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Cloud Matters: The Demand for Open Source Strategies

Cloud Matters: The Demand for Open Source Strategies

“I see OpenStack evolving into a world class platform for all enterprises.”

In this fifth video in our Cloud Matters series, IBM Blue Box Director of offering Management Hernan Alvarez talks about all things open source.

Watch to hear him explore:

  • The shift in thinking toward open source that enterprises are experiencing.
  • The massive OpenStack...

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EuroPython 2016: Pythonic Epicenter in the Heart of Basque Country

EuroPython 2016: Pythonic Epicenter in the Heart of Basque Country

I have been involved in the Python community in different capacities for years. First as a user of the language, then as conference attendee followed by a position as tutorials committee chair and representative at the PSF and different PSF-sponsored events. This year I had the great privilege to be representing them at EuroPython in picturesque and scenic heart of Basque Country: Bilbao, Spain.
Bilbao Landscape

It was an amazing experience: from talking to — literally — hundreds of Pythonistas, to the after-hour social events and seeing the embracing and welcoming Python community in action. The conference is super well-organized and packed to the brim with top-notch content: amazing keynotes, a deluge of talks to choose from, lightning talks and open spaces. There was a lot of...

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PyCon 2016 Recap + Blue Box

PyCon 2016 Recap + Blue Box

No community-driven conference has changed the way I think of open source communities like PyCon, right from the very first time I attended. Friendly, welcoming, inclusive, unassuming. That feeling of "belonging" to that community in spite of being the first time there stayed (and still stays) with me. As soon as the conference was over, I immediately sought to become a bigger part of it and in a way try to perpetuate that awesome experience and share it with others.

This was my third year as one of the chairs of the tutorials committee. We volunteer several hours of our time for months and months before the event takes place. This year, like the last two years, we've sold out completely and brought a substantial amount of revenue to the conference, which is re-invested in the form of financial aid and other outreach programs to make...

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Cloud Matters: The Golden Era of Collaboration

Cloud Matters: The Golden Era of Collaboration

“It’s hard to imagine a world without open source.”

In this third video in our Cloud Matters series, Cloudsoft Founder and CEO Duncan Johnston-Watt, an IBM Blue Box client, talks about the great benefits of collaborative technology.

Watch to hear him explore:

  • The interest in hybrid as a business tool.
  • Why open source has become a lifeblood for technologists.
  • How...

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CF Summit: forging community and technology

CF Summit: forging community and technology

May 25th marked the end of the latest Cloud Foundry Summit in Santa Clara, California. From humble beginnings back in September of 2013 as Platform: The Cloud Foundry Conference, this year brought almost 2,000 people, making it the largest multi-cloud event in North America.

Cloud Foundry adoption is exploding globally, as is Cloud Foundry certification by providers. This year Atos joined the ranks of Pivotal, IBM, SAP, CenturyLink, GE, HPE, Huawei, and swisscom as a Certified Provider, making them the newest to certify their cloud application platform to the now-industry-standard for PaaS. This space is growing in leaps and bounds, and companies...

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Cloud Matters: The Open Source Solution for Enterprise

Cloud Matters: The Open Source Solution for Enterprise

“Open source projects continue to evolve and change more rapidly than they ever have before.”

In this second video in our Cloud Matters series, Ed Saipetch, Senior Director of the Office of the CTO, talks about the questions surrounding open source for the enterprise.

Watch to hear him explore:

  • Why enterprises should care about Open Source.
  • What types of industries are...

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And Ya Don't Stop: OSCON 2016

And Ya Don't Stop: OSCON 2016

The presence of Hip Hop was palpable at OSCON this year.
Well, there’s a sentence I never thought I would write, but hold tight and let me explain …

Day one of sessions kicked off with Sammus, a Brooklyn based underground Hip Hop artist, sharing her art with a packed room. An unusual pick for a group of software developers in Texas? Probably, but it really set the tone for a different kind of OSCON, one much more focused on inclusivity and mentoring.

After thinking more about Hip Hop and open source, I realized these two...

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Reflections on SkiPHP 2016

Reflections on SkiPHP 2016

SkiPHP is a conference organized by members of the Utah PHP Users Group (UPHPUG), centered around Salt Lake City, Utah. The goal of the conference is to bring diverse speakers from different coding backgrounds to deliver top notch talks to the people of the greater Utah region. This year, I was lucky enough to be invited as speaker.

The first day opened with an amazing talk from Yitzchok Willroth, titled “Talmudic Maxims to Maximize Your Growth as a Developer.” Better known as CodeRabbi, Yitz showed parallels drawn from his learnings in rabbinical studies that apply to his current life as a developer. Ideas such as cultivating a mentor, becoming a mentor, and embracing the community served to set the...

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Why Open Source Software is Taking Over

Why Open Source Software is Taking Over

You don't have to look far to see evidence of open source software's impact on IT as a whole. It starts with large open source projects like OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, and Hadoop and continues to smaller but widely deployed components like OpenSSL and MySQL.

I know what you’re thinking.

But no one is making real money from open source. Red Hat is the big player and they're still tiny.

This is something I hear often when talking about the inevitability of open source. Yes, open source software companies make less money than closed source software companies. But that's exactly why it's attractive to customers. Let me explain.

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Cloud is No Longer Uncharted Territory

Cloud is No Longer Uncharted Territory

During my first trip out to the Blue Box office in Seattle this week, I thought about the coast-to-coast flight while relaxing at 40,000 feet. A journey of thousands of miles made completely routinely in about five hours. I remembered one of my favorite computer games as a kid—The Oregon Trail. It tried to capture the experience of leading a wagon train of settlers to the West Coast in 1848. The trip took almost six months and death along the way wasn’t uncommon, as the game frequently reminded you.

It’s amazing how that trip has transformed from perilous to commonplace.The need for safe travel drove massive technology advancements. We’ve seen a similar transformative push in cloud computing. Cloud computing is already having a major impact on IT services. The need for on-demand, self-service offerings from the developers and lines of business has made this a critical...

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