Monday, 30 March 2015

The goods / bads / uglies of tech & my first play with Periscope

So there have been a couple of interesting apps focused around the video broadcast / twitter ecosystem over the last month or so - culminating with Meerkat & Periscope binding to your twitter accounts and allowing you to stream live video.

It sounds all good - for those budding musicians / comedians / budding entertainers - they can allow their twitter followers / joe public to watch what they are upto

So - i downloaded it and had a play... For those of you lucky enough to see my first live broadcast event - you had a real treat of watching me arrive at London Bridge (Late thanks to Southern Rail!) There were 40 odd people that watched the event - and quickly dialled off because, quite frankly - it was pretty boring - but hey my experiment was a success

So then i had a little browse around to see what my fellow broadcasters were up to - to start with it was sort of interesting, other people experimenting, people singing, demos of how to do stuff with tech, people working in media seeing how it could be used... but then the whole experiment turned a little sour...

Of course its not suprise to see the odd bit of porn - it powers the bulk of the internet like it or not...

Then i stumbled across a channel called "12YO Girls at the swimming pool"..... not cool!

It made me angry, pissed off and a whole other bunch of emotions all at the same time (none of them good) and the final thought - how do you stop this technology being used in a bad way, allow people the freedom to use it in an appropriate way but dont turn the whole of the internet over to the big brother regieme.

Anyhow - I pressed the report this button, delete the app - and thought thats it, dont like it, can be abused, is a little vouyeristic and for the good it can offer - its downfall will be the bad..

So - left it alone for a bit - and then noticed a tweet (from a band i follow) that basically said "hey we doing a live gig come watch" - loaded it back up and watched said band do an awesome performance... (now this is what the tech is good for!!!)

folllowing from this, found some really good solo artists, comedians, some guy that was mixing trance live, some guys that were talking about opression in their home countries - some really good stuff!!

SO - why am i writing this.... I guess a couple of stand out points occured...

1. Dont dismiss tech just becasue of the bad stuff - there is loads of good there.
2. Tech companies really need to think how they release functionality to make sure it has gone some ways to control or report bad stuff that happens and offer resolution
3. We all have a responsibiliy to report this bad stuff to try and stop it happening - there are "report this" type of functions - use them... Dont just ignore and walk away - react and report if you see something that is inappropriate / wrong / downright out of order
4. From a media perspective - done in the right way - this type of tech is awesome... used in the wrong way - there are some bad folk out there that could use it in all the wrong ways
5. From an App perspective - periscope was actually very good. FPS rate was maintained at a decent rate and sound quality was actually very good..

anyhow - there you go, a very down and up view on some new tech 

final thought - if you see something bad, do something about it - dont ignore it and leave it for someone else to sort....


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Vendor overstatement...

My pet hate for the day...

Vendor overstates capabilities
Baffles you with bullshit
Doesn't like the difficult questions
Then realisation that they have busted 
Don't fess up
Then play the roadmap card

Seriously - it doesn't work and is a dumb way of operating...

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

My cloud thought for the day...

If you are reading this, based on the title you probably have something to do with, or the desire to implement some type of cloud offering within your company....

Just a thought - you have probably been working on this for the past two years
You have heard the vendors banging on about this for the last three years
You have it straight in your head what it should look like and how it should be shaped
You are frustrated with how slow its going and why it cant go any faster.....

Here is the problem (probably) whilst you have been on the journey in your head already - the bulk of the organisation probably hasnt - and they have to play catchup

You need to evangalise constantly

and remember this isnt a technology gig (in terms of hard-to-implement)

This is a organisational gig
This is standardisation
This is financial change
This is a massive change to the way the development community consume infrastructure
This is a large service change - and how things are metered and measured
This is a nasty integration change - getting old working with new
This is a massive challange to how security and compliancy regulations implement policy and technology manefestation
Being able to compelete SOX compliancy reporting or proving you have done the right thing by PCIDSS

Just look at that list - is anything easy there...

Take people on the journey with you - and get your exec to let the whole company know this is the direction of travel - and these problems need to be solved...

Anyhow - my thought for the day.


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Are vendors reverting back to their core type...

Just an observation - seen some interesting behaviour from vendors recently... Many of them have broken into more open markets, leaving behind what was once their core business - however over the last few months - many of them seem to be reverting back to selling in a more traditional manner and reverting back to "type"

Anyone else noted that behaviour?

Just wondering.....

Dear Policy Makers & Security Implementers

Technology is in a constant state of change

Regulatory Requirements are something we need to meet and will change

Policy / technical / security implications also need to morph

Please stop reverting back to set in stone behaviour - evolve and understand

just saying......

My Predictions for 2015 (or maybe 2016...)

So... I've written this a few times.... it started with some tech, then morphed into offerings and then i finally realised that the real innovation is not going to be with either of those - it is the mindset changes that need to happen within an orginisation to enable innovate technologies, approches and service offerings to make their entrance into the enterprise technology space

What do i mean by this - well you only need to look at various tech terms / buzzwords (and other various phrases that appear in your daily offering of bullshit bingo) that appear to realise core innovation is driven by organiastional change (virtualisation (and oldie but people bang on about it), cloud, IaaS, SaaS, PaaS etc... all of these are driven by people and not tech.

So back to my prediction list - here is the list of moments of realisation that will happen and real enablers that will make technology offerings / service offerings more real in the enterprise

- IaaS offerings that offer nothing more than tin and string but rely on the consuming orginisation to  still engineer OS, Infra App etc is just complicated if not more so - due to ownership issues
- The hero culture is dead - when stuff breaks the hero that comes to the rescue is a great thing, but it sould never have broken in the first place
- Technology functions will finally realise that technology is not the core business function of their enterprise, but business is. The business will also realise this also...
- The culture of "we can do technology better than the technology houses" will finally be busted and we might start employing the "vendors that can" more readily
- Security will finally realise that there are better ways of answering technology policies and stop being so dictatorial with the "we have always secured it this way" approaches - there are other answers
- The general employee base within the technology part of the organisation will finally realise it is a service provider to the business - and there will be other services providers making an entrance. They will finally have to accept that an organisation change is inevitable AND they will be in competition with external service providers
- We might actually get to an agreement on what DevOps really means and stop chucking it into every conversation and using it as if it will  be the second coming

i will continue to add to this list - please feel free to provide feedback

Ciao - and heres to an eye opening 2015 and 16