Author Archives: Grischa Ekart

About Grischa Ekart

I am an IT consultant, writing about IT, strategy, management, mobility, business cases, apps, consumer electronics and MBA education.

Lost Web Passwords After Migrating to New Mac

After migrating to a new Mac, I found out that a ton of my web site passwords were gone or were out of date (I haven’t been using iCloud passwords or any other password app). The Migration Assistant seems to … Continue reading

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Pricing Strategies for a Fairer Trade

Today I opened a milk carton that was printed with a thank you, because by buying this brand of milk we are supporting dairy hill farmers. Germany is the home some of the hardest discounters (and other retailers) who, acting in … Continue reading

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List of Application Dependencies

Docker and containers in general are revolutionising the way we think about application development and operations. As a new packaging technology I think it perfectly defines the interface between an application and the host it will be running on. In order … Continue reading

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How to Get Proficient in New Technologies

Breakthrough innovations are changing IT at ever faster speeds. New tools, languages, libraries, virtualisation technologies, workflows appear and get adopted in shorter times. A perfect example of this is Docker. Keeping pace in that kind of environment affords a structured … Continue reading

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Ops as a competitive differentiator?

Operational aspects of software systems are often treated as second class citizens. The point is that e.g. availability is expected to be a given. FRs (functional requirements) are a differentiator and NFRs (non-functional requirements) are not. So why should anyone … Continue reading

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Reutax-Insolvenz

Die Insolvenz der Reutax AG am 22.03.2013 schreckte die Branche und insbesondere viele Freiberufler auf. Für freischaffende Projektmitarbeiter, die durch die Reutax AG vermittelt wurden, kommen harte Zeiten zu. Bei einem Zahlungsziel von 30 Tagen kann es leicht passieren, dass … Continue reading

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QCon 2013 keynote by Barbara Liskov

Barbara Liskov, professor at MIT, presented an IT-history-based keynote at QCon, called “The Power of Abstraction”. It was fun and painful to be reminded of the IT topics of 70s: Gotos Top-down structural design Modules Abstract data types Algol, Simula, … Continue reading

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Continuous delivery

ThoughtWorks’s Vladimir Sneblic today held the excellent Continuous Delivery course at QCon 2013 together with his colleague. Expanding on the well-known must read from Jez Humble, the tutorial included anectodal stories, case examples and professional materials. In a nutshell, Continuous … Continue reading

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The Three Ages

Today Dan North presented his “Three Ages” core pattern (or as I would say, business model) at the QCon 2013. I like how it succinctly categorizes the phase of, say, the adoption a methodology in an organization. 1. Explore (maximize … Continue reading

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Rezension: NoSQL Distilled

NoSQL ist in aller Munde, daher fragt man sich als langjähriger SQL-Nutzer was den Hype dieser Datenbanken ausmacht. Wahrscheinlich dürfte beim Erfolg der unterschiedlichen NoSQL-DBs sein, dass der Trend den Hype überdauern wird. NoSQL grenzt sich zwar bereits beim Namen … Continue reading

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