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Why IT Security Is a Top Concern for SMBs | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 14:30
Although security is one of the most talked about topics in the IT channel today, there’s a widespread lack of education and awareness in the workplace. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are welcoming more technology into their everyday environment, but the rapid development of this technology is also accompanied by changes in cybersecurity and Internet threats.

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Digital Performance Management: From Alarm to Resolution | @DevOpsSummit #APM #Agile #DevOps

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 14:15
Application performance problems can be quite challenging to resolve and even more difficult to predict. In my role as Dynatrace Guardian Consultant - leading the implementation of APM best practices with our customers - I've experienced quite a few "head-scratcher" situations. In this blog, I'll relate a recent problem that had most of the IT department scrambling early one Monday morning.

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Five Challenges for a Successful Enterprise DevOps Model | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps #Containers

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 20:15
It’s surprisingly difficult to find a concise proper definition of just what exactly DevOps entails. However, I did come across this quote that seems to do a decent job, “DevOps is a culture, movement or practice that emphasizes the collaboration and communication of both software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes.”

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How Will Consumers Benefit from Connected Cars? | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 18:45
After Internet of Things (IoT), Connected Cars is the most used buzzword in the industry. From automobile manufacturers to software vendors to telecom operators to consumer electronic companies, everyone is excited about the connected vehicle phenomenon. With the power of 20 modern PCs, contemporary cars pack more punch than any another computing device. They contain more

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Capacity Matters (Perhaps More Than You Think) | @DevOps #APM #DevOps #WebPerf

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 14:45
A very wise man in a movie once put it, “It’s good for a man to know his limitations.” When it comes to a computer system, it’s essential. Understanding your capacity is a healthy part of running a business. Any business must understand what it needs in terms of its personnel (and the resources to support those personnel) to support and sustain itself. A technology business must take this understanding further in terms of its networking, hardware, and software infrastructure.

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Cloud Wars: Two Years Later | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 14:15
A little over two years ago, I wrote about the ongoing cloud wars with all of the 800lb gorillas in the room jockeying for position. At the time, IBM and Amazon were having what equated to a public cage match battle over a cloud contract with the CIA (IBM Steps back from CIA deal) as well as various ad blitzes, including IBM running ads on buses in Las Vegas during Amazon’s premier re:Invent conference. Meanwhile, Gartner released their magic quadrant report on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), describing the market as still evolving and maturing. They placed Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure both high in the Leaders quadrant, with Amazon dominating the space. Gartner had many vendors in the Visionary quadrant (including IBM, Verizon, and Google), with most others (HP) relegated to the Niche Players quadrant.

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How API Virtualization Enables Smarter Development | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Virtualization

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 13:45
While API virtualization is already over a decade old, many developers, testers, and decision-makers still misunderstand it. Virtual APIs create an environment that teams can use to mimic the characteristics of the production environment and create simulated responses from all APIs the application relies on. API virtualization is a single technique that pays off in several distinct roles. Let's take a look at a few examples to help illustrate the benefits attached to virtual APIs.

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Why DevOps Transformation Produces Happiness | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps #ContinuousDelivery

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 13:00
"It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory." – W. Edwards Deming. How often do we see this quote used in DevOps blogs without a hint of irony? It’s as if we need to instantly complete generations of evolution to stave off extinction, like trying to grow an extra lung overnight. DevOps or Die!!! So this is it – the dreaded DevOps transformation looms large. The department will be ‘shaken up’, practices will be ‘turned on their head’, and staff will be ‘taken out of their comfort zone’. It’s sink or swim: The extinct will be carried out on stretchers, to graveyards in which Ops and Dev are siloed for eternity.

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Enabling Agile Analytics | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #BigData #ContinuousDelivery

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 18:45
In today’s digital economy, companies are faced with a fast data challenge as well as a Big Data one. As a result they are under pressure to adapt their analytics processes and data flows at pace to move beyond traditional data warehouse silos. Big Data projects are either too big or too complex to handle the traditional way. That’s why most projects by companies at the start of their Big Data initiative have no process at all. Waterfall approaches are notably inefficient as you probably won’t have access to proper staging environment and only limited time and scale for qualification.

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Cloud, Big Data and Analytics Bring New Levels of Productivity | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #DigitalTransformation

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 18:30
The convergence of cloud, mobility, and Big Data analytics has prompted companies to innovate and produce new levels of award-winning productivity. To learn how these trend-setters create innovation value, we're joined by some finalists from the Citrix Synergy 2016 Innovation Awards Program: Olaf Romer, Head of Corporate IT and group CIO at Bâloise in Basel, Switzerland; Alan Crawford, CIO of Action for Children in London, and Craig Patterson, CEO of Patterson and Associates in San Antonio, Texas. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

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Angular 2: Guarding Routes | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Angular2

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 16:30
In this blog I’ll show you how to guard routes in Angular 2 Router (currently at 3.0.0-beta.2). Let’s consider some scenarios that require a certain validation to be performed to decide if the user (or a program) is allowed to navigate to or leave the route: Allowed to open the route only if the user is authenticated and authorized to do so. Implement a multi-part form that consists of several components, and the user is allowed to navigate to the next form section only if the data entered in the current one is valid.

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Real-Time Collaboration Makes Cloud Services Essential | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 14:30
The enterprise is enjoying a period of rapid technological innovation driven by real-time collaboration on a grand scale. New tools have brought the ability to work from anywhere, on any device, and at any time. Centralized offices and individually assigned desks are giving way to a distributed, mobile workforce. Digital workspaces offer enormous benefits for the enterprise and for workers, but there are also challenges ahead.

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Big Data Is About Getting Small | @BigDataExpo #IoT #IoE #M2M #API #BigData

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 13:30
Okay, okay, that seems like an odd thing to say. But at a recent keynote, that came out of my mouth. But that’s a confusing statement, so let me share the entirety of what I said: Big Data is about getting small; it’s about getting down to the level of the individual. Sometimes the Big Data conversation gets too fixated on the “big” part of the conversation: Is my data big enough? Is my company big enough? Is my analytics team big enough?

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Digital Transformation - The Dark Side | @CloudExpo #IoT #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 21:30
Conjecture, an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information. All digital transformation initiatives introduce new problems, software bugs, guaranteed network vulnerabilities, new competitors; new business challenges and new stresses. The elimination of all negative consequences and vulnerabilities are impossible, so our focus should be on limiting and containing it, not eliminating it.

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Big Data Dilemma: Save Money vs Make Money | @BigDataExpo #IoT #BigData #Analytics

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 19:45
My friend Dan sent me this press release (since he knows that I like all things “Data Analytics” related). In the press release, “Boeing Announces Data Analytics Agreements with Six Airlines,” Boeing announces that they are providing advanced analytic solutions to several airline customers including: All Nippon Airways (ANA) signed a renewal contract for Airplane Health Management (AHM) on its entire future fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft. ANA uses AHM tools to monitor their aircraft in real time and proactively manage maintenance operations more efficiently.

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Part 2: Some Server Storage I/O Workload Scripts and Results | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Storage #DataCenter

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 17:00
This is the second in a two part series of posts pertaining to using some common server storage I/O benchmark tools and workload scripts. View part I here which includes overview, background and information about the tools used and related topics.

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The Periodic Table of DevOps Tools v.2 | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps #Containers

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 16:45
You’ve submitted your favorite tools, you’ve voted on what’s Hot or Not, and finally the wait is over. Today XebiaLabs launched the second version of The Periodic Table of DevOps Tools. Since the launch of The Periodic Table of DevOps v.1 in July of 2015, the table has taken the IT world by storm. Organizing the DevOps tooling landscape had been a major pain point for anyone in the IT industry. The Periodic Table of DevOps Tools has not only alleviated this problem but has become an industry standard as a reference tool for all IT professionals. Over the past six months our team has been working diligently on updating the look and feel of the table, not to mention a cornucopia of new features.

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Private Practice: Encryption Exposed | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security #Encryption

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 14:30
In September 2014, Apple made encryption default with the introduction of the iPhone 6. Then, in February 2016, a Los Angeles judge issued an order to Apple to help break into the encrypted iPhone belonging to a terrorist involved in a mass shooting. Apple had used some of the strongest encryption technologies and practices to protect its users and their data. The encryption technology did not discriminate between lawful and unlawful users. While there were many sides to this issue, it surfaced many important debates on security, privacy, and civil rights.

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Big Data and IoT Combine to Provide Educational Benefits | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 14:15
Purdue University has created a strategic IT environment to support dynamic workload requirements. The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer IT infrastructure thought leadership case study explores how Purdue University has created a strategic IT environment to support dynamic workload requirements. We'll now hear how Purdue extended a research and development IT support infrastructure to provide a common and "operational credibility" approach to support myriad types of compute demands by end users and departments.

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The Importance of Licensing | @DevOpsSummit #Cloud #DevOps #ContinuousDelivery

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 13:45
We’re all aware that dev/test != production environments. While the software stacks upon which applications are deployed may be (and hopefully are) the same, there still remains a whole lot of “infrastructure” (that’s everything else) that isn’t the same. Routers, switches, security devices, load balancers, caches, and other devices dedicated to ensuring the secure delivery of applications to hungry consumer and corporate users simply don’t exist in the dev/test environment. That’s particularly true as organizations continue to view “the cloud” as its ideal dev/test environment while continuing to insist that production remain firmly rooted on-premises.

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