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DevOps is speeding towards the IT world like a freight train and the hype around it is deafening. There is no reason to be afraid of this change as it is the natural reaction to the agile movement that revolutionized development just a few years ago. By definition, DevOps is the natural alignment of IT performance to business profitability. The relevance of this has yet to be quantified but it has been suggested that the route to the CEO's chair will come from the IT leaders that successfully make the transition to a DevOps model. If this still seems foreign to you, I recommend reading up on DevOps Blog from IT Revolution, the OpsCode Blog, and check out The Phoenix Project. Despite all the talk around simple monitoring tools, breaking through the walls between Dev and Ops still poses a real challenge. This is because of a misunderstanding around Operations real pu... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

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)

Programmatically Posting Data to ASP .NET Web Applications

Programmatically posting data to a traditional ASP page is an extremely useful and well-known technique. However, I recently discovered that posting data to an ASP .NET Web application from another program is not well understood and requires several new programming tricks. In this article I'll show you how to use the HttpWebRequest class and the ASP .NET ViewState mechanism to programmatically send form data to an ASP .NET Web application and then capture the response. This will provide you with a powerful new way to write utility programs for your Web applications. (Note: This article assumes you are familiar with creating ASP .NET Web applications, using classes in the .NET Framework, and have intermediate familiarity with the C# language.) The best way to demonstrate what we will accomplish is with two screenshots. Figure 1 shows a simple ASP .NET Web applicatio... (more)

Following the Tao of XML Type

We cannot know the Tao itself, nor see its qualities directly, but only see by differentiation that which it manifests." - The Tao Te Ching, Chapter 2 Confession: This is not the article I started out to write. The editors asked for ideas and I offered to write about building Common Language Runtime-based User Defined Functions (CLR UDFs.) After attending Michael Rys's TechEd 2004 session on the XML Type in SQL Server 2005, though, I changed direction and decided to use the XML type instead. I was rewarded with a Zen moment for that. I would like to acknowledge all of the assistance I received from Dr. Rys in making these examples and for his valuable suggestions along the way. In Zen, the concept of "The Way" (or Tao) is fundamental. We get into trouble when we assume that the Tao of one thing is essentially the same as that of another. XML type has a unique Tao. Und... (more)

Making the .NET Micro Framework Work for You

In this excerpt, we'll create the ultimate flashlight. With find-in-the-dark flashing behavior and a power-audit mode, this single-button-controlled device will become the ultimate in personal illumination for the twenty-first century. Figure 1 shows how the flashlight will be constructed. The .NET Micro Framework device will have an input from a push-button switch and will provide an output to a lamp. It will also have a connection to an external device so that it can transfer usage information to the external device in response to a trigger message. To make the flashlight work, the program inside it must be able to perform a number of tasks: It will need to provide a signal to turn on the lamp. It will need to read the state of the input button. For some of the later applications, it will need some form of a timer. It will need a way of communicating with an ex... (more)

EC Slaps Microsoft with Largest Single Fine It Has Ever Levied

The European Commission this morning slapped Microsoft with a massive $1.33 billion fine (899 million euros) for charging too much for the communications protocols it was ordered to share with competitors in March of 2004. It is the largest single fine ever levied by the EC and the second time that it has dunned Microsoft for not complying with its original antitrust order. The first time was in July of 2006 when Microsoft had to fork over $357 million for not providing useable documentation for the protocols.  The original fine that Microsoft paid in 2004, itself record setting, was for $613 million, a mere half of today’s penalty.  So far then Microsoft’s European adventure has cost it $2.3 billion but it’s likely to have to open its checkbook again after the EC finishes the two new investigations into the company’s business practices that it... (more)

Where's i-Technology Headed in 2008?

2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of the giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? At the end of each year, SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, and within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs Versus AJAX o Ruby on Rails o PHP o Facebook Competitors Tim Bray Director of Web Technologies Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary project at the Univers... (more)

Windows Azure PHP Development Kit

Microsoft announced at TechEd India — a show running simultaneously with TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles, a new software development kit for people interested in building apps in PHP for Windows Azure cloud. The PHP SDK for Windows Azure, a.k.a. PHPAzure, is an open source project, available for download from Microsoft CodePlex. The SDK provides consistent programming model for Windows Azure Storage (Blobs, Tables, Queues). Program Manager, Peter Galli, said Microsoft also is announcing “the launch of a series of projects that offer samples and a toolkit that enable PHP developers to include Silverlight controls, Microsoft Virtual Earth maps and IE Webslices and Accelerators in PHP web applications; as well as automatically generated a simple Create, Read, Update, Delete (CRUD) PHP application from a table in SQL Server.” A Technology Preview of the PHP SDK for Windows Az... (more)

Backup to Windows Azure Storage in 3 Easy Steps

Azure at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - Azure was in Public Preview for quite some time now. In our previous posts about Windows Azure, we went directly into how to map a network drive to Azure Blob Storage and start setting up backup tasks to Azure Storage. We didn’t mention exactly how to acquire a Windows Azure account since it was invitation only. Yesterday, Windows Azure was transitioned from Public Preview mode to Full Production mode. It took me a while to understand how to setup the Azure account and start using the Azure Storage. I will share the steps here in this article. Hopefully, in 3 big steps, you will be using your Azure Blob Storage from Windows Explorer and smooth sailing thereafter. Step 1: Activate windows Azure Subscription Instead of the invitation only mode in Public Preview, you can now activate your Windows Azure subscription from the ... (more)

Microsoft Kills Its Blogging Platform

Microsoft is throwing in the towel on its six-year-old blogging platform Windows Live Spaces (née MSN Spaces). It's sending its bloggers over to Wordpress.com, a competing platform, where Microsoft's current crop of scribblers can get free space. The two have worked out a migration scheme and Microsoft will redirect URLs. Bloggers can use Microsoft's facilities until the end of the year but have to be out by March. Microsoft counts 30 million "active" users. In comparison WordPress, written in PHP and hosted on Apache, for Pete's sake, powers over 8.5% of the web, is used on over 26 million sites and is seen by over 250 million people a month. This is the new practical "why-waste-the-money" Microsoft, which has decided not to fight the social networking crowd with look-a-like services and simply integrate with them instead. ... (more)

M2M News Weekly - Week of January 30, 2012

Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobility Charts Weekly According to a new market research report the total smart grid technology and related application market is expected to reach $80.6 billion by 2016 at an annual rate of 28.7 percent from 2011 to 2016. Read Original Content The Microsoft/OSIsoft Wor... (more)

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