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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Building Rich Internet Applications Using Microsoft Silverlight 2

Many of today's (and tomorrow’s) development projects lend themselves nicely to RIA application patterns. Silverlight offers a compelling RIA development experience that works on Linux, the Mac and windows as well as all major browsers. With HD video, vector based graphics and a rich set of controls including DataGrid, Silverlight offers a compelling development experience in nearly any programming language you’d like from C# and VB, to JavaScript and Python. Learn how to use Visual Studio to create applications, how to create UI using XAML markup and code, how to retrieve data from the web, and how to manipulate data with XML and LINQ. This talk uses the 100% free Silverlight runtime and Visual Studio tools. Register for AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Submit Your Paper to Present a Session Sponsor AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Speaker Bio: Brad Abrams is currently... (more)

Is Microsoft Starting a Cloud Computing Price War?

Earlier today Microsoft unveiled it's pricing model for its forthcoming Windows Azure cloud services platform. What's interesting about the pricing model is that they seem to be taking direct aim at Amazon Web Services. To recap, Amazon charges 12.5 cents per hour for a basic Windows Server instance in contrast Microsoft's stated that their price will be 12 cents.They noted that the service will remain free until November. I should also point out that it still isn't clear if comparing Windows Azure to Amazon's Windows EC2 is a fair comparison given the rather drastic differences in functionality. Microsoft calls Windows Azure a "cloud services operating system" that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Platform. They've also said they will offer a private data center version of Azure that will be capable of being ... (more)

Claims Outsourcing and Tax Reclamation specialist GOAL Group LTD appoints Michael T. Bancroft To head up GOAL Group Inc. in the U.S.

London and New York, October 2012 - GOAL Group Limited, a claims outsourcing provider and tax reclamation specialist, today announced the appointment of Michael T. Bancroft, CPA to head up its new presence in the Americas based in Wilmington, DE. Mr Bancroft has specialised in class action claims administration since the 1980s, with his case experience embracing security, antitrust, product, consumer, governmental and employment class actions. Stephen Everard, CEO, GOAL Group, comments: "Michael's 30+ years of experience in all aspects of claims administration, with one of the top claims administrators in the country, puts him in a unique and elite class. His expertise in claims processing, court approved plans of allocations, settlement fund distribution and tax reporting makes him the perfect choice to head up our new U.S. office." GOAL Group's new US operation, ... (more)

Windows Store Unofficially Passes the 50,000 App Mark

MetroStore Scanner (MSS) indicates that the Windows Store has passed the 50,000 application mark. MSS, an unofficial tracker, has been generally accurate in the past. That said, treat the 50,000 number with caution, and keep in mind that not all apps will be available in your area. The growth of applications present in the Windows Store is a key metric by which we can measure developer interest in Windows 8, and the general health of the operating system itself. Naturally, the number of apps in a marketplace do not indicate its total worth; the quality of the applications in question is a key factor by which any platform must be judged. The quality of applications in the Windows Store is quite uneven. The most recently submitted apps, though, are nimpressive, to say the least. Thus, the 50,000 figure is a nice and neat number for Microsoft to have crossed, but the ... (more)

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 26, 2013

Sony’s PlayStation 4 will launch at long last in the United States on Friday, November 15 for $399. Two weeks later on November 29, it will be available in Europe for 399 Euros. First announced in late February, Sony’s newest console will launch with 23 games available on Day One, with another 10 being released by the end of 2013. This holiday season is one for Sony, as Microsoft will be releasing the Xbox One. In 2006, Sony’s PlayStation 3 had a very rocky start as many gamers were off-put by its $600 price tag. This time around, Sony seems to be pushing all the right buttons by selling its new system for $100 less than the Xbox One. Gamers are very happy and are pre-ordering the console in droves: pre-order counts for the PlayStation 4 have already passed the total launch sales numbers for the PS3. If you want to grab the latest and greatest, Sony’s PlayStation 4 ... (more)

Top 13 API Integrity / Cloud Testing Resources of 2013

With the "API economy" dominating the headlines in 2013, it's no surprise that Parasoft saw a surge of interest in how to ensure API reliability, security, and performance. Here's a recap of the 13 most-accessed API Integrity resources from 2013: API Integrity: How Buggy Are Today's APIs? [Infographic] This infographic highlights some interesting findings from Parasoft's research on API Integrity... Today's API Economy: Why API Integrity is a Must! [VIDEO] In an API economy, the integrity of the APIs you produce & consume is more important than ever. Learn how to ensure the security, reliability & compliance of today's extremely interconnected and interdependent applications. API Testing Maturity Model [PAPER] Parasoft's API Testing Maturity Model helps organizations set realistic expectations for adopting and optimizing API Testing solutions. Cloud/ API Testing Busi... (more)

Connected Business Expo announces dynamic keynote line-up for March 2014 event

- Imago Techmedia attracts speakers from BT Global Services, Gartner Research and Microsoft to speak at business and technology collaboration event - London, Friday 24 January: Connected Business Expo, Imago Techmedia's business and collaboration technology event, has announced its initial keynote speaker line-up. Experts from across the industry will be presenting at this year's event taking place on 4-5 March at London Olympia, and include Steve Blood from Gartner Research, Dave Coplin from Microsoft and Dr Nicola Millard from BT Global Services. Connected Business Expo is targeted at assisting its 5,000 visitors in understanding the changing technology landscape and associated trends, as well as the effects and opportunities that they present. The key issues under scrutiny include social business, mobilisation of the workforce, moving contact centres to the cloud... (more)

G4S Chooses Clarity FSR(TM) for External Reporting Needs

Automation of process to produce annual report and accounts to shave weeks from financial close to announcements LONDON, UK, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ - Clarity Systems, a leader in corporate performance management (CPM) and external reporting solutions today announced that G4S, the world's largest security services provider, has purchased the Clarity FSR reporting solution to help produce the firm's financial reports and accounts, to release to the London Stock Exchange (LSE), the Copenhagen Stock Exchange and file with Companies House, beginning with the firm's fiscal 2009 annual report. "The rapid pace of the company's growth and the growing complexity of the financial reporting process compelled our Group Reporting team to find a more efficient way to collect and report our numbers," said Trevor Dighton, Chief Financial Officer, G4S. "By automating the process with C... (more)

Microblogging, 'Socialpedia' And Knowledge Explorer Expand Collaboration Capabilities in NewsGator Social Sites 3.0

DENVER, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- NewsGator today announced the general availability of the newest version of its enterprise social computing platform, Social Sites 3.0, with new features for tracking colleagues' status, streamlining cross-community knowledge-sharing, and discovering in-house subject matter experts. Built into Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, these features help NewsGator Social Sites transform content, activity, and connections into valuable social knowledge for business. The new microblogging feature in Social Sites 3.0 lets users post short, quick Twitter-style status updates to their colleagues. These updates serve as a way to report urgent developments, train colleagues on the fly, identify helpful experts, chronicle off-site conferences, mentor/get mentored, float new ideas, build morale and otherwise harness the value of "weak t... (more)

Syndication Inc. Announces Mac Marshall Jr. Signs Former CFO of Fortune 500 Company; Company Preps for Government Funding

DAMASCUS, Md., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Syndication Inc., (SYNJ.PK), reports that McCutcheon Marshall Jr., President and Chairman of the Board for Sentinel Renewable Energy S.C. Inc. and Pinnacle Energy Inc., the wholly owned energy subsidiary of Syndication Inc., announces that on Sunday the 25th of October 2009, Sentinel Renewable Energy S.C. Inc. signed Mr. Peter Katzburg as the new CFO of the Company. Mr. Katzburg has over thirty years of experience including service as the CFO of a Fortune 500 and a Fortune 1000 company. He currently owns and operates a Financial Consulting Firm located in South Carolina. The firm specializes in a broad and comprehensive range of financial services that focus primarily on procuring working and growth capital for Companies. The various sources include commercial and government loans, grants, and equity. Over the years ... (more)

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GCP Marketplace is based on a multi-cloud and hybrid-first philosophy, focused on giving Google Cloud partners and enterprise customers flexibility without lock-in. It also helps customers innovate by easily adopting new technologies from ISV partners, such as commercial Kubernetes applications, and allows companies to oversee the full lifecycle of a solution, from discovery through management.
Skeuomorphism usually means retaining existing design cues in something new that doesn’t actually need them. However, the concept of skeuomorphism can be thought of as relating more broadly to applying existing patterns to new technologies that, in fact, cry out for new approaches. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gordon Haff, Senior Cloud Strategy Marketing and Evangelism Manager at Red Hat, discussed why containers should be paired with new architectural practices such as microservices rather than mimicking legacy server virtualization workflows and architectures.
Using serverless computing has a number of obvious benefits over traditional application infrastructure - you pay only for what you use, scale up or down immediately to match supply with demand, and avoid operating any server infrastructure at all. However, implementing maintainable and scalable applications using serverless computing services like AWS Lambda poses a number of challenges. The absence of long-lived, user-managed servers means that states cannot be maintained by the service. Longer function invocation times (referred to as cold starts) become very important to track, because they impact the response time of the service and will impose additional cost. Additionally, the transition to smaller individual components (much like breaking a monolithic application into microservices) results in a simpler deployment model, but makes the system as a whole increasingly complex.
Here to help unpack insights into the new era of using containers to gain ease with multi-cloud deployments are our panelists: Matt Baldwin, Founder and CEO at StackPointCloud, based in Seattle; Nic Jackson, Developer Advocate at HashiCorp, based in San Francisco, and Reynold Harbin, Director of Product Marketing at DigitalOcean, based in New York. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.
With the rise of Docker, Kubernetes, and other container technologies, the growth of microservices has skyrocketed among dev teams looking to innovate on a faster release cycle. This has enabled teams to finally realize their DevOps goals to ship and iterate quickly in a continuous delivery model. Why containers are growing in popularity is no surprise — they’re extremely easy to spin up or down, but come with an unforeseen issue. However, without the right foresight, DevOps and IT teams may lose a lot of visibility into these containers resulting in operational blind spots and even more haystacks to find the presumptive performance issue needle.