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As much as I have the tendency to think that the battle is over and cloud computing has completely replaced alternative models, the transition of enterprise workflows to the cloud is still in its very early stages. In 2020, it was estimated that only 20% of enterprise workloads were running in cloud data centers, with the bulk of the rest running in on-premises deployments. …


Cloud computing’s advantages over legacy, on-premises deployments are well understood by most modern enterprises. These advantages include the low overhead of hardware maintained by a third party, massive horizontal scalability due to unlimited hardware from a customer point of view, and a billing model in which customers pay only for what they use when they use it.

These advantages and others have driven an increasing share of enterprise workloads to the cloud. As of the end of 2020, enterprise spending on cloud services and infrastructure was 56% more than what was spent on on-premises systems. …


The titles with which employees refer to themselves often reflect changes in the ways companies do business and products are built. For example, the popularity of the job title software engineer over computer programmer shows how coding has evolved from system-level implementations to higher-level design and piecing together of existing modules. As another example, the number of positions titled digital marketer correlates with the share of product advertising that lives solely on the internet.

An even more recent trend, job listings containing the word “revenue” in some form increased by over 300% between 2016 and 2018 (and have presumably grown…


Having worked on data engineering teams at a number of software companies, I’ve had one truth confirmed to me time and time again: data pipelines break. To make this even worse, the multiple hops and data paths in modern pipelines make it difficult to gain system-level visibility. Debugging broken pipelines without data visibility is like being a plumber who has to resolve sewage problems without a single access point to a house’s plumbing system.

Monte Carlo, founded in 2018 and funded by top venture capital firms like Accel, GGV, and Redpoint, builds a data observability solution giving companies this needed…

Sam Crowder

Software engineer @ Rockset. I love writing about new saas products + trends in the data and infrastructure categories.

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