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Government And The Fast Pace Of Innovation

“…Governments need to have equitable contracting procedures and serve as stalwarts against partisan proclivities. They can also work to protect the public and its commons over the bottom line. How to marry the seeming gulf between instant expectations and government? Increasingly, governments are incorporating technology to bridge this seeming divide. The first wave of technology and government was modernization… The future of technology and government will be determined by how well government can incorporate tools to make government more collaborative, participatory and responsive… All of these examples suggest a quiet revolution is underway to use technology toward reimagining government’s role and relationship to citizens…” Via Hollie Russon Gilman, TechCrunch

At Boeing, Innovation Means Small Steps, Not Giant Leaps
After a turbulent decade, Boeing Co. is rethinking its formula for innovation. … Today, Boeing is centering innovation on incremental improvements that it can deliver more quickly to airlines with greater reliability and at a lower price, said Ray Conner, chief executive of Boeing’s commercial airplane unit, in an interview… The shift reflects how sharply the industry has changed. Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney last year declared its era of technological boundary-pushing “moon shots” over. Airlines, he concluded, don’t want to pay more for advanced technology. Saving up a host of advanced technologies for a single new project has proved too expensive and disruptive…” Via Jon Ostrower, WSJ

Digital pathology and the big Cs (that’s ‘cancer’ and ‘cloud’)
Have I got cancer? “Maybe,” says my oncologist, “so I’m going to take a biopsy and we’ll have a look.” A small piece of my body, tissue from the potentially cancerous organ, is obtained through an incision, and sent to a pathology lab. A thin, thin slice is cut off, stained with revealing chemicals, and then checked by a pathologist. This scenario is repeated tens of million times a tear around the globe, and digital health company Proscia CEO and co-founder, David West Jr, says: “This is archaic.” What’s he on about. An expert is gonna tell me if I have cancer or not, and it’s archaic?…” Via Chris Mellor, The Register


How We Run WordPress PHP Code on Apprenda
Apprenda’s Enterprise Platform as a Service (PaaS) has been focused on deep Java and .NET support for a long time, but the platform supports PHP applications as well. For example, the ubiquitous PHP content management system WordPress is able to run on the platform. While more than 80% of enterprise programming is done in Java and .NET (according to Gartner), PHP remains a popular language for some web-based applications due to its free interpreter and runtime, which have been ported to nearly every operating system and platform imaginable. WordPress is one of the world’s most popular content management systems and blogging platforms, powering more than 23% of all consumer-facing websites, including the blog you’re reading right now. It’s incredibly important to the web and an excellent example of PHP. Let’s take a look at how you can run PHP on Apprenda 5.0 and 5.5…” Via Austin Parker, Apprenda Blog

Will Docker Bring Workload Mobility Between Clouds?
Are containers a valuable addition to infrastructure as a service, whether in the public cloud or a private cloud on-premises? Or do they replace some IaaS operations with their own functionality? Of late, it seems to me more likely a replacement….  Docker is simple enough and useful enough to gain a broad following of developers quickly. The contributors to the Docker project are looking for new ways to expand its core functionality. So will Docker users have to learn the ways of the cloud, or will the cloud have to learn to speak Docker?” Via Charles Babcock, InformationWeek


Who’s Contributing to Configuration Management Projects?
One of the more common areas of inquiry around open source for us at RedMonk concerns project contributors. Who is contributing to what project? What are the relative rates of contribution from contributor to contributor? How do the contributions to a project compare to contributions from competitive projects? In many cases, this is a difficult if not impossible question to answer because the identities and affiliations of project contributors are obscure, whether by design or simply because developers prefer the individual identities independent from their employer. But just because a question is difficult to answer and may return imperfect results does not mean that it’s not worth asking. …” Via Stephen O’Grady, RedMonk

How not to market OpenStack: A lesson from Nebula’s failure
“…The company, which was founded by one of OpenStack’s original progenitors, failed in big part because it delivered a product that was less OpenStack than a proprietary solution… The maturity of the OpenStack market wasn’t the only problem for Nebula. There was also the nature of its product stemming from expectations for OpenStack. … What went wrong? Cost of the solution aside, Nebula’s product ran contrary to the way OpenStack itself was conceived. … In the end, the failure of Nebula is less about OpenStack’s larger issues and more about a company that tried to sell a proprietary hardware solution to deliver and maintain an open source software stack — in short, a company that provided the wrong solution to the wrong problem.” Via Serdar Yegulalp, InfoWorld


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