Last week I attended the Digital Strategy Innovation Summit in San Francisco. The event featured 2 days of 40 minute session on various aspects of social media strategy and digital strategy from a broad group of industries. Attached are my notes from the sessions I attended along with my thoughts:
Some of the session speakers also made their slides available and I have links in the document to those slides.
I am setting up my account on BlogDash. If you are a blogger you should join this network of bloggers as well. Very cool concept.
I had the chance Sunday night to see the new World War Z movie and thought I would share my thoughts as this may be the most absurd movie I have seen in a long time. In general, the move was visually interesting and the zombies are incredible; however the story is awful and without any credibility. Thus, my title as Anna Nicole Smith Movie of the Year looks great but a complete disaster inside.
For example, the scenes with the zombies climbing a wall are fantastic:
However, inside Brad Pitt is having a discussion with the head of Mossad as to why Israel put up a huge wall to protect itself when intercepting a single message from Afghanistan about zombies. The people inside are also walking around as business as usual while the entire planet is under attack – real credible.
Another point that was irritating is the use of multiple writers. It was easy to see which parts of the movie were written by different writers and we all know that design by committee never works. As an example, late in the movie the characters are in a WHO facility and the zombies take a humorous tact vs the previous violent super-attack mode. Amazing how zombies go from violent to funny in the same movie.
- The scene is South Korea was shot in the dark so we didn’t really see the zombies; I guess they ran out of money to hire people of Korean ancestry to play the zombies
- What is the purpose of Brad Pitt’s character? There is no real description of what he ever did except survive. In this movie, all he does is survive while all the Special Forces around him die. Is that his purpose, just to survive?
- The #2 person in the UN lets Brad Pitt know he can save him but will not get a helicopter until the next morning so all he has to do is survive 1 night while under zombie attack. Two issues – does anyone even know who the #2 person in the UN is and isn’t it convenient that the zombies wait all night for Brad to leave the room before attacking. Also, how did the boy get out and to the roof?
- Brad Pitt’s family on the ship – who cares? The concept that he was so worried about his family but spent his life going to the most dangerous parts of the world for no reason given seems pretty weak.
Overall, the story was limited while the onscreen viewing was great. I decided to go after seeing some movie reviews which had the audacity to say this is better than 28 Days Later or the Walking Dead Series. I am convinced that the movie review business is paid for by studios as no credible reviewer would glorify this movie.
Finally, I wrote on this movie as I have never seen a move that I thought was great to watch but horrible to think about (story). First time for me.
Sophie and Myself on Local News for Healing Horses
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Sophie rode in the Trail-a-Thon today at Healing with Horses Ranch and was covered by the local news. They also interviewed me and I looked like I weigh about 300 pounds; however I don’t think I did too bad. Sophie, of course did amazing and Jonah held the microphone below us for the video interviews.
Thanks to my friends far and wide for supporting Sophie in this ride to raise money for this amazing charity offering horse therapy.
With the recent announcement of the next OpenStack Summit located in Hong Kong the community is certainly on its way to becoming the global open source community of choice. I am pleased to see the OpenStack Foundation begin the global transformation with core events in Asia and am proposing in this blog a new event plan to further take advantage of the global nature of the community.
I propose that the Developer Summit portion of the OpenStack Summit be separated completely from the customer/partner portion of the event:
- Size of the current event is having a negative influence on the developers trying to hold smaller, more intimate sessions where decisions are made
- The business aspect of the event is diverting attention for the developers from complete focus on the next release plan
- Customers and business attendees have access to the behind the scenes developer process which is not a beautiful thing in open source and may cause misunderstanding or lack of faith in the developer community
Thus, an independent Developer Summit is held twice a year on the regular 6-month cycle but be open only to OpenStack developers.
With the amazing growth in partners, customers, and prospects I propose that 2 new Business Summits be held each year. These summits should be held 3 months after the Developer Summits to allow time for the latest release to be better understood and standardized within the vendor community. This will also give vendors a chance to have previews available for customers of the upcoming release which should be of great interest to customers and prospects.
Having the events split and separated by 3 month periods also enables the community to host more events per year in various geographic regions:
- Developer Summits
- Fall 2013 : Hong Kong
- Spring 2014: United States
- Fall 2014: Europe
- Spring 2015: United States
- Business Summits
- Winter 2013: United States
- Summer 2014: Europe
- Winter 2014: United States
- Summer 2015: Asia
Of course, this is a proposal to the community and I am certainly open to new ideas as I do think we need to re-consider our current 2x per year event plans.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
Recently, I decided to leave Dell where I had the amazing opportunity to promote and amplify various Dell cloud solutions. Over the past 18 months I attended and spoke at a variety of cloud conferences and think tanks, wrote over 150 blogs, and even had lunch at the prestigious London School of Economics (home of 16 Nobel prize winners). The cloud evangelist position at Dell was tremendous and I am grateful for the chance to assist in the establishment of Dell as a cloud provider; however (isn’t there always), new challenges have presented themselves to me.
I have accepted a position at HP where I will undertake the role of Cloud Social Merlin transforming the social methodology and message from HP on their public cloud solutions built on OpenStack. Returning to the promotion of not just HP Cloud but also the broader OpenStack community is fantastic and after a great week in Portland at the recent OpenStack Summit I look forward to doing my part in making OpenStack the standard in enterprise computing.
My twitter account will change to @SpectorTX and my new email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to this new challenge working at one of the largest technology companies in the world and doing my part to transform the public cloud market on behalf of HP.
For those of you too young to remember the Jefferson’s I present the theme song for you.
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
Last week I attended the Cloud2020 Summit in Las Vegas and came away with an entirely new perspective on Cloud Computing that I wanted to share. Before I do that, a quick note on the event; all sessions were videotaped and should be available on the event site shortly. Also, thanks to Ben Kepes and Krishnan Subramanian for putting together such an exclusive group of speakers and Mark Thiele for hosting us at the Switch site in Las Vegas.
The event spent the morning focusing on the most overlooked portions of cloud computing; the physical data center and the storage tools behind the scenes. Most people think of the cloud stack as simply the server, hypervisor, virtual machine/operating system, and secure connection or access via the web to that virtual machine. You could even argue that most people take a complete software view of the cloud stack and simply think about the hypervisor, virtual machine, and management layer; see CloudStack, OpenStack, vCloud, etc. This event opened my “eyes” to the substantial impact that a physical datacenter and storage solution offer to the cloud.
The physical datacenter is really the driving force behind cloud computing to realize its full potential. Without the ability to have a secure facility to locate massive amounts of computing power and storage at a reasonable cost and have the power redundancy to ensure 99.9999% uptime, cloud computing would simply not be possible. The complexity and innovation at the Switch datacenter was breathtaking as that single datacenter was more efficient in power usage, temperature control, and computing power availability than 3 typical datacenters. Thus, the Switch datacenter alone provided economies of scale for environmental factors and raw computing than could possibly have been achieved with all the users of that site running their equipment independently.
The second focus of the morning was on the changes coming in cloud storage. The consensus at the event was the complete dominance coming to cloud storage via solid state devices with the exception of long term Write Once Read Never (WORN) storage. More and more information needs to be stored for the long term with little to no chance of ever being used again; thus the return of tape. The return of tape storage was not something I considered and was surprised at the potential size of this market. In fact, I have begun looking into companies making tape storage devices as well as the tape itself as potential long term investments (NOTE: I am not a financial advisor and you probably don’t want to invest on my ideas).
As for the rest of the day, there were some excellent debates about who will dominate cloud platforms in the near future and the impact of the various technologies and players. There are several other blogs that have focused on these points so I will leave that for you to spend more time on. Finally, there was an excellent talk by Joe Weinman, author of Cloudonomics that I highly recommend viewing. Ben and Krishnan are planning to host this event again next year and I cannot emphasize enough the high quality of the event, speakers and participants.