Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Why Your Contractors Will Never Create Your Community

@spartovi - Sal Partovi

The arguments for curating a community around your company, products, and/or API are pretty simple and clear. Software is eating the world. APIs are the new business development medium. Developers are the new kingmakers.

It only makes sense to curate the kingmakers. The problem is the disconnect between building a community, while simultaneously contracting out work.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Guest Blog: A Journey To Talk About - via @mr_manish

@timhicks24 - Tim Hicks

Earlier this summer one of our members sent me a very special email. Manish_Kumar sent me a quick note, expressing jubilation over his new car that he had purchased earlier that day! I too was ecstatic for Manish, and had to share his incredible story with the rest of the team. After exchanging some more emails, I convinced him to share his CloudSpokes story with the rest of the community.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Distributed Innovation: Saugatuck Research - Enterprise IT Discusses Crowdsourcing Success

@spartovi - Sal Partovi

It's easy enough to discuss the merits of any technology advancement or disruptive business model in the vacuum of theory and conjecture.

It's another thing entirely to hear independently verified testimonials and firsthand experiences from real customers and early adopters. Theory only gets you so far in any game, sooner or later you have to step onto the field.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Rise of Javascript and the Javascript Bazaar

@baerspokes - CWD

Atwood’s Law:
Any application that can be written in JavaScript, will eventually be written in JavaScript.” - Jeff Atwood

Do you remember struggling with rolling your own XHR libraries and then joy of discovering Prototype, script.aculo.us and mir.aculo.us?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Special Announcement - Secret Hack Day in SF

@dmessing - Dave Messinger

We have a unique hack opportunity for any CloudSpokers in or near San Francisco tomorrow (8/21). Apologies for the late notice, but as with a lot of top-secret stuff, it's either late notice or no notice at all.

And yes - this is pretty special. If you're interested just send a note to info[at]cloudspokes[dot]com and we'll provide further instructions.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Why Enterprise Technologists Should Pay Attention to Startups, Opensource (and CloudSpokes!)

@singhns - Narinder Singh

I was fortunate to be on a panel this week with Cole Crawford from the Open Compute Foundation. What they are doing at Open Compute is massively cool and also way lower in the stack than I'll ever be comfortable, so my plan was to just keep from saying anything completely insane. Luckily for me, the panel was on cloud overall, not just the parts that actually require you to touch a computer.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

First Look – Salesforce.com Aura UI Framework

Fun stuff coming out of Salesforce as we ramp up to Dreamforce! I had the opportunity to sit in on the “Intro to Aura” webinar a few hours ago and I thought I would blog on some key points that I came away with after the whirlwind hour. First of all this is a major initiative for Salesforce.com as it was hosted by Andrew Waite, Josh Kaplan and Doug Chasman (tech lead for aura and one of the Visualforce architects). The project is very early and probably will not even be in public beta till Spring 14 (safe harbor).

Simple Task Queues for #nodeJS

Recently, for the first time on the Wear Test project, we ran across something that needed to be done on a scheduled basis. Simple batch operations: loop over a set of records, apply some logic, send some daily emails to the users, and bob’s your uncle.

We knew that the basic Heroku scheduler was sufficient for just kicking a process off every day at a specified time. But, the Heroku scheduler causes a temporary dyno to spin up and it's not intended for heavy lifting. The scheduler documentation states:  "Anything that takes longer than a couple of minutes to complete should use a worker dyno to run." Also, inexplicably, according to project architect Kyle Bowerman, “Any fish that doesn’t swim faster than the current will get eaten by the bear.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Distributed Innovation: Saugatuck Research - How Does Crowdsourcing Work?

In our last post on distributed innovation, we touched on our perspective of what crowdsourcing actually is - specifically in the realm of enterprise cloud-based IT.

As we stated last time, "the ubiquity of the internet and cloud computing platforms amongst the world's top technical resources means that there exists a 'distributed system' of cloud experts all connected by the web. All that's required is a model to engage them." Let's dive into how that model works.