Things I Read About Recently [#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 to 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 its all. The article provides a number of 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.

About ‘Things I Read About Recently’

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 really learn and use, or what is of random interest.

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.