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CNCF Purchases RethinkDB Source Code and Contributes It to The Linux Foundation Under the Apache License

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 19:55
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has purchased the source code to the RethinkDB database, relicensed the code under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (ASLv2) and contributed it to The Linux Foundation. RethinkDBTM is an open source, NoS ...
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Redis Labs Releases Redis Enterprise

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 19:26
Redis Labs, the home of Redis, introduced Redis(e), or Redis Enterprise. Redis(e) is the technology that underpins Redis Labs' entire platform, products and services portfolio and simplifies how enterprises deploy Redis in any environment. Wi ...
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Progress Makes Popular UI Library for Windows Application Development Open Source, Joining .NET Foundation

Progress Software News - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 18:27
Progress Makes Popular UI Library for Windows Application Development Open Source, Joining .NET Foundation
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Outsourcing Inc. Standardizes on Oracle Identity Cloud Service

Oracle Database News - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 14:00
Press Release Outsourcing Inc. Standardizes on Oracle Identity Cloud Service Selects solution that enhances security while not compromising on ease-of-use

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Feb 8, 2017

Oracle today announced that Outsourcing Inc., the leading outsourcing services for manufacturing companies, selected Oracle Identity Cloud Service, a next-generation security and identity management cloud platform that is designed to be an integral part of the enterprise security fabric.

Outsourcing is experiencing rapid growth to address the changes of its customer-base. Its sales for the period ending December 31, 2015 reached a record high 80.8 billion Yen, and it has grown by 36 percent year-after-year. Currently, the company focuses on key industries such as IT, construction, and healthcare. It has invested 43 billion Yen in mergers and acquisitions and has 31 subsidiaries in Japan and 54 subsidiaries worldwide.

In order to provide a solution to its expanding global work force, Outsourcing required a technology solution that would provide best-in-class security for employees without compromising user–experience.  Additionally, the company needed a solution that could work across multiple cloud services and on-premises applications used by the group’s companies in Japan and overseas. Outsourcing needed a solution that would integrate with Oracle's Documents Cloud Service so it could promptly operate with Oracle’s SaaS applications, applications built on the Oracle Cloud Platform, and third-party cloud services.

Oracle Identity Cloud will provide Outsourcing’s employees with Single Sign-on authentication that will allow them to access documents via the Oracle Documents Cloud tool. This will improve user experience and streamline operational management and enhance security. It will also build the technical foundation and operation of user ID management and authentication in the cloud. Outsourcing also plans to develop a collaboration with custom applications running on Oracle’s IaaS and PaaS and to establish a common ID and access management platform within group companies while sequentially deploying it to Oracle’s SaaS applications and third-party service.

"Outsourcing needed to establish an agile, secure system environment because of its expanding business through mergers & acquisitions (M&A), diversifying target industries, and growing domestic and overseas networks,” said Kinji Manabe, General Manager in Business Management Department, Outsourcing, Inc. “Oracle has a proven record of providing the best-in-class management solutions, and we are convinced that the Oracle Identity Cloud will be the foundation for the future growth of Outsourcing."

Contact Info Sarah Fraser
Oracle
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sarah.fraser@oracle.com Norihito Yachita
Oracle Japan
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norihito.yachita@oracle.com About Oracle

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Progress Announces ProgressNEXT 2017 Partner Conference

Progress Software News - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:00
Progress Announces ProgressNEXT 2017 Partner Conference
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Complete the Team: Why You Need to Empower Testers

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:56

It’s all about that team, ‘bout that team, not individual…. With apologies to Meghan Trainor (It’s All About That Bass), that team is what everyone is talking about when it comes to effective agile software development and DevOps. More and more companies are realizing that having the developers, the product owner, and the testers all working together at the beginning of a development cycle pays dividends.

A Different Approach

This is especially important in a shift-left mentality where testing is done early and often. Everyone on the team shares an understanding of the requirements. Everyone understands the tests that are needed. And there is a consensus about whether a feature was specified sufficiently. The result is that there are efficiencies in development. Development interruptions are eliminated. Delays, lost effort, lack of velocity and timely feedback, and unwarranted assumptions that give us results we don’t want become a thing of the past.

Wait a minute! How is that approach different from the way software was developed in the past? There was a team. It had developers who provided the technical solutions and fixed defects. It had product owners who provided the requirements. And it had testers who made sure that everything worked.

That’s true. But they didn’t always work together efficiently. Sure, developers could get their questions answered by engaging the product owner directly. When it was time for testing, the testers could get information they needed from the developers and/or product owner. However, many times, choices or decisions were made with only two parts of the project team, usually between just the developers and the product owner. The testers found themselves on the outside looking in. Inefficiency, reworking and missed deadlines were built in. Not much of a team.

Don’t Forget the Testers

To have an effective team, ALL parties – the three Amigos: developer, product owner AND tester – must be invited to contribute from the beginning. Why? Because each brings with them their own, many times different, viewpoints on almost anything you’re planning to build. The product owner thinks about what the business hopes to accomplish by building it. The developer is concerned about the details needed to implement it, e.g. what information is needed when and which technologies are needed to accomplish the goals. The tester thinks about what might go wrong, either within the system under test or in the external context upon which it depends. Sometimes these three viewpoints are enough, but sometimes others are also needed. The big change here, though, is inviting the testers.

Yes, it all starts by empowering testers and instilling a “whole team” view of quality. Including testers early on in the development process is quite a change from the approach that many companies took (and some that still do) when it came to testing and testers: “When the developers are done, we’ll let you in on what they were doing and let you test. And don’t miss anything!”

The Psychology of the Tester

Okay, so it’s really important to include testers early on. What do they bring to the table? I’ve been asked that question many times. Part of it is the way that their brain is wired. They are naturally curious, naturally analytical, and critical thinkers. It also helps to have a thick skin.

That’s all nice, but how can somebody with all those personality traits influence a project? Testers can work closely with both developers and business representatives to ensure that the desired quality levels are achieved. They can use those traits when supporting and collaborating with business representatives to help them create suitable acceptance tests, defining what done is, working with developers to agree on the testing strategy, and deciding on test automation approaches. Testers can thus transfer and extend testing knowledge to other team members, thereby influencing the development of the product. Everybody benefits.

If you’re considering making the change to the whole-team view in agile product development, don’t worry about the testers. They’re a tough bunch. In almost all cases, over time the old-style attitude that testers should just be along for the ride fades. The rest of the team eventually develops a newfound respect for testers. One that helps to foster growth, efficiency, and effectiveness, and along the way enhance the project’s and team’s – there’s that word again – chances for success and your ability to deliver value to your customers.

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Inflectra Partnering with Agile Champions to Spur Global Agile Adoption

Inflectra News - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 01:00

We are pleased to announce that Inflectra is partnering with Agile Training Champions to bring training on agile methods and processes to the global Inflectra community. Agile Training Champions specializes in delivering practice oriented training in the areas of Agile methodologies and project management based on an unique model.

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XebiaLabs Introduces Release as Code for Dual-Mode Enterprise DevOps

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 18:50
XebiaLabs announced new “code-centric” capabilities in the latest version of its enterprise DevOps platform, version 6.1. These features empower developers to more easily manage software delivery pipelines using the method they know b ...
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Progress Telerik DevCraft Released

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 18:42
Progress has announced the latest release of the Progress Telerik DevCraft suite, the most complete UI toolbox for web, mobile and desktop development. New capabilities support the latest programming frameworks and IDEs, including Angular, Visual ...
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Rocket Software Announces Git Version Control Tools for IBM z/OS

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 18:30
Rocket Software has announced the general availability of Git for IBM z/OS. Git for z/OS is part of Rocket's Open Source Languages and Tools portfolio, which includes more than 30 ported versions of popular development tools and programming l ...
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MapR Enhances Data Integration for Agile Analytics

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 18:22
MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry's only Converged Data Platform, has announced availability of a new MapR Connector for Teradata, a leading analytics solutions company. This provides high speed, parallel connections from Tera ...
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NeuVector Launches New Approach to Continuous Docker Container Security

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 18:18
NeuVector has announced the launch and immediate availability of a new approach to securing Docker containers. With constant behavioral learning automatically applied to security policies for containers, NeuVector secures containers where they ha ...
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Sencha Test 2.0 Allows to Deliver High-Quality Web Apps

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 17:33
Sencha has announced the release of Sencha Test 2.0, the most comprehensive unit and end-to-end functional testing solution for Ext JS apps. In addition, Sencha released its Web Application Testing Maturity Model, specifically designed to guide o ...
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NuoDB Expands Community Edition to Support Elastic Scale-Out

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 17:22
As organizations increasingly adopt cloud applications for standard business operations, developers of new cloud applications have struggled to find a database built for today's cloud-centric environment -- typically having to sacrifice elast ...
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Utilities Regulators See Value in the Cloud and Cloud Technology Investments as Critical to Utilities’ Success

Oracle Database News - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 17:00
Press Release Utilities Regulators See Value in the Cloud and Cloud Technology Investments as Critical to Utilities’ Success Oracle Utilities study highlights U.S. regulators’ support and strategies for cloud technology use by utilities

DistribuTECH, San Diego, Calif.—Feb 1, 2017

Today Oracle Utilities announced the findings of its new U.S. regulators cloud study “Clearing a Path to the Cloud: U.S. Regulator Perspectives on Cloud Technologies”, highlighting that 83 percent of U.S. utilities regulators surveyed believe the cloud to be an important technology trend and 67 percent agree that the cloud will be critical to utilities’ future success. The new study is a follow on to Oracle’s 2016 utilities study “On Cloud Now”.

According to the findings, regulators are focused on the cloud: 33 percent already have a specific and comprehensive strategy for cloud and 69 percent either have, or will have, a team that focuses on understanding the role of cloud technologies in utilities. 

“The findings from last year’s utilities study and this year’s regulator study point to a significant paradigm shift, as both parties recognize the value of cloud technologies and the important roles they will play in utilities’ processes and operations,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities. 

With the rise of distributed energy resources, a more customer-centric grid, and the need for improved customer engagement, there are many ways utilities can implement cloud technologies in their businesses. Nearly 50 percent of regulators surveyed listed meter data management as one of the top three areas in which utilities can deploy cloud in their organizations, with big data analytics at 41 percent and distribution automation at 36 percent.

The adoption of cloud is, in part, being shaped by regulators, making it important to understand their perspective on what role they see themselves playing. Nearly 80 percent – almost 4 out of 5 – believe that they should play at least some role in determining whether or not utilities use cloud technologies. They also indicated that they have the tools to effectively regulate the use of cloud. Significantly, the study highlighted that two thirds of regulators surveyed want to treat cloud investment as a capital expense.

“The results of this study show that for utilities who are creating a strategy for how they can leverage the cloud in their business, alignment with regulators will be a key component, as they continue to be influential in the bigger cloud adoption picture,” Smith said.

Conducted by research firm Zpryme on behalf of Oracle Utilities, the Oracle Utilities “Regulatory Perspectives on Cloud Technologies” study surveyed 76 U.S. regulatory staff and commissioners about their cloud perspectives.

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Contact Info Valerie Beaudett
Oracle Corporation
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valerie.beaudett@oracle.com Christina McDonald
Burson-Marsteller
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Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

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Oracle Utilities Unveils Network Management Platform of the Future

Oracle Database News - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 17:00
Press Release Oracle Utilities Unveils Network Management Platform of the Future Oracle Utilities Network Management System 2.3 supports transition to a customer-centric grid

DistribuTECH, San Diego, Calif.—Feb 1, 2017

Oracle today introduced Oracle Utilities Network Management System 2.3, an expanded network management platform that enables utilities to make the transition to a customer-centric grid by giving operators real-time visibility across all grid and pipeline assets and eliminating the complexities of siloed data and applications.

Utilities are facing major shifts in their operations caused by a rapid increase in distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar PVs, storage systems, electric vehicles and connected home devices, as well as continuing issues with aging water and gas pipelines.

These new energy sources and increased monitoring of aging pipelines are creating even more data silos than ever before, making a seamless transition to a customer-centric grid extremely challenging.

Oracle Utilities Network Management System 2.3 now enables utilities to aggregate data from various network assets into a single interface with more detailed visibility into network operations. For the first time, utilities have network asset data—two-way distributed energy resource (DER) data, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) data, distribution management system (DMS) data and outage management system (OMS) data—all in a single interface for more meaningful analysis and decision making.

The enhanced system gives utility operators the visibility they need to respond to changing network conditions—whether that’s a flurry of new electric vehicles in a neighborhood and the need to resize transformers, or responding faster during a large storm outage or gas leak.   

New features include a modern user interface, consistent across all applications. The mobile interface enables grid operators to communicate with field crews for faster issue resolution. This version also includes new safety features that alert operators about unsafe operations on the distribution lines due to DER. This release supports:

  • 1. Complete visibility of the distribution network with AMI, distribution sensors, GIS, SCADA, weather and other edge devices in a single platform.
  • 2. A scalable and future-proof platform that doesn’t lock utilities into a monolithic and stand-alone solution. 
  • 3. Opportunities to increase reliability scores such as CAIDI and SAIDI even as the network evolves.
  • 4. Decreased restoration expenses by enabling field crews and operators to interact in real-time and resolve issues via mobile application.
  • 5. Support for gas, water, and electric utilities.

"The most successful utilities will embrace the emergence of a customer-centric network, and have a strategic vision of how technology can support it," said Rodger Smith, senior Vice President and general manager, Oracle Utilities. "In the first transitional phase, utilities built billions of dollars of infrastructure over several decades. Then with the advent of sensors and SCADA, we got better data and point-in-time visibility. Now we are in an age of predictive analytics, multiple new data streams from edge devices, and more complex real-time switching. We view our NMS solution as a platform that manages all aspects of the grid—from the customer’s living room to the utility back office.”

New Features in Oracle Utilities Network Management System
  • Enhances damage assessment and storm management features such as estimated restoration times for accurate communication to the customer.
  • Improves grid operator’s ability to prepare systems for outages with newly found data from GIS, weather, AMI, and SCADA systems.
  • Gives network managers advanced distribution management features that increase fault isolation, load shedding, and load profile capabilities.
Contact Info Valerie Beaudett
Oracle Corporation
+1 650.400.7833
valerie.beaudett@oracle.com Christina McDonald
Burson-Marsteller
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Christina.McDonald@bm.com About Oracle

Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

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Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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The following is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle Corporation. 

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Tasktop Launches Integration Hub

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 16:58
Tasktop has announced the Tasktop Integration Hub, which uses a completely reimagined approach to connect software delivery at scale. Building on the success and market leadership of the Tasktop Sync, Data and Gateway products, this new, unified ...
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Progress Delivers Extended Support for Angular and Visual Studio 2017; Introduces 10 New UI Components

Progress Software News - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:00
Progress Delivers Extended Support for Angular and Visual Studio 2017; Introduces 10 New UI Components
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McColl’s Chooses Oracle Retail Stores Solutions and Hardware

Oracle Database News - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 18:05
Press Release McColl’s Chooses Oracle Retail Stores Solutions and Hardware U.K. Convenience Retailer Leverages Scale and Agility

Redwood Shores Calif—Jan 31, 2017

Today Oracle announced that McColl’s has invested in Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service and Oracle MICROS Family Workstation 6 to improve the in-store guest experience. With 1,375 stores, McColl’s is the UK’s leading neighbourhood retailer serving the convenience and newsagent sectors. As part of its growth strategy, McColl’s is investing to improve store standards and the customer experience.   McColl’s sees significant growth opportunity in the convenience market and is increasing its store portfolio with the acquisition of 298 convenience stores during 2017.  Approval was gained from the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) in December 2016 to acquire 298 convenience stores from the Co-operative Group Limited, the rollout of which will be completed by August 2017. The convenience sector requires software and hardware with speed, scale and agility to support the complete customer offer across the store portfolio.    “McColl’s performs over 4 million customer transactions per week through 2,700 tills and we need fast and reliable store systems to support our customers and store colleagues,” said Neil Hodge, Information Technology Director, McColl’s. “We chose Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service and the Oracle MICROS Family Workstation because it is an adaptable solution capable of supporting our growth as operational requirements change.”   “As a long time customer of MICROS using a Torex POS solution, we are delighted to be continuing our relationship with Oracle. The Oracle MICROS Workstation 6 performance impressed both the technical teams and the store colleagues alike,” said Neil Hodge, Information Technology Director, McColl’s. “We are excited about the future and the capabilities available with Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service.”   “We are honored to welcome McColl’s into the Oracle Retail community and are committed to their success,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “The Oracle MICROS Family Workstation 6 is engineered to work seamlessly with the Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service to ensure that we deliver superior POS performance and reliability for the busy retail convenience store environment.”   Oracle Retail Industry Connect 2017 Join us at Oracle Industry Connect this spring. The program is designed for and delivered by retailers. On March 20-22, 2017 we will gather as a community in Orlando, FL to share best practices, talk strategy and discover new innovations for retail. Limited to retailers and paying sponsors. Register today: http://www.oracleindustryconnect.com   About McColl's McColl's is a leading neighbourhood retailer in the independent managed sector running 1,375 convenience and newsagent stores. We operate 1,001 McColl's branded UK convenience stores as well as 374 newsagents branded Martin's, except in Scotland where we operate under our heritage brand, RS McColl. In addition we are also the largest operator of Post Offices in the UK.   Contact Info Matt Torres
Oracle
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OzCode

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:19
OzCode a debugging Visual Studio Extension for .NET Developers, which complements Visual Studio and supercharges the C# debugging experience for .NET developers. Unlike existing debugger tools, OzCode is the only productivity solution that helps ...
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