Microsoft buys an open source company and intends to keep it open source. We discuss how R plus Excel could be a great for Microsoft. In other BigCo news, we discuss Oracle buying Sun five years later, layoff rumors at IBM, and some new stuff Coté is up to.
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Microsoft: don’t mess it up.
- Microsoft Buys an Open Source Company: Revolution Analytics
- Office dominance, not to mention Excel
- Exploring Everyday Things with R and Ruby, nice R and Ruby book
- Latest Exponent podcast has a good take on Microsoft.
- “In Sun’s last good year before being bought by Oracle, 2007, sales for servers totalled $5.9bn. Of these, $5.2bn’s worth were Sparc and it got $700m for x86 systems. In 2013, the last full year for Oracle, total systems sales were $2.3bn – $1.2bn from Sparc and $1.1bn from x86.”
- Brandon’s theory: everyone from Sun went to Google. Anecdotes back this up.
- Further anecdotes for the anecdote pile on Coté’s mythical book, “Sun: WTF?!?”
- Oracle should be lovin’ this microservices, Docker/container stuff. Feel free to call them when you stateless kids finally need to become stateful.
- JP’s Law of Crappity Crap Software: all software is crap.
IBM apparently not laying off lots of people
- IBM Feeling (Big) Blue?
- “What’s worse, getting laid off on a Friday or being told to pick up the slack on the following Monday?”
Coté works at Pivotal now
- In the technical marketing team for Pivotal Cloud Foundry, with Andrew Shafer and crew.
- Among other things, come see him talk about Pivotal at several roadshows! (Austin on March 3rd, Houston on March 5th, Cincinnati on March 10th, and Columbus on March 12th)
- The All Things Pivotal Podcast, Coté is looking to start a new one further up the stack, talking about what people use Pivotal Cloud Foundry for, and other fun uses of software in the realworld.
- Coté’s praise for analysts – as long as use all of them together, don’t silo your brain.