Funny – from the archives of the New Yorker (circa 1950s)
A couple of things that caught my eye in an Economist article on learning.
- ~50% of the top job postings asked for the ability to code
- The bulk of earnings growth for workers takes place between 25 and 35; after 45, it’s only the top 2% that see any earning growth
- 80% of Coursera’s learners have university degrees
Worth a read.
The last thing that consultants typically look forward to is eating out when they return home, especially if they have been travelling the majority of the week. I thought the following cartoon from the archives of the New Yorker would strike a chord with those consultants that have families.
I love this quote from an article in the Economist this week about the rise of voice based computing. (For those too young to remember, this was of course when Netscape first launched and provided a way for ordinary people to get on to the web).
A couple of other items that caught my eye:
- Only 1/3 of users use their personal assistants, although ~95% have tried them
- Apple’s Siri receives ~2B requests per week
- Cortana’s (Microsoft) team includes playwrights, a poet a screenwriter and a novelist. Plus some developers I would assume.
(For those curious, the photo is from here)
Interesting article in the NYC on tech acquisitions this past year. The one statistic that caught my eye:
Last year, the number of technology companies sold to non-tech companies surpassed those acquired by tech companies for the first time since the internet era began
Specifically, ~51% (out of a total of 1337) were bought by non-tech companies. Tech acquisitions also made up the largest proportion of the deals at ~15%. Software is indeed eating the world.
The end of a year inevitably causes many of us to reflect on the past and consider where we can improve. For consultants, and other busy professionals, one of the hardest and most rewarding thing to master is time management. Although there are dozens of good books on this subject, sometimes the answer is right in front of us in the classics.
I came across a great essay by Seneca – On the Shortness of Life – written ~2000 years ago which struck home for me. The essay (and indeed book) is full of great sayings, including:
I am always surprised to see some people demanding the time of others and meeting a most obliging response. Both sides have in view the reason for which the time is asked and neither regards the time itself — as if nothing there is being asked for and nothing given. They are trifling with life’s most precious commodity, being deceived because it is an intangible thing, not open to inspection and therefore reckoned very cheap — in fact, almost without any value.
Essentially, he suggests that we be frugal with our time and not waste it. Should be required reading for all.
Two recent items caught my eye that pretty much nail how much AWS is setting its sights on world (IT) domination and making great progress towards that goal. First, a quote from an article in the NYT from some VCs that met with Andy Jassy (CEO, AWS) recently at Re:Invent.
He [Andy Jassy] wasn’t explicit, but if you were hoping to invest in storage, computing — anything below applications — you are hosed
Another, more quantitative data point can be seen below that compares that attendance at VMworld vs. AWS Re:Invent (a proxy if you will for the interest from IT folks / developers). The growth rate (CAGR) for VMworld over last 4 years has been around ~2% vs ~52% for AWS.
(Although this one has VMware, I’m sure the other legacy IT providers would probably be in a similar shape.)