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Kibana 4 for Log Analysis | @CloudExpo @Logzio #DevOps #Microservices

In his General Session at DevOps Summit, Asaf Yigal, Co-Founder & VP of Product at Logz.io, explored the value of Kibana 4 for log analysis and provided a hands-on tutorial on how to set up Kibana 4 and get the most out of Apache log files. He examined three use cases: IT operations, business intelligence, and security and compliance. Asaf Yigal is co-founder and VP of Product at log analytics software company Logz.io. In the past, he was co-founder of social-trading platform Currensee, which was later acquired by OANDA. He was also an early employee of server performance-monitoring company Akorri and storage resource-management startup Onaro, both of which were acquired by NetApp (NTAP). He graduated from the Techion - the Israeli version of MIT - and he later created an AI algorithm on naval warfare for the Israeli military. read more
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How to Get the Most Out of Analytics | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Today, organizations have so much data at their disposal. This data includes company, customer, product, employee, and more… much more. The problem is that without the proper tools, mid-market companies often struggle with turning this information into meaningful and actionable insights. In a time where information is power, how can companies exploit their information assets to achieve a strategic advantage over the competition? Queue analytics. read more
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Canadian Dollar Outlook: CAD Too Hot To Handle This Week

Canadian Dollar Outlook: CAD Too Hot To Handle This Week
Pound Sterling Live - 10 hours agoThe Canadian dollar will be in focus on Wednesday the 2nd of December when the Bank of Canada delivers their latest policy decision and assessment. Canadian Dollar Predicted Bullish in Advance of OPEC Meeting - Exchange Rates UK

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Canadian Dollar Outlook: CAD Too Hot To Handle This Week

IoT Keynote By @ChrisMatthieu | @ThingsExpo @Citrix #IoT #M2M #API #InternetOfThings

In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu). read more
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The Content Corner: The Balance Between SEO and the User

I always think of SEO like the dentist—no one really likes it, but you need to do it. Yet, despite my lack of excitement for the topic, this will be at a minimum my second post (here’s the first) about the relationship between creating good content and SEO practices.Today I want to dive a little more into often overlooked aspects of the content creation process and overall content maintenance.Attack of the Cloneshoodesigns/iStock/Thinkstock It’s common for us in the rush to create content to overlook existing content that could simply be updated as opposed to creating completely new pages. This type of duplicate content (whether created on purpose or accident) has actually been found to harm your site’s overall rankings on Google’s search engine results pages (SERPs). This includes content that not only duplicates portions of content from other pages (and  exact duplicates of content from other sites) but also pages that have the same title or description (more on that below).Review yo…

Sprint Is Moving Toward DevOps | @CloudExpo #DevOps #IoT #BigData

Telecommunications giant Sprint places an emphasis on orchestration and automation to bring IT culture and infrastructure into readiness for cloud, software-defined data center and DevOps. Learn how Sprint has made IT infrastructure orchestration and automation a pillar of its strategic IT architecture future from Chris Saunderson, Program Manager and Lead Architect for Data Center Automation at Sprint in Kansas City, Missouri. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. read more
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Canadian dollar may not be weak enough to get the economic job done, US bank warns

Canadian dollar may not be weak enough to get the economic job done, US bank warns
The Globe and Mail - 16 minutes agoThe loonie has lost about 13 per cent against the U.S. dollar so far this year, weakened by sustained lower oil prices and the belief that the Federal Reserve will soon hike its benchmark rate while the Bank of Canada does nothing for some time yet ...
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Canadian dollar may not be weak enough to get the economic job done, US bank warns

The 2016 HTPC Build

I've loved many computers in my life, but the HTPC has always had a special place in my heart. It's the only always-on workhorse computer in our house, it is utterly silent, totally reliable, sips power, and it's at the center of our home entertainment, networking, storage, and gaming. This handy box does it all, 24/7.I love this little machine to death; it's always been there for me and my family. The steady march of improvements in my HTPC build over the years lets me look back and see how far the old beige box PC has come in the last decade since I've been blogging:2005~$1000512 MB RAM, single core CPU80 watts idle2008~$5202 GB RAM, dual core CPU45 watts idle2011~$4204 GB RAM, dual core CPU + GPU22 watts idle2013~$3008 GB RAM, dual core CPU + GPU×215 watts idle2016~$3208 GB RAM, dual core CPU + GPU×410 watts idleAs expected, the per-thread performance increase from 2013's Haswell CPU to 2016's Skylake CPU is modest – 20 percent at best, and that might be…

28 DevOps Architectures | @CloudExpo #DevOps #IoT #ContinuousDelivery

People want to get going with DevOps or Continuous Delivery, but need a place to start. Others are already on their way, but need some validation of their choices. A few months ago, I published the first volume of DevOps and Continuous Delivery reference architectures which has now been viewed over 50,000 times on SlideShare (it's free to download...no registration required). Three things helped people in the deck: (1) the reference architectures, (2) links to the sources for each architecture attached to each slide, and (3) no marketing fluff. read more
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Testing Challenges of IoT | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #InternetOfThings

The tech industry has been abuzz about the potential of the Internet of Things for the past several years, and with good reason. As more devices become connected to one another, society steps even closer to the ultimate goal of an overarching, cohesive network facilitating communication between everyday objects and tools. The possibilities of a fully realized IoT are practically endless – so too, however, are the concerns surrounding IoT when it comes to software test management. read more
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Sandy Carter Keynote at @CloudExpo | @Sandy_Carter @IBMcloud #IoT #M2M #InternetOfThings

Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Day 2 Keynote at 17th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, will discuss why this matters, how innovation will benefit, and how to foster an interest in tech. Learn why women need to take risks and embrace failure to give them the courage to crash through the glass ceiling. Sandy will share some of her own experiences and advice with 5 career hacks to help women get ahead, because talent is not enough. read more
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Big Data Enables Top User Experiences | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData

Intuit uses deep-data analytics to gain a 360-degree view of its TurboTax application's users’ behavior and preferences for rapid applications improvements. The next BriefingsDirect big-data innovation case study highlights how Intuit uses deep-data analytics to gain a 360-degree view of its TurboTax application's users’ behavior and preferences. Such visibility allows for rapid applications improvements and enables the TurboTax user experience to be tailored to a highly detailed degree. read more
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The Complete ITaaS Transformation Framework By @PhilAbdoulaye | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Certain CIOs for incomprehensible reasons keep off their cloud transformation projects several key IT disciplines including Enterprise Architecture (EA), IT Service Management (ITSM) and most importantly Project Management. Do they consider them obsolete? useless? irrelevant? ITaaS Strategist Philippe Abdoulaye provides 7 keys that will boost PMOs and make them pivotal to any ITaaS (or cloud-related) transformation projects. read more
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Continuous Performance Validation | @CloudExpo #DevOps #IoT #BigData

There’s a common understanding about what it means for a coding task to be “done.” Yet, often this “doneness” is only a measure of functionality – not necessarily usability. Today, user experience is crucial to an application’s success, and that goes well beyond what color your button is or how prominently a call-to-action is placed. Users leave your site if pages don’t load fast enough or if the site simply feels sluggish when compared with your competitors’ sites. read more
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Keep Your Data Active | @CloudExpo @HGSTStorage #Cloud #IoT #BigData

We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources. read more
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OPM Wants to Hear from You by December 9

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is looking for agency subject matter experts (SMEs) to participate in an occupational study of the Public Affairs Series 1035. OPM is accepting SME submissions until Wednesday, December 9th.trekandshoot/iStock/Thinkstock The study will review the “current classification and qualification standards for public affairs work” and allow OPM to make any revisions or updates. OPM is interested to learn from agencies how public affairs work has changed since the current position classification standard was issued in 1981.Interested SMEs can send their name, agency, email and telephone information to Riconda Fortson.Editor’s Note: You can view our collection of digital government position descriptions. Have one that’s not in our group? Send it to DigitalGov!
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Government Product Managers Play a Key Role in UX

Government product managers sit at the intersection of three circles—business, design and technology. We play a key role in user experience (UX), because we are tasked with understanding users to build a product that is desirable and viable. This product could be a paper or online form, a website or a mobile app.NUMAX3D/iStock/Thinkstock Product management is different from project management. Product managers are the defenders and voice of the product’s customers, while a project manager is more concerned with balancing costs, scope and schedule issues.I recently completed a Product Development and Management class. Here are half a dozen things I learned and you need to know if you are a beginner to product management and its role in UX:Product managers understand user needs through interviews. For example, if the product is a website redesign, ask who will be using the new site? How and where do they access it now? Does the existing site meet their needs, in at least some ways? In wh…

API Design Using Behavior Driven Development By @JustinRohrman | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud

Test-driven development (TDD) has been around for a while now. Behavior-driven development (BDD), a comparably recent methodology, emerged from the practice of TDD and could reasonably be called a narrower application of TDD. The TDD process allows a developer to use a failing unit test to express a shortcoming of the system. The next step is to modify the production code to get the failing test to pass without making existing tests fail. BDD more or less takes this same concept and adds the idea that the tests should be written in easy-to-understand language describing the problem domain, and that tests should express user acceptance criteria. read more
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Testing Streaming Media | @CloudExpo #APM #IoT #DevOps #BigData

Here’s the thing: as sure as we’ll have another record-setting year for NFL streaming, you can also be sure that apps will fail and streaming services will go down. Whether you are dabbling in streaming or diving in whole-hog, you need to know what to do to give your users the most reliable experience possible. Here are a few tips. read more
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IoT = Cloud + Big Data + Analytics | @ThingsExpo #Cloud #IoT #BigData

Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessions, I wanted to share some of my observations on emerging trends. As cyber security serves as a foundation and necessary defense for customer and cloud solutions, cyber becomes more and more commoditized. The real impact is how do we deliver a confidence or trust to customers and their customer journey with our organizations. read more
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The Business of IoT | @ThingsExpo @EmbeddedExperts #IoT #BigData

Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity. read more
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Managers Don’t Have to Hate Agile | @CloudExpo #IoT #Agile #DevOps

Earlier this year Forbes published an article titled “Why Do Managers Hate Agile?” The author, Steve Denning, builds a case for managers hating Agile due to “management” and “Agile” being defined as two different worlds. It’s like Men are From Mars and Women are from Venus, only we’re talking about the IT world and management and developers, instead of men and women. The article caught my attention for the obvious reason that CollabNet sells products and services to help support Agile development efforts, sparking the question, “Why would managers hate Agile?” read more
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Gitrob on the Network | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #Security

Developers generally like to share their code, and many of them do so by open sourcing it on GitHub, a social code hosting and collaboration service. Many companies also use GitHub as a convenient place to host both private and public code repositories by creating GitHub organizations where employees can be joined. Sometimes Employee might publish things that might be sensitive in nature and these things might lead to compromise of a system. read more
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Bring Anonymous’s War on Daesh to the Enterprise By @TheEbizWizard | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Anonymous’s self-organization gives it power, resilience, and above all, agility – in fact, far more than traditional organizations with vastly superior resources. On the other hand, its efforts are often capricious, and once a particular target loses its appeal, Anonymous’s attention tends to wander elsewhere. As the war against Daesh (formerly ISIS or ISIL) heats up following the terrorist attacks in Paris, the hacker group Anonymous has taken a leadership position in the global effort. Its battleground isn't in Europe, the Middle East, or any other location on earth. Anonymous is battling Daesh in cyberspace. Enterprises, in contrast, generally have clear, long-term goals – profitability, growth, customer satisfaction and the like, while Anonymous is deeply anarchic. Understanding how the members of Anonymous choose their goals, however, provides a measure of insight into self-organization for enterprises. read more
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What Are the Advantages of Cloud Computing? By @CHBoorman | @CloudExpo #IoT #Cloud

Here's a bold claim: Cloud computing has the potential to be as transformative as the advent of the automobile. Before the age of cars and buses, everything was undertaken at a fraction of the pace it is now-transport, distribution, socializing. The automobile revolutionized all of that, changing forever the way we moved, made friends and worked. Make no mistake, cloud computing is the 21st Century equivalent of the automobile. In case you've just returned from several years orbiting Mars, let me just explain what we mean by cloud computing. It refers to storing and accessing data, programs and services over the Internet instead of your computer hard drive. Working off your hard drive is how the computer industry functioned for decades-all your data lived somewhere inside that desktop PC. With cloud computing, you divest of the hard drive and enjoy the freedom of working anywhere, anytime, on any device. Your data, however much there is of it, is stored in huge data centers an…

You Don’t Have to Be a Tech Giant to Navigate the End of Safe Harbor By @ttul | @CloudExpo #Cloud

For the last 15 years, companies operating in the United States and Europe have benefited from Safe Harbor - a streamlined process that allowed U.S. companies to transfer and store European citizens' data in the U.S. provided a level of privacy protections were adhered to according to outlined European standards. Recently, however, an Irish court has ruled, in a case brought by an Austrian citizen concerned about how Facebook was handling his private data, that the Safe Harbor agreement is inconsistent with European privacy law, as it did not require all organizations entitled to work with EU privacy-related data to comply with it. The court’s decision means Ireland’s Data Privacy Commissioner must review the merits of the case and make a final determination about whether Facebook is allowed to transfer private data from its European users to the United States. In the mean time, companies that had relied on the Safe Harbor process can no longer do so. In today's data-centric b…

Invaluable Lessons from @CloudExpo | @IanKhanLive #Cloud #IoT #BigData

Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points. read more
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The Language of Provisioning By @DMacVittie | @CloudExpo #Cloud

If you think of automated provisioning as a formal written language definition, it does have some value in illuminating issues with partial automation or portions of the overall data center that are not automated. The path to automation is not a straight one at most organizations. It takes time, it takes resources, and even though there is a definable ROI, the press of business needs wins every time there is a conflict – because meeting business needs is pretty much the purpose of IT. But taking the staggered approach has costs too, and it’s good on occasion to look at them. I’ve admittedly created this view, but it is a way to consider your automation efforts and how well they’re working with regard to the end goal. read more
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Canadian dollar edges lower, US markets closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Canadian dollar edges lower, US markets closed for Thanksgiving holiday
The Province - 29 minutes agoTORONTO - The Canadian dollar edged lower on what is expected to be a quiet day for stocks with the U.S. market closed for that country's Thanksgiving holiday.
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Canadian dollar edges lower, US markets closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Canadian dollar edges lower, US markets closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Canadian dollar edges lower, US markets closed for Thanksgiving holiday
CanadianBusiness.com - 14 minutes agoTORONTO - The Canadian dollar edged lower on what is expected to be a quiet day for stocks with the U.S. market closed for that country's Thanksgiving holiday.
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Canadian dollar edges lower, US markets closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Whistler businesses hoping to cash in on low Canadian dollar

Whistler businesses hoping to cash in on low Canadian dollar
MetroNews Canada - 8 minutes agoWhistler businesses hoping to cash in on low Canadian dollar. Low dollar has helped bring more American tourists to Whistler for record setting summer and strong start to winter.
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Whistler businesses hoping to cash in on low Canadian dollar

Continuous Nature of DevOps | @CloudExpo #DevOps #IoT #Microservices

Put the word continuous in front of many things and we help define DevOps: continuous delivery, continuous testing, continuous assessment, and there is more. The next BriefingsDirect DevOps thought leadership discussion explores the concept of continuous processes around the development and deployment of applications and systems. Put the word continuous in front of many things and we help define DevOps: continuous delivery, continuous testing, continuous assessment, and there is more. read more
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The Data Briefing: How Neuroscience and Communication Theory Inform Good User Experience Design

Standing on the corner, waiting in the rain, I swear I’ll never, ever, use that app again. Why? Because the bad user experience (UX) design was preventing me from determining when the Metrobus would arrive.UX is everything from the visual design to the navigation structure of the website or mobile app. This month, DigitalGov is focusing on UX design. Good UX design is based on understanding how people perceive and process information on everything from websites to mobile apps. In this article, I will describe two fundamental neuroscience concepts and one communication theory that explain how to create good UX design.Cognitive BarriersThe first neuroscience concept is cognitive barriers. Cognitive barriers can best be illustrated by the difficulties I had with a mobile app designed to display information about the Metro system. First, the number of steps to find information seemed excessive. Second, the perceived length of the steps was also excessive in that I had to do a lot of scrol…

Optimize DevOps By @IsomorphicHQ | @CloudExpo #API #IoT #DevOps

DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, rich desktop and tuned mobile experiences can now be created with a single codebase – without compromising functionality, performance or usability. In his session at DevOps Summit, Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, demonstrated examples of complex UI widgets that behave differently in desktop vs. mobile context, and described the API and code structures that enable these capabilities. read more
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The IoT Is Getting Agile By @Flint_Brenton | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API

Every day, every hour, every minute, devices are becoming connected. The Internet of Things (or Iot) has gone from a buzzword floating through the echoes of Silicon Valley to a tangible and quickly advancing movement in the world of hardware. But, like a stone tossed into a pond, the effects of the Internet of Things are quickly rippling outward, causing immense changes to the environment surrounding it. And, as it turns out, the IoT is a rather big stone and it's making a large splash. The IoT revolution is necessitating enormous changes to companies who want to play in this brave new world - and those companies are not few in number. read more
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Ushering in the IoT | @ThingsExpo @Luxoft #IoT #BigData #InternetOfThings

With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now all corporate assets – people, objects, and spaces – can share information about themselves and their surroundings. And this data can help make better decisions through improved insights. read more
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PubNub Announces BLOCKS | @ThingsExpo @PubNub #IoT #Microservices

PubNub has announced the release of BLOCKS, a set of customizable microservices that give developers a simple way to add code and deploy features for realtime apps.PubNub BLOCKS executes business logic directly on the data streaming through PubNub’s network without splitting it off to an intermediary server controlled by the customer. This revolutionary approach streamlines app development, reduces endpoint-to-endpoint latency, and allows apps to better leverage the enormous scalability of PubNub’s Data Stream Network. read more
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Taking Cloud Databases to the Edge By @IBMCloudant | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user experience, both offline and online. The focus of this talk was on IBM Cloudant, Apache CouchDB, and related open source tools and open standards. read more
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Opening Keynote at @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API

In today's enterprise, digital transformation represents organizational change even more so than technology change, as customer preferences and behavior drive end-to-end transformation across lines of business as well as IT. To capitalize on the ubiquitous disruption driving this transformation, companies must be able to innovate at an increasingly rapid pace. Traditional approaches for driving innovation are now woefully inadequate for keeping up with the breadth of disruption and change facing today's increasingly digital enterprise. It's time to rethink how we innovate, leveraging the very turbulence that drives the business to change. In his Opening Keynote at 17th Cloud Expo, Jason Bloomberg, leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise and president of Intellyx, provided a thought-provoking look at how modern digital practices, including self-organization and DevOps, can provide a template for rethinking how innovation processes can continue to drive str…

Using Spark Streaming for keyword detection

As new kinds of devices connect to the internet, they generate petabytes of data every day. Companies analyze this valuable data to better understand and meet their customers’ needs. Streaming big data analytics gives users the ability to analyze data in real time, which is useful in time-critical applications like fraud detection. In this article, learn how to use the Spark Streaming platform for real-time keyword detection.

Data Collection: the Battlefields of Modern Business By @KRBenedict | @BigDataExpo #BigData

In 1854 Cholera broke out in the Soho neighborhood of London. Hundreds of people were struck down and died within days. No one at the time understood where the disease came from, how to treat it, or how it was transmitted. A local physician, Dr. John Snow spent every possible moment of his day studying the victims and data in an attempt to understand the disease. His biggest challenge was a lack of data. He had only the list of the dead and a blank map of the neighborhood. What he needed was more data. This was solved when he met the local priest, Henry Whitehouse. Whitehouse had recorded the time of death, and the location where all the families lived and died. When these sources of data where combined, and then overlaid on a map, visual patterns emerged which ultimately led the two to see the common denominator for all the victims was drinking contaminated water from the Broad Street water pump. read more
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Canadian dollar rises as oil rallies on Middle East tensions

Canadian dollar rises as oil rallies on Middle East tensions
Reuters Canada - 22 minutes agoTORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar firmed against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, helped by the rally in crude oil on raised geopolitical tensions, while the U.S.
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Canadian dollar rises as oil rallies on Middle East tensions

Trends on Tuesday: What Mobile Devices Do People Use to Access Federal Sites?

Mobile users of government websites are growing in double digit percentages and will likely soon become the majority.For some recent internal project research, I dove into some of the federal government-wide analytics looking at mobile usage and found a few interesting tidbits to share:It’s an OS battle of the As. Apple devices slightly edge out Android as the most popular with 49.24% to 44.88% of the audience.There’s no realistic third contender. Windows devices make up less than 4% and Blackberry less than .5% of the audience, then it trails off quickly from there with Nokia, Symbian, and FirefoxOS holding hundredths of a percent.Android devices are slow to get upgrades. The top operating system version is Android 4.4.2, which launched almost two years ago in December of 2013 (Android 6.0 launched this October), but many Android users are at the mercy of their carrier, device manufacturer or both, for getting upgrades pushed through.Screen resolutions are incredibly fragmented. Whil…

Wearable Tech: Here to Stay? | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #Wearables

Wearable technology has come a long way since the calculator watch. In the past whenever I thought of the term “wearable technology” the first things I would like of were always calculator watches and pedometers, but boy have things changed! Even if you’re a skeptic, this blogger thinks that pretty much everyone will be using some type of wearable tech by 2020. It seems like wearable technology is everywhere. Whether it is Google Glass, or the Samsung Galaxy Gear, there seems to be nothing that you can't tech out. There is Colour Change Couture, fabric that changes color when wet, The Programmable T-shirt, which, when combined with the smartphone app, allows the wearer to display tweets, Facebook statuses, and pictures. Celebs are even getting on the wearable tech bandwagon; Nicole Scherzinger wore a dress made of silk, Swarovski crystals, and 2,000 LED lights that displayed tweets in real time when the hashtag #tweetthedress was used. For more on the future of fashion, check out …

Big Data, IoT, and Russian Nesting Dolls | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData

I recently spent the weekend up in the lakes region of New Hampshire, and made the rounds of all the various country stores and craft shops that are a staple of the area. In one shop, I noticed something I hadn’t seen in a long time: a large set of Russian nesting dolls. The quality, craftsmanship, and level of detail were impressive. As I removed the cover on the first intricately painted doll, nestled inside was the next, slightly smaller one, a duplicate of the outer doll, with all of the same detail on a slightly smaller scale. As I continued opening each successive doll, revealing the next smaller duplicate, I started looking for discrepancies, loss of detail in the duplication as I dove recursively into smaller and smaller dolls. The quality and attention to detail, even at the smallest level, remained for each of the dolls. Each doll was a representation of information, just on different levels and scales. read more
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TSX closes 51 points lower; Canadian dollar down

TSX closes 51 points lower; Canadian dollar down
Times Colonist - 19 minutes agoTORONTO - Weakness in metals prices weighed on mining stocks, pushing the Toronto stock market to a lower close. Toronto's S&P/TSX composite index gave back 51.11 points to close at 13,382.38 on Monday. CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures down as commodity prices tumble - Reuters

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TSX closes 51 points lower; Canadian dollar down

FOREX-Oil bounce helps Norwegian crown, Canadian dollar recover

FOREX-Oil bounce helps Norwegian crown, Canadian dollar recover
Reuters - 8 hours agoDollar index touches 7-month high (New throughout after oil market move). By Patrick Graham. LONDON, Nov 23 The Norwegian crown jumped to its highest in six weeks and the Australian and Canadian dollars recovered on Monday after oil prices jumped ...
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FOREX-Oil bounce helps Norwegian crown, Canadian dollar recover

Microservices in a Hybrid Environment | @CloudExpo @XebiaLabs #IoT #Microservices

Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem" in this scenario: microservice A (releases daily) depends on a couple of additions to backend B (releases quarterly). read more
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Adaptive Two-Factor Authentication: Is It All It’s Cracked up to Be? | @CloudExpo #Cloud

It’s a given that employee access to corporate systems should be both as secure and simple as possible. Up until recently however, time-strapped CIOs, under pressure from demanding staff and challenged with authenticating users all over the world on multiple devices, have been torn between relying on the fatally flawed password or hard token two-factor authentication (2FA) to keep their systems secure. read more
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Cloud Platforms: The Crucial Foundation By @BDaleiden | @CloudExpo #Cloud

In today’s pharmaceutical supply chain, counterfeit activity is thriving. As pharma companies have expanded target markets and outsourced production over the last decade, the supply chain has become increasingly global, virtual, and vulnerable. Illicit activity has thrived, and patients have suffered, with hundreds of thousands dying each year from counterfeit and contaminated drugs. More than 40 countries have responded with new laws that regulate prescription medications as they travel through the supply chain. While this is a quantum leap forward for patient health, the implications for supply chain stakeholders, from pharmaceutical companies and their contract manufacturing partners to the pharmacies that serve patients are daunting: they must master each country’s disparate track and trace requirements; create a system architecture capable of generating, managing, and storing what will be unprecedented volumes of regulated data; and figure out how to efficiently exchange that dat…

Canadian Dollar Forecast: Crash Coming in 2016

Canadian Dollar Forecast: Crash Coming in 2016
Profit Confidential - 27 minutes agoLast year's epic crash in crude oil prices rocked the Canadian energy sector to its core, decimating the Canadian dollar ahead of 2016. Now, a provincial government in Canada passed a piece of environmental legislation that could drive the “loonie,” a ...
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Wherever You Go, There We Are: the Geolocation API

No matter how you go mobile, you can meet your user’s needs. Recommendations based on location are plentiful, particularly on native apps. But don’t fret, agencies with mobile websites: you can also get in the location customization game.cybrain/iStock/Thinkstock Geolocation is a W3C scripting API that can be used with JavaScript in Web browsers. In the past, geolocation could only be done in native apps through a mobile programming API. With the Geolocation API, a mobile web app can request a user’s location.There are numerous ways federal agencies could use this API. For example, the National Park Service (NPS)’s FindYourPark.com provides customized recommendations based on a user’s location. As noted in a previous DigitalGov article, NPS metadata from NPS.gov is pulled over to the FindYourPark website, including information about Centennial Rvents and the maps for the find feature.Geolocation is not part of W3C HTML5 or the WHATWG HTML. However, W3C has published specifications to s…

Leadership for DevOps Success | @DevOpsSummit @G2G3 #DevOps #IoT

Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ability. Many are unable to effectively engage and inspire, creating forward momentum in the direction of desired change. Renowned for its approach to leadership and emphasis on their people, organizations increasingly look to our military for insight into these challenges. read more
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The Content Corner: Good UX Needs Good Content

As DigitalGov focuses on user experience this month it is good to remember one harsh truth: You cannot have a good user experience with bad content. It is important to keep a “content first” strategy in place during any website redesign or new site development. It is so easy for the various disciplines involved in designing a site to lose sight of the content and of each other.enotmaks/iStock/Thinkstock I’ve been there, and I am sure most of us have. A new, exciting redesign of your site is getting started and the very first thing being discussed is how it’s going to look. Full disclosure: last week, I referred to a major system redesign I was involved with, and I am already building wireframes. Sorry, dear readers, but I am not perfect either. Content considerations and the users’ needs are driving the development behind those wireframes, but I fear that content is still being slighted.Without Content There is NothingI’m staring at my paper wireframes as I type this and making a paine…

Canadian dollar traders are getting ready for the last leg down

Canadian dollar traders are getting ready for the last leg down
The Globe and Mail - 27 minutes ago“That's going to be the trough for the Canadian dollar,” Krishen Rangasamy, senior economist at National Bank Financial, said in a telephone interview from Montreal. Canadian Dollar Drops Against Most Majors - RTT News
C$ falls with lower commodity prices, trims losses - Reuters Canada

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BMO Capital Markets Awarded Best Bank for the Canadian Dollar by FX Week for ...

BMO Capital Markets Awarded Best Bank for the Canadian Dollar by FX Week for ...
Stockhouse - 30 minutes ago23, 2015) - BMO Capital Markets, the investment and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (NYSE:BMO) (TSX:BMO), has been named Best Bank for the Canadian Dollar by FX Week for the fifth year running. "We're committed to helping our clients ... Best Bank for Canadian Dollar: BMO Capital Markets - FX Week (subscription)

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Driving IoT from Hype to Reality | @ThingsExpo @PubNub #IoT #M2M #API

The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, exploreed the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends and technology requirements that will drive the Internet of Things from hype to reality. read more
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Announcing @AlertLogic to Exhibit at @CloudExpo New York | #Cloud

SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Fully managed by a team of experts, the Alert Logic Security-as-a-Service solution provides network, system and web application protection immediately, wherever your IT infrastructure resides. read more
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IoT in the Enterprise One Year Later | @ThingsExpo @Citrix #IoT #M2M #API

I recently attended and was a speaker at the 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I also had the opportunity to attend this event last year and I wrote a blog from that show talking about how the “Enterprise Impact of IoT” was a key theme of last year’s show. I was curious to see if the same theme would still resonate 365 days later and what, if any, changes I would see in the content presented. read more
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[video] Cross-Channel Marketing in a Cloud-Driven, Digital World By @Adobe | @CloudExpo #Cloud

In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects). read more
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How to Sponsor and Exhibit at 2016 @ThingsExpo | #IoT #M2M #BigData #InternetOfThings

With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. read more
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Security + DevOps: How to Get it Right? | @CloudExpo #DevOps #Microservices

The pervasiveness of software is driving the dynamics of business transactions everywhere. We live in a time of a highly competitive and truly global economy where the question being answered among businesses now is “who can innovate the fastest?” To keep pace with the increasing velocity of software updated being introduced to the market, enterprises embrace DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices, along with implementing a fully-automated software delivery process, in order to keep up with the demand to go faster. read more
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Tap-as-a-Service: Enabling Traffic Monitoring in OpenStack Clouds | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud

It is no surprise that OpenStack has evolved into a widely adopted cloud management framework. As it hurtles on a trajectory of rapid growth, a new breed of demands are making themselves felt – demands that a mature platform of this nature and scope must satisfy. One such requirement is the ability to monitor traffic flowing in the myriad of virtual networks found in an OpenStack datacenter. Conceptually speaking, the monitoring process involves placing tap devices at appropriate locations within the network infrastructure and attaching traffic analyzers to them. These analyzers can then see the same packets passing through those network segments, as if they were also in-line. A logical tap device can be easily constructed using the port-mirroring function of a network switching element, which makes it possible to have a copy of the packets traversing one or more switch ports delivered to another port on the same switch. This capability is supported by almost all modern physical and v…

How Sprint Is Moving Toward DevOps By @Dana_Gardner | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Telecommunications giant Sprint places an emphasis on orchestration and automation to bring IT culture and infrastructure into readiness for cloud, software-defined data center and DevOps. Learn how Sprint has made IT infrastructure orchestration and automation a pillar of its strategic IT architecture future from Chris Saunderson, Program Manager and Lead Architect for Data Center Automation at Sprint in Kansas City, Missouri. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. read more
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Reinventing the Handshake | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security

My father used to tell me that the key to success in life was to look people in the eye and give them a firm handshake. But the art of the handshake seems to have died in my generation. I grew up in the era of high fives, forearm smashes and fist pumps. I played baseball, so there were also a lot of butt pats, (but let’s not go into that). It seems like the importance of handshakes and eye-to-eye contact have diminished even further in my daughter’s generation. Every day I watch her friends look down at their smartphones while texting each other “omg hi bff” as they greet each other at school or at the mall. read more
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Exploding Open Source — CIO Lessons from the Edge By @ABridgwater | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData

The combined notions of open source and the ‘community contribution’ model of collaborative software application development are, of course, not new. The history of open source is actually traced back to early software exchanges between universities driven by academic principles of knowledge sharing in the 1960s. Sometime afterwards (August 25, 1991), Finnish computer scientist Linus Torvalds created Linux… and the rest is history. read more
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