Over the last fifteen years or so, there were two seismic shifts in computing: from desktop to mobile, and from my servers to your servers (otherwise known as cloud computing). With two of the most important cloud companies in the world based in Seattle, and a fast-growing group of enterprise computing startups following in their wake, it seems like the right time for GeekWire to double down on its coverage of the cloud.
Starting today, I’ll be GeekWire’s first Cloud and Enterprise Editor. A little bit about me: I’ve written and edited stories about a wide variety of technology subjects for longer than I’d care to admit, at IDG, CNET, and paidContent. After Gigaom acquired paidContent in 2012, I became Executive Editor in 2013 and led what I considered to be one of the finest groups of tech writers ever assembled. Most recently, I covered enterprise computing topics as the Executive Editor for Structure Events, and I’m excited to get back to writing about the technology that makes world go ’round.
I’m going to write about the dominant cloud companies of our time, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google. I’m also interested in the underlying technologies that power the cloud — including chips, networking and datacenter design — as well as the developer tools and security practices that all modern companies need to incorporate as part of their technology strategy. Enterprises are less interested in running big honking software packages on their own equipment these days, but how will software delivered as a service continue to evolve? I’ll be spending a lot of time in Seattle, but I’m also going to be The Portland Guy for GeekWire, so if you’re doing something cool in the Rose City, please say hi.
While the rest of the world is still trying to figure out how to create the next Silicon Valley in their backyard, Seattle has established itself as a major technology hub. This is especially true when it comes to the cloud, with AWS shining perhaps most brightly in Amazon’s universe, and the huge cultural shift undertaken by Satya Nadella at Microsoft to focus the original software giant on delivering its software over the internet.
I’m excited to help GeekWire chart the course of the future of cloud computing, which has only begun to change both the Pacific Northwest and the world itself. If you haven’t already signed up, make sure to check out the first GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit on June 7th, where you’ll hear from some of the best and brightest in cloud and enterprise computing.