Public clouds and big tech target low-code capabilities

I’ve been using low-code and no-code platforms for almost two decades to build internal workflow applications and rapidly develop customer-facing experiences. I always had development teams working on Java, .NET, or PHP applications built on top of SQL and NoSQL datastores, but the business demand for applications far exceeded what we could develop. Low-code and… Continue reading Public clouds and big tech target low-code capabilities

The ‘intelligent edge’ isn’t always the smartest choice

The notion of the intelligent edge has been around for a few years. It refers to placing processing out on edge devices to avoid sending data all the way back to the centralized server, typically existing on public clouds. While not always needed, the intelligent edge is able to leverage machine learning technology at the… Continue reading The ‘intelligent edge’ isn’t always the smartest choice

Figuring out programming for the cloud

In the last dozen years or so, we’ve witnessed a dramatic shift from general purpose databases (Oracle, SQL Server, etc.) to purpose-built databases (360 of them and counting). Now programming languages seem to be heading in the same direction.  As developers move to API-driven, highly elastic infrastructure (where resources may live for days instead of… Continue reading Figuring out programming for the cloud

The ‘distributed cloud’ isn’t emerging — it’s already here

According to Gartner, “Distributed cloud is the distribution of public cloud services to different physical locations, while the operation, governance and evolution of the services remain the responsibility of the public cloud provider.” Analysts go on to explain that the distributed cloud provides a flexible agile environment for applications and data that require low-latency, data… Continue reading The ‘distributed cloud’ isn’t emerging — it’s already here

Microsoft adds a new Linux: CBL-Mariner

Think of Microsoft and Linux, and you’re likely to think about its work building an optimized Linux kernel for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Pushed out through Windows update, it supports all the WSL2 Linux distributions, including Ubuntu and SUSE. But WSL2’s kernel isn’t Microsoft’s only Linux offering. We’ve looked at some of the others… Continue reading Microsoft adds a new Linux: CBL-Mariner

Technology disenfranchisement is now a thing

We’ve heard of technical debt: the act of leveraging solutions to speed up deployment with an understanding that the solution is not optimal but will have to be fixed later. However, there may be a new category of technical costs that we’ve yet to understand but will very soon. I’m speaking of technical disenfranchisement. Simply… Continue reading Technology disenfranchisement is now a thing