Digital Tech Trek Digest [#Issue 2024.04]

NoOps and Serverless solutions

I was reminded of an upcoming expiry of a test website that I have on PythonAnywhere. This site enables you to host, run, and code Python in the cloud without any infrastructure and starts with a free account and then a $5 account. Striving towards NoOps and serverless is an important consideration for any small and simple application, I’d forgotten completely about this service.

5 IT services industry trends on tap for 2024

As major companies either want to use a service provider or maintain a relationship with one, knowing the trends lets you consider what SaaS providers of all the services you use like authentication, security, chatbots, support systems, and more are thinking about.

This article considers these trends:

  • Cloud cost optimization
  • Focused transformation, innovation
  • Investment in generative AI skills
  • Vertical market focus
  • Partner programs, reconsidered

Rapid developments in AI will also shape business prospects for consulting firms, MSPs, and systems integrators. AI could potentially provide a way to deliver new capabilities in shorter timeframes that satisfy the C-level demand for a quick ROI.


Context switching is killing your productivity

I believe the title says it all. The article provides several ways to combat this productivity killer.

Exploding Topics

A colleague pointed me to Exploding Topics. An interesting look at the growth of certain topics over recent years. I’m not sure if they are measuring, articles, products, websites, or just conversations on the topic in question.

Thoughtworks Technology Radar

I spent a lot of time reviewing the recent Thoughtworks Technology Radar. I was hoping that 2024 would issue a current version however Sep 2023 is still recent. My thoughts on the tools, techniques platforms, and frameworks in vogue I’ll leave for a separate post.

Why I’m excited about profit-sharing startups

Every year there is a list of the startups that failed and 2023 failures was no different. There is also the list of likely IPOs for the year. Is it going to be Space X, DataBricks, and Reddit for example.

This article along with a host of links reaching out to sites such as Creator Fund, Humanism and Weekend Fund and other interesting stories re-iterate that it is great people and not great ideas that are the right way of being an entrepreneur. The concept of investing that asks for a return of 1-5% of future earnings is an interesting movement from going down the VC slog.

The article lists these points:

  • There’s a culture shift in tech toward profit-generating businesses.
  • There’s a tech shift that enables talent to build more with less.
  • There’s a regulatory shift that makes exits challenging.

… believe a few big shifts will drive more founders and investors to pursue profit-sharing models in 2024 and beyond.

This tweet talks about Gumroad issuing dividends back to our investors. I always understood that investors wanted to see a return, or a positive change in the return capabilities within a 5 year horizon. Also interesting is this Challenging your assumptions about starutps video.

Combined with Why the Future of Startups are Studios really helps me consider what I started back in 2011 with a number of technology leaders in New York as a viable alternative to what we know about funding a startup. We were always able to get through the first 3 steps easily.

  • Generate an idea
  • Flesh out the idea
  • Launch and experiment
  • Create a project
  • Create a big company

I believe Graham was ahead of his time with Ultra Light Startups some 15 years ago.

Source: TLDR

About ‘Digital Tech Trek Digest’

Most days I take some time early in the morning to scan my inbox newsletters, the news, LinkedIn, or other sources to read something new covering the professional and personal topics of interest. Turning what I read into some actionable notes in a short committed time window is a summary of what I learned today, what I should learn and use, or what is of random interest. And thus my Digital Tech Trek.

Some of my regular sources include TLDR, Forbes Daily, ThoughWorks Podcasts, Daily Dose of Data Science and BoringCashCow. Also Scientific American Technology, Fareed’s Global Briefing, Software Design: Tidy First? by Kent Beck to name a few.