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The Hoot - Episode 21 - Adrian Colyer, Accel Venture Partner and Morten Gram, Humio EVP

A technical discussion with the author of The Morning Paper

April 2nd, 2020

Adrian Colyer, Accel Venture Partner, Humio board observer, and author of The Morning Paper joins Morten Gram, Humio EVP and John to talk tech.

Listen to the podcast: The Hoot - Episode 21 - Adrian Colyer, Accel Venture Partner and Morten Gram, Humio EVP

Adrian and Morten begin the conversation by discussing the role Accel has played in fueling Humio’s growth, and Adrian has contributed as board observer and technical advisor.

Adrian talks about his popular online publication, The Morning Paper, where he publishes a summary of up to five different computer science academic papers a week. He talks about the inspiration behind the site, and how he’s kept it going for more than five years. He discusses a few recent entries, including Narrowing the gap between serverless and its state with storage functions. Subscribe to The Morning Paper through email, or grab the RSS feed.

Adrian shares his thoughts on how technology is helping companies deliver faster and compete more effectively by using technology. He talks about analyzing value streams, reducing time to value, and doing things in parallel. He describes how this is being accomplished through things like cloud-native architecture, GitOps state deployment models, software-defined-everything, and machine learning transitioning into the inside of enterprise applications.

Adrian and Morten discuss how Humio helps to understand complex systems with a huge number of moving parts and a dramatically increasing volume of logs, with speed and velocity that is stressing traditional logging systems.

“Continuous change is the new norm. There’s a whole discipline of thinking about complex systems that goes under the name cynefin. It talks about the different ways we have to manage different kinds of systems and how we manage complexity. … In a truly complex domain where many of these cloud-based systems we are building live — exemplified by lots of emergent behavior — the way you interact changes.

“You need to be able to log everything to understand all these fast-moving parts to understand emergent behaviors that you didn’t foresee. That’s one of Humio’s core strengths.”

Adrian Colyer, Accel

Morten describes how Humio helps in such environments.

“Companies need to make decisions in real time, not based on information that was in the past. Being able to combine machine data with application data — with all types of data within an organization — analyze it in real time, and ask anything into that big pool of data is a key trend that we’ll see going forward.”

Morten Gram, Humio

They wrap up the conversation with Adrian offering advice to companies like Humio.

Listen to the podcast and come away inspired, informed, and feeling a little smarter.

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