Recently, BMC one of the “big four” software firms was acquired by a
group of investors led by Bain Capital. This is good news for Bain as they
generally make a lot of money from their purchases before they divest what is
unprofitable and milk whatever they can from those stuck with one of their
products. But, is it good news for you?
I doubt it. The acquisition by a private equity firm is unlikely to be a
permanent state. It could lead to a company breakup with the parts auctioned
off to separate owners. But, it’s more likely that Bain intends to
In the real estate market when someone buys a house, makes some changes and
resells the house for a profit, they call it a “flip”. They improve the
curb appeal, add a little paint, fix a leaky pipe, get rid of excess
furniture and return the house to a sellable condition. Anything that
prevents a future... (more)
It isn’t every day you get to write about Immanuel Kant and Big Data in the
same blog post but last week Gartner Analyst Will Cappelli did just that. As
you’ll see in his post, “AI and IAM: Will Two-Tier Analytics Become the
Norm for IAM?” context is the key. Cappelli addresses Kant’s conclusion
that human reasoning is a two-tier process that first involves what is—the
contextual lens in which we view our existence—and how the pieces all
relate to each other. From this standpoint, we reason and make decisions.
In technology, our view and approach to something like Big Data is im... (more)
Not too long ago, a relative was in the hospital getting ready for an
outpatient procedure. The nurse put the ID band on her and walked away.
Upon inspection of the ID band, my relative realized that this was the wrong
band as it had another person’s name on it. It was a good thing it was
discovered quickly, otherwise she could have had an unnecessary and
potentially dangerous procedure performed on her. Where human life and
information are concerned, there really is no room for error. However, the
big surprise is just how much patient data is still being kept on paper with ... (more)
APM Technology Needs to Provide More Joy
By Cameron Haight
So, I've been at my new role for about a month now and I'd like to share with
you some observations that I've made with respect to the APM marketplace. In
my conversations with many of the leading APM providers, I've seen some
improvements in product integration, scale and in some cases, usability,
since my earlier foray into this market several years ago. There is some new
thinking about the need to support a broader range of users and environments.
And in a few cases, some new pricing approaches are being introduced tha... (more)
Four Reasons Why Microservices Resonate
We just finished the first O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference and
the overwhelming most popular topic was microservices. Why all the hype about
an architectural style?
Microservices are the first post-DevOps revolution architecture.
The DevOps revolution highlighted how much inadvertent friction an outdated
operations mindset can cause, starting the move towards automating away
By automating chores like machine provisioning and deployments, it suddenly
became cheap to make changes that used to be expensive. Some archite... (more)