to the Personal Cloud. With the iPad, Apple has hit a grand slam, scored a
hattrick, a touchdown, or any other superlative spor... (more)
Sun has been in a holding pattern since the dot com implosion. And, while Sun
positioned themselves as "the dot in the dot com", that was the last
innovation we have seen come from Sun.
Sun, while it once had very competitive hardware, had no idea how to
productize and implement effective software products. Sun works on the
assumption that all software must lead to Sun server sales - definitely a
flawed idea that was proven wrong numerous times. Sun also was never able
to quite grasp the idea of high volume and low margin sales. Sun continued
on in its technology efforts lik... (more)
The purchase of Sun by Oracle for $7.4 billion has far less industry buzz and
excitement than the rumored acquisition of Sun by IBM.
IBM stole the thunder and the impending acquisition of Sun became an imminent
and expected event. While hardware overlap existed in the IBM deal, IBM
would have provided a much needed home for Sun's software assets. Software
giant Oracle lacks a hardware portfolio, so the key Oracle / Sun overlaps are
far fewer except for the $1 billion acquisition of MySQL by Sun in 2008.
Given Oracle's tendency to be proprietary in its markets, ownership of MySQ... (more)
Every person has heard a developer say “it works on my machine”. This
simple and true statement has been at the center of so many non-reproducible
software defects. The problem is testers need to work in an environment as
close to production as possible, that means keeping developers out and
keeping the test environment pristine. Developers need to move through the
development process and make sure their code works, which means having an
environment that suits their needs. In other words, the developer environment
may not be pristine, but it works the way they need it to work so ... (more)
In 2012, voke published economic models to evaluate the hidden costs of
software projects. Our key findings show that since the Global Financial
Crisis (GFC) of 2009, the average cost of software projects is rising
dramatically, this is in spite of smaller teams working shorter durations.
At the same time, rework costs remain high or unknown and high profile
software failures continue to make headlines daily.
Organizations must understand how defects create a hidden cost of rework in
every software project and how these costs manifest differently in Agile and
Non-Agile project... (more)