“ I poked it. A few bits. A little motor from something, rocking; a broken television; remnants of unidentifiable bits and pieces, corkscrewed detritus, on a layer of cloth and dust. Layers of rust and scabs of oxide. ”

From City and the City by China Miéville

Pretty wonderful so far: like being a pleasantly drunk flâneur meandering about the The Killing.

What’s up with DevOps?

I frequently consult with 451 clients about DevOps - what is it, how real is it, how to market the potential of it, etc. If you know me, you know I’m pleasantly jaundiced about this kind of thing. We did a study of the “early DevOps mainstream market” a little while ago that informs a lot of the commentary, in addition to our other survey, market-sizing, and analytical work.

If you’re interested in talking about this stuff, email me up (cote@451research.com) and let’s arrange an hour or a whole day to go over it.

To give you a sense of it, here’s the short presentation:

And here’s the day-long presentation:

I was on The New Stack Analyst podcast today along with Nancy Gohring, one of the tech reports who’s work I’ve always enjoyed, and, of course, Alex Williams.

We discuss Nancy’s recent piece on Azure cloud seeming to grow faster than Amazon’s cloud, the problem with figuring comparisons like this out, some different scenarios for big cloud vendor success and failure based on where the packaged software market goes, and then DaaS and WaaS. The last is a topic I know less about than I’d like, but that never stops a analyst from talking about a topic…at length.

Pretty wide-ranging topics, but all trying to sort through what “IT” is becoming with all this cloud nonsense running around.

My connection was slow so I shut down my video. Enjoy milkman meets pie man.

Amazon 2014Q2 marginalia

I took a look at Amazon’s recent earnings call transcript. Not as details-rich as CA’s, and more widely covered, but some little bits and pieces here.

See the stand-alone HTML file in my dropbox share, and the raw markdown file if you prefer that.

I’m still looking for a better way to render there if anyone has ideas.

"Keynote presentations" vs. "board presentations"

What’s instructive here - even if you’re not a startup - is the stark contrast between the two different styles of presentations in the one “deck” here.

There’s:

  1. "Keynote"/rhetoric presentation first, it’s trying to sell you something and entertain you (look how they add more weights to that bare-bell, how clever!), and,
  2. a “board presentation” that is looking to inform and create the context for coming to a decision. These are the ones people make fun of, e.g., "do you have you deck?" and so forth.

If you come from “the Internet,” you often know the 1st format (because of the anti-PowerPoint, Zen presentations movement in the mid-2000s - represented well by the 2006 Identity 2.0 presentation) but have to learn the second. I know I did when I worked for two years in corporate at Dell.

One day I should finish reading Speaking in PowerPoint, but it sure looks like a good summary of how to do “board presentations.”

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