Matt Asay

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Matt Asay is Head of Developer Ecosystem for Adobe, where previously he was vice president of mobile strategy. Prior to Adobe, Asay held a range of roles at open source companies: VP of business development, marketing and community at MongoDB, a leading big data database company; VP of business development at real-time analytics company Nodeable (acquired by Appcelerator); VP of business development and interim CEO at mobile HTML5 start-up Strobe (acquired by Facebook); COO at Canonical, a leading Linux and cloud vendor; and head of the Americas at Alfresco, a content management startup. Asay is an emeritus board member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and holds a J.D. from Stanford, where he focused on open source and other IP licensing issues. Asay writes regular columns for The Register, TechRepublic, and InfoWorld.

Machine learning: How to go from theory to reality

Machine learning: How to go from theory to reality

A lack of skilled people continues to stymie the AI revolution. That’s why smart companies invest as much in cultural change as technology adoption—and Google shows how

Business can’t win without developers, but you need more

Business can’t win without developers, but you need more

A surprising survey shows that lack of software development capabilities is the top inhibitor to business success. So, how do you fix that?

Why there are no shortcuts to machine learning

Why there are no shortcuts to machine learning

As long as companies understand that good data science takes time in an enterprise, and give these people room to learn and grow, they won’t need shortcuts

When it comes to databases, why ‘I can’t quit you, baby’

When it comes to databases, why ‘I can’t quit you, baby’

Leaving legacy RDMSs is hard, but eventually enterprises will break free of Oracle’s and others’ last grip on their data infrastructure

Software security: There’s more to it than bug-bounty programs

Software security: There’s more to it than bug-bounty programs

Take full advantage of white-hat hackers to help you secure your code. And still do all the other security stuff you should do before you release your code

Database shift: Start with open source but finish with AWS

Database shift: Start with open source but finish with AWS

AWS seems to be building natural bridges between on-premises databases like MySQL and cloud services like Amazon Aurora

Open source’s existential dilemma: the meaning of ‘free'

Open source’s existential dilemma: the meaning of ‘free'

Developers once were quick to distinguish open source as “free as in freedom, not free as in beer.” Today, as GitHub shows, they demand the beer but are nonchalant about the freedom

The Kubernetes ‘fork’: Open source purists miss the point

The Kubernetes ‘fork’: Open source purists miss the point

Is Red Hat’s OpenShift a fork of Kubernetes? No, but it still shouldn’t matter if it were

The era of the cloud database has finally begun

The era of the cloud database has finally begun

Enterprises are waking up to discover that their database needs have changed dramatically—and that the old-school RDBMS is no longer the best tool

Database decisions: AWS has changed the game for IT

Database decisions: AWS has changed the game for IT

Enterprises are figuring out that they likely need different database engines to power different parts of their applications. AWS has figured that out, too

Open source isn’t the community you think it is

Open source isn’t the community you think it is

The irony is that what makes open source work—and differ from commercial software—is that only a few developers do the major work on any project

Skip containers and do serverless computing instead

Skip containers and do serverless computing instead

Container technologies like Docker are very powerful, but require talent you can’t get. Serverless computing provides the same benefits—with talent you can actually get

Who really contributes to open source

Who really contributes to open source

New data debunks several myths around which companies lead in open source contributions

20 years on, open source hasn’t changed the world as promised

20 years on, open source hasn’t changed the world as promised

Most code remains closed and proprietary, even though open source now dominates enterprise platforms. How can that be?

Google Cloud Platform’s secret sauce: Its time is now

Google Cloud Platform’s secret sauce: Its time is now

Google’s biggest strength is helping enterprises “run like Google”—something that even old-school companies have discovered they can now do

Why old-school PostgreSQL is so hip again

Why old-school PostgreSQL is so hip again

Postgres is old as dirt, yet over the past five years it has panned out as pure gold

Open source innovation is now all about vendor on-ramps

Open source innovation is now all about vendor on-ramps

AWS, Microsoft, and Google are all racing to figure out how to turn their innovations into open source on-ramps to their proprietary services

Blockchain shows open source’s fatal flaw—and a way forward

Blockchain shows open source’s fatal flaw—and a way forward

Open source usage has skyrocketed, but not the number of developers working on projects. Those who benefit need to pay developers to keep it all going

Serverless computing may kill Google Cloud Platform

Serverless computing may kill Google Cloud Platform

Unless Google can get its serverless act together, it may end up winning the container battle but losing the cloud war

How to get started with machine learning

How to get started with machine learning

Machine learning isn’t something you buy but something you do. Use TensorFlow to experiment now with machine learning so you can build it into your DNA

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