Saturday, November 18, 2006
Apologies to James Robertson and Chris Petrilli
In several past blog entries, I have resorted to throwing daggers instead of encouraging a dialog and have been guilty of something that James Robertson does on a frequent basis. Instead, I need to do two things. First, I apologize at some level for being hostile and more importantly I hope that insight can emerge from the conversation so that readers within the blogosphere can learn from the best of the thought leaders.
So, if Chris and James are game, I would be ecstatic if they would provide their own perspectives on the following five questions?
- Consider this scenario, I decide to ask my employer, the Aetna (A Fortune Enterprise whose primary business isn't technology) as their new Chief Architect and I had the opportunity to choose a new language to write a brand new enterprise application that would be for a brand new line of business and needs to support 1,000 concurrent users via the Internet. Should I choose Java, SmallTalk or Ruby on Rails and why?
- The one thing that all three of us have in common is our personal perspectives of large industry analyst firms. Do you think we should instead of ignoring the problem start enlightening others? How about changing the conversation with folks in our own network to pay attention to analysts that do provide meaningful coverage? What would it take for you both today to add James Governor, Brenda Michelson and Raven Zachary to your blogroll?
- What is your thoughts on Indian outsourcing in general and specifically their ability to become successful in increasing the uptake of Ruby and/or SmallTalk within large enterprises?
- You have hinted in the past that folks in large enterprises tend not to share how they use particular technologies. As an insider, I think I have some ideas on how to get this story told but need for you both to point me towards large enterprises whose primary business model isn't technology who are using Ruby on Rails for mission-critical applications. I will take on the responsibility of figuring out how to get it published and help prove myself wrong in a very public way.
- I am guilty of using my blog as a bully pulpit to encourage folks to think about alternatives in their daily lives from charity to the human aspects of technology. What questions would you ask of me that are non-work related (Remember, my blog has absolutely zero to do with work) that I can provide an answer to?