James Governor

James Governor

James Governor is Principal Analyst and founder of RedMonk. He leads coverage in the enterprise applications space, assisting clients with application development, integration middleware and systems management issues, as they relate to operational and business process optimization.

Before RedMonk he spent three years at Illuminata, Inc., where he led both the Application Strategies and Enterprise Management practices at the firm. He worked with both vendor clients, to establish product development and marketing strategies, and as an advisor on IT strategy to user organizations and service providers. James managed other analysts at the firm to ensure timely delivery of reports and custom research projects.

He joined Illuminata from InformationWeek UK, where he was deputy managing editor.

Before InformationWeek he worked at Computing, the UK's leading enterprise title. As a reporter he specialized in systems management, application middleware, and legacy operating environments, working closely with IT managers and vendors to identify and break exclusive news stories.

James has been an IBM and Microsoft corporate watcher for 8 years. He's regularly quoted in US and European press, and has served as an industry expert for television and radio segments with media outlets like the BBC.

Web 2.0 Architectures Web 2.0 Architectures
by James Governor, Dion Hinchcliffe, Duane Nickull
May 2009
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How Shazam predicts pop hits

May 22 2015

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week’s Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O’Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. … read more

How Shazam predicts pop hits

May 22 2015

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week’s Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O’Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. … read more

Photo-Development Challenge Results #2: Statues

May 22 2015

It's been three months to the day since I posted "Photo-Development Challenge: Inspire Me and Others With Your Artistic Interpretation", and I'm mortified that it's only the second set of results that I'm finally getting around to sharing (the first having been "Hillside Temple Buildings" 2½ months ago). In retrospect,… read more

Ask the Readers: Will higher interest rates make you save more money?

May 22 2015

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Interest rates are expected to rise later in 2015. What will you do with this information? You could make the case that you haven’t missed much if you didn’t keep your money in a savings account over the last few years. But still,… read more

Four short links: 22 May 2015

May 22 2015

GM: That Car You Bought, We’re Really the Ones Who Own It — GM’s claim is all about copyright and software code, and it’s the same claim John Deere is making about their tractors. The TL;DR version of the argument … read more

Four short links: 22 May 2015

May 22 2015

GM: That Car You Bought, We’re Really the Ones Who Own It — GM’s claim is all about copyright and software code, and it’s the same claim John Deere is making about their tractors. The TL;DR version of the argument … read more

A “have-coffee” culture

May 21 2015

Download a free copy of Building an Optimized Business, a curated collection of chapters from the O’Reilly Web Operations and Performance library. This post is an excerpt by J. Paul Reed from DevOps in Practice, one of the selections included … read more

A “have-coffee” culture

May 21 2015

Download a free copy of Building an Optimized Business, a curated collection of chapters from the O’Reilly Web Operations and Performance library. This post is an excerpt by J. Paul Reed from DevOps in Practice, one of the selections included … read more

20 Dos and Don’ts about Presenting at Developer Events

May 20 2015

Tweet from James Governor A couple of months back I presented at IBM Interconnect about developer events and why they’re increasingly important. IBM is a client and paid my travel etc. Some of the reasoning is fairly obvious. Twilio for example, is now adding $1m in annual recurring revenue every seven… read more

Microsoft Build 2015 and the Dancing Elephant

May 15 2015

Tweet felt like pretty much every announcement at #build2015 was aimed at removing a barrier to entry for developers. well done microsoft. — James Governor (@monkchips) May 3, 2015 At Build 2015 Microsoft finally sloughed off many of the shackles of its own making and renewed its relevance to the… read more

We are hiring

April 02 2015

Tweet In case you haven’t already seen the post from my business partner Stephen I just wanted to let you know that some changes are afoot at RedMonk, to wit Donnie Berkholz is leaving the firm. We are sad to see him go. He has made a material contribution to… read more

Webcast: Grid 2.0
February 19, 2009
With the coming energy crunch set to dwarf the credit crunch Smart Grids are quickly becoming a really hot topic--why is that? Just how do Smart Grids help solve energy issues and what can we do with the masses of data which these Smart Grids will generate...

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