I have a love/hate relationship with trade shows. On the one hand, I love
them. I love meeting customers and prospects, and I love the shameless
boosterism that it entails. On the other hand, as someone who has to manage
to a budget and deliver ROI, I hate them. The ROI never works out. From a
numbers point of view, they are nearly always a waste of money. (Except in
Europe. I am still looking into that one).
We recently attended the Cloud Expo/Virtualization Expo in Santa Clara, put
on by my old friends at SYS-CON. The traffic was good, and the content was
too. In the past, I have railed against the phrase “cloud computing”
being “content free”. For folks like CTERA, it means storage on a
network, for VMware it means virtualization, and for Amazon it means a
deployment platform where the hardware is invisible.
That said, I saw two cool things at Cloud Expo. The fir... (more)
Linux is taking the world of Java application servers by storm. Recently, Sun
Microsystems hosted an event to tout the adoption of the latest version of
the enterprise Java platform, known as Java 2 platform, Enterprise Edition or
simply J2EE 1.4. At this event, many of the application server vendors were
present. Nearly all of them said Linux is making huge gains as the platform
of choice for developing and deploying enterprise Java applications.
The event featured a panel with well-known application server vendors IBM,
BEA, Oracle, JBOSS and Sun. It also included smaller vendors ... (more)
Scott McNealy, chairman, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems, kicked off
the second day of the 2004 Java Conference in what was largely a reshash of
Monday's keynote by Jonathan Schwartz, with a few notable exceptions.
In front of an 80 foot-wide HDTV-driven screen, McNealy started out with his
standard stand-up routine, railing against press and analysts, and his recent
appearance in Playboy magazine about CEO pay, written by former US Labor
Secretary and Brandeis University Professor Robert Reich.
One constant theme of the Sun keynotes this year has been the mantra that all
Slashdot, the hugely important technical news and discussion site, announced
the launch of politics.slashdot.org, a new section "dedicated to providing
alternative political news to its technically inclined audience."
Taglined "Politics for Nerds. Your Vote Matters," the new section gives
Slashdot's estimated audience of 4 million access to political news and
commentary that it might not see otherwise.
"We have a vocal, politically active audience looking for alternative views
of this election, without media 'spin'," said Rob Malda, creator and director
of Slashdot. "Slashdot its... (more)
Bill Roth's Blog
Another BEA World is upon us, and this year things are a bit different. In
addition to the usual developer content, the focus of this year's event is to
focus on how real customers are using the technology. Alfred ChuangAlfred
started out by talking about his core believe that we are on the cusp of
fundamental change, with the advent of iPods, Web 2.0, and social networks.
He started with a discussion of Mashups, and talked about how most of them
are consumer facing. He then said "The era of innovation in packaged
applications is over." He then called out the key... (more)