One of the things that always stuns me in IT is how people don't appear to like change. Whether it was the EAI folks pushing back on Web Services in 2000 in favour of their old-school approaches. The package guys pushing back against SaaS or now the BI guys pushing back against the new wave of BI technologies and approaches the message is always the same:
We are happy doing what we are doing,
I can smell a change coming, the last few years have seen cloud and SaaS on the rise and seen a fragmentation in application development (thanks in a large part to the appalling stewardship of Java) and a real focus of budgets around BI and 'vanilla' package approaches. Now this is a good thing, both because I jumped out of the Java boat onto the BI boat a few years ago but also because its
The end of the next Software Development wave will be when Software development against 'eats itself' as it did with with technologies like Hadoop showing a new value in information, with platforms like SFDC showing new pre-build services, where people like GoodData have turned BI into SaaS. So we will see the same evolution again and a new generation of commoditisation which drives
This is the stage at which software development begins to commoditise itself, its no surprise that underneath all that Salesforce.com scripting lurked rather a lot of Java code. This wave sees the rise of the libraries, the utilities and above all the commoditisation of software in a way that enables the majority of developers to be useful in the enterprise. This was the goal of Spring, JEE
The problem with Wave 1 was that it didn't scale, I mean sure lots of the personal developers claimed it did scale, often laughing at large scale developments and going 'Me and four mates could do that in a couple of weeks' often they attempted to do that and suddenly realised that when you get a few people together it gets a bit more complicated and when that few gets over 20 it begins to get
This is the wave we are in at the moment and its the wave that we last saw in the late 90s, this is where technologies enabled single people to build small specific things really quickly. Java and its applets really were the peak of this first wave back then but now we are seeing people use technologies such as R, Python and others to create small solutions that offer really good point value.
Okay in the spirit of brotherly love, helping people out and of course International Talk Like a Pirate Day I think we should declare April the 1st 2014 as Musketeers Day. Why? Well for the vast Gregorian Calendar (non-US) part of the world the date will be 4/1/14 or All "four one and one four" All.
In honour of that day, and as it falls on April Fool's day to boot I declare the following:
David Giard, formerly a Sogeti consultant and now a technical evangelist at Microsoft, does an interesting video series called Technology and Friends. He interviewed me for this series a few weeks ago, where we talked mostly about the barriers to the public cloud.
It was a pleasure talking with David, and if you're interested, you can watch our conversation here.
I've been looking at Xamarin recently, a company that provides technology to build apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and other platforms. The diagram below summarizes one way to think about their offering compared to other popular alternatives. (Click on the diagram for a more readable version.)