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Brandon Watson

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Ever since taking on the new position at Datalogix (now Oracle), I have been coming up to speed on a variety of topics related to AdTech. It’s been a fun, but challenging, learning curve. One of the distinct differences in this role and every other role I have had designing and building software product is that we have two distinct sets of “builders” inside the company: engineering, and analytics. My engineering Kung Fu is pretty strong, but my analytics is, well, not so much. I have a degree in what used to be called Decision Sciences from college (now called Operations and Information Management), and we did a lot of modeling in Excel and some database work, but nothing like what current state of the art is in what today is called Data Science or Big Data. My strong belief is that to be a great product manager, I need to be able to speak to all of my engineering c... (more)

Cycling Trainer Mystery – Solved (maybe)

The other day, I posted about my experience with the Wahoo Kickr, and some power reading anomalies that I experience. When I first purchased the Quarq, I read that it was calibrated at the factory. My read on that was that it was calibrated. It turns out that calibration is a loaded term, and readings of the power meter are dependent on temperature. It’s quite a bit colder here than I would like it to be, and I think I once upon a time calibrated, in the summer…in Hawaii. That’s the power curve from a workout this week. The main set was 3×12 mins at Z4, so basically around 90% FL... (more)

Building a Composite Application Using Multiple Web Services

Brandon Watson's "Many Niches" Blog What happens when your cloud provider has multiple datacenters and has the ability to move your code around based on their need (read: not your need)? One thing that any enterprise IT buyer knows how to say is “who’s throat do I choke?” When you have a composited application, who exactly are you going to be calling? The cloud providers have yet to address the myriad of problems which can, and will, arise. Just when you thought it was safe to start thinking about putting together all of those services into a composite app, the dreaded siren cal... (more)

Amazon, Google, Microsoft - Big Three Cloud Providers Examined

Brandon Watson's "Many Niches" Blog There’s been quite a bit of chatter on the web about the Azure Services Platform. Obviously I’m excited to see people talking about our new platform, especially when there is plenty of good, some bad, and some good if not somewhat rambling. There will be no shortage of guessing as to what Microsoft is “really up to” with our development efforts. I wanted to take a crack at that one, but from a completely different perspective. I want to frame the discussion centered on the motivations of the platform providers, and let that be a guide to understa... (more)

My Personal 2010 Predictions

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer In an effort to save a lot of pain and suffering for those people who don’t want to read an incredibly long blog post, I have a nice little summary table.  The predictions run the gamut of my personal and professional interests, so they may not be 100% interesting to all people. 99% of All Decade Lists That Come This Year Will Be Wrong Twitter Will Become A Footnote Real Time Has Had It’s Time Interest Rates Will Begin To Rise Housing Prices Being To Stall And Then Fall Jorge Lorenzo Will Win MotoGP World Championship Netbook Market Disappears Apple’s Dis... (more)