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Four short links: 9 January 2014

By Nat Torkington
January 9, 2014

Artificial Labour and Ubiquitous Interactive Machine Learning (Greg Borenstein) — in which design fiction, actual machine learning, legal discovery, and comics meet. One of the major themes to emerge in the 2H2K project is something we’ve taken to calling “artificial …

The Feedback Principle

By Philipp Janert
October 8, 2013

In a previous post, we introduced the basic feedback concept. Now it is time to take a closer look at this idea. Feedback is a method to keep systems on track. In other words, feedback is a way to make …

What is an enterprise, anyway?

By Mike Loukides
September 3, 2013

This post was co-authored by Mike Loukides and Bill Higgins. Bill Higgins of IBM and I have been working on an article about DevOps in the enterprise. DevOps is mostly closely associated with Internet giants and web startups, but increasingly …

Shakespeare and the myth of publishing

By Mike Loukides
August 21, 2013

Note: this post started as a Foo Camp 2013 session. A few weeks ago, Tim O’Reilly sent around a link to Who Edited Shakespeare?, which discussed the editor for the First Folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It included a lot …

Do you need a data scientist?

By Nick Kolegraff
June 24, 2013

The question “do you need a data scientist?” came up a lot when I was a management consultant for a global firm that successfully incubated data science within a few enterprise organizations. It’s hard. The discussion is hard and the …

Smuggling Web Practices into the Enterprise

By Simon St. Laurent
June 5, 2013

At last year’s Fluent Conference, I kept having the same conversation with attendees from large companies. They had come to the show with a mandate from their bosses to figure out how to bring that fast-moving web work into their …

eZ Publish: A CMS Framework with Open Source in Its DNA

By Meghan Blanchette
June 5, 2013

There are a variety of options when it comes to content management. We’ve explored Drupal a bit, and in this email interview I talked to some folks who work with eZ Publish. It is an open source (with commercial options) …

Doug Hanks on how the MX series is changing the game

By Meghan Blanchette
May 23, 2013

Doug Hanks (@douglashanksjr) is an O’Reilly author (Juniper MX Series) and a data center architect at Juniper Networks. He is currently working on one of Juniper’s most popular devices – the MX Series. The MX is a routing device that’s …

Six disruptive possibilities from big data

By Jeff Needham
May 15, 2013

My new book, Disruptive Possibilities: How Big Data Changes Everything, is derived directly from my experience as a performance and platform architect in the old enterprise world and the new, Internet-scale world. I pre-date the Hadoop crew at Yahoo!, but …

Go native, go big, and go deep

By Zigurd Mednieks
April 29, 2013

Apps have to get bigger and more ambitious. A key question for the developer community is how do you create big, integrated, multi-functional, configurable apps for the mobile enterprise? Curiously, Facebook is providing some answers by not using HTML5 and …

Inkling takes the edge off publishing’s digital shift

By Jenn Webb
February 12, 2013

At an event at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City Monday night, Matt MacInnis, founder and CEO of Inkling, announced the public release of the company’s Inkling Habitat platform, a free, collaborative digital publishing environment. The cloud-based platform …

Get the best start for data in your business

By Edd Dumbill
February 6, 2013

In a world where technology and business are evermore intertwined, IT leaders aspire to key roles in their organizations. Sadly, industry conferences can lag behind, assuming IT is all about making the right buying decisions. Not so at Strata. Our …

To eat or be eaten?

By Mike Loukides
November 30, 2012

One of Marc Andreessen’s many accomplishments was the seminal essay “Why Software is Eating the World.” In it, the creator of Mosaic and Netscape argues for his investment thesis: everything is becoming software. Music and movies led the way, Skype …

Top Stories: July 9-13, 2012

Top Stories: July 9-13, 2012
By Mac Slocum
July 13, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Jim Stogdill said data is getting heavier relative to the networks that carry it around the data center; Simon Phipps revealed open source community strategies relevant to the enterprise; and Team Geek authors Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman discussed the importance of developer collaboration.

Open source community collaboration strategies for the enterprise

By Simon Phipps
July 13, 2012

This report examines the strategies and caveats businesses must consider before adopting open source software, including: the layers and needs of open source communities, the relationship between transparency and privacy, the problems with "open core," and why control should be traded for influence.

Top Stories: May 14-18, 2012

Top Stories: May 14-18, 2012
By Mac Slocum
May 18, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Coding is tied to cultural competence, not just a profession; Jim Stogdill wondered if solution vendors are waiting for broad Hadoop adoption before jumping in; and we learned how Schoolers, Edupunks and Makers are reshaping education.

The chicken and egg of big data solutions

The chicken and egg of big data solutions
By Jim Stogdill
May 16, 2012

So, here we are with all of this disruptive big data technology, but we seem to have lost the institutional wherewithal to do anything with it in a lot of large companies, at least until package solutions come along.

The chicken and egg of big data solutions

By Jim Stogdill
May 16, 2012

So, here we are with all of this disruptive big data technology, but we seem to have lost the institutional wherewithal to do anything with it in a lot of large companies, at least until package solutions come along.

Survey results: How businesses are adopting and dealing with data

Survey results: How businesses are adopting and dealing with data
By Alistair Croll
January 23, 2012

Feedback from a recent Strata Online Conference suggests there's a large demand for clear information on what big data is and how it will change business.

Survey results: How businesses are adopting and dealing with data

By Alistair Croll
January 23, 2012

Feedback from a recent Strata Online Conference suggests there's a large demand for clear information on what big data is and how it will change business.

Big data goes to work

By Mac Slocum
November 30, 2011

Alistair Croll looks at how data is shaping consumer expectations and how those expectations, in turn, are shaping businesses. He also examines where business intelligence stops and big data starts.

Big data goes to work

By Mac Slocum
November 30, 2011

Alistair Croll looks at how data is shaping consumer expectations and how those expectations, in turn, are shaping businesses. He also examines where business intelligence stops and big data starts.

Four short links: 31 August 2011

By Nat Torkington
August 31, 2011

OSMdroid -- The OpenStreetMapView is a (almost) full/free replacement for Android's MapView class. Also see this tutorial. (via Simon Gianoutsos) 10 Immutable Laws of Security (Microsoft) -- an oldie but a goodie. Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it's not your computer anymore. What's in The Trough? (BERG London)...

Top Stories: August 22-26, 2011

Top Stories: August 22-26, 2011
By Mac Slocum
August 26, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Mark Sigal examined the legacy of Steve Jobs, we talked with New York Times data artist Jer Thorp about the commingling of data, art and science, and Tim O'Reilly and Google VP of Product Bradley Horowitz discussed Google+, data portability and more.

Five things Android needs to address on the enterprise side

Five things Android needs to address on the enterprise side
By Marko Gargenta
August 25, 2011

Android has the foundation to support enterprise use, but there's a handful of missing pieces that need to be addressed if it's going to fully catch on in the corporate world.

Is the enterprise dead as a tablet strategy?

Is the enterprise dead as a tablet strategy?
By Mark Sigal
July 12, 2011

A confluence of factors, most notably the crash of the dotcom bubble and the rise of Apple, led to the consumerization of IT. But Mark Sigal says tablet makers are missing a golden opportunity by ignoring the enterprise.

Knowledge management in the age of social media

Knowledge management in the age of social media
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
March 16, 2011

The shift to the adoption of social computing, somewhat driven by consumerization, points to one emergent observation: the future is about managing unstructured content.

One foot in college, one foot in business

One foot in college, one foot in business
By Jenn Webb
March 9, 2011

Joe Hellerstein, a professor in the UC Berkeley science department, explains how a new partnership model is improving the professional development around an open source project.

Four short links: 19 January 2010

By Nat Torkington
January 19, 2011

Implementing REST -- This is a place for exploring aspects of implementing applications using the REST architectural style. This may include statements about existing frameworks and libraries, general discussions about the nature of the style and how it may be expressed and/or encouraged via a programming framework, etc. When Teaching Restrains Discovery -- read about this research (short story:...

Four short links: 10 December 2010

By Nat Torkington
December 10, 2010

Let it Snow -- bookmarklet from David Flanagan that makes Javascript snowflakes fall. Awww. (via Mike Loukides) You Can Work on Great Technology at Startups -- There are more innovative database startups at various stages in their life than I can remember right now. So true--waiting for the inevitable amalgamation, thinning out, etc. (via Nat Friedman on Twitter) Dropbox...

Four short links: 15 November 2010

By Nat Torkington
November 15, 2010

Between the Bars -- snail-mail-to-blogs transcription service for prisoners, to make visible stories that would otherwise be missed. there is a religous program here called Kairo's in the program inmates are given letters and drawings made by small children not one in that program did not cry, after reading the words of incouragement from those kids. An unmissable reminder...

Better, faster, cheaper ... emergent

By Jim Stogdill
September 8, 2010

In this response to Carl Malamud's Gov 2.0 Summit speech, Jim Stogdill says that demonizing the "beltway bandits" without addressing the root cause -- the lock-in incentives inherent in a single-customer market -- will just lead to new ways to lock them in. Fixing government IT means fixing incentives and making the cognitive leap to intentional emergence.

Four short links: 6 September 2010

By Nat Torkington
September 6, 2010

Akihabara (Github) -- open source (GPL2 and MIT dual-licensed) HTML5/Javascript engine for classic arcade games. (via chadfowler on Twitter) Eureka Streams -- open sourced Java app for enterprise Twitter-like activity: build a profile, join groups, post updates, subscribe to updates from individuals or groups. (via dlpeters on Twitter) Open Microbiome -- hoping to build open tools, standard samples, data,...

Applying the lessons of Enterprise 2.0 to Gov 2.0

By Alex Howard
August 27, 2010

In this podcast, MIT professor Andrew McAfee applies the insights from his research into the use of social software in the enterprise to understanding how and where technology will change government.

Google's New Marketplace Has over a Thousand Apps

By Ben Lorica
March 17, 2010

One week† into its public launch, the Google Apps Marketplace has just under 1,500 (enterprise) apps. Combined with Salesfore.com's app exchange (also with over a thousand apps), enterprises interested in moving to cloud apps have an increasing number of software tools to choose from. Popular apps (measured in terms of # of installs) includes graphic design and office integration apps...

Yammer: Will Viral Work in the Enterprise?

By Jim Stogdill
March 5, 2010

Yammer is getting viral adoption in the enterprise, but will it convert to sales?

Four short links: 6 January 2010

By Nat Torkington
January 6, 2010

How Visa, Using Card Fees, Dominates a Market -- (NY Times) two interesting lessons here. First, that incentives to create a good system are easily broken when three parties are involved (here Visa sets the fees that merchants pay banks, so it's in Visa's interest to raise those fees as high as possible to encourage more banks to offer...

Getting Real with LCDS 3, Part 2

By Justin Shacklette
December 8, 2009

In Part 1, we experienced the joy of model driven development and built a complete LCDS 3 backend using the new Modeler plugin. Amazingly, no Java was needed to create a full production-ready backend. In Part 2, we will build a complete Flex 4 frontend while exercising some of the cooler client-side LCDS 3 features along the way. And once again, I won't skimp on the details.

Getting Real with LCDS 3, Part 1

By Justin Shacklette
December 1, 2009

Enterprise RIAs are big, and not the "big-in-Japan" kind of big, but big as in I use one every day. New apps are born almost daily and buzz across the blogosphere. It's usually dashboard-this and data-viz-that, but every once in a while we get an amazing look-ma-I-made-a-heat-map. Flex frontends power many of the richest RIA's, and Adobe's LiveCycle Data Services has always been known as a robust enterprise backend. But the forthcoming LCDS 3 is something different and something wonderful. To me, LCDS 3 changes the game, and I fully expect the richest of the next generation enterprise RIAs to have LCDS 3 under the hood. In the quest to ease the pain of enterprise development and empower the developer, Adobe has turned to Model Driven Development. Adobe's vision for MDD can be succinctly described as a point-and-click tool conveniently packaged as a Flash Builder 4 (aka Eclipse) plugin that can be seamlessly married to an LCDS backend. The software is still beta, so beware of the occasional bug, but for me the future is clear. In this article, we will build a "real" application while exercising some of the cooler features of LCDS 3 along the way. And check this out: we won't need to write any server-side code!

Client-side Error Logging Architecture

By Tom Barker
August 9, 2009

In one of my previous articles I spoke about the need for client-side error logging. In that article I elaborate a bit on why you need to. Here I explain one way to go about doing it. The core logic...

The Future of CentOS and Criteria For Choosing a Business Distribution

The Future of CentOS and Criteria For Choosing a Business Distribution
By Caitlyn Martin
August 6, 2009

The whole time the dispute between the CentOS developers was in the news development moved forward and patches were released. CentOS was never a one man show. It was perhaps in danger of forking or a name change but it never really was anywhere near point of death.

Open Source is Infiltrating the Enterprise

Open Source is Infiltrating the Enterprise
By James Turner
July 7, 2009

There's a persistent perception that open source software is being ignored in the enterprise, that they fear it and it ends up being more costly to deploy than proprietary solutions. That's certainly the perception that some major software vendors would like you to have. But it's Jeffrey Hammond's job to dispel those perceptions, at least when they aren't accurate. As an analyst for Forrester Research, Hammond covers the world of software development as well as Web 2.0 and rich internet applications, so he sees how open source is being used on a daily basis. He'll be speaking at OSCON, O'Reilly's Open Source Conference, talking about the true cost of using open source, and he gave us a sample of what's going on in the enterprise at the moment.

Pre-OSCON, Free Webcast Lineup (and a special offer)

Pre-OSCON, Free Webcast Lineup (and a special offer)
By Kathryn Barrett
July 2, 2009

The theme of this year's OSCON is Open for Business. Times are tough, making open source technology a smart choice for staying competitive. It gives you the means to drive down costs while increasing system and staff efficiencies. And OSCON 2009 is where you'll find the latest information on open source and new ways to connect to its community. In anticipation of the conference, we've lined up the following free webcasts featuring OSCON speakers. Drop in on their free, online sessions next week as a preview of this year's event. And take advantage of our special Independence Day discount. Learn more.

Four short links: 3 June 2009

By Nat Torkington
June 3, 2009

Tinychat -- very simple web-based take on videochat. Pro members get higher resolution, more rooms, and privacy. (I like the "free = public, charge for private" business model) One Click Orgs -- One Click Orgs is building a website where groups can quickly create a legal structure and get a simple system for group decisions. We think social enterprises,...

Building an Enterprise Framework - Enterprise Development with Flex, Part 2

By Yakov Fain
May 13, 2009

Note: This is excerpted from Chapter 3 of the Rough Cuts version of Enterprise Development with Flex. This book is still in progress, and you can get access to it now. Get the Enterprise Development with Flex Rough Cut Rough...

Building an Enterprise Framework - Enterprise Development with Flex, Part 1

By Yakov Fain
May 7, 2009

Note: This is excerpted from Chapter 3 of the Rough Cuts version of Enterprise Development with Flex. This book is still in progress, and you can get access to it now. Get the Enterprise Development with Flex Rough Cut Rough...

What the Sun/Oracle Combination Means for Java and Open Source

By Timothy M. O'Brien
April 22, 2009

What does the Oracle/Sun merger mean for Java? There's been a lot of speculation and a fair amount of apocalyptic, "sky is falling" Twitter activity, but does anyone really know what Ellison has in store for Java?

You ain't gonna need what?

By Mike Loukides
April 8, 2009

One of the defining characteristics of the Rails movement has been its willingness to throw out the rules by which software developers and consultants have typically worked. Those rules typically produce big, overblown projects laden with features that no one ever uses--but which sounded good during the project specification phase. Build the simplest thing that could possibly work, and...

Enterprise Development with Flex

By Yakov Fain
February 2, 2009

This is my first blog at InsideRIA and I’m glad to be here. I’ll start with a quick introduction of the new Flex book that I’m working on with my two colleagues - Victor and Anatole. This advanced O’Reilly book is titled “Enterprise development with Flex”. The rough cuts version of the first chapter of the book is already available

SOA Still Alive and Well--Sell it to the Business

By David A. Chappell
January 8, 2009

In case you need to catch up, Anne Thomas Manes of Burton Group declared that "SOA met its demise on January 1, 2009, when it was wiped out by the catastrophic impact of the economic recession!".


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