Shoutout to Surya Nimmagadda and Alex Lau for their collaboration on this blog.

Next Generation AIOps

Two simultaneous and dramatic shifts combine in next generation AIOps: ease of use and data-centric learning:

  • Data-centric learning eliminates AIOps solution configuration and connects the dots within and across different data types.
  • Collaboration-centric operations team members get their work done anywhere, from any device, at any time, natively within the environment they use everyday.

This blog focuses on data-centric learning while a future blog will focus on collaboration.

One sure sign transformation is off the rails

Rioting crowd
Rioting crowd
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If you ever hear yourself, or others, say that the reason your company cannot transform from X to Y is because salespeople won’t change, you are probably off track with your transformation efforts.

I have had multiple transformation experiences in my professional life. One reoccurring theme is the organization of people into camps for and opposed to change. This happens in the larger “civil” political arena as well, but let’s not digress. In the business arena, the people with a revolutionary zealousness for going in a new direction, at all costs, are…

As long as self-serving hypocrisy prevails, America cannot be unified

Capitol building
Capitol building
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As an independent, what I crave is values-based policy, and values-based politicians.

I realize this is terribly idealistic, but don’t expect me to buy-in to empty calls for unity, if they are not backed by values.

We cannot be a unified country if we refuse to hold hearings on opposing party judicial appointments in the last year of a presidency, and then ram through judicial appointments from our own party in the last few months of a presidency.

We cannot be unified if we support violence from our own wing…

The rise of alt-tech

People holding up smart phones with common social media icons on the display.
People holding up smart phones with common social media icons on the display.
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“Alt-tech” is the name that has now been given to various alternatives to “Big Tech” (FB, Twitter, Google,…). In light of recent events, Alt-tech is likely to get more attention, and more usage.

While it is clear that alt-tech takes the form of software services similar in nature to social media (Parler & Gab for example), as I wrote on the weekend, it is not clear whether it will take hardware forms. I doubt that it will, because that is much harder to realize, but who knows; will countries like China pounce on alt-tech seekers all…

Is silence an option?

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In 1990 I was a young man. I was touring Europe. One of the stops in that journey was Mauthausen in Austria. The WWII concentration camp in that town shocked me into a reality that changed me for life. The awareness of how people were marched to the pinnacle of a rock quarry and then pushed off, how people were treated while alive, the ovens, and significantly, disturbing questions. What would I have done during such a time? Would I have stood for humanity? If I could not stand tall in the face of small injustices…

Flutter Future Builder Example

The problem of how to execute an async function before the UI builds was vexing to me.

The answer turned out to be quite simple. Use the FutureBuilder option. Using this option itself can see vexing at first, but it is also simple, once you know how.

  1. Specify the async function to execute before the build. In the below example, the function is called _doWork().
  2. Set the name of the variable that can be tested to determine if work is completed. In the below case “canbeanyname”. …

We must put an end to human trafficking

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While I’m sure I should get better at letting things go, the recent news about “Fashion magnate Peter Nygard charged in sex trafficking scheme, including minors” really got under my skin, and I can’t let it go until I get it off my chest.

Truthfully though, I hope I never let it go. I hope I never stop being disgusted at what appears to be a rampant, amoral, hedonistic pursuit by the richest people in the country. …

Or anything really

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A recent encounter with writing software has me thinking about high-level takeaways:

  • NorthStar
  • Lego blocks
  • Architecture
  • Radical Culling
  • Defensive coding
  • Testing


Having spent time in strategy, it is probably no shock that the “vision thing” is top of mind for me. Strategy literature is all about that one point of clarity which value propositions are focused on, and value chains self-organize around.

I feel the same way about software. It is too easy to be browsing community ecosystem libraries and see this shiny widget and think “wow, wouldn’t it be cool if that was put in!”. No…

Sunday Reflections

Sundays are an opportunity to kick back, relax, and reflect on the bigger picture.

Man sitting on a chair, typing on laptop, with clock in background
Man sitting on a chair, typing on laptop, with clock in background
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Time. What is it? It is a question that both physicists and philosophers ask. I am not a physicist.

To the extent I have any understanding of science, I view the concept of time as a circular argument.

· Distance = speed * time

· Time = distance / speed

· Speed = distance / time

There is no time without space, so much so that Einstein felt compelled to combine them in one concept, spacetime; so much so that some assert that time…

All noise, no signal

Doctors looking down on a patient
Doctors looking down on a patient
Image Source: National Cancer Institute, on Unsplash

The day that Donald Trump stood on the Republican Presidential Debate stage, and refused to back down from his comment that no one would vote for Carly Fiorina, because of how ugly she is, is a moment seared into my memory. In years gone by, it would have been impossible for someone to talk like that and be considered a serious Presidential candidate. Yet here we were, and here we are.

News flashes about Nixon resigning aside, my first immersive experience of American politics was in 1989, in the afterglow of a Presidential election, three old-school…

Mark Seery

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