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vale Industry 4.0 – like it was in the 2.0

I’ve been recently participating in some Industry 4.0 projects, mostly related to global wine companies, where they actually have the need and the will to transform themselves, look…

self-driving groceries

We’re close to a more common reality. Interesting to see that here in the UK.  It’s going to be interesting to see how cities will be managed to…

alexa never stops to amaze me

and now this:

disrupting the cloud industry, oh really?!

“Let’s be clear: our goal is to disrupt the cloud computing industry. In 2013 we built the C1 server, a BareMetal ARMv7 server designed for horizontally scalable workloads,…

two sides of the same coin

Data Centre Construction To Top $74bn In Market Value The worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 18 percent in 2017 to total $246.8 billion These…

the fight for the low code

There are a “few” platforms for low code development software, where OutSystems (a portuguese company) rules the market. The main purpose of these platforms is to provide a common set of…

windows 10 creators – worth the update

fist look at the new windows creator: – it has some interesting features, all the necessary updates (security too) and it feels more (a lot more) nimble. battery…

contacless payments, the missed opportunity for mobile providers

In a recent discussion on LinkedIn over contactless payments, I’ve realized this is a missed opportunity for the mobile providers, when you think of it. If you live in…

dropping magsafe on macbooks

Today was the announcement everyone was expecting. The new new macbook pros 2016. The brand new and improved chassis. The new CPU. The new graphic board. The new…

It’s the data, Sherlock!

About the Mexican data leak The data was stored in a publicly accessible MongoDB database, that required no password or authentication to be accessed. The database was hosted on…

software is not eating the world. hardware is.

Dropbox just quit Amazon Web Services and the most interesting thing (beside that) is that they’re doing their own hardware now and seeing that as a huge competitive…

gartner might be wrong. machine learning is just picking up (again)

We all know about the Gartner HypeCycle 2015 and their predictions. One of those is around machine learning, which is down on the peak of inflated expectations, going to…

blunt 2016 predictions from microsoft

It’s that time of the year again when companies and researchers are asked about their work and what they think it will happen next year. Microsoft has just…

banking and the cloud (by Investec)

Yesterday we had one of the largest AWS User Group meetups ever in the UK at Investec, and was quite epic to be honest. We had drones, flashing hoodies…

Jira, the favourite tool of bad managers

Three days ago, Ben Hughes wrote on Medium that the use of Jira is quite often a symptom of a management problem. Which I completely agree! In my…

the credit card killed the banks

Where do we use credit cards to buy stuff ? Well, for me it’s pretty much everywhere: google play, apple store, paypal, online groceries, amazon, domains, hosting, cloud…

cloud white labeling

We all heard that Microsoft is opening an UK datacenter in 2016. Which is quite good to overcome some ‘boring’ law gaps regarding data issues. Even if data…

key management at the bank of england

The Guardian has today a piece about the Bank of England and with some pictures illustrating how it works and what’s inside. What intrigued me was their key…

AWS; cloudy London

The cat is out! Werner Vogels on its blog today wrote about the third AWS EU datacenter, right here in the UK. “”The AWS UK region will be…

dumb pipe, smart pipe

I’ve already talked about dump pipes, which is what common network providers are. They’ve lost services to startups, apps to the app stores and capabilities to technology; GPS…

first they fight you, then you both win

That was an RedHat commercial back in 2005, when they were hitting Microsoft and closed source every month with their “Truth Happens” – legendary – campaign. 10 years…

cloud computing as renewable energy

Yesterday on twitter, Larry Carvalho was talking about the next big AWS step; on-premise availability zones. That’s interesting, but if we think of it on a broader scale; why…

2015 hype cycle

It’s that time of the year when Gartner launches their predictions and state of technology with the Hype Cycle.. Here’s some interesting notes: Hybrid Cloud Computing is half way…

you also need an opensource strategy

Not all companies produce software and from those that do, not all make them available as opensource projects. Closed source and IP is still considered a form of…

europe weird wide world

From the same guys that brought you a mobile roaming free Europe, now they say that you should have a fast and slow lane to the internet. And…

the economy of cloud scale

We all know by now that AWS is massive not just on cloud capabilities, but also infrastructure wise and with revenue + investment. The same with Google and Microsoft. With…

the opex vendor lock-in of fragmentation

“No one got fired for buying IBM” – that was the status-quo of vendor lock-in two decades ago. It was so much entangled into the IT culture that people wouldn’t…

what happened to linux on desktop ?

… this happened This quote came from Joyent presentation about Linux containers on illumos (opensolaris fork) and represents two things: 1) the people that loved linux on the desktop…

time sharing systems

So, I wasn’t around when Compatible Time-Sharing Systems (CTSS) were in place  – hard to believe, eh? 😛 – but my father was and he still has a box…

if you’re not using the cloud, you’re doing IT wrong

Big enterprise has their gold plated, enterprise grade hardware, and all of their enterprise software support and there are huge bills there. With cloud, this gets cleaned out,…

Tesla business plan for the next 5 years

Tesla cars will reach 620 miles on a single charge within a year or two and be fully autonomous in three years. Simple and clear message.

#AzureCon 2015

I’m not the biggest Microsoft fan in the world. Heck! I was never a Microsoft fanboy – neither Apple, btw. But I see that now, with Google and…

git out of da choppah!

Recently I’ve found some interesting data on our github, under the punch cards graphs. It currently describes three projects and how we approach them. – Case 1 –…

my Sony Z3c little annoyances

I have a Sony Z3 Compact from Three UK. The phone is one of the best phones I ever had and its form factor is superb, along with…

it’s the cloud economy stupid

In two recent news: In 2009, Zynga was a marquee customer for Amazon.com ‘cloud-computing services. Two years later, it spent $100 million to build its own data centers…

how microsoft changed

The NY Times has a brilliant article about Microsoft which is probably the best resume for their future and current strategy. We’ve seen Microsoft acting weird under Ballmer command…

Shadow IT and CMO power

CIO.com has a quite interesting article on how the Shadow IT favours the Chief Marketing Officer and their agenda, rather than the regular IT Manager or CIO. Shadow…

future idea; world first bitcoin (physical) bank

1) Use this as a bitcoin wallet; 2) fill a datacenter with them; 3) sell it as the world first bitcoin bank 4) profit It comes with built-in…

ARM as the new Spectrum

Back in the 80’s, we had this (actually, I had one of these made in Portugal): This was a Timex 2048, which was a “clone” of ZX Spectrum….

Cisco predicts that the cloud is going to be the future

Old habits die hard, they say. Network is one of them. Network in the datacenter is not actually a modern habit. It’s rather vanishing because more people are…

IE for all

Finally Microsoft launched an Internet Explorer for developers and designers to test their own websites. It’s free and it’s not a virtual machine but rather an Azure (free)…

apple smartest move ever

Is actually the Apple SIM, that they launched today. Pretty clever move. Have a SIM that could connect to a bunch of mobile carriers, being sold as ‘agnostic’…

google supply management made easy

Sometimes I get asked if companies should have more than one technology supplier (to have discounts) or a bunch of them (to have choice). It’s indeed a matter…

when a dumb pipe controls your data access

A few years ago, Telcos ruled the world. They controlled our calls, messages, games, apps, payments, address book, location and even music. Those services were all provided by…

quick review of yesterday apple announcements

you’re the product

This is a graph that Jawbone released from yesterday earthquake in Napa, Northern California.  Pretty cool, when you have access to data of thousands of users and you can…

throwback thursday – the pager

20 years ago I had this pager. My mom used to “call” me on that. It had a good alarm and news service. Now we use twitter.

everyone thinks they’re special

When you work for the public sector, there’s this need to create your own walled garden and make yourself the guardian keeper of something. It might be some…

data is like water

– Clean data is like clean water. It’s expensive, scarce and we should save it for hard times. – If data is like water, then it doesn’t matter…

the genius behind Apple products

Jony Ive is known as the genius behind latest Apple products, such as the iphone, iMac, Macbook, iPod and even the new iOS. So I thought that this…