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Industry Watch: Mobility: Doing something about it

Another trip around the industry: Companies are spanning testing, Big Data, collaboration, integration and more. And all were touting the same initiatives, providing businesses with solutions that improve the quality and mobility of enterprise software. Altova, which for so many years has focused on development tools around XML, last year released Mobile Together, a platform …

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Highlights from Bill Gates’ Reddit AMA, and an intro to ‘code stylometry’—SD Times news digest: Jan. 29, 2015

Bill Gates participated in his third Ask Me Anything on Reddit yesterday, and the Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist took the informal Q&A to another level. Kicking off the AMA with the GIF above, Gates called Microsoft’s newly debuted HoloLens technology “pretty amazing” and expressed his misgivings over the future of artificial intelligence, throwing support behind …

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Keeping a competitive edge with Continuous Delivery

Businesses want to stay competitive, but in today’s world of software development it can be a struggle. In order to be successful, businesses need to deliver software that loads quickly, performs well, and provides a great user experience, and they have to do it fast. It is no longer acceptable for a business to deliver …

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YouTube drops Flash video support for HTML5

YouTube has announced it now supports HTML5 video by default on the Web, in favor of traditional Flash support. The popular video streaming and sharing platform, owned by Google, published a blog post announcing that HTML5 is now enabled by default in Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8 and beta versions of Firefox. In addition …

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The container wars are heating up

2015 was expected to be the year Linux containers went mainstream, and not even a month into it the two largest independent companies working on containerization are making announcements at roughly the same time. Docker today announced the creation of three leadership roles for the Docker open-source project, and CoreOs announced the update of its …

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FTC’s IoT report, VoltDB 5.0, and open-source code searching tool—SD Times news digest: Jan. 28, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a report urging companies to take concrete steps in order to protect Internet of Things’ (IoT) privacy and security. According to the FTC, the rise of Internet-connected devices poses huge security risks that could undermine consumer confidence. The report features a number of IoT best practices such as …

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Analyst Watch: The mobile app development debate

Over the past few years, I’ve handled hundreds of client inquiries on mobile app development approaches. The most common? “Should we go with a native development approach, use HTML5, or go hybrid?” The answer I give (“It depends”) isn’t simply an analyst’s cop-out. Legitimate reasons drive development teams to choose one (or more) approaches to …

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Apple posts record earnings, reveals Apple Watch April release

Apple has announced record earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2015, with revenue of US$74.6 billion and a net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. Apple’s Q1 profit beat out Russian oil and gas conglomerate Gazprom’s Q1 2011 net profit of $16.24 billion for the highest quarterly profit of all time. …

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Microsoft earnings report: Cloud and hardware up, Windows down

Microsoft has announced its Q2 earnings for 2015, with revenue up 8% from last year to US$26.5 billion, narrowly beating analyst projections of $26.33 billion. According to the company’s report, the biggest growth came from its devices and consumer hardware business with an 8% growth to $12.9 billion in revenue, followed by its commercial cloud …

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The open-source rookies of the year

Each year, hundreds of open-source projects get started, but only a handful are appealing, interesting or innovating enough to stay for years to come. In order to recognize those that demonstrate significant traction within the developer community, Black Duck has released its seventh annual open-source rookies of the year awards. “I’m always excited about publishing …

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ASF’s newest Top-Level Projects: Apache BookKeeper and Apache Samza

Two more projects are graduating from the Apache Software Foundation’s (ASF) incubator this week. The organization has announced that both Apache BookKeeper and Apache Samza have become Top-Level Projects (TLPs). Apache Samza is an open-source Big Data distributed streaming processing framework designed to handle stateful processing, message durability, fault tolerance and scalability. Samza was originally …

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Guest View: Are you delivering an app du jour or an app for the ages?

RAD. MADP. RMAD. aPaaS. Everyday it seems that analysts are defining yet another category of products. This makes sense because it is how the industry is used to tackling something “new” (cloud platforms, mobile devices, wearables, etc.). Organizations go out and purchase tools to solve a new problem, only to find that the target is …

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Oculus making virtual reality movies, the NSA’s Trojan horse, and IBM layoffs—SD Times news digest: Jan. 27, 2015

Oculus VR, the virtual reality startup acquired by Facebook for US$2 billion, is developing cinematic experiences specifically for its Oculus Rift VR headset. At the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the new Oculus Story Studio, led by creative director and former Pixar animator Saschka Unseld, premiered its first short film, entitled “Lost.” Unseld, who created …

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Code Watch: Overcoming the magnitude

“Maybe instead of talking about 100x programmers, we should talk about 100x programming.” This was a recent Twitter provocation from Reginald Braithwaite (@RaganWald), author of “JavaScript Allongé.” What would it take to achieve a two-order-of-magnitude change in software development pace? The boldness of the target dwarfs the common quibbles about syntax, semantics, and maybe even …

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    A technical comparison of workflow and business applications

    Despite improvements to its workflow capabilities in 2013, SharePoint remains limited in what you can do in many application scenarios. This white paper looks at out-of-the-box SharePoint functionality and what can be done with K2’s Appit solution for forms, workflows and line-of-business applications. With SharePoint 2013, the following shortcomings have been highlighted: Only data within …

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    Overcoming workflow limitations in SharePoint 2013

    Organizations need sophisticated, reliable SharePoint workflow apps with advanced capabilities, such as flexible outcomes beyond the simple approve-or-decline scenario, rich and flexible forms that support hand-held devices, easy integration with external line-of-business systems, and more advanced error reporting and recovery options. Unfortunately, SharePoint does not offer any of this functionality out of the box. Some key areas where SharePoint …

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    Key Trends in Building Enterprise Applications with HTML5

    WEBINAR DATE: Tuesday March 3, 2015 TIME: 1 PM EST HTML5 has proven itself to be a reliable and powerful platform for deploying robust web applications across a multitude of devices. But because web technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, it is often difficult for enterprise developers to choose the “best” tools and …

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    Create your Sharepoint Lab on AWS

    Using public cloud like AWS to build complex Sharepoint lab environment is perhaps the best way to learn how to use Microsoft’s collaboration and document management software. You can quickly provision additional labs, run them temporarily and pay only for actual run time. In this white paper, you will learn how to use Ravello Systems’ …

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    How to Replicate Your Existing SharePoint Server Farm On AWS

    Cloud computing is gaining in popularity to meet the scalable workloads of organizations. With the greater adaptability of DevOps, many enterprises are selecting cloud as the preferred option for their development, QA/test, upgrade testing, UAT (User Acceptance Testing), and training environments. At the same time application environments like Sharepoint farm are very complex with multiple …

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    2014 Wisdom of Crowds – Cloud Business Intelligence Market Study

    It’s common knowledge that business intelligence is a crucial ingredient to success. Unfortunately, many organizations fear the cost of scalability of on premises solutions when considering the ever-increasing nature of data. As such, companies are looking towards cloud-based BI to resolve this dilemma – but why? The following extensive white paper explores the current state …

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