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Announcing @Pythian Named “Bronze Sponsor” of @CloudExpo | #DevOps #BigData #IoT #Microservices

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 16:00
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies leverage disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advanced analytics, and DevOps to advance innovation and increase agility. Specializing in designing, implementing, and managing systems that directly contribute to revenue growth and business success, Pythian’s highly skilled technical teams work as an integrated extension of our clients’ organizations to deliver continuous transformation and uninterrupted operational excellence.

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'Cloud First' Lessons Learned from ViON By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Java Developer's Journal - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 15:00
In 2011, then United States CIO Vivek Kundra released the US Federal Cloud Computing Strategy [1]. In the executive summary he pointed to cloud computing as a key component of the US Federal Government’s information technology modernization efforts: “Cloud computing has the potential to play a major part in addressing these inefficiencies and improving government service delivery. The cloud computing model can significantly help agencies grappling with the need to provide highly reliable, innovative services quickly despite resource constraints.”

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Announcing @HPMnetworks to Exhibit @CloudExpo | #IoT #M2M #API #RTC #InternetOfThings

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 14:30
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Who Is Responsible for “Good Code”? By @daedtech | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 14:15
A few weeks back, I wrote a post about getting ready to address a coworker's bad code. This sparked some conversation across various media, including the following interesting question: ...seems that there is a breakdown in managing the development process. Why is Bob allowed [to keep] writing bad code? This feedback is interesting enough to merit a blog post in and of itself. I recognize a question that cuts to the heart of a software development conundrum when I see it. The structure of most organizations that employ software developers is this: the developers responsible for code report up through a structure of people that don't. To put it another way, the people responsible for personnel management usually don't understand how to evaluate the work of those reporting to them - at least not directly.

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[session] Real Time Everywhere By @NTamaskar | @ThingsExpo #RTC #IoT #M2M #WebRTC

Java Developer's Journal - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 13:45
Through WebRTC, audio and video communications are being embedded more easily than ever into applications, helping carriers, enterprises and independent software vendors deliver greater functionality to their end users. With today’s business world increasingly focused on outcomes, users’ growing calls for ease of use, and businesses craving smarter, tighter integration, what’s the next step in delivering a richer, more immersive experience? That richer, more fully integrated experience comes about through a Communications Platform as a Service which allows for messaging, screen sharing, videoconferencing and more. In her session at WebRTC Summit, Dr. Natasha Tamaskar, Vice President and Head of Cloud and Mobile Strategy and Ecosystem at GENBAND, will explore what’s next on the horizon and how to create amazing experiences by embedding real-time communications everywhere.

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Puppet Enterprise 2015.2 Released | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Puppet #Docker

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 08:00
Puppet Labs has announced the next major update to its flagship product: Puppet Enterprise 2015.2. This release includes new features providing DevOps teams with clarity, simplicity and additional management capabilities, including an all-new user interface, an interactive graph for visualizing infrastructure code, a new unified agent and broader infrastructure support.

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mRDT

Date Created: August 28, 2015 - 23:40Date Updated: September 1, 2015 - 01:32Submitted by: Support Division [Monami-ya LLC, Japan]

This feature helps your mruby applications development.

Feature
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* You don't need to install Ruby on build time. JRuby is included in mRDT.
* Enables to start mruby development with New Project Wizard.

License notice
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All files written in Java and Eclipse related are licensed under EPL.

But mruby and some target runtimes are not licensed under EPL.
They are under FLOSS or public domain, not proprietary.

Categories: Open Source

Tune into the Cloud – Losing My Religion | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #API

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Sat, 08/29/2015 - 00:00
Tune into: a cloud mindset One of the tenets of the cloud religion is that it should be possible – through the use of intelligent software – to build reliable systems on top of unreliable hardware. Just like you can build reliable and affordable storage systems using RAID (Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks). One of…Read more Tune into the Cloud – Losing My Religion

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France Taps IBM OpenPOWER for Supercomputing

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 22:15
IBM and France's GENCI high performance computing agency team up to bring supercomputing closer to exascale.
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The 11th year of Google Summer of Code comes to an end

Google Open Source Blog - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 22:00

GoogleSummer_2015logo.jpgAnother year of Google Summer of Code, our program designed to introduce university students from around the world to open source development, is drawing to a close.

In April, we accepted 1,051 university students from 73 countries. These students wrote code for 137 mentoring organizations. We also had 1,918 mentors from 70 countries help them out. We are excited to announce that 87%* (916) of the students passed their final evaluations. To see more about how that compares to previous years, check out our statistics from the last ten years of the program.   

And we’re not done yet: this November, we’ll be hosting our yearly mentor summit in Sunnyvale, California. We’ll welcome representative mentors and organization administrators from each of the mentoring organizations from this year’s program to meet and exchange ideas.

Now that the coding period has concluded, students are busy preparing their code samples for all eyes to see. Soon you will be able to visit the program site where organizations will have links to the students’ code repositories.
Thank you to all of the students, mentors and organization administrators that have helped to make this 11th year of the Google Summer of Code a great success!
By Carol Smith, Open Source Programs
* This number could change slightly in the next few weeks.
Categories: Open Source

Google Container Engine for Docker Now Generally Available

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 22:00
Google announces general availability of Container Engine; Intel invests $60 million in a drone maker; Yahoo says mobile apps rule, browser is bygone; and there's more.
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Digital Transformation: Crossing the Skills Chasm By @DHDeans | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 20:30
Most informed CEOs seem to know intuitively that the most qualified person to lead their forward-looking business technology advancement isn’t likely to have the profile of a typical legacy CIO. In contrast, the role of a Digital Business Transformation innovator has very different requirements to the traditional IT utility infrastructure custodian of the past.

That said, some progressive CIOs are already making the transition to lead the digital competitiveness quest, and others will surely follow. Moreover, a few multinational companies currently have a CIO in a highly strategic, visible and collaborative position within the company. Their challenge is to guide the rest of the organization’s leadership to attain the required skills that will enable them to actively participate in the planning and execution of a new strategy – empowered by digital technologies.

The Harvard Business Review (HBR) market research team recently completed a global study of the path that several organizations have taken to develop and deliver the digital learning support resources that their key internal stakeholders both need and want. The results of this research portrays an environment that may be familiar to many CEOs that have, or are about to, embark upon a similar journey.

The HBR survey found that companies that rate highly in both digital leadership and management have better business results than their peers, with stronger revenue growth and greater profit margins.

Just under a fifth of survey respondents fell into this early-adopter or “Digital Leader” category, while over a third were deemed to be “Laggards” – i.e. an organization that’s weak in both digital leadership and management. Moreover, nearly half of the survey respondents had mixed scores and were rated as “Followers.”

What set the leaders apart from their peer group, in laggard or follower organizations? These proactive CIOs help their business colleagues to understand which digital knowledge and skills need to reside in their function, and which they can defer to the IT support team. The CIOs and their staff typically communicate in language that makes sense to a Line of Business (LoB) leader that’s focused on achieving outcomes.


Why Superior Digital Acumen Matters Most

According to the HBR study findings, digital acumen has become a critical component of all forward-thinking senior leadership teams. But there’s often a significant gap between what’s needed to succeed, and the current state inside many mainstream companies today.

About 23 percent of the survey respondents indicated that they’re confident their organizations have the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in the digital aspects of their business transformation.

However, the recognized Digital Leaders in the respondent group were significantly more confident that their organizations have the both the required knowledge and skills they need -- in fact, 67 percent were extremely confident, compared with only 19 percent of the Followers and 5 percent of Laggards.

Clearly, there’s no substitute for the credibility and confidence that comes from having qualified digital-savvy executive talent at your disposal. Put simply, HBR discovered that the lack of leadership is the number-one issue holding most companies back, when it came to determining their digital business readiness; particularly among the Laggard companies.

Business Imperative for Digital Competency

Perhaps you’re wondering, is the skills development effort really worth the trouble? Does the payback justify the investment in time and energy? Let’s now explore the primary motivation for attaining digital supremacy, and you can decide what’s best for your company, within your industry.

The Digital Leaders in the survey were significantly more likely to have seen revenue growth of 10 percent, or more, over the past two years (58 percent of the Leaders vs. 43 percent of the Followers and 38 percent of the Laggards).

There’s no reward for taking a wait-and-see approach, even if the conservative late-adopter posture was taken with the best of intentions. The Laggards reported that they were twice as likely to have seen revenues decline (18 percent vs. 9 percent).

Fostering Collaboration and Shared Objectives

The CIOs at Digital Leaders are much more likely to be characterized as digital coaches or masters (45 percent of respondents, compared with 26 percent at Follower companies, and only 14 percent at Laggard companies).

By comparison, 45 percent of the Laggard companies had a CIO that’s been characterized as a “turf protector” that inhibits or resists collaboration -- or they merely had no designated CIO role at all.

A full 74 percent of the Digital Leaders have CIOs who support business-led IT projects. That is, when Line of Business leaders directly fund, contract, and/or develop technology capabilities themselves. This response compares with 64 percent of the Followers and only 40 percent of the Laggards.

Furthermore, the respondents who characterized their CIO as a digital coach or master had significantly higher scores -- over 80 percent of those respondents said their CIO supports business-led IT projects. This doesn’t mean, however, that those CIOs are ceding procurement control -- rather, they’re willingly sharing it in order to achieve the desired business outcome objectives of the whole leadership team.

Digital Skills Education and Mentoring

According to the HBR assessment, there’s little doubt that organizations need to do more to increase their business leader’s digital acumen. In the past, learning new skills might be a task that was assigned to the internal Training group or the Human Resources department. In this scenario, the education and mentoring responsibility should go to those who have mastered the digital transformation craft.

That said, finding a role model(s) for digital acumen knowledge transfer can be problematic. While 46 percent of respondents said they would like to learn more about digital trends from their CIO, close to two-fifths said their CIO doesn’t seek to educate and empower LoB leaders when it comes to digital skills.

Besides, over a third of the respondents said their IT team doesn’t provide useful knowledge about technology applications or understand which digital knowledge is most important to specific functions or lines of business.

In a follow-on editorial I’ll share more details about the illuminating findings from this study, and the associated recommendations for a plan of action. HBR Analytic Services interviewed a total of 436 business leaders from across the globe. The survey was sponsored by Red Hat, Inc., as part of The Enterprisers Project.More...

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Globant Launches Cognitive Computing Studio

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 20:00
The new Globant Cognitive Computing Studio will deliver cognitive applications and put the company in a space dominated by IBM's Watson.
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Why the C-Suite Should Look to IT to Stay Competitive By @FerventGeek | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 19:45
While the Beatles may not have been too concerned about cloud uptime or network security when they wrote their famous ballad, they had the right idea about turning to friends for a helping hand. It’s a lesson CIOs should take to heart. After all, the IT department – including network, systems, applications and database administrators – is often the eyes, ears and hands of the CIO, providing front-line information and making recommendations on the latest technology and IT methods to ensure that business is running at optimum efficiency and achieving competitive advantage through technology.

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Oozie Eclipse Plugin

Date Created: August 28, 2015 - 13:46Date Updated: August 31, 2015 - 18:22Submitted by: Ahmed Mahran

An Eclipse plugin for editing Apache Oozie workflows.

Categories: Open Source

A Manager's Guide to Handling Major IT Disasters

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:25
To effectively handle disaster incidents and outages, IT managers should identify major incident response workflows and have a response team in place.
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The Rise and Fall of SANTap | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:00
I am not sure how many people remember Cisco SANTap. About ten years ago, Cisco introduced a data tapping mechanism in the MDS 9000 fibre channel switches. The idea was to allow the data path to be “tapped” at-will. Tapping in this case meant using a mechanism in the switch to split the data being written from client hosts to the storage, allowing the identical “split” data to be routed through a second, separate path. SANTap therefore allowed a copy of the data to be seamlessly “mirrored” through the switch and subsequently used by other applications for multiple purposes (especially for backup). It facilitated real-time protection of critical data, and allowed advanced functions such as migration, snapshots, etc.

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Amazon Reworks Hardware Plans After Fire Phone

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:35
The giant retailer reportedly is shedding some device plans and laying off engineers after last year's Fire smartphone failed in the market.
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Announcing @MicronTech to Exhibit at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | #Cloud

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:30
SYS-CON Events announced today that Micron Technology, Inc., a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Micron’s broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies – including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash – is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of technology leadership, Micron's memory solutions enable the world's most innovative computing, consumer, enterprise storage, networking, mobile, embedded and automotive applications. Micron's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU symbol.

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ESG Lab Validation Report | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Latest News from AJAX & RIA Journal - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:30
This Enterprise Strategy Group lab validation report of the NEC Express5800/R320 server with Intel® Xeon® processor presents the benefits of 99.999% uptime NEC fault-tolerant servers that lower overall virtualized server total cost of ownership. This report also includes survey data on the significant costs associated with system outages impacting enterprise and web applications. Click Here to Download Report Now!

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