MariaDB's first annual user conference in New York City found MariaDB CEO Michael Howard in a confident mood. I decided to push issues, like whether "the revenge of relational databases" favors the incumbents, and see if I could find any cracks. I didn't get those, but I got some spicy/illuminating responses.
One of the best things about MariaDB's first annual user conference (M|17) was hearing from open source advocates who flew in from APAC countries to tell their stories. Alibaba presented on how they use open source at monster cloud scale. I also got some interesting views on why some open source database projects are a lot better than others.
It's been two years since I addressed the challenge robotic automation poses to skills development. Plenty has happened since. Recent blog posts show that utopians and alarmists have more in common than they think. Here's some recent posts of note - and how my own thinking has changed.
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In this edition: fresh customer stories fuse collaboration and digital change. Plus: Customer engagement faces off against United's continued disservice. Bi-modal IT gets a different kind of spanking, and H-1 Visa changes force a skills rethink.
I didn't know if the speakers at the Infor Federal Forum event would agree on anything. After all, we were in Washington D.C. where divisive politics are the rule these days. But the assembled agreed on one thing: the government has a recruitment and talent problem. How to fix that problem is where the conversation got interesting.
Scandals and uncertainty have rocked the online ad industry, raising questions for advertisers on value versus cost. Facebook and Google are hogging the growth, leaving publishers and their ad clients with uncertain futures. But what are the alternatives? And when will readers get fed up with invasive, ad-heavy UX? Yes, gory screen shots are included.
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In this edition: IoT security gets real - and what to do about it. Plus AI gets vertical, and practical, as several smarties shine light on what AI can actually do in 2017 (and it ain't chatbots). U.S. ISPs get a problematic win over privacy, and the Oracle-wants-Accenture rumors get a roasting.
BI has to change - that much we know. But the trap is to assume that cool new tools will save the day. At Domopalooza 2017, customers like Sephora told a more nuanced tale, sharing how they combined modern BI tools with a rigorous collaboration with the business.
A breezy PR email on workplace productivity ruffled my feathers. But my snarky response led me to a much more substantive debate with Harmon.ie CEO Yaacov Cohen. He shared Harmon.ie's latest machine learning/Outlook-based approach to easing worker distractions.