1 December

5 Things I’d Make Alexa Do For Me At Work

Amazon announced Alexa at work this week, an effort to put Amazon Echo devices in offices. Here’s how much better work life could be with the dulcet toned assistant. Take a meeting. Why am I on all these conference calls? Alexa can take conference calls on my behalf. She’s friendlier and can call upon stores […]

14 November

2H 2017 Client Coverage

At Owen Media, we’re fortunate to work with some of the most influential technology companies in the world. Our media relations efforts focus on developing and telling stories that resonate with editors from print and Web-based outlets, across to television broadcast producers. Here is a list of articles we’ve secured for our clients since the […]

14 November

Cray – Microsoft Partnership Puts Supercomputing in the Cloud

Cray announced a partnership with Microsoft in October 2017 to allow customers to put Cray Supercomputers in Azure data centers. The announcement and interviews secured more than 55 articles. October 31, 2017 / Storage Newsletter: Cray and Microsoft Bring HPC to Azure October 27, 2017 / HPCwire: Amazon Web Services Beats Cloud Rivals with First […]

22 October

Why Are Software Developers So Damn Slow?

Why do software developers get paid so much yet work so slowly? The global software market is $500 billion and growing by about 5% per year. But there are only 18 million software developers worldwide and universities cannot mint computer science grads fast enough. That’s why software costs and developer salaries march inexorably higher. The […]

11 October

HQ2 Winners and Losers

HQ2 applications are due October 19. Cities are falling over themselves to woo Amazon, but everyone will win this contest. Amazon is giving North America a crash course on the making of a digital enterprise and it couldn’t come soon enough. In mid-August, before HQ2 was announced, I was in St. Louis where employment, any […]

3 October

Keep Seattle Open

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South Lake Union monthly parking is pushing $400 per month. Seattle street spots are so scarce that Car2Go and Reach Now reserve drop off spots for customers. Parking scarcity prohibits a lot of people from visiting Seattle, even those who live here. No one benefits from a monocultural city of wealthy people. European cultural capitals […]

28 September

Angry Mob Drops Pitchforks, Hugs Uber

There’s a lot of cloud hate speech going around. Job destroyer. Monopolist. Election meddler. Before we burn the data centers to the ground, let’s praise the cloud for what it is. Cloud computing is the underpinning of the free economy. Does anyone remember Hotmail? It was the first free email service offered independently of an […]

18 September

An Emmy Award for Journalism

Do you remember TV in 2007? Reality shows dominated the schedule. But viewer disenchantment with American Idol combined with new offerings helped reshape scripted entertainment. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video proved a new model was possible. The same model may be playing out for journalism now. Netflix piled up 91 nominations at the 2017 […]

11 September

Amazon Wants an Open Marriage

Amazon delivered a surprise punch to Seattle last week. It was as if an attractive, wealthy spouse asked for an open marriage. A shocker. Kind of like when Boeing moved its HQ to Chicago in 2001. Some say the company is responding to civic leaders who pile Seattle’s woes on Amazon (traffic, housing costs, homelessness). […]

5 September

Tennis Underdog Wins Sponsorship

Roger Federer is sponsored by Rolex, Nike and other brands for about $71 million per year. Serena Williams’ sponsorships from Nike and other brands make her the highest paid female athlete in the world. But there is a subcategory of tennis player who gets sponsorship at the last possible moment. While it might only be […]