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Sign up for the Technology Industry Day

The General Services Administration (GSA) is known for managing federal real estate and leveraging the government’s buying power to get the best deal for taxpayers, but it also drives and leads technology and innovation within the federal government. The Technology Transformation Service (TTS) builds, buys and shares tech to help federal agencies achieve their mission. They create better services for citizens everyday. TTS works closely with the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and the GSA CIO to be first movers in and apply agile technology in a meaningful way.Mirexon/iStock/Thinkstock On September 8, GSA is hosting its very first Technology Industry Day. Sign up to hear about how GSA is transforming technology in the federal government, see demos of products and solutions developed by technologists and, last but not least, provide feedback on how we can work better with industry. Registration will close on September 6. Below are a few projects we will feature:Agile BPAThe Agile Blan…

Creative Usability Test Methods—or My Brief Career as a Robot Voice

When you want to do a usability test, sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and get creative to get the job done. That’s just what happened to us.We’re well practiced at usability testing at USAGov—in person, remote, hallway tests, first-click tests—all of these things we manage without blinking an eye. But this spring, we tried something new. Our office was planning to make some changes to our IVR script. You know what an IVR is even if you don’t know the term. IVR stands for interactive voice response, you hear it when you call an organization and hear a recorded voice that greets you and gives you the option of pressing different buttons for different topics (e.g.,“To schedule an appointment, press 1. For billing questions, press 2.”). That’s an IVR.Vladislav Ociacia/iStock/Thinkstock At USAGov, we wanted to test the recorded information that people hear when they call our toll free number, 1-844-USA-GOV1 (1-844-872-4681) during non-business hours. If you call after ho…

North American stock markets, Canadian dollar and crude oil prices down

North American stock markets, Canadian dollar and crude oil prices down
CTV News - 17 minutes agoThe Canadian dollar was at 76.15 cents US, down 0.21 of a cent from Tuesday's close. The October crude contract was down $1.25 at US$45.10 per barrel and October natural gas was up 2.7 cents to $2.85 per mmBTU.
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North American stock markets, Canadian dollar and crude oil prices down

Canadian dollar weakens to 3-week low as oil falls

Canadian dollar weakens to 3-week low as oil falls
bnn.ca - 7 minutes agoTORONTO - The Canadian dollar weakened to a three-week low against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday as oil fell and government data showed a deep contraction in the country's economy for the second quarter.
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Canadian dollar weakens to 3-week low as oil falls

Canadian dollar weakens to 3-week low as oil falls

Canadian dollar weakens to 3-week low as oil falls
Reuters Canada - 46 minutes agoTORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar weakened to a three-week low against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday as oil fell and government data showed a deep contraction in the country's economy for the second quarter. BRIEF-TCP prices $125 million of 4.625% convertible senior notes due 2022 - Reuters

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Canadian dollar weakens to 3-week low as oil falls

Sponsor Big Data at @CloudExpo | #BigData #IoT #DigitalTransformation

Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher. Big Data at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley is the place where you can see the technologies and use cases that are delivering Big Data to enterprise IT. read more
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Canadian Dollar May Be In For Rough Ride Due To Current Account Deficit: BMO

Canadian Dollar May Be In For Rough Ride Due To Current Account Deficit: BMO
Huffington Post Canada - 1 hour agoIt's been this way for the past two years, with the loonie's value slumping as oil prices have plummeted from around US$100 per barrel to about $46 on Tuesday.
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Canadian Dollar May Be In For Rough Ride Due To Current Account Deficit: BMO

Cash In On Risk-Free Money Bonuses

Competition in the Online Gambling Industry is massive with multiple billion dollar companies facing off against each other to get new players.

This has resulted in online casinos literally throwing money at people to get you through the door. This includes both risk-free money and new player deposit incentives.

How to Sponsor @CloudExpo | #BigData #DevOps #DigitalTransformation

19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS – software, platform, and infrastructure as a service. read more
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Trends on Tuesday: Pokemon Go-es Away Slowly

The wildly popular, augmented reality game we reported on for Trends on Tuesday a few weeks ago and the focus of a piece about government agencies using it to engage citizens appears to have hit a ceiling and is slowly losing active fans in August according to a recent report in Bloomberg.While the mobile game may be losing audience, from a brand perspective Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise was reinvigorated for a new generation of fans which will pay dividends in the future.stevanovicigor/iStock/Thinksock The app also provided the first mainstream mobile augmented reality experience for many people, so in the future the space can grow with new applications and eventually enter the virtual reality space, which is even more advanced. Pokemon Go also may have changed lives for the better by getting people more healthy through chasing fake animals or maybe for worse by growing an insatiable addiction.Chasing trends (much like Pokemon on private property) can be a dangerous and costly game for…

Isomorphic to Exhibit at @DevOpsSummit | @IsomorphicHQ #IoT #DevOps

SYS-CON Events announced today that Isomorphic Software will exhibit at DevOps Summit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Isomorphic Software provides the SmartClient HTML5/AJAX platform, the most advanced technology for building rich, cutting-edge enterprise web applications for desktop and mobile. SmartClient combines the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software with the simplicity and reach of the open web. read more
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Intro to Java programming, Part 5: Unit 5: Your first Java class

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 7: Unit 7: Strings and operators

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 19: Unit 19: Regular expressions

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 18: Unit 18: Nested classes

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 9: Unit 9: Loops

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 22: Unit 22: Java serialization

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 23: Unit 23: Java in the cloud

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 10: Unit 10: Java Collections

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 21: Unit 21: I/O

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 17: Unit 17: Interfaces

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 16: Unit 16: Inheritance

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 20: Unit 20: Generics

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 14: Unit 14: Exceptions

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Intro to Java programming, Part 11: Unit 11: Archiving Java code

Learn the structure, syntax, and programming paradigm of the Java platform and language. Start by mastering the essentials of object-oriented programming on the Java platform, and progress incrementally to the more-sophisticated syntax and libraries that you need to develop complex, real-world Java applications.

Canadian Dollar Hits Lowest Mark In 2 Weeks

Canadian Dollar Hits Lowest Mark In 2 Weeks
Huffington Post Canada - 3 minutes agoTORONTO - The Canadian dollar fell 0.13 of a cent to was at 76.79 cents US on Monday - its lowest point in two weeks. The currency trend came as the October crude contract fell 66 cents at US$46.98 per barrel - yanking the dollar's value down ...
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Canadian Dollar Hits Lowest Mark In 2 Weeks

[session] Next-Gen Digital Platforms By @Splunk | @CloudExpo #IoT #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

There is growing need for data-driven applications and the need for digital platforms to build these apps. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Muddu Sudhakar, VP and GM of Security & IoT at Splunk, will cover different PaaS solutions and Big Data platforms that are available to build applications. In addition, AI and machine learning are creating new requirements that developers need in the building of next-gen apps. The next-generation digital platforms have some of the past platform needs and many new requirements. He will provide reference architectures for next-gen platforms and sample apps that can be built on this platform. read more
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Canadian dollar weakens to 2-week low as oil falls

Canadian dollar weakens to 2-week low as oil falls
Reuters Canada - 9 minutes agoTORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar weakened to a two-week low against its U.S. counterpart on Monday as oil fell, and the greenback drew support from heightened expectations of a U.S.
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Canadian dollar weakens to 2-week low as oil falls

Smithsonian Learning Lab: Designing for the Classroom

The Smithsonian’s mission statement is wonderfully simple: “The increase and diffusion of knowledge.” The “increasing” is arguably the straightforward part – the Smithsonian has amassed a collection of over 138 million objects and specimens, and the Institution’s curators and scientists obsessively add to the world’s knowledge base, publishing papers, creating exhibitions, and sharing their expertise. But how can all this informational goodness get passed along to teachers, our nation’s most powerful “diffusers” of knowledge?To help tackle this problem, the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) created the Smithsonian Learning Lab, an online toolkit that launched in June of this year. The Learning Lab encourages teachers to make use of the Smithsonian’s collection: artworks, archival documents, and specimens, along with educational resources like videos, articles, and standards-aligned lesson plans. Teachers and students can use the Learning Lab to create and shar…

Solving the Storage Problem | @CloudExpo #IoT #Cloud #BigData #Storage

Web-scale IT is a pattern of global-class computing that delivers the capabilities of large cloud service providers within an enterprise IT setting by reimagining positions across several dimensions. The unprecedented explosion of Big Data and cloud services is driving the development of new storage architectures to store the information produced by this web-scale trend. It is becoming increasingly clear that even a linear growth trajectory for storage is insufficient to deliver the quantity of storage needed for data produced by the Internet of Things. Current architectures have bottlenecks that, while merely inconvenient for legacy data, are simply unacceptable for the scale of storage needed today. read more
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Whatever Happened to the Dev in DevOps? | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps

DevOps is a term that comes full of controversy. A lot of people are on the bandwagon, while others are waiting for the term to jump the shark, and eventually go back to business as usual. Regardless of where you are along the specturm of loving or hating the term DevOps, one thing is certain. More and more people are using it to describe a system administrator who uses scripts, or tools like, Chef, Puppet or Ansible, in order to provision infrastructure. There is also usually an expectation of being able to deliver this in 100% cloud, or hybrid cloud environments. read more
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Top women billionaires in tech in 2016

No 1 ZhouQunfeiNetworth: $6.4 billionSourceofwealth: smartphonescreensZhouownsthemajorityofLensTechnology, oneoftheworld'slargestmanufacturersofscreensformobilephonesandtablets. Shewasafactoryworkerintheglassindustrybeforesettingupherowncompany.

Infrastructure 101 - Part 2 | @CloudExpo #Cloud #SDN #SDS #DataCenter

Server Virtualization has transformed the way we manage server workloads but virtualization hypervisors were not the endgame of datacenter management. What is the role of server virtualization and hypervisors in the new age of cloud, containers, and more importantly, hyperconvergence? I covered SAN technology in my last Infrastructure 101 article, so for today I'm going to cover server virtualization and maybe delve into containers and cloud. Server virtualization as we know it now is based on hypervisor technology. A hypervisor is an operating system that allows sharing of physical computing resources such as networking, CPU, RAM, and storage among multiple virtual machines (sometimes called virtual servers). Virtual machines replaced traditional physical servers that each had their own physical chassis with storage, RAM, networking, and CPU. To understand the importance of hypervisors, let's look at a bit of history. read more
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API Security: Six Themes for Securing Your API | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Security #Microservices

Security certainly feels a lot more like a journey than a destination. This is especially true with APIs becoming a critical piece of any mobile or web application. With so much information being shared through APIs, teams need to ask themselves: how can you effectively secure your API? While the security demands of developing and maintaining APIs will continue to evolve, there are a few key areas your team should be focused on if you have have responsibility for an Application Programming Interface (API). read more
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Cloud Is Now Seen as a Way to Better Security | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security #DigitalTransformation

A cybersecurity transformation discussion on how cloud security is rapidly advancing, and how enterprises can begin to prevail over digital disruption by increasingly using cloud-defined security. We'll examine how a secure content collaboration services provider removes the notion of organizational boundaries so that businesses can better extend processes. And we'll hear how less boundaries and cloud-based security together support transformative business benefits. read more
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Revisiting the Anatomy of HTTP: Part I | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps #WebPerf

One of the key driving factors behind the various web/mobile performance initiatives is the fact that end-users’ tolerance for latency has nose-dived. Several studies have been published whereby it has been demonstrated that poor performance routinely impacts the bottom line, viz,. # users, # transactions, etc. Over five years back we had written a blog on the anatomy of HTTP. In the Internet era, five years is a long time. There has been a sea change across the board and hence we thought it was time to revisit the subject for the benefit of the community as a whole. The figure below shows the key components of a HTTP request. read more
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How to Learn Angular

AngularJS (commonly known as Angular) is an exceptionally powerful front-end development framework for building sophisticated JavaScript apps. Though learning Angular will be immensely rewarding, I’m certain many prospective initiates to Angular have had their desires of Angular mastery nipped in the bud due to the terrifyingly intimidating and complicated Angular documentation.That’s a shame, because Angular has so much to offer:Modularity that allows a team of developers to work on specific parts of an app concurrentlyTestability and maintainability of your app’s various piecesA big, thriving community of developers and organizations who love AngularClean separation of the app’s UI from its logic, while still keeping them in syncTwo-way data-binding — it’s pure magic (or sorcery?) — that updates the UI whenever a model changes (and vice versa)Useful out-of-the-box (as well as third-party-developed) modules such as Filters and Services that take the complexity out of stuff like data-…

M2C Teleports By @GregoryJOconnor | @CloudExpo #Docker #IoT #API #SDS

It's been a busy time for tech's ongoing infatuation with containers. Amazon just announced EC2 Container Registry to simply container management. The new Azure container service taps into Microsoft's partnership with Docker and Mesosphere. You know when there's a standard for containers on the table there's money on the table, too. Everyone is talking containers because they reduce a ton of development-related challenges and make it much easier to move across production and testing environments and clouds. Containers are the technology that, many believe, deliver on the long-promised portability in the cloud to avoid vendor lock-in, and put developers, system administrators and their enterprises in the driver's seat. read more
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A Reality Check on 'Everyone’s Moving Everything to the Cloud' | @CloudExpo #SaaS #Cloud #Agile

A recent CIO editorial by Bernard Golden regarding the future of private cloud spurred some interesting commentary in my network. The pushback seemed to focus around the viability of the term “private cloud”. These individuals are well-respected thought-leaders in cloud with significant experience guiding senior IT executives transition to modern architectures, so I decided I’d engage them in a discussion regarding the future of self-managed infrastructure as a whole. read more
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Announcing @TelecomReseller Named “Media Sponsor” of @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | #IoT #Cloud #BigData

SYS-CON Events announced today Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms. read more
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StarNet Adds Secure Remote Linux and Unix Desktops to X-Win32 | @CloudExpo @XWin32 #Cloud #Linux #Security

StarNet Communications Corp has announced the addition of three Secure Remote Desktop modules to its flagship X-Win32 PC X server. The new modules enable X-Win32 to safely tunnel the remote desktops from Linux and Unix servers to the user’s PC over encrypted SSH. Traditionally, users of PC X servers deploy the XDMCP protocol to display remote desktop environments such as the Gnome and KDE desktops on Linux servers and the CDE environment on Solaris Unix machines. XDMCP is used primarily on company Local Area Networks as it is a both unsecure and does not work over the Internet. read more
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Fixing the Privacy Concern with the Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API

The growing popularity of IoT has spawned the debate on privacy once again. Last year, Samsung stoked controversy by warning customers that their Smart TV Voice Recognition system was capable of “listening” to personal and sensitive information spoken by customers. Not only this, all of this intercepted information is transmitted over a non-encrypted connection to be stored in a third party server. read more
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Microsoft Cloud | @CloudExpo @Azure #BigData #IaaS #IoT #API #Heroku

Since its introduction in 2009, Microsoft Azure has gone through a significant transformation. What started as a hardcore set of platform services is now a force to be reckoned within the infrastructure market as well. According to Gartner, Azure is inching closer to AWS, firmly securing its place in the top right section of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant, which is reserved only for the market leaders. read more
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The Intruders of Things | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #Security

2020 seems to be an important milestone for the Internet of Things. That’s the year that Cisco says there will be 50 billion connected devices and also the year Gartner notes that over 50% of major new business processes and systems will incorporate some element of the Internet of Things. That’s the good news. read more
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Announcing @XWin32 to Exhibit at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | #API #Cloud #Linux

SYS-CON Events announced today that StarNet Communications will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. StarNet Communications’ FastX is the industry first cloud-based remote X Windows emulator. Using standard Web browsers (FireFox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) users from around the world gain highly secure access to applications and data hosted on Linux-based servers in a central data center. read more
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Pulzze Systems Winner of G-Startup Worldwide Tokyo | @ThingsExpo @PulzzeInc #IoT #M2M #API #Cloud

Pulzze Systems was happy to participate in such a premier event and thankful to be receiving the winning investment and global network support from G-Startup Worldwide. It is an exciting time for Pulzze to showcase the effectiveness of innovative technologies and enable them to make the world smarter and better. The reputable contest is held to identify promising startups around the globe that are assured to change the world through their innovative products and disruptive technologies. There were multiple rounds of competitive selection process before the top 8 finalists were invited to present their product in front of a distinguished jury panel and an audience of ardent business executives, technologists and entrepreneurs. read more
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A Complete IoT Solution | @ThingsExpo @A1anw2 #IoT #IIoT #M2M #API

With so much going on in this space you could be forgiven for thinking you were always working with yesterday’s technologies. So much change, so quickly. What do you do if you have to build a solution from the ground up that is expected to live in the field for at least 5-10 years? This is the challenge we faced when we looked to refresh our existing 10-year-old custom hardware stack to measure the fullness of trash cans and compactors. read more
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Monitoring with #ArtificialIntelligence | @CloudExpo #BigData #AI #IoT

Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no idea how to get a proper answer. read more
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Azure Resource Manager | @CloudExpo #IaaS #Azure #ASM #ARM #AWS

In the first part of this series, we discussed the evolution of Azure IaaS and role of Azure Resource Manager. The next installment of the series explains the key differences between Azure Service Management (ASM) and Azure Resource Management (ARM) models. We will also take a look at key concepts and terminology related to ARM. ASM or ARM? One of the key tenets of cloud, especially infrastructure services, is programmability. Almost every cloud provider exposes a set of APIs to manipulate the virtual infrastructure programmatically. Even before the Cloud Computing term became a buzzword, Amazon exposed APIs for storage and compute, which eventually became the core of AWS. read more
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Can Software Make You Less Racist?

I don't think we computer geeks appreciate how profoundly the rise of the smartphone, and Facebook, has changed the Internet audience. It's something that really only happened in the last five years, as smartphones and data plans dropped radically in price and became accessible – and addictive – to huge segments of the population.People may have regularly used computers in 2007, sure, but that is a very different thing than having your computer in your pocket, 24/7, with you every step of every day, fully integrated into your life. As Jerry Seinfeld noted in 2014:But I know you got your phone. Everybody here's got their phone. There's not one person here who doesn't have it. You better have it … you gotta have it. Because there is no safety, there is no comfort, there is no security for you in this life any more … unless when you're walking down the street you can feel a hard rectangle in your pants.It's an addiction that is new to millions – but eerily fam…

Integrate New Systems Gracefully with Request Management | @CloudExpo #API #Agile #Cloud

One of the many questions that companies face when introducing new enterprise systems either to provide new functionality or incorporate legacy systems from a merger or acquisition is "How do we identify and manage access rights?" Not only do new access approval processes need to be established, but a common platform to define and execute processes, reliably document approvals and provide users with an acceptable user experience is often not in place to handle the additional workload. Corporate IT is also faced with the challenge responding quickly to changes in access rules or approval chains. read more
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[session] Architecting for the Cloud By @RagsS | @CloudExpo @IBMBluemix #Cloud #Docker #Microservices

As the world moves toward more DevOps and Microservices, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. The Microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, NetFlix and so on, is at the heart of Cloud Foundry - a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is IaaS agnostic and supports vCloud, OpenStack and AWS. Serverless computing is revolutionizing computing. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Raghavan "Rags" Srinivas, an Architect/Developer Evangelist at IBM, will discuss the Microservices architecture, 12-factor app, containers, etc., and how to architect applications for the cloud in general and Cloud Foundry in particular. We will look at serverless computing for increasing efficiencies. read more
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US Federal Reserve speech prompts dip in Canadian dollar, flatlines stock markets

US Federal Reserve speech prompts dip in Canadian dollar, flatlines stock markets
Globalnews.ca - 39 minutes agoWATCH ABOVE: The case for a U.S. interest rate hike is strong thanks to improving labor market and expectations for solid growth, says Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
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21 #DevOps and #Docker Reference Architectures | @DevOpsSummit #IoT

When building DevOps or continuous delivery practices you can learn a great deal from others. What choices did they make, what practices did they put in place, and how did they connect the dots? At Sonatype, we pulled together a set of 21 reference architectures for folks building continuous delivery and DevOps practices using Docker. Why? After 3,000 DevOps professionals attended our webinar on "Continuous Integration using Docker" discussing just one reference architecture example, we recognized there was a strong interest in the community to learn more. That's why we assembled 20 more reference architectures into this collection. A picture speaks a thousand words, but beyond the images, we also share the details of each DevOps/CD Docker reference architecture. In the bottom right corner of each slide, we share the original blog or presentation source for the image. When one of the images piques your interest, you can then dive deep into the source. Cool, huh? read mor…

[session] Virtualized Apps and Private Cloud By @Tintri | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Storage #WebPerf

Fact: storage performance problems have only gotten more complicated, as applications not only have become largely virtualized, but also have moved to cloud-based infrastructures. Storage performance in virtualized environments isn’t just about IOPS anymore. Instead, you need to guarantee performance for individual VMs, helping applications maintain performance as the number of VMs continues to go up in real time. In his session at Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, Product and Marketing at Tintri, will share success stories from a few folks who have already started using VM-aware storage. By managing storage operations at the VM-level, they’ve been able to solve their most vexing storage problems, and create infrastructures that scale to meet the needs of their applications. Best of all, they’ve got predictable, manageable storage performance – at a level conventional storage can’t match. read more
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NASA Pulls Together National Data to Sleuth Out Air Traffic Improvement Mysteries

For the first time ever, air traffic researchers can view and analyze archived flight data collected and merged from all air traffic facilities across the U.S., with fast update rates ranging from one second to 12 seconds for every flight’s position. Previously, researchers only had access to national flight data that was similar to internet flight tracking, with one-minute flight updates and no information about flights on the ground at airports. Or, they had access to separate flight data sets from 77 different Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic facilities, which made research very challenging. NASA’s newly improved tool, the Sherlock Air Traffic Management (ATM) Data Warehouse, merges all of the air traffic facility data to produce analysis-ready, end-to-end flight information at these improved resolutions for the entire U.S. airspace.Credits: NASA Ames NASA is committed to transforming aviation by dramatically reducing its environmental impact and improving efficienc…