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New Papers on the Horizon

busy working

One of the reasons I have been so quiet lately is that I have been simultaneously writing two papers and causing trouble. In the first case, my single paper on service mesh technology and its market turned into two papers: a technical guide and a market guide. The original paper was much too long. Let’s be honest, none of us have the attention span to read through 16 pages of dense technical and market insights. We’d rather have two papers. The first paper, a primer on service mesh, will be released at the beginning of April and the market guide at the beginning of May.

Now, to the “causing trouble” part. I recently wrote an article for CMSWire about bias in IT. Sorry but we all know that sexism, racism, and ageism are running rampant in the IT field. I decided to look up some stats on anti-diversity bias from, which packages and publishes government data (in other words data you can trust as not made up) and found myself pretty angry about it.

Seriously, it’s embarrassing for an industry that prides itself as a meritocracy. If you are you are a young, white, male, you are not just advantaged, you are hugely advantaged. You can read the article at CMSWire.  It’s easy to blame the victim and look for reasons different groups are underrepresented and underpaid. It’s equally easy to look for exceptions to the rule as proof that the main effect doesn’t exist. That doesn’t stand up when the trend plays out across all demographics. The best explanation is a culture that either drives away or outright discriminates against anyone not young, male, and white.

So, watch for those papers and go do something about the problems of bias. Two good ways to become awesome.

Catching Up

My desk with computers, displays, and coffee.

Whew! January was a busy month. In addition to my usual CMSWire columns (my first of the year was about the BDL role in open source), I spent time talking with journalists, working on a new research paper on Service Mesh for container clusters, and finished a paper on Cloud Foundry vs. Kubernetes. Busy busy busy.

At the beginning of the new year, I was quoted in a blog entitled “20 Developers and Kubernetes Experts Reveal the Biggest Mistakes People Make During the Transition to Kubernetes” It’s nice to be called a Kubernetes expert but I wouldn’t call myself that. Kelsey Hightower is an expert; I’m an observer. Still, I stand by my quote about one of the big mistakes when adopting Kubernetes which was “From our vantage as outside observers, it’s trying to apply Kubernetes to all applications.”

An article that I was previously quoted in came out in French. Originally published in mid-December as “Knative project stokes interest in event-driven IT ops” it came out in January in the French language version. I took French in high school and can still read it enough to decipher a wine bottle (shows where my priorities are) but do not speak it. I assume that “Knative : les entreprises montrent un début d’intérêt” quotes me correctly.

More talk about open source later in the month. More accurately, open core. Open core refers to companies that open source their core technology but maintain control over the project while adding “enterprise” features to the product they sell. “Uncertain future of open core software puts companies at risk” talks about the problems these companies have and the advantages of vendor supported open source.

Expect more of me in the press in the coming months.

I also completed a new research paper which compares Cloud Foundry  and Kubernetes as the basis of cloud native platforms. I dispel the myth that it must be one or the other. I expect that to be released within the next month.

And keep your eye out for a major research paper on service mesh technology. A component of microservices architectures, a service mesh is critical to enterprise container clusters and other microservices implementations. Look for it in April just ahead of Cloud Foundry Summit in Philadelphia.

And you wonder why I haven’t been blogging here much.