Daily Wrap Up – April 18, 2023 (#070)

Today I read many pieces that that felt strategic in nature. Not much that was in the weeds, but rather, big-picture content on modernization, strategic focus, navigating complexity, and changing consumer behavior.

[blog] Modernization Strategy Selector. Do you modernize all your tech the same way? I hope not. This post looks at how to think about the various strategies you might use for a given app in your portfolio.

[blog] Learn by doing: Introducing Google Cloud Jump Start Solutions. Executable reference architectures to learn how the cloud really works? That’s what we just shipped. Here’s the first batch that show off use cases like secure software delivery, dynamic web apps, and more.

[blog] The Illustrated Transformer. This meaty post from 2018 offers an excellent introduction to Transformers, a fundamental part of large language models invented by Google and now used by multiple models.

[blog] Strategic Coherence: The Deceptively Difficult Task of Figuring out Your Startup’s ‘One Thing’. Startups need that “one thing” they do to be crispy defined. I’d argue the same applies to your internal products, and even your teams.

[article] Navigating Complex Environments and Evolving Relationships. What are some key approaches to supporting a high performing team? My colleague Jennifer shared some thoughts in this video and transcript.

[blog] Efficiency trades off against resiliency. The author contends that you can’t be fully efficient and resilient. And vice versa. Interesting POV.

[blog] How Consumer Shopping Behavior Has Changed in 2023. This post shows why a “digital transformation” matters. If you’re not building more convenient and cost-effective products, your customers will go to someone who will.

[blog] Load Balancing. Fun post that educates us on load balancing requests among servers, with some excellent visualizations. Check it out.

[blog] How Go fixed everything that was wrong with programming. Bold title, not a bad argument for why Go offers the best of a lot of different languages.


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Author: Richard Seroter

Richard Seroter is Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management at Google Cloud. He’s also an instructor at Pluralsight, a frequent public speaker, the author of multiple books on software design and development, and a former InfoQ.com editor plus former 12-time Microsoft MVP for cloud. As Director of Developer Relations and Outbound Product Management, Richard leads an organization of Google Cloud developer advocates, engineers, platform builders, and outbound product managers that help customers find success in their cloud journey. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter.

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