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DockerCon, The Search for ROI, and Tech Funding — Software Defined Talk #36

Jul 1st, 2015 9:05am by
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After discussing which days holidays usually land on, we discuss the news out of DockerCon, along with some unicorn talk based on a recent a16z chart-fest of tech funding. Then we talk ROI. It’s riveting!

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Show Notes

“Rise of the Infrastructure Plumbers”

It’s DockerCon this week …

  • Everything announced at DockerCon 2015.
  • Docker joining the OCP effort.
  • “The Docker client, engine, daemon, orchestration tools, etc., will continue to live at Docker … We will continue to provide a well-integrated tool chain for developers. We are purposely not trying to standardize the many things which are in areas where there is still a diversity of opinions and approaches.” (Official Docker blog post.)
  • VMware getting more API friendly, wrapping containers in VMs and such-like.
  • IBM showing up big.
  • Some momentum stats: “They have grown from a project launched by Solomon Hykes in 2013 to one that has 40,000 Docker-based tools and over 150,000 Docker-based applications. It has been downloaded more than 500 million times.”
  • Microsoft buying Docker? — “Investors wouldn’t sell for less than $3.5 billion.”
  • Related: blogs as the new press release.

A16Z U.S. Technology Funding – What’s Going On?

What’s “ROI”?

  • I’ve been trying to figure this out of late.
  • Saving money on one option vs. another?
  • Creating growth?
  • Proof that you made a good choice?
  • ROI = (Gains – Cost)/Cost; e.g., ($20,000 – $10,000)/$10,000 = 100 percent ROI (yes, I made it a percentage, math nerds.)
  • Theory: ROI is only a useful metric for comparing the cost of things, and whether the gain is well understood and predictable.



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