Happy Friday, everyone! And happy new year.
Full disclosure: I cannot, in fact, see the future. I need to emphasize that. But this is the time of year when people take a few moments to reflect on where they’ve been and where the year could take technology. We had some nice stuff on some of my Red Hat sister blogs — 3scale has a review of API management trends and the Services Speaks Blog had a nice link round-up.
I look at a couple of traditional listicles on trends, but there are some posts and news coming out that I think hint at larger changes, and that interests me.
Let’s enjoy this new year.
Steve Wilmott (of Red Hat) has done a nice retrospective on how he did on his 2016 predictions for the API market. There are some major hits, like the growing importance of API management in microservices and in IoT. There are some “misses” too where there has been some motion, but adoption is still gaining momentum (like API management for non-technical uses and growing tool chains). Read the whole thing, as they say, and keep an eye out for his predictions for 2017.
Spoiler alert — the four things are security, containers, data analytics, and storage architectures. Read the whole thing, because the discussion around each topic is worth exploring, but what jumps out to me about that list is that these are the areas that don’t generally tend to get IT blood pumping. Security, infrastructure, and storage are the boring parts of IT architecture; it’s the stuff you have to do, not the stuff you want to do. (Usually.) And data analytics is a business issue — again, usually not the stuff that whiteboarding dream sessions are made of. But like a football coach in spring training, when you are going up your team, it’s less about the wishbone and the hail Mary passes, and a lot more about the basics of running, throwing, and timing. These are the basics that ultimately define the effectiveness of your IT strategy.
I would love to run down their whole list because it’s all interesting, but it’s worth just reading the whole thing. All of these devices are already deployed in cities, and will hopefully be moving from pilot programs to widespread adoption. One of my favorites on the list is ShotSpotter, which listens for and reports gunfire. I read a different article awhile back about a ShotSpotter pilot program, and it turns out gunfire was under-reported by as much as 75% in some neighborhoods, so ShotSpotter is going to be able to identify and report gunshots way more frequently and more accurately than witness reports. That’s a huge advantage for public safety.
This one starts off insulting end-of-year listicles and I think also David Letterman, which has nothing to do with the topic, but I admire unashamed curmudgeonliness. This is a look at public cloud providers, specifically Google and IBM. The author kind of acknowledges that AWS is the biggest and Azure is its natural competition, so he moves down-list and asks what’s next. Google seems to have more of a container / 12-factor app / green field play, while IBM is looking more at legacy migration or modernization, and there is an interesting discussion of what they both offer and what environments they could be moving into.
New Year Productivity: and All About Accountability (both from the Trello blog)
I love the Trello newsletters. I don’t use Trello as much now, but I used to in previous projects. (Now, I’m back to my sticky notes.) But their newsletters have a lot of good information about team dynamics, collaboration, and project management, and their New Year’s edition did not disappoint. They had two really great articles:
- An interview with author Tim Ferriss who wrote a book on habits and tools that highly productive people use
- Project management best practices, wrapped up as a way to plan and execute on your New Year’s resolutions
This covers the top 10 favorite post from consultants within the Open Innovations Lab. (Red Hat’s Open Innovations Lab is a way for consultants, architects, and other tech experts to engage more directly with customers and enterprises.) The posts they’ve created this year runs over a really nice array of subjects, including business automation in microservices architectures, best practices for containers, and how to get the most efficiency out of your monolithic applications.