Author: Matt Asay

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June 7, 2021

Snowflake pushes back at…whom?

In two recent blog posts (“Striking a balance with ‘open’ at Snowflake” and (“Where open helps and where it hurts”), Snowflake spent 6,064 words arguing a very simple concept: All software need not be open—open source, open standards, open APIs. It’s not a particularly objectionable...


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June 7, 2021

Snowflake pushes back at… whom?

In two recent blog posts (“Striking a balance with ‘open’ at Snowflake” and (“Where open helps and where it hurts”), Snowflake spent 6,064 words arguing a very simple concept: All software need not be open—open source, open standards, open APIs. It’s not a particularly objectionable...


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May 31, 2021

Open source's diversity problem

Tech has long had a diversity problem, but in open source, it’s even worse. U.S. Bureau of Labor data shows that 19.4% of software developers are women, but according to a 2017 GitHub open source survey, 95% of respondents were men and just 3% were...


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May 24, 2021

You’re thinking about Kubernetes all wrong

Kubernetes is cool, but not for the reasons you think. For a time people glommed onto Kubernetes because it promised to be a great new cloud technology—something like OpenStack (without all its problems). But Kubernetes wasn’t. Nor was it a magical cure for lock-in that...


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May 3, 2021

Catch the cloud and digital transformation while you can

Up until this week, it would have been easy to get caught up in the fiction that growth in public cloud spending was slowing. After all, if you looked across the different cloud providers, you’d see them reporting lower growth rates each quarter, as Jordan...


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May 3, 2021

Cloud and digital transformation gain speed

Up until this week, it would have been easy to get caught up in the fiction that growth in public cloud spending was slowing. After all, if you looked across the different cloud providers, you’d see them reporting lower growth rates each quarter, as Jordan...


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April 26, 2021

Tapping into the smartest software developers

“No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.” Thus spake Sun Microsystems cofounder Bill Joy, offering sage counsel for companies that want to get the best possible software. If you’re in the business of selling or using software (which...


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April 20, 2021

Python is devouring data science

Back in 2015 I wrote that “Python’s data science training wheels increasingly lead to the R language,” suggesting that the more serious companies get about data science, the more they’ll want the heft of R. Boy, that perspective hasn’t aged well. In fact, as a...


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April 12, 2021

What the heck does the Google vs. Oracle decision mean?

You can be forgiven if you’re not 100 percent certain what the US Supreme Court ruled in its Google vs. Oracle decision. Yes, we know that “Google won” — or, as Justice Stephen Breyer wrote, “Google’s copying [of the Java API] did not violate the...


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April 8, 2021

The pesky reality of multicloud

If only those cloud vendors would stop innovating, we might eventually settle on “lowest common denominator” commodity services that could make “multicloud” more of a reality. I’ve been writing about this for years; namely, that while vendors peddle the ability to run workloads across multiple...


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