DevToolsDigest: Issue #261
This week's digest includes news and resources from Honeycomb, Open Core Ventures, Databricks, and more.
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The Week in Developer Tools
It is very easy and natural to see two distinct outages, with nearly identical failure modes, impacting the same components, and with no significant action items as repeat incidents. However, when we look at the responses and their variations, we can find key distinctions that shows the incidents as related, but not identical.
It is very simple to monitor a small application or service. Almost none of those approaches scale. Instead monitoring becomes an endless series of small failures. You set up these tools with the mentality of "set and forget" but they actually require ever increasing amounts of maintenance. Some of the tools break and are never fixed.
Many entrepreneurs consider DevOps solutions useful for startups and technology companies. The reason behind this notion is the chief objective of DevOps implementation, which is to help companies build their culture or establish cloud-native roots. However, the reality is completely different.
AI licensing is extremely complex. Unlike software licensing, AI isn’t as simple as applying current proprietary/open source software licenses. Because of these complexities, AI licensing has many layers, including multiple components and additional licensing considerations.
Developer Venture News
Databricks says the deal combines its AI-ready data-management technology with MosaicML’s language-model platform, enabling businesses to build low-cost language models themselves with proprietary data. Right now, most businesses rely on third-party language models trained on troves of publicly available data accessed online.
The acquisition of Apptio, a software-as-a-service business with over 1,500 customers and partnerships with cloud companies from AWS to Salesforce, will benefit IBM's Red Hat business, AI portfolio and its consulting business, the technology giant said.
From the Heavybit Community
In this talk, dbt Labs CRO Nicholas Erdenberger provides an overview of effective sales strategies and tactics for open-source products and services, as well as practical tips and examples of successful sales approaches in the open-source space.
Many developers do hate most marketing. The idea is directionally accurate because developers do appear to be disproportionately (and loudly) skeptical of marketing in general and in many individual marketing efforts. But if we go no further, then devtool companies and developer marketers will artificially limit themselves to “acceptable” marketing or avoid marketing altogether.