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
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

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Pop-up factory

May 29 2015

Attend O’Reilly’s Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid, O’Reilly’s conference exploring how the collision of software and hardware is fueling the creation of a software-enhanced, networked physical world, will feature a radical demonstration: a live, pop-up electronics factory. … read more

Happy Birthday To Me: Reviews of Some Toys I’ve Recently Gotten

May 29 2015

My birthday was in April, so in the "Happy Birthday To Me" spirit, I'll consider anything interesting I've acquired in the last few months a birthday present to myself. Much of it is related to cycling, which I've been getting into. Anyway, here are some mini reviews on some of… read more

Pop-up factory

May 29 2015

Attend O’Reilly’s Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid, O’Reilly’s conference exploring how the collision of software and hardware is fueling the creation of a software-enhanced, networked physical world, will feature a radical demonstration: a live, pop-up electronics factory. … read more

Signals from the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Santa Clara

May 29 2015

People from across the Web operations and performance worlds are coming together this week for the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Santa Clara. Below, we’ve assembled notable keynotes, interviews, and insights from the event. Think like a villain Laura Bell … read more

Designers as data scientists

May 29 2015

Download a free copy of “The New Design Fundamentals” ebook, a curated collection of chapters from our Design library. Note: this post is an excerpt from “Designing with Data,” by Rochelle King and Elizabeth F. Churchill, which is included in … read more

Signals from the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Santa Clara

May 29 2015

People from across the Web operations and performance worlds are coming together this week for the 2015 O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Santa Clara. Below, we’ve assembled notable keynotes, interviews, and insights from the event. Think like a villain Laura Bell … read more

Designers as data scientists

May 29 2015

Download a free copy of “The New Design Fundamentals” ebook, a curated collection of chapters from our Design library. Note: this post is an excerpt from “Designing with Data,” by Rochelle King and Elizabeth F. Churchill, which is included in … read more

Ask the Readers: What expense do you most want to dump?

May 29 2015

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Is there a bill you pay that you absolutely detest? Occasionally, I’ll get an attitude about paying one bill or another. (Ha! Paying taxes on April 15 is one bill that comes to mind immediately, for example.) I recognize that there is a… read more

9.3 trillion reasons fintech could change the developing world

May 29 2015

Request an invitation to Next:Money, O’Reilly’s conference focused on the fundamental transformation taking place in the finance industry. A relatively commonplace occurrence — credit card fraud — made me reconsider the long-term impact of financial technology outside the Western world. … read more

9.3 trillion reasons fintech could change the developing world

May 29 2015

Request an invitation to Next:Money, O’Reilly’s conference focused on the fundamental transformation taking place in the finance industry. A relatively commonplace occurrence — credit card fraud — made me reconsider the long-term impact of financial technology outside the Western world. … 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

At Interconnect: On mobile, enterprise data moats and why developer events matter.

February 19 2015

Tweet It’s Interconnect next week, the first outing for IBM’s new conference consolidating its Cloud, Mobile, DevOps and Security businesses. It will be good to find out more about the recent reorganisation at the company, and to catch up with clients. Is IBM really all in for cloud? I should… 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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