Author: Tom Petrocelli

IT Needs to Face Its Isms

IT Needs to Face Its Isms

While sitting on a panel at a conference recently, someone asked about acquiring the skills needed for new IT architectures. The immediate response was “hire some young people.” I thought that was odd because I’ve always believed that diversity of experience and skills was important to proper software development.

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Microservices Architecture: One Big Cluster or Lots of Little Ones?

Microservices Architecture: One Big Cluster or Lots of Little Ones?

Microservices and containers are quickly becoming part of the mainstream IT landscape.  Not all that long ago only new digital companies, such as Netflix, and emerging technology-driven ones, like Uber and Lyft, were actually building their systems from microservices and containers.

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Is the End of the Benevolent Dictator for Life in Open-Source Software Here?

Is the End of the Benevolent Dictator for Life in Open-Source Software Here?

Unlike commercial software, open-source software is designed and built by communities of developers. Communities don’t have vice presidents, directors, managers or corporate committees to guide development. There are a number of open-source governance models. One of those is the foundation model, which supports community-led development.

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Amazon Quantum Ledger Database Fits a Nice Niche

Amazon Quantum Ledger Database Fits a Nice Niche

One of the most common questions I get about blockchain is “What else is it good for besides cryptocurrency?”  This is a fair question. Blockchain fulfills a need for distributed, immutable ledgers. The technology brings trust to environments where falsification and counterfeiting are especially dangerous.

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Container Security Woes Push Evolution in 2 Directions

Container Security Woes Push Evolution in 2 Directions

Containers are quickly becoming a fixture of software deployments. Driven, at least in part, by the adoption of microservices, containers provide lightweight sandboxes in which to run software. Unlike virtual machines governed by hypervisors such as Hyper-V, VMware or Oracle VirtualBox, containers do not need an entire operating system stack.

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Adopt Chaos Engineering to Preserve System Resilience

Adopt Chaos Engineering to Preserve System Resilience

No matter what industry you’re in, there's likely a digital component that is mission critical to your business — a simple website, perhaps, or possibly an extensive mobile app. Whatever form this component may take, these systems are expressions of the business and are part of the customer experience.

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Your Strategic Blockchain Questions, Answered

Your Strategic Blockchain Questions, Answered

In my capacity as a Research Fellow at Amalgam Insights, I am constantly asked questions about blockchain. Whether it’s inquiries from the press, vendor discussions, or conversations with IT practitioners and business people, no matter what topic the conversation starts with, the subject often turns to blockchain.

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