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Way back in 1969, as a kid, I watched a very interesting movie - "2001: A Space Odyssey." It was a science fiction where a super intelligent computer program HAL is in charge of a mission to Jupiter which also carries several astronauts. The program becomes rogue and tries to kill all the astronauts. The hero survives and manages to disable the program. There is a lot more to the plot, but the fight between human and computer is still vivid in my memory. In 1969, such a scenario looked possible. After all 32 years is a lot of time given the rate of our progress. We are now in 2016, and it appears that something similar may happen in the next 32 years. Even the experts have been predicting that Artificial Intelligence or AI will happen in next 20 years. The irony is that this prediction is being made for more than 60 years now! So, earlier it was "unbelievable but v... (more)

The Evolution of Cloud Computing

Have you ever wondered where the term “Cloud Computing” originated? When did the hype around cloud start? Who are the people responsible for the idea of utility computing? The evolution can be split into 3 phases: The Idea Phase – this started in the 1960s and stretched to the pre internet bubble era. The core idea of computing as a utility computing and grid computing developed. The Pre Cloud Phase – this started around 1999 and lasted till 2006. In this phase internet as the mechanism to provide Application as Service got developed. The Cloud Phase – this phase started in 200... (more)

What Has Changed in the Past Year?

1. Steve Jobs resigns permanently Steve Jobs, the genius is no longer with Apple. Would you like to take a bet that within next three years, Apple will not be able to come up with another game changing innovation like iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mac or Apple PC? 2. Google goes social Paul Allen says Google+ growth is accelerating and passes 62 million users, adding 625,000 new users per day and will probably have 400 million users by end of 2012. Whether this will threaten Facebook or not is less important than how this is going to affect search result. Google knows much more about us tha... (more)

Agile and Offshoring – The Twain Shall Meet

There is enough evidence that Agile works – in most cases much better than waterfall. Even when you are working in an enterprise scale, distributed, multi-vendor and strong regulatory environment – agile works better than any other method. Here are some survey and research findings 1. Survey Result Indicates that Agile Projects Are More Successful Here is a review of the survey result by Scott Ambler. The gap between “Agile + Iterative” and “Traditional + Ad-hoc” has been increasing Iterative approach has consistently performed as good as Agile (Click here to see the full artic... (more)

Manifesto for Agile Offshore Software Development

Why a manifesto for Agile Offshore Software Development??? Is it necessary? I think it is necessary – to highlight the special challenge faced resulting from geographic distribution, from large and heterogeneous teams, from involvement of multiple organizations and from complexity involved in enterprise scale software development project. For enterprise scale software development you will need to have a large size team. The number of team members would be large enough to make it impossible to organize them as a single team where all members interact with each other. It would be ... (more)