Mainframe Beats Cloud with a Roll of DICE

It is taking me awhile to scan all the big IT vendors to determine the types of R&D projects that seem to be in vogue these days, but along the path I’ve wondered what the “D” side of R&D is developing in these days.  If you want a full treatise on developer technology preferences and trends you really should look to Evans Data Corporation (“EDC”) who has been the niche research provider extraordinaire for everything having to do with development for as long as I can remember.  Even when I was a development tools analyst for IDC in the mid-1990s I looked with envy at EDC’s in-depth research.

But I didn’t have the time or money to work with EDC, so I cheated instead:  The other constant at least here in the USA in terms of metrics for the developer community is DICE – which has been the most prolific job site for IT types since, well, also as long as I can remember.  In a fit of curiosity I developed a long list of IT related keywords around technologies, applications and roles mainly, and put them up into the DICE jobs search in mid-December, 2009. (more…)


Cloud and Virtualization – Cro-Magnon Computing

January 7, 2010

Yes, I am going to express my view on Cloud and Virtualization.  Everyone else has, why not me?  Common wisdom is that the big enterprise computing innovations for the twenty-tens will ride on the backs of Cloud and Virtualization.  Fortunately, I have been exposed to the Cloud and to Virtualization longer than most, all the way back in the Cro-Magnon Computing era of IT, during which I was born as programmer.

In fact, I figure I was one of the first to actually use the Cloud.  Was I an early beta user of  Nope, that happened 10 years ago, late-to-the-game of the Cloud era.  I am talking Cloud circa 1973.  We used National CSS, at least I think that was the name, a timesharing facility out of Stamford, CT or near there.  On our remote terminals we would load a program, load data, and run the workload (we called it a job).  It would spit out a report that we could view online or we could print.  The NCSS “data center” was 200 miles away roughly from our downtown Boston office.  Is this a whole lot different than what you can do with Amazon EC2? (more…)

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