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ESG Benchmark: Superior Performance on AWS Exhibited by ClustrixDB | @CloudExpo @Clustrix #Cloud

Clustrix unveiled the results of its benchmark test performed by ESG. Tested against two competing database services, the firm found that ClustrixDB delivered the best performance handling high-value transaction volumes. This offers particular benefits to organizations that anticipate high growth and/or have a high financial stake in their database’s ability to process thousands of simultaneous transactions accurately – such as those in ad tech, gaming, e-commerce or IoT. read more
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Challenges with Big Data for the Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo #IoT

The biggest challenge to IOT is thus big data that requires an infrastructure that is capable of processing billions or more data points each second. If you thought e-commerce revolutionized the retail industry over the past two decades, something much bigger is coming over the next ten years and that is the Internet of Things (IoT). By deploying sensors and network connectivity to everyday physical objects like cars, refrigerators, television and buildings, it is possible to remotely connect, manage and engage with these entities in ways that are not possible today. read more
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Canadian dollar weakens into month-end after posting earlier five-month high

Canadian dollar weakens into month-end after posting earlier five-month high
Reuters Canada - 1 hour agoTORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar weakened slightly against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday, turning lower on month-end transactions after strong domestic data helped drive the currency to a five-month high earlier. CANADA FX DEBT-C$ strengthens to 5-month high on solid GDP data - Reuters

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Canadian dollar weakens into month-end after posting earlier five-month high

What Is at the Center of Your Digital Architecture? By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Instead of thinking of the IT environment as being divided into apps, middleware, data, servers, or other IT-centric concepts, the entire enterprise must think about customer journeys and how the various customer interactions (‘moments’ in the vernacular) string together to provide the customer experience each customer desires. The end result, of course, is maximizing the business key performance indicators, including profitability, revenue per customer, and the lifetime value of each customer. We just arrived at these goals by a different path than we’re used to. read more
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Why Financial Service Companies Should Care About Application Performance By @SmartBear | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Historically, financial services have always been the early adopters and pioneers of advanced technology. I am talking about financial services in an all-inclusive sense - which encompasses a broad range of institutions that manage money, including credit unions, banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, accountancy companies, consumer-finance companies, stock brokerages, investment funds, and more. read more
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Canadian dollar at high point of year above 77 cents US

Canadian dollar at high point of year above 77 cents US
CBC.ca - 19 minutes ago"Strong Canadian data, in tandem with broad-based U.S. dollar weakness as market participants continue to reassess the Fed's rate hike timeline, have been the main drivers of this Canadian dollar rally," according to Rahim Madhavji, a currency trader ... Canadian Dollar Jumps to 8-Month High After Growth Accelerates - Bloomberg

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Canadian dollar at high point of year above 77 cents US

Canada's Trudeau says not talking down Canadian dollar

Canada's Trudeau says not talking down Canadian dollar
Reuters - 41 minutes agoMarch 31 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that he is not talking down the Canadian dollar in acknowledging that a lower exchange rate benefits certain sectors of the country's economy.
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Canada's Trudeau says not talking down Canadian dollar

The Essential DevOps Terms You Need to Know By @XebiaLabs | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

New to the DevOps world and looking to get a grip on some of the industry’s key terms? Search no further. This short list of Essential DevOps Terms will serve as a foundation from which you can build your understanding of the industry’s tools and methodologies. A precursor to Devops; Agile is a software development and, more broadly, business methodology that emphasizes short, iterative planning and development cycles to provide better control and predictability and support changing requirements as projects evolve. read more
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Internap Expands OpenStack-Powered Bare-Metal IaaS Footprint | @CloudExpo @Internap #Cloud

Internap Corporation has expanded its OpenStack-based bare-metal Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, AgileSERVER 2.0, to its data centers in Amsterdam, Dallas and Santa Clara, Calif. Launched in 2015 out of Internap’s New York Metro data center in Secaucus, N.J., AgileSERVER 2.0 is now available in four locations globally, enabling enterprises and devops teams running mission-critical applications and big data workloads to build scale-out infrastructure environments that are higher performing and more cost-effective than commodity public cloud platforms. read more
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Canada's GDP report crushed estimates, and its dollar is near an 8-month high

Canada's GDP report crushed estimates, and its dollar is near an 8-month high
Business Insider - 24 minutes agoCanada saw its strongest monthly gain in three years as January's GDP rose 0.6% from December. This was twice economists' estimates of 0.3%.
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Canada's GDP report crushed estimates, and its dollar is near an 8-month high

Tag Management: A Digital Analyst’s Best Friend

Tag managers can assist in collecting valuable data about visits to your website. Here at CFPB, we use Google Tag Manager (GTM), which is a free tool that works in tandem with Google Analytics to record and send data on how users interact with your website on an aggregate level, including which pages they view, where they click and what they download. It requires one line of code to be added to your site. Once GTM is up and running, you create tags, or tiny bits of code that record and send data, which go straight to Google Analytics (or an ever-growing list of other user interfaces). If you need any help getting started, we can give you guidance!GTM gives you the power to add a multitude of tags, built-in code (like Crazy Egg, Clicktale, etc) and custom code without having to involve a developer, or wait to have your changes published. You don’t have to worry about tags being hard-coded into a page. And, with the GTM Debugger, your changes can be tested before they go live.What to Tr…

Faster-as-a-Service: Speed Is Now Your Most Important Feature By @Catchpoint | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Just ask VC Fred Wilson. He says, “Speed is more than a feature. Speed is the most important feature. If your application is slow, people won’t use it.” So if you’ve been wondering why speed has appeared in every ad and on every website and product, there’s your answer. These days, it really doesn’t require much to prove that speed is the most important feature of your service; just pay attention to your surroundings one day. Take notice of the person next to you complaining that the mobile site they’re trying to use won’t load, or your cubicle buddy who is ready to throw their laptop out of the window because the tool their trying to use is down—it won’t take long before the idea clicks. read more
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Canadian Dollar Hits Highest Level Yet This Year, Thanks To Fed's Dovishness

Canadian Dollar Hits Highest Level Yet This Year, Thanks To Fed's Dovishness
Huffington Post Canada - 9 hours agoTORONTO - The Toronto stock market advanced for a third-straight session and the Canadian dollar hit its highest level of the year as investor sentiment remained positive following the latest comments from the U.S.
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Canadian Dollar Hits Highest Level Yet This Year, Thanks To Fed's Dovishness

Announcing @MobiDev_ to Exhibit in New York | @CloudExpo #IIoT #WebPerf

SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev 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. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex software systems for startups and enterprises. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobile software company with over 200 developers, designers, quality assurance engineers, project managers in house, specializing in the world-class mobile and web development. read more
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Morneau says economy will benefit from weak Canadian dollar over time

Morneau says economy will benefit from weak Canadian dollar over time
Toronto Sun - 2 hours agoNEW YORK - Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Wednesday said it may take more time for the country's economy to reap the benefits from a weaker Canadian dollar as domestic manufacturers adjust to its impact. "Positive effects of the lower dollar ... Trudeau's economics show us life under Labour - Telegraph.co.uk

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Morneau says economy will benefit from weak Canadian dollar over time

Canadian dollar rally has run its course

Canadian dollar rally has run its course
News.Markets - 3 hours agoSince January, the Canadian dollar has been having a fine old time; its rally boosted by hopes that the dive in commodity and oil prices is all but over and fed by promises that the new left-leaning government in Ottawa would give the economy a good ... CANADA FX DEBT-C$ strengthens to a 12-day high as oil rallies - Reuters
Commodities price collapse hurting Canadian incomes, BoC official says - The Globe and Mail (subscription)

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Canadian dollar rally has run its course

Canada's Morneau says economy will benefit from weak Canadian dollar over time

Canada's Morneau says economy will benefit from weak Canadian dollar over time
Reuters Canada - 17 minutes agoNEW YORK (Reuters) - Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Wednesday said it may take more time for the country's economy to reap the benefits from a weaker Canadian dollar as domestic manufacturers adjust to its impact. "Positive effects of the ...
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Canada's Morneau says economy will benefit from weak Canadian dollar over time

Canadian Dollar: Economist Issues Dire Report for Canadians

Canadian Dollar: Economist Issues Dire Report for Canadians
Profit Confidential - 20 minutes agoThis will likely impact the Canadian dollar. Steve Keen, a professor of economics who writes for Forbes, pointed to Canada as one of seven countries in the world that will face that crisis, along with China, Australia, Sweden, Hong Kong, and Norway ...
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Canadian Dollar: Economist Issues Dire Report for Canadians

US Dollar to Canadian Dollar Resuming Downside, 1.2832 Watershed in Sight

US Dollar to Canadian Dollar Resuming Downside, 1.2832 Watershed in Sight
Pound Sterling Live - 25 minutes agoThe USD/CAD pair has resumed its short-term down-trend by falling below the 1.2922 lows of March 18. The release of crude oil inventory data for the International Energy Agency on Wednesday March 30, showed a deeper-than-expected fall in inventories, ... USD/CAD: Trading the Canadian GDP - Forex Crunch

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US Dollar to Canadian Dollar Resuming Downside, 1.2832 Watershed in Sight

The Data Briefing: An Interview with USAJOBS on New Changes to Their Data Services

The Office of Personnel Management released a new look and functionality to USAJOBS in February. I recently contacted Michelle Earley, the USAJOBS Program Manager, to ask about the changes to USAJOBS and the data it provides.1. What are the priorities this year for the USAJOBS team and the site?“The priorities for this year include:Unifying the experienceIncorporating a comprehensive content strategy to transform the readability of the websiteImproving the Job Opportunity Announcement (Represents the agency)Improving the User Profile (Represents the job seeker/applicant)Improving Search, which is the mechanism that brings together the job seekers and agenciesUSAJOBS hopes to continue to act as a trusted public service career platform that creates a responsive and transparent experience for its users. USAJOBS will help applicants identify exciting opportunities to join the government that best match their unique capabilities.”2. What kind of data is available in USAJOBS that would be o…

Pension plans and the Canadian dollar dilemma

Pension plans and the Canadian dollar dilemma
Benefits Canada - 14 minutes agoFor many Canadian pension investors, the Canadian dollar has been a source of tremendous volatility in recent years. After reaching a post-financial crisis high of $1.06 in July 2011, the loonie followed a more or less steady slide, down to just below ...
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Pension plans and the Canadian dollar dilemma

Implementing the Mediator Design Pattern in Angular 2 By @YFain | @CloudExpo #Cloud

In any component-based framework you’ll need to implement component communications. The main principle is that components should be loosely coupled hence reusable hence testable. The mediator design pattern allows you to arrange component communications via “the man in the middle” so a component A never communicates with the component B directly. If a component needs data, someone will provide the data via bindings to the component’s input properties. Who’s this someone?Ain’t no business of the component. If a component needs to provide some data to the external world, it’ll emit events (with the data payload). Emits to whom? Ain’t no business of the component. Let whoever needs the data listen to the events from this component. read more
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Canadian Dollar Exchange Rates are Forecast to Surge on Stronger GDP

Canadian Dollar Exchange Rates are Forecast to Surge on Stronger GDP
Exchange Rates UK - 11 hours agoThe Canadian Dollar (CAD) exchange rate remains in mixed spirits as Brent crude continues to languish below $40 per barrel, held down by the rather gloomy mood that has gripped markets on Tuesday morning. USD CAD Forex Analysis Ahead of NFP and Oil Data - Nasdaq

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Canadian Dollar Exchange Rates are Forecast to Surge on Stronger GDP

USAGov’s Step-by-Step Guide to Making Snapchat Stories As Accessible As Possible

One of the biggest things we take into account whenever we consider launching on a new social platform is how we can make the information we share through that tool as accessible as possible.In its current form, Snapchat isn’t a highly accessible platform. This isn’t a problem that’s unique to Snapchat. Many emerging technologies are not up to government accessibility standards, which poses a challenge for the innovative agencies that want to adopt them.However, after seeing the explosive growth of Snapchat over the years, we decided it was time to figure out how to address these accessibility issues, so that government agencies could use the app.Here’s our step-by-step guide for improving Snapchat accessibility.Plan your Snapchat story with accessibility in mind. Use the platform to tell a succinct story. We recommend storyboarding it before you start, just like you would if you were creating a video. See if the story makes sense from beginning to end and if it clearly communicates t…

Google Will Rank ‘Mobile-Friendly’ Sites Even Higher Beginning in May

Last year Google began changing their search ranking algorithm to direct mobile users to mobile-friendly sites, and they recently announced that beginning in May they will be implementing an update to focus even more exclusively on boosting mobile-friendly sites.In the announcement, Google encourages website owners to test their sites using the Mobile-Friendly Test and Webmaster Mobile Guide, to learn how to improve your site for mobile friendliness.Previously we’ve covered how to prepare for “Mobilegeddon” (an industry term for the Google mobile-friendly shift) for government agencies. This is a crucial priority as our mobile audiences are growing by leaps and bounds.One new solution Google is pushing for sites to move more mobile-friendly the new AMP mobile framework. The open source platform is built to compete with Facebook’s proprietary “Instant Articles” performance platform and to help improve the mobile experience for people using mobile devices, where performance can sometime…

Virtusa Recognized for Big Data and Analytics IT Services | @BigDataExpo @VirtusaCorp #BigData

Virtusa Corporation has been named an Aspirant on Everest Group’s recent report: HealthcarePayer Big Data and Analytics IT Services – Service Provider Landscape with PEAK Matrix™ Assessment 2015. In this report, Everest Group analyzed the capabilities of 18 IT service providers specific to big data and analytics IT services for the global payer industry. The research report, published in November 2015, provides an objective, data-driven comparative assessment of service providers based on their overall delivery capability and market success for payer big data and analytics IT relationships. The leading providers were mapped to Everest Group’s Performance, Experience, Ability, Knowledge (PEAK) Matrix to showcase their strengths in specific areas. read more
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USDCAD: Canadian Dollar Tests Support at 1.3180

USDCAD: Canadian Dollar Tests Support at 1.3180
Economic Calendar - 8 hours agoThe Canadian dollar strengthened against its US counterpart on Monday as economic data weighed on the greenback, while the Canadian finance minister is optimistic that deficit spending will spur more economic growth.
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USDCAD: Canadian Dollar Tests Support at 1.3180

Taking Back IT - DevOps I Bimodal IT By @CHarrold303 | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

In my previous posts I have been talking about the issues with DevOps as seen from the Operations side; the cultural changes needed and the reality of the challenges that are faced getting there. As a firm believer in the idea that you "never present a challenge without a possible solution" it's time we talked about one of the ways to start building towards true Operationalized DevOps. read more
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Optimize DevOps | @CloudExpo @IsomorphicHQ #IoT #DevOps #Microservices

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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Weekly Top 10: Mapping the DevOps Journey | @DevOpsSummit @ElectricCloud #DevOps

2016 is shaping up to be the year of DevOps in the mainstream, as enterprises across every industry – from FinServ and Retail to Automotive and Telecom – adopting DevOps practices. However, many still have lingering questions about what this DevOps thing is and the best ways to begin implementation. Continue reading to learn best practices on how to map your DevOps journey and what DevOps trends are permeating in the software delivery world. More experienced in your DevOps practice? There are still plenty of stories for you about compliance and the increasing complexity of the CIO role. As always, stay tuned to all the news coming from @ElectricCloud on DevOps and Continuous Delivery throughout the week and retweet/favorite to get your top news items featured in our weekly recap! read more
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Canadian dollar strengthens as economic data weighs on greenback

Canadian dollar strengthens as economic data weighs on greenback
bnn.ca - 20 minutes agoThe Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Monday as economic data weighed on the greenback, while Canada's finance minister was optimistic that deficit spending will spur higher domestic economic growth.
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Canadian dollar strengthens as economic data weighs on greenback

Infrastructure as (Someone Else’s) Code By @DMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

We are rapidly approaching a world where the bulk of datacenter day-to-day operations are automated. The major application provisioning tools are integrating with infrastructure vendor APIs to give operations the power to control and monitor the datacenter – including things like SAN and networking gear – through their systems. To my mind this is a very cool development, but before we rush headlong into this world, let’s have a frank discussion about the nature of infrastructure, the nature of these integrations, and the nature of hackers. Because it’s never all sunshine and unicorns, and automation is no exception. read more
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Iron.io Delivers New Job Processing Solutions | @CloudExpo @getIron #Cloud

Iron.io has debuted three new solutions that give modern enterprises greater flexibility and control as they build and scale apps. These solutions – for data processing, file processing, and extract, transform, load (ETL) – combined with a rich feature set, empower enterprises to reliably scale their Docker-based jobs on any cloud, including hybrid environments. Additionally, Iron.io announced Project Kratos, which will enable enterprises to run AWS Lambda functionality in any cloud provider, as well as on-premise, eliminating vendor lock-in. Iron.io is currently seeking project members, who will provide input and feedback as the project is developed. Project members will have the option of becoming beta users. read more
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Nike’s Journey to Microservices – Getting to Production Fast | @ThingsExpo #IoT #Microservices

Nike is an organization that understands the shift driven by trends like the Internet of Things, where technology becomes an integral part of product value. Fitness is a key area where IoT wearable technologies combined with new apps will become differentiating factors that influence which new sports shoes and clothes we buy. read more
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SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 Now Available | @CloudExpo @SUSE #Cloud

SUSE® has announced the general availability of SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6, the latest enterprise-ready technology for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds with less stress on IT staff and resources. Based on the OpenStack release Liberty, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 delivers high availability enhancements and non-disruptive upgrades for future releases, along with Docker and IBM z Systems mainframe support to make it easier to move business-critical applications and data to the cloud. In addition, SUSE is offering new OpenStack training and certification for deployment and operation of OpenStack private clouds. read more
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Trend Micro Finalizes Acquisition of TippingPoint | @CloudExpo @TrendMicro #Cloud

Trend Micro International has announced the close of an agreement to acquire TippingPoint from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). Trend Micro TippingPoint solutions are immediately available to bring customers comprehensive threat intelligence and protection for current and zero-day vulnerabilities and exploits. “We are very excited to see this agreement come to fruition as it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to enterprise security,” said Eva Chen, CEO, Trend Micro. “With the addition of TippingPoint, Trend Micro provides customers with the unmatched ability to respond to known and unknown threats, exploits and vulnerabilities across the entire attack lifecycle. Trend Micro is now in a unique position to deliver these integrated, layered capabilities to address the complex network security challenges facing global companies today.” read more
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The Largest #WebRTC Resource Launched By @ThingsExpo | #IoT #RTC

SYS-CON Media announced today that @WebRTCSummit Blog, the largest WebRTC resource in the world, has been launched. @WebRTCSummit Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. @WebRTCSummit Blog can be bookmarked ▸ Here @WebRTCSummit conference site can be bookmarked ▸ Here read more
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Weekly Top 10: Continuous Improvement and Innovation By @Anders_Wallgren | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

This week’s top 10 reminds us that there is always room to be continually improving and adapting. For example, the CIO role is becoming more involved with the digital transformations of organizations. CIOs should be focusing their teams on collaboration to breed innovation and implementing a service-centered approach to design to keep business booming and customers satisfied. Our weekly round-up covers several other areas to be thinking about to keep your company on top of the game – like how to keep your software testing relevant and why employees need to be Agile now more than ever. read more
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Broadvoice and @Metaswitch Build Geo-redundant Solution in the Cloud | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Network software provider Metaswitch Networks® has announced that Broadvoice has gone live with a multi-state, geo-redundant configuration of Metaswitch’s clustered MetaSphere Multiservice Telephony Application Server (MTAS) in the cloud. “With this further investment in Metaswitch’s world-class technology and support services, we are doubling-down on our success to ensure that we are best positioned for taking advantage of NFV while securing our network against potential disasters, including earthquakes,” said Jim Murphy, CEO of Broadvoice. “We are committed to providing a best-in-class communication platform to our channel partners and customers. All of our hosted voice customers have been seamlessly migrated to the new platform, affording them unrivalled redundancy and reliability while giving us the ability to easily flex and scale our services to our customers’ demands, at any location.” read more
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British Pound to Canadian Dollar: Brexit Softens GBP, Crude Oil Weakens CAD

British Pound to Canadian Dollar: Brexit Softens GBP, Crude Oil Weakens CAD
Exchange Rates UK - 1 hour agoConfidence in both the Pound (GBP) and Canadian Dollar (CAD) was dented this week as Brexit fears resurfaced and Brent crude slipped back below the $40 per barrel mark, due to higher-than-forecast US crude inventories.
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British Pound to Canadian Dollar: Brexit Softens GBP, Crude Oil Weakens CAD

Why Organizations Need to Bridge the Gap Between Dev and QA By @SmartBear | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Over the years we've seen a push in the software industry for tighter release schedules and a more agile development process. As a result, departments that used to function independently in a waterfall development environment are now working more closely together in an accelerated release environment. What does this mean for the relationship between development and QA? Folks in Dev and QA are part of a symbiotic relationship that's critical to put out a high-quality product quickly. Teams that are able to bridge the gap between these departments will have a real advantage. read more
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The Needs and Visions of a Cloud Ecosystem | @CloudExpo @FalconStor #Cloud

“Our customers see PaaS and IaaS as cost-saving models to be applied based on specific project needs, noted Steve Ahlgrim, Business Development Manager at FalconStor, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff. “Depending on their level of IT expertise and staffing, PaaS can be the most cost effective solution.” read more
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The Content Corner: Code is a Tool, Content is the Solution

It seems of late that the focus on coding and technology within the federal space has become out of balance with that of good, solid content. As I believe I have said before with regard to user experience, great technology with poor content is still worthless. Amazing code that delivers poorly written or designed content still can’t help the user. And there is no code that I know of that can make bad content better for the user, aside from the algorithmically-derived content previously discussed.elieli/iStock/Thinkstock In instances where the user’s need is primarily a content-based solution (an answer to a question, for example) technology is of minor importance. Plain text could work. And in many instances, design with a focus on how the content is displayed is still more important than the underlying code.Coding is Still ImportantI want to make clear that coding and technology are of course extremely important. Without it no one would be able to read this column and I would only be …

Canadian dollar's drop triggers warnings from top C-Suite executives

Canadian dollar's drop triggers warnings from top C-Suite executives
bnn.ca - 18 minutes agoHowever, 79 per cent of respondents believe the beat-up dollar, which hit a 2016 low of US$0.6808 on January 20, will put Canadian companies at higher risk of being targeted in a takeover over the next year. And more than half of executives (54 per ...
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Canadian dollar's drop triggers warnings from top C-Suite executives

12 Brackets Extensions That Will Make Your Life Easier

Brackets is a great source code editor for web designers and front-end web developers. It has a ton of useful features out of the box. You can make your Brackets experience even better by using extensions.These Brackets extensions will help make your web design and front-end web development workflow a little easier.1. CanIUseQuickly see the current level of browser support a certain web technology has without leaving Brackets. This extension sources its data from Can I use.2. HTML SkeletonHTML Skeleton helps you set up your HTML files quickly by automatically inserting basic markup such as the doctype declaration, <html>, <head>, <body>, etc.Related: A Generic HTML5 Template3. HTML WrapperRapidly mark up a list of text into list items (<li>), table rows (<tr>), hyperlinks, (<a>), and more with HTML Wrapper.4. Brackets IconsThis is a super simple extension that adds file icons in Brackets’s sidebar. The icons are excellent visual cues that make it mu…

Maximize SaaS Revenue | @CloudExpo @_ANEXIA #IoT #SaaS #IaaS

SaaS companies can greatly expand revenue potential by pushing beyond their own borders. The challenge is how to do this without degrading service quality. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Adam Rogers, Managing Director at Anexia, will discuss how IaaS providers with a global presence and both virtual and dedicated infrastructure can help companies expand their service footprint with low “go-to-market” costs. read more
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The Ultimate Mobile Performance Testing Checklist | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

To conduct complete mobile performance testing, a process that will allow you to consistently deliver an exceptional application experience to mobile users, make sure you hit every point on our ultimate mobile performance testing checklist. By now, hopefully you're well aware of the importance of mobile performance testing. It's essential for your organization to test for mobile users whether or not you have a dedicated mobile application. read more
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Pivot3 Unveils Edge Protect Hyperconverged Appliance | @CloudExpo @Pivot3Inc #Cloud

Pivot3 has announced the availability of Edge Protect, a hyperconverged SAN storage solution for mid-sized and remotely distributed surveillance applications. Edge Protect delivers enterprise-class IT capabilities on off-the-shelf x86 server hardware, enabling users to realize the benefits of highly efficient shared storage and built-in failover without the complexity or cost typically associated with infrastructure based on separate servers and SAN storage. read more
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In Defense of Java By @AppDynamics | @DevOpsSummit #Java #DevOps

So we have an eBook, The Top 10 Java Performance Problems, that we tweet out from time to time. Without exception, a few people reply with some version of “the problem is you’re using Java.” Java, apparently, is constantly criticized, and people have been predicting its demise for some time. Sure, it’s not as cool, flexible, or fun as some of the newer, more dynamic languages such as Python, Node.js, or Ruby, however, Java remains an important language for applications everywhere. read more
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Online sales in border town slows with weak Canadian dollar

Online sales in border town slows with weak Canadian dollar
Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog) - 28 minutes agoBLAINE, Wash. (AP) - Fewer Canadians appear to be ordering products online and having it shipped to Washington state as the Canadian dollar weakens against the U.S. dollar. The Bellingham Herald reports (http://goo.gl/yDdy1b ) that it had been popular ...
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Online sales in border town slows with weak Canadian dollar

AWS Database Migration Service Now Available to All Customers | @CloudExpo @AWSCloud #Cloud

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), has announced that the AWS Database Migration Service, a fully managed service that allows customers to migrate their production Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL databases from on-premises datacenters to AWS with virtually no downtime, is now available to all customers. Customers, including global enterprises and startups from a range of industries, used the AWS Database Migration Service preview to move more than 1,000 databases to the AWS Cloud since January 1, 2016. Many of these customers also used the AWS Schema Conversion Tool to switch database engines and break free from the cost and complexity of old guard commercial databases. To learn more about the AWS Database Migration Service, visit https://aws.amazon.com/dms. read more
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GSX Solutions to Define the Next Generation of Performance Monitoring | @CloudExpo #Cloud

For a company in the IT sector, a 20-year anniversary signifies that we have experienced and endured so many radical changes in the industry. We have witnessed the era in which mainframes were challenged by minis, which were then themselves challenged by PCs. Then came the age of software, then something called the Internet, and now another something called the cloud. Every time, we thought that nothing more could be invented, another massive change would take place. If we are still here and thriving after 20 years, it is a testament to our ability to realize that things will always be constantly changing, and that we must adapt to new worlds. read more
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Bringing Agile to the Next Level By @XebiaLabs | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

I finished my last post with the statement Agile will be applied on a much wider scale in the near future. Within governmental organizations, industry, startups, on a personal level, you name it, but how? In my next posts I will take a deep dive in this exciting story lying in front of us in five steps: Step I: Creating Awareness & Distributing Agile Knowledge Change is a chance, not a threat. Understanding and applying the Agile Mindset and toolsets will help everyone riding the wave of change with more pleasure and success. This is the main reason why I’ve joined initiatives like Nederland Kantelt, EduScrum, Wikispeed and Delft University’s D.R.E.A.M. Hall. read more
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Big Data, IoT and Blockchain: Ready to Follow the Yellow Brick Road? | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Disruption. You can’t have a discussion today about business or technology without the term entering the conversation. I think it’s become an unwritten rule. It’s almost as if no one will take you seriously unless you’re talking about business disruption. Or how disruptive technologies can be used to advance business and provide a competitive edge. Take Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT). Both rank highly on the list of disruptive technologies. As with most technologies, there are areas of great synergy that ultimately provide a yellow brick road to real business value. (See my recent blog Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Russian Nesting Dolls read more
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Customer Loyalty: The Big Data Disintermediation Cure By @Schmarzo | @BigDataExpo #BigData

I recently wrote about the two D’s of Big Data: Disintermediation and Disruption. As I stated in that blog: Across multiple industries, startups are coupling new big data technologies and new sources of data with advanced analytics (data science) to uncover new customer, product, operational and market insights in order to disintermediate existing customer relationships and disrupt existing business models. read more
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Solutions for Application Producers | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Flexera Software is the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises. Our next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimized software investments and to future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology. read more
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Cloud Networking Adoption Drives Record 2015 Revenue and EPS | @Cloud @AristaNetworks #Cloud

Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET), has announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015. Revenue of $245.4 million, an increase of 41.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, and an increase of 12.8% from the third quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP gross margin of 64.0%, compared to non-GAAP gross margin of 67.4% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 65.5% in the third quarter of 2015. GAAP gross margin of 63.6%, compared to GAAP gross margin of 67.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 65.2% in the third quarter of 2015. read more
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Continuous Delivery: The Atlassian Way By @WeeksTweets | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Sonatype's Mark Miller catches up with Ian Buchanan at Atlassian to discuss DevOps leadership, ChatOps, and usage of tools in the continuous delivery pipeline. Ian discussed his experiences at Atlassian, including continuous delivery, ChatOps, and use of tools like Bamboo, Nexus, Puppet, and Datadog. read more
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Who’s Your Betamax of IoT Standards? | @ThingsExpo #IoT

In the world of IoT/IIoT an explosion of standards has fallen upon us. While we all can agree that standards are what binds our current communication infrastructures together, it does take time for the victorious standard to rise to the top of adoption. Some of us remember the battle that arose in the video tape arena between VHS and Betamax. While Betamax's claim to fame was the superior picture, VHS had the longer recording time and a larger backing from the industry. In the end VHS won. And who can remember the tale of HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray, token-ring vs 10Base-T or WiMax vs LTE? read more
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Thanks For Ruining Another Game Forever, Computers

In 2006, after visiting the Computer History Museum's exhibit on Chess, I opined:We may have reached an inflection point. The problem space of chess is so astonishingly large that incremental increases in hardware speed and algorithms are unlikely to result in meaningful gains from here on out.So. About that. Turns out I was kinda … totally completely wrong. The number of possible moves, or "problem space", of Chess is indeed astonishingly large, estimated to be 1050:100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000Deep Blue was interesting because it forecast a particular kind of future, a future where specialized hardware enabled brute force attack of the enormous chess problem space, as its purpose built chess hardware outperformed general purpose CPUs of the day by many orders of magnitude. How many orders of magnitude? In the heady days of 1997, Deep Blue could evaluate 200 million chess positions per second. And that was enough to defeat Kasparov,…