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Intuit to Present at @ThingsExpo | #IoT #API #BigData #InternetOfThings

Sensors and effectors of IoT are solving problems in new ways, but small businesses have been slow to join the quantified world. They’ll need information from IoT using applications as varied as the businesses themselves. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Meike, Distinguished Engineer, Director of Technology Innovation at Intuit, will show how IoT manufacturers can use open standards, public APIs and custom apps to enable the Quantified Small Business. He will use a Raspberry Pi to connect sensors to web services, and cloud integration to connect accounting and data, providing a Bluetooth LE workflow, iBeacon-based time tracking, and sensor-driven invoices. The quantified small business will not only be possible; it will be the norm.\ read more
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5 Games That Teach You How to Code

These Web games will give you a fun and engaging introduction to the world of programming.CodeCombatCodeCombat is an HTML5 role-playing game (RPG) that teaches you fundamental programming concepts.In CodeCombat, you play a hero adventuring through the game’s levels. The first level is Kithard Dungeon, which covers basic programming concepts. You’re faced with coding challenges throughout your journey, and if you overcome them, you’ll unlock the next level and earn experience points (XP) that you can use to improve your hero.CodeCombat is appealing to young, aspiring programmers. According to an in-game survey, 62% of CodeCombat’s users are under 18 years old.CodeCombat supports five programming languages: JavaScript, CoffeeScript, Lua, and Python. The game covers a wide range of programming topics — strings, variables, method invocation, vector drawing, and much more.Code HuntCode Hunt is a Sci-Fi-themed HTML5 game developed by Microsoft Research.In this game, you play as a code hunte…

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. announces Canadian dollar equivalent of ...

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. announces Canadian dollar equivalent of ...
MarketWatch - 2 hours ago("APUC") (AQN) today announced the equivalent Canadian dollar exchange rate for its third quarter dividend. On August 13, 2015, APUC announced that the Board of Directors of APUC declared third quarter 2015 dividends of U.S.
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Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. announces Canadian dollar equivalent of ...

Cloudant Named “Bronze Sponsor” of @CloudExpo | @IBMcloudant #BigData #IoT #API #DevOps

SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM Cloud Data Services 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. IBM Cloud Data Services offers a portfolio of integrated, best-of-breed cloud data services for developers focused on mobile computing and analytics use cases. read more
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Steamlined Data Refinery | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API #SDR

Yesterday I attended a session in Palo Alto on the subject of Data Refinery and the speaker was Will Gorman of Pentaho. I did not realize that Pentaho was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems couple of months ago. The terms “data lake” was coined by James Dixon of Pentaho. I wrote a blog on this subject last year. As soon as the term started to appear in the data lexicon, other interesting terms such as “data swamp” appeared. read more
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Full-stack Java web dev with Vaadin

Java web developers are often forced to learn JavaScript, CSS, and HTML5 (cornerstone of all modern browsers) in order to create compelling interactive user experiences for their web applications. Vaadin open source framework empowers Java developers by giving them full-stack control within a 100% Java world.

The Data Lake Has Landed | @ThingsExpo #BigData #DevOps #IoT #M2M #API

The biggest, and possibly the most hated buzzwords to happen to IT in the last 10 years have been… Cloud, Internet of Things, and drumroll… Big Data (featuring its ugly stepchild the Data Lake). And over the past 10+ years, I’ve had the job of explaining these “things” to people (many of whom are not technical). Nobody likes new buzzwords – at least not the kind of people I like. But if they become understood, and validated, people start to understand why they’re legitimately needed. And this is the year, 2015, when Data Lake earns its keep. read more
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IoTization By @TonyShan | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #BigData #InternetOfThings

The IoT market is on track to hit $7.1 trillion in 2020, according to an IDC's study. Are we ready for this massive demand? How can we deal with the challenges? Some firms choose to take no action by claiming they are too busy with what they are doing. Some organizations blindly jump into it with no thinking or planning. Some companies opt to take a bold stance to bet on something immature. Needless to say, all these attempts are highly risky and naive. What is mandatory is an overarching and adaptive approach to effectively handle the rapid changes and exponential growth. read more
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TSX climbs 187 points; Canadian dollar up

TSX climbs 187 points; Canadian dollar up
Times Colonist - 2 hours agoThe Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX index was up 187.44 points at 13,224.40. On Tuesday, the index gained 32 points after see-sawing for most of the day. Toronto, US stock markets show strong gains, loonie advances - The Province

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TSX climbs 187 points; Canadian dollar up

DevOps with Openshift By @RedHatNews | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #OpenShift #BigData

Mobile, social, Big Data, and cloud have fundamentally changed the way we live. “Anytime, anywhere” access to data and information is no longer a luxury; it’s a requirement, in both our personal and professional lives. For IT organizations, this means pressure has never been greater to deliver meaningful services to the business and customers. read more
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Data Lake and Data Refinery | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API #InternetOfThings

The concept of a ‘data lake’ was coined by James Dixon of Pentaho Corp. and this is what he said – If you think of a datamart as a store of bottled water – cleansed and packaged and structured for easy consumption – the data lake is a large body of water in a more natural state. The contents of the data lake stream in from a source to fill the lake, and various users of the lake can come to examine, dive in, or take samples. Think of a data lake as an unstructured data warehouse, a place where you pull in all of your different sources into one large “pool” of data. In contrast to a data mart, a data lake won’t “wash” the data or try to structure it or limit the use cases. Sure, you should have some use cases in mind, but the architecture of a data lake is simple: a Hadoop File System (HDFS) with lots of directories and files on it. read more
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The Data Briefing: Connecting the (Data) Dots—NASA’s NYSpaceTag App

OpenNASA has recently completed another redesign of their site. With over 31,000 data sets, 194 code repositories and 36 APIs, OpenNASA probably has the largest collection of open data of any of the federal agencies. An especially helpful feature is a set of icons devoted to five types of visitors: the Citizen Scientist, the Developer, the Citizen Activist, the Govvie and the Curious.A great feature to engage NASA’s audience is the Data Stories section where people talk about the projects they created with NASA datasets. NASA’s Data Portal has also been redesigned to help users discover datasets, APIs and visualizations more easily. Developers should check out the SODA API development tutorial to learn how to access NASA APIs.To see some great examples of apps built with NASA APIs, check out the Innovation Space section. You can browse through the solutions created with NASA’s open data during NASA Challenges. I especially like the NYSpaceTag, which is a “tagging system that extracts …

How OSTP Crowdsourced A Crowdsourcing Toolkit

cogal/iStock/Thinkstock To promote crowdsourcing, one effective tool is, well, crowdsourcing.Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Federal Community of Practice for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (CCS) unveiled the Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Toolkit. The toolkit contains information, resources, and best practices federal agencies can use to harness the power of public participation.Specifically, the toolkit provides:Process steps—An outline of five important steps agencies can use to plan, design and implement crowdsourcing or citizen science projectsCase studies—Demonstrated success stories, benefits and challenges from other federal agencies that can inspire new projects or help in pitching ideasMap of U.S. projects—Citizen science and crowdsourcing projects across the United StatesResource library—Examples, guidance, and helpful links from successful practitionersInnovation communities—Information about working groups and other relat…

Migration to @Citrix XenApp By @ChrisFleck | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #IoT

For VMware customers shops under pressure from users to improve their app and desktop experience, gain greater infrastructure flexibility and simplify end user computing management, Citrix has announced a free service to migrate VMware Horizon View virtual app and desktop deployments to XenApp and XenDesktop. Powered by the new Citrix Lifecycle Management Service - now available from Citrix Workspace Cloud - the new service enables administrators to do an in-place migration in less than 15 minutes by easily exporting application and desktop settings from Horizon View into the Citrix app and desktop delivery solution. The creation of the migration service addresses numerous requests Citrix has received to salvage failed, stalled and small VMware VDI deployments. read more
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ICE canola up early as Canadian dollar weakens

ICE canola up early as Canadian dollar weakens
Western Producer (subscription) - 23 hours agoHowever, improving production ideas as the Canadian harvest advances did put some pressure on values. Statistics Canada releases updated survey estimates on the size of this year's crop on Friday, and most market participants are anticipating an upward ...
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ICE canola up early as Canadian dollar weakens

State of the Art in Big Data Analytics | @CloudExpo @HP #BigData #IoT #M2M #API

The broad selection of hardware, the rapid evolution of operating systems and the time-to-market for mobile apps has been so rapid that new challenges for developers and engineers arise every day. Security, testing, hosting, and other metrics have to be considered through the process. In his session at Big Data Expo, Walter Maguire, Chief Field Technologist, HP Big Data Group, at Hewlett-Packard, will discuss the challenges faced by developers and a composite Big Data applications builder, focusing on how to help solve the problems that developers are continuously battling. read more
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Canadian Dollar Recovery in 2016 as Oil Price Rises Forecast to Rise Again

Canadian Dollar Recovery in 2016 as Oil Price Rises Forecast to Rise Again
Pound Sterling Live - Sep 28, 2015"The sharp decline in Chinese industrial profits is the only legitimate reason for the weakness in not only the New Zealand dollar but other commodity currencies as well. USD/CAD: Trading the Canadian GDP - Forex Crunch

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Canadian Dollar Recovery in 2016 as Oil Price Rises Forecast to Rise Again

IoT Maturity Model By @TonyShan | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #BigData #InternetOfThings

The Internet of Things Maturity Model (IoTMM) is a qualitative method to gauge the growth and increasing impact of IoT capabilities in an IT environment from both a business and technology perspective. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan will first scan the IoT landscape and investigate the major challenges and barriers. The key areas of consideration are identified to get started with IoT journey. He will then pinpoint the need of a tool for effective IoT adoption and implementation, which leads to IoTMM in which five maturity levels are defined: Advanced, Dynamic, Optimized, Primitive, and Tentative (ADOPT). Subsequently he will characterize the IoT maturity continuum at each individual level, followed by a description of key enablers. He will then walk through the technical architecture and components for the selected enablers to illustrate the building blocks to construct IoT solutions. Further he will articulate how to leverage IoTMM in the real world. Best practices and les…

Transparent Cloud for ‘Data’ from ‘Things’ | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API #InternetOfThings

Nowadays, a large number of sensors and devices are connected to the network. Leading-edge IoT technologies integrate various types of sensor data to create a new value for several business decision scenarios. The transparent cloud is a model of a new IoT emergence service platform. Many service providers store and access various types of sensor data in order to create and find out new business values by integrating such data. read more
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Identity in Communication | @ThingsExpo @MojoLingo #IoT #M2M #RTC #WebRTC #InternetOfThings

Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, will discuss the impact of technology on identity. Should we federate, or not? How should identity be secured? Who owns the identity? How is identity created, addressed, and shared? read more
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[session] Analysis Engines for Internet-of-Things Data By @MapR | @ThingsExpo #IoT #BigData

You have your devices and your data, but what about the rest of your Internet of Things story? Two popular classes of technologies that nicely handle the Big Data analytics for Internet of Things are Apache Hadoop and NoSQL. Hadoop is designed for parallelizing analytical work across many servers and is ideal for the massive data volumes you create with IoT devices. NoSQL databases such as Apache HBase are ideal for storing and retrieving IoT data as “time series data.” read more
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Disaster Recovery Survival By @NaviSite | @CloudExpo #IoT #BigData #DevOps

Does your data center strategy contain a few, potential dark, rain clouds of unknown costs, sustainability of business continuity? Business continuity has to be purpose driven with real, practical goals while maintaining an achievable cost of ownership. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Joe Thykattil, Technology Architect & Sales at TimeWarner / Navisite, will discuss how to leverage the Service Provider and VMWare Air disaster recovery to the cloud partnership to create your BCDR strategy. read more
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Canadian dollar drops to 74.40 cents – lowest since June 2004

Canadian dollar drops to 74.40 cents – lowest since June 2004
Hamilton Spectator - 1 hour agoOn Monday, Canada's main index plunged 373.99 points or 2.8 per cent to 13,004.58. The last time the index closed below 13,000 was in October 2013.
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Canadian dollar drops to 74.40 cents – lowest since June 2004

Running QEMU/KVM Virtual Machines | @CloudExpo #DevOps #Docker #BigData

At first adopted by enterprises to consolidate physical servers, virtualization is now widely used in cloud computing to offer elasticity and scalability. On the other hand, Docker has developed a new way to handle Linux containers, inspired by version control software such as Git, which allows you to keep all development versions. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Dominique Rodrigues, the co-founder and CTO of Nanocloud Software, will discuss how in order to also handle QEMU / KVM virtual machines versions, they have developed a new tool, called Vm_commit, which can create commits, backup any commit, rollback to a previous commit or rebase all the commits up to a given one for any running virtual machine, on the fly. read more
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iBeacon Protocol, #API and the #InternetOfThings | @ThingsExpo #IoT #BigData

Forbes called 2015, the Year of the Mobile Beacon. AdWeek talks about how beacons are already influencing the way we network, get drunk, vacation, shop, and even how we buy sausage. Ten experts at Marketing Land predicted that this year the whole world of mobile marketing will become acutely location-aware. Plus, if Google, Apple, and Facebook are betting on it, shouldn't you? We'll dive in and learn how beacons interact with APIs, how the different beacon protocols work, and what makes for a quality beacon experience. read more
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Quebec bid team not worried about weak Canadian dollar

Quebec bid team not worried about weak Canadian dollar
Toronto Sun - 24 minutes agoEven with the sagging Canadian dollar, the men spearheading the bid to bring an NHL expansion team to Quebec City are confident that a franchise can survive there. Duhatschek: It's make-or-break day for Quebec City's NHL expansion plans - The Globe and Mail

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Quebec bid team not worried about weak Canadian dollar

Trends on Tuesday: How Much Does It Cost to Go Mobile?

fruttipics/iStock/Thinkstock A penny saved is a penny earned. But spending your pennies on mobile development is necessary to meet 21st century needs.Regardless of how you plan to create that awesome anytime, anywhere mobile experience, it’s going to cost you. While the most obvious parts of the mobile price tag for native app development are initial development and launch, the long term maintenance of the app must also be considered. And you aren’t always penny pinching with responsive website redesigns—they can also come with a hefty price tag. We asked some MobileGov Community of Practice members to tell us about their experiences.Initial Developmentneyro2008/iStock/Thinkstock There are many factors that influence the cost of native app development: functionality, integration with existing databases, contracting, and the unique requirements your agency may have (creating new content, for example).MobileGov CoP members reported that app development costs for federal apps ranged betwee…

Canadian dollar slumps to lowest level since mid-2004

Canadian dollar slumps to lowest level since mid-2004
The Globe and Mail - 5 hours agoThe Canadian dollar tumbled today to its lowest level since mid-2004, and by most accounts it won't stop there. “Weak global equity and commodity markets have been the triggers for the increase in risk aversion,” said George Davis of RBC Dominion ... Canadian Dollar Drops Against Most Majors - RTT News
Canadian Dollar Extends Decline To 6-day Low Versus Australian Dollar - London South East (registration) (blog)

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Canadian dollar slumps to lowest level since mid-2004

Canada's dollar remains near 11-year low, US index futures point upward

Canada's dollar remains near 11-year low, US index futures point upward
The Province - 28 minutes agoTORONTO - The Canadian dollar was little-changed and U.S. index futures were positive ahead of the North American stock market open.
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Canada's dollar remains near 11-year low, US index futures point upward

[session] Dev+Ops = DevOps By @Ericsson | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

As a company adopts a DevOps approach to software development, what are key things that both the Dev and Ops side of the business must keep in mind to ensure effective continuous delivery? In his session at DevOps Summit, Mark Hydar, Head of DevOps, Ericsson TV Platforms, will share best practices and provide helpful tips for Ops teams to adopt an open line of communication with the development side of the house to ensure success between the two sides. read more
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WebRTC and CloudRTC Platforms | @ThingsExpo #IoT #RTC #Java #WebRTC

Disruption in the communications ecosystem is creating a market opportunity for Cloud Real-Time Communications (RTC) platforms. We expect this market to represent a $4.5 billion opportunity by 2018. Cloud RTC Platforms are cloud services that enable mobile and web developers to integrate communications into their applications with just a few lines of code. Via REST APIs and SDKs Cloud RTC Platforms enable developers to easily integrate voice, messaging and video calling into mobile and web applications supporting more contextual conversations. These tools have the potential to change in how we interact with each other in the future. read more
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NASA + Lunar Eclipse = A Super(moon) Match Made in Metrics Heaven

NASA’s reach over the last 24 hours eclipsed that of the regulars typically seen in government digital metrics. But, all agencies can drive the conversation and accomplish a similar feat with a good content strategy.NASA defines a supermoon, which appears approximately 14 percent larger in diameter due to its proximity to the Earth, as a full or new moon that falls closest to the fall equinox, and is at its closest approach to the Earth.Sunday’s supermoon eclipse, visible to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia and the eastern Pacific, lasted an hour and 12 minutes. It is the first time since 1982 that both a supermoon and an eclipse have made an appearance together.If you weren’t able to make one of the eclipse parties happening in many cities, or were experiencing heavy cloud cover, NASA Television live-streamed the event from their Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Hosts conducted many live and pre-recorded interviews about last night’s supe…

Introducing the U.S. Web Design Standards

Joanne is a young Army Veteran who is looking to make use of her GI Bill Benefits and apply for federal student loans to attend college.In trying to access the federal programs which will allow her to afford college, Joanne must navigate the websites of multiple agencies. She finds dozens of government websites which all seem relevant to what she’s looking for. Joanne is confused. Are these programs related to each other? Are they even all a part of the federal government? Are any of these a scam? When she tries to access the sites on the bus on her commute to work, she finds half of them are impossible to use on her phone. She’s overwhelmed by how hard these tools are to use, misses opportunities she’s eligible for, and feels frustrated and isolated.Joanne is not alone. When the American people go online to access government services, they’re often met with confusing navigation systems, a cacophony of visual brands, and inconsistent interaction patterns.Dedicated federal workers are …

Security in the Evolving IoT | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #RTC #BigData

Finjan Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: FNJN), has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted its subsidiary, Finjan Inc., with U.S. Patent No. 9,141,786 (the '786 Patent) covering malicious mobile code runtime monitoring system and methods. Exponential growth in the use of connected computing devices and content available on the Internet has led to unprecedented challenges in protecting users' data. Today this is recognized as a growing segment of the security sector called cybersecurity. read more
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The Content Corner: Defining Your Core

Through the course of this blog, I have frequently mentioned the need to feed the content beast and have discussed tactics such as the content pillar and various other aspects of developing a solid content strategy.Recent research from the Content Marketing Institute found the average business-to-business (B2B) company uses 13 content marketing tactics or channels, such as blogs, videos, events, etc. I’m sure that most federal agencies also have as wide an array of channels as well. DigitalGov itself is a good example, where we leverage blogs, videos, podcasts, live events (both in-person and Web-based), plus several social media accounts. That is a lot of ways to share and consume information.One important thing is to remember or establish what your core channel is. I like to refer to it as home base: it should be where all your other content channels lead back to. And it doesn’t always have to be your .gov homepage; in fact, it seems more and more common that an agency or company’s …

Join @JFrog at @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley | #API #DevOps #Containers #Microservices

SYS-CON Events announced today that JFrog, maker of Artifactory, the popular Binary Repository Manager, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Based in California, Israel and France, founded by longtime field-experts, JFrog, creator of Artifactory and Bintray, has provided the market with the first Binary Repository solution and a software distribution social platform. read more
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Join Agema Systems at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | #API #Cloud #BigData #Microservices

SYS-CON Events announced today that Agema 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. Agema Systems is the leading provider of critical white-box rack solutions to data centers through the major integrators and value added distribution channels. read more
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Announcing @HPMnetworks to Exhibit @CloudExpo | #IoT #M2M #API #RTC #InternetOfThings

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. read more
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Join DataClear at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | #IoT #Cloud #BigData #Microservices

SYS-CON Events announced today that DataClear Inc. 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. The DataClear ‘BlackBox’ is the only solution that moves your PC, browsing and data out of the United States and away from prying (and spying) eyes. Its solution automatically builds you a clean, on-demand, virus free, new virtual cloud based PC outside of the United States, and wipes it clean, destroying it completely when you log out. If you wish to store your data, the solution will include a custom data encryption system with multiple factor authentication. DataClear also provides a corporate solution for multiple networked users and secure cloud based servers. read more
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NoSQL and the Enterprise Data Hub | @BigDataExpo #BigData #Hadoop #IoT

If you’re in business, you have data. And if you’re like a lot of businesses, you have a lot of data. And it’s not only coming from your customers, it’s coming from other business units, partners, in-house applications, the cloud, hardware logs, etc. And that data could help you be better at your business, if only you had the right solution to access it in ways that deliver quantifiable value. read more
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Cheatsheet: Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

This useful cheatsheet shows the keyboard shortcuts for important Adobe Photoshop CS6 commands.View Larger VersionNote: For Photoshop commands that are displayed in blue, such as "Quit", "Close", and "Merge Layer", you must also press Ctrl on Windows or Command on Mac OS. For example, to issue the "Quit" command, press Ctrl + Q if you’re on Windows or Command + Q if you’re on Mac OS.This excellent resource is by ZeroLag. ZeroLag provided me with a special version of their existing Adobe Photoshop CS6 Shortcuts Cheatsheet. The version I posted here doesn’t display their logo.Related Content70 Excellent Photoshop ResourcesOpen Source and Free Alternatives to PhotoshopWhy Sketch is Ideal for Web DesignersJacob Gube is the founder of Six Revisions. He’s a front-end developer. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.The post Cheatsheet: Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts appeared first on Six Revisions.

How your business can prepare for swings in the Canadian dollar

How your business can prepare for swings in the Canadian dollar
The Globe and Mail - 7 minutes agoThe lower Canadian dollar is helping to boost the bottom line for small businesses exporting products to the United States, but a chunk of those profits are being eaten up by the higher cost of importing goods from the country.
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How your business can prepare for swings in the Canadian dollar

Cloud in the U.S. and in Germany By @ProfitBricksUSA | @CloudExpo #API #DevOps #Docker #BigData

The cloud has reached mainstream IT. Those 18.7 million data centers out there (server closets to corporate data centers to colocation deployments) are moving to the cloud. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Achim Weiss, CEO & co-founder of ProfitBricks, will share how two companies – one in the U.S. and one in Germany – are achieving their goals with cloud infrastructure. More than a case study, he will share the details of how they prioritized their cloud computing infrastructure deployments and the details they’ve learned. From performance to network configurations, they've got interesting architectures running in the cloud now. ProfitBricks learned from these two customers and he will give you some tips on how to make your move to the cloud painless. read more
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Cloud's Provisioning Problem | @DevOpsSummit #IoT #DevOps #BigData

Go ahead. Name a cloud environment that doesn't include load balancing as the key enabler of elastic scalability. I've got coffee... so it's good, take your time... Exactly. Load balancing - whether implemented as traditional high availability pairs or clustering - provides the means by which applications (and infrastructure, in many cases) scale horizontally. It is load balancing that is at the heart of elastic scalability models, and that provides a means to ensure availability and even improve performance of applications. But simple load balancing alone isn't enough. Too many environments and architectures are wont to toss a simple, network-based solution at the problem and call it a day. But rudimentary load balancing techniques that rely solely on a set of metrics are doomed to fail eventually. That's because a simple number like "connection count" does not provide enough context to make an intelligent load balancing decision. An application instance…

Industrial Internet and Beyond | @ThingsExpo #IoT #API #InternetOfThings

In the last blog we started the conversation on our findings from @Cloud Expo 2015 and @ThingsExpo 2015 as the industry came together to explore the impact of Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) on business models as we know them. While often the focus of IoT are consumer services and the sometimes over-simplification of what constitutes an IoT company or service, one area there is no disputing is the significant advancement in the Industrial Internet (a term made popular by GE). Ongoing improvements in sensor technologies – including performance, miniaturization, cost and energy consumption – make intelligent products more accessible. read more
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Building ROI with DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Docker #Microservices

Decisions about budgets and resources are often made without IT even having a seat at the table. As technologist we understand the value of DevOps - but do your business counterparts? If they don't, your DevOps initiatives could lose funding before they start. In her session at DevOps Summit, Jeanne Morain, Strategist / Author at iSpeak Cloud, LLC, will provide insights on how to bridge the gap between business and technology leaders. Attendees will learn prescriptive guidance on balancing workloads, critical communication processes and considerations for building out a solid return-on-investment model. read more
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Keep CALM - Embrace #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #IoT #APM #Microservices

There are not many times in my career that I am going to be able to quote Will Smith, but in the “Will2K” video, Will states “You Never Know Where You Are Going Until You Know Where You Have Been”. For me, this summarizes why measurements and metrics are so important. Unless you can understand where you are right now then there is no way to understand whether you have been successful in regards to an initiative, in this case, DevOps adoption. Choosing the right DevOps measurements is important to eliciting the right behavior amongst IT teams, ensuring that they know what they need to focus on and, key to making sure that you are delivering the right value to the business. read more
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DevOps Summit Was a Terrific Event! | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #BigData #Docker

DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo 2014 Silicon Valley was a terrific event for us. The Qubell booth was crowded on all three days. We ran demos every 30 minutes with folks lining up to get a seat and usually standing around. It was great to meet and talk to over 500 people! My keynote was well received and so was Stan's joint presentation with RingCentral on Devops for BigData. I also participated in two Power Panels – ‘Women in Technology’ and ‘Why DevOps Is Even More Important than You Think,’ both featuring brilliant colleagues and moderators and it was a blast to be a part of. read more
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Seven Jaw-Dropping Applications of Cloud By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #IoT #Cloud #BigData

Here are seven completely real, jaw-dropping applications of cloud computing that can transform humanity. Made possible with cloud technology, don't be surprised if you have never heard about such applications. 1. Shoes Sold by the Step Imagine buying the world's best shoes or for that matter any pair of shoes and paying zero dollars for them upfront. That would be crazy right? Well the Internet of Things can make this possible. With new technologies that can power everything we do and create new ways of doing them, vendors of consumable items can sell items based on a unique measurement rather than on a flat fee. Shoes may be sold for the number of steps you are expected to take in them or car tire manufacturers may charge you based on the number of kilometers you drive. No matter what, the fundamental aspect of charging a customer will change with the Internet of Things and cloud computing. This idea is based on consumption cloud computing that measures the usage of a specif…

The Economics of Information Optimization | @CloudExpo #Microservices

We talk about optimization a whole lot. There’s cloud workload optimization, there’s mobile optimization for website presentation and there’s every other type of optimization as we move through the ‘full stack’ of information technology from the base logic layer all the way up to the Graphical User Interface (GUI). You get the picture, there’s a lot of optimization going on – but this is a natural thing, i.e., we spent the end part of the last century trying to get more processing speed, better form factors for devices and cheaper memory and storage. read more
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Forrester: Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #BigData

According to Forrester, public cloud platforms are evolving, blurring the lines between Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS) in order to satisfy the needs of enterprises and widen their appeal to developers. In The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms, Q4 2014, Forrester evaluates the 16 most significant Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms and details how each vendor fulfills the 19 evaluation criteria points. read more
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Chef and AlertLogic to Present at @DevOpsSummit | #IoT #DevOps #BigData

More organizations are embracing DevOps to realize compelling business benefits such as more frequent feature releases, increased application stability, and more productive resource utilization. However, security and compliance monitoring tools have not kept up and often represent the single largest remaining hurdle to continuous delivery. In their session at DevOps Summit, Justin Criswell, Senior Sales Engineer at Alert Logic, Ricardo Lupo, a Solution Architect with Chef, will discuss how to successfully integrate security controls in your DevOps program. read more
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Convergence of Big Data, Cloud, and IoT | @ThingsExpo #IoT #API #BigData

Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. read more
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An ESB Anti-Pattern and #Microservices | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #BigData

I’ve been thinking a bit about microservices (μServices) recently. My immediate reaction is to think: “Isn’t this just yet another new term for the same stuff, Web Services->SOA->APIs->Microservices?” Followed shortly by the thought, “well yes it is, but there are some important differences/distinguishing factors.” Microservices is an evolutionary paradigm born out of the need for simplicity (i.e., get away from the ESB) and alignment with agile (think DevOps) and scalable (think Containerization) development and deployment architectures. Martin Fowler and James Lewis defined nine core characteristics of microservices in their seminal post. read more
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Gaining IoT Insight | @ThingsExpo #IoT #API #BigData #InternetOfThings

As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of streaming data in the cloud with an enterprise grade SLA. It features built-in integration with Azure Machine Learning, enabling you to invoke machine learning modules over streaming data to perform anomaly detection, classification, and other predictive analytics in real time. read more
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Connected Cars By @MetraTech | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #BigData

In recent years, we’ve watched mobile, cloud technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) enable increased connectivity for every network and every industry, ranging from connected cars to commercial vehicles and fleet management to smart cities to data centers. At MWC, it was clear that professionals in these areas are continuing to make strides in their fields. Below are a few of the major developments we noticed and look forward to hearing more as 2015 progresses. read more
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