David M Smith

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Docker is the New Java

by David M. Smith  |  October 21, 2014  |  1 Comment

Microsoft and Docker’s recent partnership reminded me of how the world has changed. I’m thinking about the introduction of Java back in the 1990s. Back then I was extremely skeptical of Microsoft’s motivations for their “support” of Java. This time I am not skeptical of their motivations with Docker. The more I think about it […]

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Indistinguishibility is the distinguishing characteristic as Google starts the big switch to mobile web – Reading the tea leaves at Google I/O

by David M. Smith  |  June 27, 2014  |  1 Comment

The headlines from Google I/O were mostly about Android everywhere and wearables (sorry just can’t get excited about watches unless they can replace my phone) but to me the real story is the resurrection of the mobile web. In case you hadn’t noticed, many have declared it dead and frankly even diehards like myself have […]

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Flashback to Steve Ballmer Mastermind Interview from Gartner Symposium 2000

by David M. Smith  |  October 4, 2013  |  Comments Off

Ever wonder what could have led to this picture?   Steve Ballmer will be our Symposium 2013 Mastermind Interview again this year, likely for the last time, at least as CEO of Microsoft. Having done a few of these over the years, its’ a good time to remember some of the highlights. There were so […]

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Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

by David M. Smith  |  September 4, 2013  |  Comments Off

Getting to mobile today is an imperative for enterprises. But there are many obstacles to success. The range from development to deployment and span issues ranging from tools to management and security and increasingly take their cures from consumerization and BYOD. BYOD is an opportunity to ignite behaviors with your workforce, partners, and customers with […]

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Artist’s rendition of Windows Blue–Blue Sky or the Blues?

by David M. Smith  |  May 7, 2013  |  Comments Off

The Windows 8 saga continues.  Nary a day passes when there isn’t some new rumor or opinion, Microsoft is giving hints as to what its near term successor, code named Blue, will be, but has not provided any concrete details.  I offer an artist’s rendition of the new desktop screen: Of course, this is not […]

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Are enterprise SaaS vendors becoming more like their customers?

by David M. Smith  |  May 17, 2012  |  Comments Off

I’ve long thought of the effects of SaaS adoption as consumerization on steroids. It is an en masse instance of consumerization as business users increasingly go to the cloud to get what they need bypassing IT. And what about SaaS vendors? Are they starting to exhibit similar behavior as their customers? Many started as traditional […]

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Reverse cloudwashing and the enterprization of Cloud Computing – lowering expectations.

by David M. Smith  |  May 4, 2012  |  Comments Off

Everyone has heard of consumerization of IT. It’s all about how consumer focused technologies and approaches affect enterprises and IT. We’re now starting to see some of the opposite. Now we are starting to see the enterprization of the cloud. It results in lower expectations but higher prices. This is a corollary to my description […]

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Corporate crapware – will consumerization help drive it or eliminate it.

by David M. Smith  |  January 19, 2012  |  3 Comments

Barely a day goes by without more news about Macs gaining in the enterpris and I still see the occasional rant about crapware (e.g., the loads of preinstalled software that comes loaded on consumer PCs by hardware manufacturers). On the surface, these seem unrelated concepts. But I think there is an interesting connection. Crapware in […]

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Private PaaS, General Page Fault and Colonel Panic: which doesn’t belong?

by David M. Smith  |  September 6, 2011  |  2 Comments

  OK, Trick question. I know it’s kernel panic and by that reasoning, it should be the odd man out. But I will make a case for Private PaaS as the others are always used to mean something real. Private PaaS, not so much. Yes, that sound you hear is my head exploding. Private PaaS. […]

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Microsoft BUILDing suspense, but letting confusion fester

by David M. Smith  |  August 17, 2011  |  Comments Off

The suspense around Microsoft’s future is building. Many of the answers will be forthcoming during the company’s upcoming Build conference. Nominally a renaming of its PDC and WinHEC developer conferences, this year’s event comes at a critical time for the company. It is facing unprecedented competition from Apple and Google – much of which threatens […]

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