RedMonk’s James Governor says he’s not a full-fledged data nerd, but he is data curious. “I like the stories that data can tell us, and we can tell with it,” he says, “but I am not a rocket scientist.” So when Governor takes the stage to deliver his keynote address at our FutureStack 16 Tour: London event next week, he will draw connections between RedMonk’s view of the technology world and New Relic’s data analytics mission. “New Relic reflects many of the core RedMonk tenets,” Governor maintains, “namely developer-led adoption, cloud first, and the value of data.”

Founded in 2002, RedMonk describes itself as “the first and only developer-focused industry analyst firm.” London-based Governor—analyst and co­founder at RedMonk—advises enterprises and startups on developer­led adoption, community, and technology strategy.

Move fast and fix things

His talk will focus on the changing nature of business as it becomes ever more digital, underlying technical trends, and how monitoring fits into that. As Governor puts it: “Monitoring is the new QA.” Testing shifts left and becomes part of the development process. “The new thinking,” he explains, “is to deploy services early and then remediate, change, and adapt them through rapid iterations.

james governor, FutureStack London speakerServices are now expected to be disposable—driving componentization, for example, in microservices.

Data, obviously, is a big part of that approach. Companies need to be collecting all kinds of data, he says. “Not just infrastructure, but all the things that give you info about the customer experience.” The bottom line? “Fork all the things—everything can and should be A/B tested.”

Also on Governor’s mind is what he calls “the Docker Pattern.” Specifically, how the inexorable rise of container technology will “reshape how operations and IT work.” The need to get digital services to market faster is driving Docker to become an industry standard production platform.

Then there’s RedMonk’s balanced perspective on the role of cloud computing. “We don’t expect everything to go to cloud,” Governor says. “There will always be on-premise” components to enterprise infrastructure. “‘Hybrid’ is not a great word,” he admits, “but the thing itself is true.”

Big business benefits

Governor will look to bridge business and technical trends, looking at opportunities and threats. The rate of change alone will have a big impact, he predicts. Riffing on Facebook’s famous motto, “Move fast and break things is fine,” he says, “but you need to be fast in fixing them, too.”

Finally, when asked what he’s most looking forward to about working with New Relic at FutureStack, he responded, “The telemetry data it has about the choices software developers are making. Maybe I am a data nerd after all!”


FutureStack 16 Tour: London

The event will be held 5 July, 2016, at 155 Bishopsgate, London. For the full agenda—and to register—go to And follow us on Twitter @NewRelic #FS16UK.


Note: Event dates, participants, and topics are subject to change without notice. Tower Bridge image courtesy of'

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