Like a Phoenix rising … So does this blog.

unnamedSimply put Life Gets in the Way. However no excuses though, I should be writing more.

My hope is that this blog becomes more of a dialog and exploration of ideas rather than just my view. I do not have all the answers. I do have a lot of questions. And I believe the only way we get to answers and great ideas is by open communication, collaboration and contribution  – the 3 Cs. I also believe in that in a “large sample size” is needed to validate hypothesis , and that my sample size is small.

Let me start with a quick Bio of myself to show all my journey past , present and future.

Manny Rodriguez-Perez

Manuel “Manny” Rodriguez-Perez is a Digital Business Lead and technology strategist at Dell EMC. Manny draws on 20 years of Enterprise IT experience to advise customers on how new technology, organizational transformation, and IT governance can enable business initiatives. He has a patent on secure Smart Grid / IoT infrastructure from his work at a leading utility company. Manny has led the infrastructure service delivery practice at a Fortune 200 and has architected a multi-data datacenter hybrid cloud solution to support ITaaS at a global security company. He also developed the initial Sarbanes-Oxley computing controls for a public company and successfully coordinated multiple audits. Manny’s current areas of focus are next generation platforms to support digital business and applying operations management methodology to improve IT delivery.



OSCON 2015 – Lean In!


There is a reason why all the cools kids are gone next week…It’s OSCON 2015

Held in Portland July 20 – July 24  – OSCON is an O’Reily conference for the discussion of free and open source software. And in its 16th year – yes you heard me correctly  – 16th year! –  it appears to be the event that can help us in more traditional IT landscapes lean into the shift to microservices, open community development, DevOps, and chickens. The content is intriguing – ranging from practical , to fun,  to  esoteric, and plain sublime. Just check out these sessions ….


Using Docker to simplify distributed systems development
_@user_76644John Hugg (VoltDB)
4:10pm–4:50pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Foundations Portland 256                                                                           “This session is designed for developers tasked with building distributed systems. I will explore how using Docker to isolate processes in a clustered environment simplifies distributed system development and debugging processes.”

Decorating drones: Using drones to delve deeper into intermediate Python
_@user_46744 Matt Harrison (MetaSnake) @__mharrison__
9:00am–12:30pm Monday, 07/20/2015
Foundations Portland 252                                                                                  “ … build your knowledge and cover some of the more exciting aspects of Python that tend to bite new Python programmers. The teaching will be combined with drone programming — we will use the constructs to help us program a drone.”

 A general theory of reactivity
_@user_133238 Kris Kowal (Uber) @kriskowal
5:00pm–5:40pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Foundations D135/136
“…  In this talk I will explain a General Theory of Reactivity, which will train you how to choose the right asynchronous tool for the job, covering Streams, Promises, Tasks, Futures, Observables, and more.”

Open source design: A love story
_@user_197658 Una Kravets (IBM Design) @una
10:40am–11:20am Thursday, 07/23/2015
Craft E146                                                                                                     “When designers and developers work together from the start, it produces better outcomes. But how can we get designers involved and wanting to participate in the open source community from the start? In order to figure out how to fix it, we need to take a look at the barriers for designers (why they don’t participate in open source), and how we can work together to influence change.”

A full schedule for your viewing pleasure is at
If OSCON 2015 doesn’t validate the growing importance of open source,  DevOps, and code culture – then I don’t know what else will. And some of our fellow EMC & Pivotal brothers and sisters will be presenting as they blaze new ground…


Create beautiful dashboards from many sources of data using open technologies
_@user_196137Jonas Rosland (EMC), Kate Greenough (EMC) @jonasrosland
10:40am–11:20am Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Data Portland 252

Microservices with Spring Cloud and Netflix OSS
_@user_123755Spencer Gibb (Pivotal)
9:00am–12:30pm Tuesday, 07/21/2015
Architecture Portland 251

Build your first Internet of Things app today with open source                                        Fred Melo (Pivotal), William Oliveira (Pivotal) @fredmelo_br , @william_markito              9:00am–12:30pm Tuesday, 07/21/2015
Events, Sponsored E142

Scalable graph analysis with Apache Giraph and Spark GraphX
_@user_151691Roman Shaposhnik (Pivotal Inc.)
2:30pm–3:10pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Data Portland 252


So go ahead – tune in on Monday July 20 2015 9am Pacific – and “LEAN IN”


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I’m back!!!…My new passion…Data Scientists, Advanced Analytics, and this BIG DATA thing!

Finally got to watch the movie Moneyball, which I have been meaning to for a while. Have you seen it? If not definitely take some time to watch. It is the story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players. Based on the book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”. The movie gets you pumped up about the potential of analytics and big data. Potentially a good conversation tool when breaking the ice on analytics discussions.