Tech News Digest_12.28.17Multiple Layers of Abstraction Add Anxiety to Making Cloud Strategy Decisions

Instead of making life easier, the cloud is creating new headaches. Yes, the cloud offers many incredible opportunities for savvy CIOs and their IT departments. But it also raises a host of difficult choices.

For example, what's the right level of abstraction for enterprise cloud users? How much of your workload should you push into the cloud? Those are definitely not simple questions to answer. And the truth is that different companies will develop different approaches to cloud strategy. Be wary of anyone promising a "one size fits all" solution.

From my perspective, it appears certain that sooner or later, most IT workloads will migrate into the cloud. What that cloud will look like is another question, but the trend is clear and the momentum is building steadily.

There's a great article by Beth Pariseau in TechTarget about the debates raging over which layer of abstraction is the "ideal" layer when you're choosing cloud options. You'll be hearing a lot more about containers vs. serverless architectures from cloud providers in 2018, and Beth's article provides an excellent level-set.

spiked-tea-graphIs Blockchain the New Secret Sauce?

Let's be honest: Did any of us really suspect that blockchain would become a commonly used word? Well, we can argue whether it's commonly used outside of the tech universe, but it seems to have become a ubiquitous term in our industry. 

I suppose it's not surprising, given the potential economic impact of blockchain technology. I predict that over the next couple of months, many of us will become more fluent in the language and terminology of blockchain, which is the foundation of major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.

Like the term "AI," blockchain has been appropriate for a wide variety of uses. For an amusing take on the latest IT trend, I recommend reading "Long Island Iced Tea Soars After Changing Its Name to Long Blockchain" by Arie Shapira and Kailey Leinz in Bloomberg Technology.

iphone-technewsdigestDeath of the Home Button

I recommend reading David Pierce's column in Wired about learning to live without the home button on his new iPhone. The essay is really more of a meditation on how we learn to use technology, and it includes some sharp observations about the unintended consequences that naturally arise whenever new products or new features are introduced. As Pierce notes in his column, "Nobody's born knowing how to use an iPhone." 

Fortunately, the story has a happy ending: "After two months with the iPhone X, I don't really miss the home button anymore. It took a while, but I figured it out," writes Pierce