For the past year I’ve been having a blast helping a friend of mine with a restart – a 50 year old company that should be data intensive by its very nature, but has been constrained by an increasingly antiquated app foundation.
So we decided to put the company “up on blocks”, build a fantastic new application foundation – think entirely shiny new, modern, APIs everywhere, web-centric, big data … and all cloud-enabled, of course!
We put together a small team and have been moving fast. The results are beginning to bear fruit, and I’ll be posting some more as all this goodness is unveiled.
Been learning a bit along the way, and have been greatly encouraged to see this cloud-centricity that all of us have been advocating, building, toiling and sweating over for so long works so very well in practice. No surprises in the fact that it all works, of course, but definitely a little surprise at just how compelling the economics are in practice.
It’s one thing to help others build their apps and change their companies, and another to do so in a more personal way.
Been grateful for the opportunity, and looking forward to reflecting on the lessons learned even as we press the advantage.