This needs wider distribution. This graduate speaks eloquently of the struggle that is public schools in our communities. He is speaking of New Haven CT, but can easily apply to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; though they won’t admit it.
When we were young, we were taught that we were “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Our country taught us that no matter our income or race, we would all have the same chance to achieve our dreams. We were taught that there would never be a bias against a certain group of people, and that society believes in each and every one of us. These lessons of equality were taught as self-evident. These lessons of equality have and continue to be a lie.
The reality is that despite the fact that we recite the words “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” it has been 50 years…
I recently read a post by Larry Cuban about the difficulty of “scaling up successful reforms,” and I was reminded how much I dislike the application of industrial terminology to schooling. Larry offers some examples of successful efforts to “scale up,” but I question the effort itself.
While it is possible for schools to adopt and adapt a program or a practice that has worked out for others, the very idea of reproducing cookie-cutter schools designed to get high test scores invalidates the professional wisdom of educators. You can stamp out cars and tools with the right equipment, but you can’t reproduce good schools via mechanical processes.
People who work in business, industry, finance, or the tech sector like to speak of “scaling up,” of “innovation,” of “best practices,” and of “replication,” which they know how to do.
They are frustrated that success in one school is not easily packaged…
I am intrigued by the Alexa service. It competes with Cortana from Microsoft, Siri from Apple, Assistant from Google, and even Bixby from Samsung, but is so far ahead of them right now. Akin to Amazon Web Services in relation to Azure, Google Cloud, and the rest.
As in the cloud game where Azure is a real player and Google currently distant, expect Google to catch up in AI. They have so many advantages that can overcome not being a first mover.
The company has access to massive buckets of contextual search data.
The Google developer community is robust.
Google has made investments in AI companies that will drive the development of Google Assistant.
The Amazon Echo is an incredible product, but what makes it so great? Could its core competency be relocated to more practical vessels?
UPDATE June 29: The deal is official. No information was given on whether the company would remain platform agnostic.
Earlier this month, Microsoft’s EVP of business development Peggy Johnson explained in an interview with Fortune that the company wouldn’t slow down on acquisitions this year. Indeed, Microsoft is very much interested in small companies that can “fill a gap we have,” explained Johnson, and it seems that Redmond has just found a small startup that could help it improve its cloud business in the near future
According to a report from Israeli business publication Calcalist, Microsoft is planning to acquire Cloudyn, a Tel Aviv-based cloud monitoring startup in a deal evaluated between $50–70 million (via Techcrunch). Cloudyn would be an interesting acquisition for Microsoft, as the Israeli startup developed an expertise in optimizing hybrid cloud environments, supporting Microsoft Azure and other leading cloud platforms such as AWS. More importantly, the company already counts some pretty big clients including Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Ticketmaster.
Interestingly, Cloudyn also announced last month its support for Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs), which are select integrators that manage and monitor Azure deployments for their clients. “Cloudyn equips Azure users with crucial cloud usage and cost optimization services that identify performance and efficiency issues in order to manage their cloud investments and realize their full cloud potential,” explained the company in the press release. It remains to be seen if Cloudyn, which remains platform agnostic as of today, could be used by Microsoft to push Azure as a more efficient cloud platform compared to its competitors.
Microsoft declined to comment the acquisitions rumors, but we’ll let you know if we learn more about it in the coming weeks. Let us know in the comments if you think it makes sense for Microsoft to acquire a cloud monitoring company like Cloudyn. I took the author up on that offer.