Jan 31, 2016

SDN Microservices | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Microservices

At the heart of the Cloud Native model is a microservices application architecture, and applying this to a telco SDN scenario offers enormous opportunity for product innovation and competitive advantage. For example in the ETSI NFV Ecosystem white paper they describe one of the product markets that SDN might address to be the Home sector. Vendors like Alcatel market SDN-based solutions for the home market, offering Home Gateways – A virtual residential gateway (vRGW) where service providers can streamline service delivery, turn up new and innovative services more efficiently, increase revenue, and lower CAPEX and OPEX for existing and new services, such as per device quality of service (QoS), parental controls, firewall and security/threat protection.

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Software Development’s Fountain of Youth | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

You can view software development as being very similar to any other highly mechanized process designed to build things. Rather like a factory with all of the interrelated processes that go into making the final product. Like any manufacturing process, the software development life cycle starts with analysis and requirements and then moves on to development and testing. A unit test validates that the code is working; then it's on to Quality Assurance for a series of standard tests that validate the whole package, including new features. Next step is a go-live scenario where inevitably something goes wrong. The developers are then called in to fix the bugs and, after further testing, the software is ready for release. By all accounts, this is a relatively simple and well-ordered workflow.

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Safe Harbour Ruling: What Does It Mean for Your Business? | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The start of a new year is always a good time for many businesses to get their IT strategies in place. However, there has been one issue in the past couple of months that may potentially cause a lot of complications in IT departments across the US and EU; the implications for cloud compliance of the recent nullification of the EU Safe Harbour Ruling. Safe Harbour, used by over 4,000 firms to move EU data to the US for the past 15 years, was declared invalid by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) back in October 2015.

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Predicting the Iowa Caucus with Big Data By @Schmarzo | @BigDataExpo #BigData

Nate Silver put Big Data on the map when he projected Obama’s presidential victory with such precision in 2008. Silver successfully predicted the outcomes in 49 of the 50 states in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. And again in the 2012 United States presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Silver correctly predicted the winner of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. That seems pretty amazing given the wide variability in the projected results. Just look at the current projected Iowa caucus winners for the Republican nomination.

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Announcing @VAIsoftware to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | #Cloud #BigData #IoT #DevOps

SYS-CON Events announced today that VAI, a leading ERP software provider, 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. VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) is a leading independent mid-market ERP software developer renowned for its flexible solutions and ability to automate critical business functions for the distribution, manufacturing, specialty retail and service sectors. An IBM Premier Business Partner, VAI is the 2012 IBM Beacon Award Winner for Outstanding Solutions for Midsize Businesses.

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Jan 30, 2016

Enterprise Cloud Maturity Model – How to Guide | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Although we live in a new On Demand Economy defined by the likes of Uber, Airbnb, Facebook and Twitter among others, firms who clearly demonstrate that the strategic use of modern new technologies like Cloud and Mobile to generate huge increases in shareholder value, many still struggle with adoption and are failing to react to the competitive threat the trend represents. As this IDC report shows only 25% of organizations have repeatable strategies for Cloud adoption, with 32% having no Cloud strategy at all.

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Ambiguity and Digital Transformation By @KRBenedict | @ThingsExpo #IoT

We will never have complete and perfect information, or a full understanding. We are bound to operate in an environment of ambiguity, meaning unclear, uncertain and difficult to comprehend. We have a decision to make. We can use ambiguity as an excuse for inaction, or we can accept ambiguous environments as the norm and learn to thrive in them. Today we are facing unprecedented rates of change in consumer behaviors (watch Cutting Through Chaos in the Age of Mobile Me), which are increasing ambiguity levels and forcing enterprises to digitally transform. This is happening at the same time as we are analyzing more data than ever before. The challenge is less about increasing the volume of data, and more about finding the meaning in the data and associating it with relevant actions.

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How to Foster a DevOps Culture By @Anders_Wallgren | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

In attending the 2015 DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES15) in October, I expected to catch glimpses of key insight from today's top technology organizations in regards to their implementations of DevOps practices. I expected a lot of talk to center around tools, around automation strategies and around tactical and clever use of software. These topics were definitely discussed, but what I found to be arguably the top theme of the entire summit was something different, though not entirely unexpected: Culture. Every speaker whose session I attended-whether the speaker represented a ‘unicorn' company, a ‘horse', or one at the beginning stages of its DevOps evolution-emphasized the cultural aspect of DevOps, and many sessions focused mostly on this aspect. It was interesting to hear even today's most successful companies discuss culture and their unique approaches toward improving it.

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Why Software Testers Should Strive to Go Unnoticed | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Ah, the plight of software testers – destined to crank away behind the scenes ensuring all runs smoothly. Unlike musical conductors who command the spotlight while overseeing the performance of a piece, testers only seem to attract attention when things go terribly wrong. Okay, so life isn’t fair and software testers seem to have drawn the short stick, at least in regards to the blame game. When users notice application performance issues, the fallout may prove detrimental to the success of not only the application, but also the organization as a whole. To prevent reoccurring performance problems, understanding what went wrong and why is critical. Failing to adjust testing strategies accordingly will only lead to unhappy users, unhappy managers, and ultimately an unhappy you.

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What’s the Difference Between DevOps and Continuous Delivery? By @Gidrontxt | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

We live in an era of apps. More and more of our personal, social and work life is governed by apps. Communicating with one another through social apps, booking cinema tickets through your mobile device, or scheduling a business trip through the airline app. This digitization of services has arrived. Organizations that understand this sea-change have a unique opportunity to jump ahead of their competitors, acquire customers more quickly and grow revenues.

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Jan 29, 2016

Skyscanner Case Study: Alerting Beyond Ops Metrics By @Tarable | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Skyscanner is a global search engine that enables people to find comparisons for flights, hotels and car hire. Headquartered in the UK, Skyscanner has been an excellent customer of ours, providing feedback on new features and helping us with testing. When Lance Gobaira, a web operation engineer at Skyscanner, offered to share with us how they’re using VictorOps to alert on key business metrics, we jumped. Read on to see what he had to say…

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Solving the Challenges of Remote Wi-Fi in the Industrial Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Most of us can relate to the frustration of when the Wi-Fi is down, or running slowly, or if we travel away from an established network and aren't able to connect to another one nearby. The lack of Wi-Fi makes it impossible to check our emails, look up something on the internet, connect with others, or get our work done efficiently. In short, it makes us feel a little helpless and a whole lot of cranky because we've become way too accustomed to getting the information we want - when we want it - and staying in 24/7 connection with our world.

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Catchpoint @DevOpsSummit "Silver Sponsor" | @Catchpoint #APM #DevOps #Microservices

SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint Systems, Inc., a provider of innovative web and infrastructure monitoring solutions, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit at 18th Cloud Expo New York, which will take place June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Catchpoint is a leading Digital Performance Analytics company that provides unparalleled insight into customer-critical services to help consistently deliver an amazing customer experience. Designed for digital business, Catchpoint is the only end-user experience monitoring (EUM) platform that can simultaneously capture, index and analyze object level performance data inline across the most extensive monitor types and node coverage, enabling a smarter, faster way to preempt issues and optimize service delivery. More than 350 customers in over 30 countries trust Catchpoint to strengthen their brands and grow their businesses. Founded in September 2008 by former DoubleClick/Google veterans and backed by Battery Ventures, Catchpoint Systems is headquartered in New York City.

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Moving from Open Data to Open Knowledge: Announcing the Commerce Data Usability Project

Opening up government to better serve the American people has been a key priority of this Administration from day one. On his first full day in office, President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, ushering in a new era of open and accountable government. Since then, the Administration has continued to take unprecedented steps to make government more efficient and effective, including launching Data.gov, establishing the international Open Government Partnership, and signing an Executive Order on Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information. And under the Administration’s direction, Federal agencies are developing and implementing their own open-government efforts.

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), for instance, is an example of a Federal agency leading the charge on using open data to create real-world value. In just the past year, for instance, DOC established the Commerce Data Advisory Council, a group of up to 20 expert members helping to optimize the beneficial use of the full range of data that the DOC distributes, and the Commerce Data Service, a within-government start-up team forming partnerships with the twelve bureaus that make up the DOC to deliver products and services to help government agencies.

And in 2016, the DOC is committed to building on this momentum with new and expanded efforts to transform open data into knowledge into action.

Data Knowledge Action icons.

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DOC has been in the business of open data for a long time. DOC’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) alone collects and disseminates huge amounts of data that fuel the global weather economy—and this information represents just a fraction of the tens of thousands of datasets that DOC collects and manages, on topics ranging from satellite imagery to material standards to demographic surveys.

Unfortunately, far too many DOC datasets are either hard to find, difficult to use, and/or not yet publicly available on Data.gov, the home of U.S. government’s open data. This challenge is not exclusive to DOC; and indeed, under Project Open Data, Federal agencies are working hard on various efforts to make tax-payer funded data more easily discoverable.

Screen capture of the Commerce Data Usability Project. homepage.

One of these efforts is DOC’s Commerce Data Usability Project (CDUP). To unlock the power of data, just making data open isn’t enough. It’s critical to make data easier to find and use—to provide information and tools that make data accessible and actionable for all users. That’s why DOC formed a public-private partnership to create CDUP, a collection of online data tutorials that provide students, developers, and entrepreneurs with the necessary context and code for them to start quickly extracting value from various datasets. Tutorials exist on topics such as:

  • NOAA’s Severe Weather Data Inventory (SWDI), demonstrating how to use hail data to save life and property. The tutorial helps users see that hail events often occur in the summer (late night to early morning), and in midwestern and southern states.
  • Security vulnerability data from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The tutorial helps users see that spikes and dips in security incidents consistently occur in the same set of weeks each year.
  • Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The tutorial helps users understand how to use satellite imagery to estimate populations.
  • American Community Survey (ACS) data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The tutorial helps users understand how nonprofits can identify communities that they want to serve based on demographic traits.

In the coming months, CDUP will continue to expand with a rich, diverse set of additional tutorials. DOC also welcomes additional data tutorials from contributors who want to demonstrate how to take advantage of the powerful applications of data managed by DOC.

You can help make CDUP better by:

Thank you for your contributions!

This post was originally published on the White House blog by Jeffrey Chen, Chief Data Scientist at the Department of Commerce; Tyrone Grandison, Deputy Chief Data Officer at the Department of Commerce; Kristen Honey, Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


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Music festivals forced to adapt, juggle changes amid low Canadian dollar

Music festivals forced to adapt, juggle changes amid low Canadian dollar
CBC.ca - 27 minutes ago
Country-wide, festival administrators are revisiting programming and other decisions due to the drastic drop in the Canadian dollar since, so often, big-name touring talent (as well as their accompanying sets and crew) often comes from the U.S. - and ...

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AlertLogic to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | @AlertLogic #BigData #DevOps #Microservices

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.

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Case Study: OCSIT’s Email Customer Survey Process

At GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT), we offer technology services and tools to make government work better. To help us gauge the effectiveness of the programs we offer to other government agencies, in 2013 we launched our first Government Customer Experience Index (GCXi) survey. This annual email survey consistently measures customer satisfaction, loyalty and ease of use for various OCSIT programs.

The word survey in giant red lettering, with a computer mouse plugged into the letter R.

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A previous post about the GCXi (OCSIT’s 2015 Customer Survey—What We Learned) generated lots of questions from readers about the back-end processes we use to conduct the survey and turn customer data into action. Since we’re big fans of transparency, we’re sharing this case study in hopes that it’s helpful to you as you build your own Voice of the Customer (VOC) program.

The Big Picture

Though we survey our government customers just once per year via the GCXi, we actually work on the process throughout the entire year.

We conduct our annual survey in the spring. The survey is created in SurveyMonkey (though any modern survey tool would work), and delivered via email. We have a PRA clearance, since our customer base includes not just federal, but also state and local government folks. (Note, if you’re looking for a survey tool, check out the list of free tools that have a federal-friendly terms of service agreement.)

During the summer, we review and analyze the data, then develop action plans for each program. We work to implement improvements during the fall and winter, and by then, it’s time to gear up for the next year’s survey.

A benefit of keeping this process top-of-mind for staff all year long is that it enforces the importance of customer-centric thinking in all we do. It’s also just one of many tools in our VOC toolbox. Other tools we use include:

  • Web analytics
  • Usability testing
  • Call center data
  • Web pop-up surveys
  • Free-form customer comments from social media, chat, blogs or email
  • Agency consultations and office hours
  • Employee training and engagement activities
  • Post-event surveys
  • Talking to customers one-on-one

Goals

One of our primary goals was to develop a framework to consistently measure customer satisfaction across all our programs, on an ongoing basis. Consistency is important to benchmark progress, and the index gives us a framework to do just that. By asking the same core questions for all our programs, we’ve created a baseline to help us evaluate whether we’re improving over time.

The Questions

The word "Feedback" seen on a small wooden cube sits on a laptop keyboard

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The email survey currently consists of six questions. Four of the questions are multiple-choice and are used to calculate a “score” for each program; this is our baseline. The last two are open-ended, and provide the most actionable data, because they give customers a platform to tell us, in their own words, what’s working and where we can improve.

The core questions measure satisfaction, loyalty and ease of use. Questions may be customized slightly, such as to identify a specific program name. Here are the questions we use in our email surveys:

How would you rate your overall experience with [this program/service]?

  • Very good
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor
  • Very poor

How likely are you to recommend [this program/service] to a friend?

  • Very likely
  • Likely
  • Neither likely nor unlikely
  • Unlikely
  • Very unlikely

How likely are you to use [this program/service] in the future?

  • Very likely
  • Likely
  • Neither likely nor unlikely
  • Unlikely
  • Very unlikely

How easy or difficult was it to [use this program/service]?

  • Very easy
  • Easy
  • Neither easy nor difficult
  • Difficult
  • Very difficult

What are the greatest strengths of [this program/service]?

  • Open-ended

What are the greatest weaknesses?

  • Open-ended

The Score

Response choices are listed from positive to negative. The top two (positive) responses are “promoters,” the middle response is “neutral,” and the bottom two (negative) responses are “detractors.” We subtract the percentage of detractors from the percentage of promoters to get the score. We score each question, as well as calculate an overall score for each program. Note, that if you have more detractors than promoters, it’s possible to get a negative score (range is +/-100).

I know you’re thinking, “So, where are your scores?” While the actual numbers are for internal management purposes only, we’ve shared some overall insights in this post, Digging Into the Data of Our Customer Survey.

Closing the Loop

One main reason this has worked for us is management support. Our management team is committed to improving the customer experience for all our programs across OCSIT, and that commitment is embraced by the entire team.

The other main reason for success is our action planning process, which “closes the loop.” We don’t just collect data, we actually do something with it. Program managers are tasked to review customer feedback and identify areas for improvement. We develop action plans that outline when and how we’ll address issues and make those improvements. We share these plans across the team, and report out to senior management on what we learned, the actions we took and how the feedback is expected to improve our programs.

Evolution

Like anything else in life, you try something, learn, adapt, move forward. We learn something new each time we run the GCXi, and continue to iterate and improve as time goes on. For example, the “ease of use” question was added in 2015, and has provided us with a clear call to action to provide more direct training and support to our customers, particularly for our more technical programs.

As background, here are some of the resources that inspired us as we developed the GCXi:

While this post focused on our email surveys, it’s worth noting that we follow a similar process for most of our website surveys, asking the same core questions, as well as asking about task completion (but that’s a topic for another post!).

Our GCXi has given us a framework to listen to customers, benchmark progress in a consistent way and evaluate whether we’re improving over time. If you have suggestions or ideas to help us better serve you, please let us know! Interested in learning more about improving the government customer experience? Join the Government Customer Experience Community and review the Customer Experience Toolkit.


by Rachel Flagg via DigitalGov

Canadian Dollar Tumbles After Bank Of Japan Lowers Key Interest Rate Below Zero

Canadian Dollar Tumbles After Bank Of Japan Lowers Key Interest Rate Below Zero
Huffington Post Canada - 1 hour ago
TORONTO - Canada's dollar has reacted negatively to a surprise announcement by Japan's central bank, which is moving to offset dangerously low inflation by dropping a key lending rate to negative 0.1 per cent.
Oil rebound boosts sterling, Canada's loonie vs dollar - Reuters

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Jan 28, 2016

AppNeta to Exhibit at @DevOpsSummit | @AppNeta #DevOps #APM #Microservices

SYS-CON Events announced today that AppNeta, the leader in performance insight for business-critical web applications, will exhibit and present at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. AppNeta is the only application performance monitoring (APM) company to provide solutions for all applications – applications you develop internally, business-critical SaaS applications you use and the networks that deliver them.

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Canadian investors: Beware of the tax hit on US-dollar accounts

Canadian investors: Beware of the tax hit on US-dollar accounts
The Globe and Mail - 2 hours ago
The definition of financial savvy these days is to have a bunch of cash in a U.S.-dollar account. You're being paid close to zero in interest, but benefiting hugely in terms of how your money is valued in Canadian dollars. If you made a $10,000 (U.S ...

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Canadian investors: Beware of the tax hit on US-dollar accounts

Canada tech execs says weak Canadian dollar toughens talent hunt

Canada tech execs says weak Canadian dollar toughens talent hunt
Reuters Canada - 2 hours ago
TORONTO (Reuters) - A slump in the Canadian dollar, which hit a 12-year low this month, has made it harder for the country's technology companies to recruit top talent, posing a longer-term risk to the sector's development, industry veterans said.
REFILE-Canada tech execs say weak C$ toughens talent hunt - Reuters

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Canada tech execs says weak Canadian dollar toughens talent hunt

Canadian dollar and business outlook

Canadian dollar and business outlook
Western Producer (subscription) - 7 hours ago
WINNIPEG, Jan. 28 - The Canadian dollar was stronger Thursday morning, with gains in crude oil behind some of the buying interest in the energy-linked currency.

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Canadian dollar and business outlook

Seven Reasons to Read 'The IT Manager’s Guide to Continuous Delivery' | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Whether you are new to Continuous Delivery or just need a quick refresher, The IT Manager’s Guide to Continuous Delivery is the perfect addition to your DevOps library. Having recently picked up the book myself, I can see how it has become an absolute essential addition in understanding the intricate world of Continuous Delivery. Below you will find a list of why The IT Manager’s Guide to Continuous Delivery is the perfect guide for beginners and experts alike.

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Canadian dollar moves above 71 cents as oil recovers

Canadian dollar moves above 71 cents as oil recovers
CBC.ca - 6 hours ago
The Canadian dollar is at its highest level in three weeks after oil surged overnight in Asia and remained strong in North American trading.

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Canadian dollar moves above 71 cents as oil recovers

Weekly Top 10: From FinServ to Scaling By @Anders_Wallgren | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

From scaling Agile to creating a DevOps culture, there was plenty to take in as the software innovation community continues to band together to push industries forward. In fact, we are seeing the rise of FinTech and FinServ in this week’s posts – a vertical market that has been gaining a larger share of DevOps and IT news coverage in recent months. Read on to learn how software continues to impact the financial world and more on IoT, the Cloud and Continuous Delivery.

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Navigating the Path to DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

The founders of RedMonk unpack the often tricky path to DevOps and to explore how enterprises can find ways to make pan-IT collaboration a rule, not an exception. Gentleman, let’s look at DevOps through a little bit of a different lens. Often, it’s thought of as a philosophy. It’s talked about as a way of improving speed and performance of applications and quality, but ultimately, this is a behavior and a culture discussion -- and the behavior and culture of developers is an important part of making DevOps successful.

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Commvault Named Bronze Sponsor at @CloudExpo New York and Silicon Valley | @Commvault

SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of 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, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform modern data environments. With solutions and services delivered directly and through a worldwide network of partners and service providers, Commvault solutions comprise one of the industry’s leading portfolios in data protection and recovery, cloud, virtualization, archive, file sync and share.

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2016 DevOps Predictions By @TheEbizWizard | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

The principles, processes and tools that are core to the existing DevOps movement will expand beyond traditional development and operations teams. Non-technical teams are often in silos too, so can also get value from the benefits DevOps provides to software teams, including a high-trust open culture, creating and validating hypotheses, measurement, shortened feedback loops and enhanced collaboration; all of these lead to high velocity organizations regardless of type. Approaches and tools like pull-requests and ChatOps are no longer just for technical teams anymore – any modern organization can reap benefits from DevOps approaches.

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Loonie rallies to a three-week high as oil prices surge

Loonie rallies to a three-week high as oil prices surge
The Globe and Mail - 3 hours ago
The Canadian dollar rallied to a three-week high against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday as crude oil prices rose, while the potential for a U.S.
C$ rallies to a three-week high as oil prices surge - Reuters Canada
CANADA FX DEBT-C$ rallies to a 3-week high as oil prices surge - Reuters

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Loonie rallies to a three-week high as oil prices surge

Oracle Starts Catering to the JavaScript Community with JET By @YFain | @CloudExpo #Cloud

During the last several years Oracle was working on their cloud solution, and several internal teams were creating JavaScript-based Web interfaces for the cloud. At some point Oracle decided to standardize on the set of JavaScript libraries used internally, and they also developed a set of reusable Web UI components both simple (e.g. buttons and forms) as well as complex (data grids, charts, accordion, and fancy gauges). All these components are based on jQuery UI and are responsive, so they can be used on mobile devices.

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[session] Cognitive Computing: How Big Data Becomes Big Insights | @CloudExpo #CognitiveComputing

Eighty percent of a data scientist’s time is spent gathering and cleaning up data, and 80% of all data is unstructured and almost never analyzed. Cognitive computing, in combination with Big Data, is changing the equation by creating data reservoirs and using natural language processing to enable analysis of unstructured data sources. This is impacting every aspect of the analytics profession from how data is mined (and by whom) to how it is delivered. This is not some futuristic vision: it's happening right now in industries across the globe.

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How FEMA Delivers Anytime, Anywhere Information During Disasters

No one wants to feel helpless in an emergency situation. To provide tips and assistance anytime, anywhere, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stepped up their mobile game.

FEMA developed an SMS service and an app to engage with users while they’re on the go. The app is available on Android, Apple and Blackberry.

Screencapture of the Disaster Reporter feature of the FEMA app on an Android smartphone, showing numbered map markers around the Washington, D.C. area.

While the SMS service is limited to alerts and searches for nearby shelters, the app offers additional functionality, including the Disaster Reporter crowdsourcing feature. During the Boulder, Colorado, flooding in 2013, people used Disaster Reporter to capture geo-tagged photos of the disaster area. The Disaster Reporter data is publicly available and can be of significant use to cities’ first responders.

Some of the photographs shared through the app are by professionals, but most come from the public and go through a privacy screening process, as recommended by the FEMA privacy office. During screening, photos are eliminated if personally identifying information is shown, such as license plates and street addresses.

250-x-444-FEMA-app-shelters-list-by-state-screen-AndroidTina Adinolfi, Chief of the Disaster Management Branch at FEMA, said FEMA noticed several spikes in app downloads and SMS shelter searches during recent severe weather events in the Midwest and Southeast. Additionally, FEMA’s analytics showed many current users were accessing their services more often.

FEMA also developed a push notification functionality that allows users to receive weather alerts based on their selected location. FEMA uses an API, which calls weather alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS).

FEMA has been marketing their services through social media. When the Disaster Reporter feature was released, FEMA promoted a video on their YouTube page, where they also regularly add new material. As good user experience is a promoter within itself, FEMA has conducted usability studies and plans on doing more.

In the future, FEMA hopes to integrate more analytics in order to improve their services for users and first responders. The team is also always brainstorming and researching ways to make the app as functional as possible for citizens as they go about their regular day. They also take into account user feedback about the app.


by Ashley Wichman via DigitalGov

[session] Data as a Service By @LakshmiLJ | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Data-as-a-Service is the complete package for the transformation of raw data into meaningful data assets and the delivery of those data assets. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lakshmi Randall, an industry expert, analyst and strategist, will address: What is DaaS (Data-as-a-Service)? Challenges addressed by DaaS Vendors that are enabling DaaS Architecture options for DaaS

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Jan 27, 2016

Jasper to reap rewards of low Canadian dollar

Jasper to reap rewards of low Canadian dollar
the fitzhugh - 6 hours ago
Canadian dollar The low Canadian dollar, although concerning for most industries, could prove to be a blessing for the tourism sector this summer.

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Jasper to reap rewards of low Canadian dollar

Bell, Rogers, and TELUS raising rates due to weak Canadian Dollar

Bell, Rogers, and TELUS raising rates due to weak Canadian Dollar
Vancity Buzz - 31 minutes ago
Rogers, Bell, and TELUS will increase - or already have increased - the cost of their mobile plans due to the falling Canadian Dollar, according to spokespeople for each company. Bell Mobility increased the cost of consumer rate plans by $5 on January ...

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Bell, Rogers, and TELUS raising rates due to weak Canadian Dollar

Handy Reference: RegEx in the Network By @LMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Over the years I’ve shared a lot of posts on using programmability in the network to do, well, a lot of different things. Like implement A/B testing, and Canary deployments, and proxying requests for memcached. All these patterns can be and are implemented by proxies that offer a platform for taking advantage of data path programmability.

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Canadian dollar, TSX down slightly

Canadian dollar, TSX down slightly
InsideHalton.com - 6 hours ago
TORONTO - The Canadian dollar and Toronto Stock Exchange were down slightly early Wednesday, ahead of an afternoon announcement from the U.S.

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Canadian dollar, TSX down slightly

Canadian dollar, TSX down slightly

Canadian dollar, TSX down slightly
Kawartha Media Group - 6 hours ago
TORONTO - The Canadian dollar and Toronto Stock Exchange were down slightly early Wednesday, ahead of an afternoon announcement from the U.S.

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A new domain registration startup, GetDomains, eyes the .co.zw market

The market for domain registration has however been growing and ZISPA ... generating revenue from web hosting and using the domain registration ...
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Canadian dollar and business outlook

Canadian dollar and business outlook
Western Producer (subscription) - 2 hours ago
WINNIPEG, Jan. 27 - The Canadian dollar was slightly weaker Wednesday morning, as it saw some consolidation following Tuesday's rally.
CANADA FX DEBT-C$ slips from 3-week high as oil prices fall - Reuters

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The Data Briefing: Improving the Federal Government Through Mobile Apps

Federal agencies are doing well in fulfilling the 2012 Digital Government Strategy by providing numerous mobile apps for American citizens. According to a report from IBM’s Center for the Business of Government, 76 federal agencies have at least one mobile app. As of July 2015, there are nearly 300 federal government mobile apps that provide at least one of the following:

  • General information and news services
  • Client services such as providing and processing government forms
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Health and safety information
  • Educational services

According to the report, mobile devices were one-third of the traffic to government websites, as of July 2015. This will only increase as overall mobile device usage increases in the near future.

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However, the federal agencies are lagging way behind in the use of enterprise-focused apps. Although there are numerous citizen-oriented mobile apps, with new ones being released at least weekly, there are very few mobile apps federal employees can use for internal agency processes. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) seems to be the exception (according to the report) as only four other agencies offer one or two mobile apps to help the agency’s employees. NASA has 20 apps that facilitate online collaboration, support teleworking, and provide reference information such as facility maps.

Enterprise-focused apps can help federal workers and agencies in four ways:

  1. Managing agency assets, such as vehicular fleets
  2. Increasing employee productivity by enabling the ability to work anywhere at any time
  3. Supporting field workers by allowing employees to file reports directly from the field
  4. Increasing collaboration and networking among employees and agency offices

A variety of federal mobile apps for citizens seen on an Android smartphone screen.The challenge will be in balancing mobile app needs of citizens versus federal employees’ needs. Many agencies still face the common challenges of a legacy IT infrastructure, lack of app developers and IT budget concerns. Agencies also have to deal with the strategic challenges of first improving agency processes to build an enterprise-focused app. An improved agency process will make for a better citizen-oriented mobile app, but citizens need the existing services as a mobile app now.

The report closes with three recommendations that may help agencies in balancing the needs of the agency and the needs of the citizens.

  1. Agencies should use responsive design in creating apps for mobile devices; especially new mobile devices such as wearables and virtual reality devices.
  2. Agencies should standardize how they provide open data, such as descriptive metadata and commonly-used data formats.
  3. Agencies should standardize data structure. For example, budget and finance data across the agencies should use a standard structure so that it is easier to mix data from different agencies together.

Mobile apps have transformed how citizens engage with their government. Now, mobile apps can transform how federal employees work to provide government services. There is a vast untapped potential in enterprise-focused mobile apps to revolutionize the federal government.

Each week, The Data Briefing showcases the latest federal data news and trends.

Dr. William Brantley is the Training Administrator for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Global Intellectual Property Academy. You can find out more about his personal work in open data, analytics, and related topics at BillBrantley.com. All opinions are his own and do not reflect the opinions of the USPTO or GSA.


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Currency exchange tips: Getting more for the low Canadian dollar

Currency exchange tips: Getting more for the low Canadian dollar
CBC.ca - 30 minutes ago
Planning a trip to the U.S. and already grieving about how little the Canadian dollar will get you across the border? CBC News spoke with Steve Brown with the Vancouver Bullion and Currency Exchange for tips on how to get the most out of your loonies ...

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Trimodal IT Doesn’t Fix Bimodal IT | @CloudExpo #DevOps #BigData #Microservices

The battle over bimodal IT is heating up. Now that there’s a reasonably broad consensus that Gartner’s advice about bimodal IT is deeply flawed – consensus everywhere except perhaps at Gartner – various ideas are springing up to fill the void. The bimodal problem, of course, is well understood. ‘Traditional’ or ‘slow’ IT uses hidebound, laborious processes that would only get in the way of ‘fast’ or ‘agile’ digital efforts. The result: incoherent IT strategies and shadow IT struggles that lead to dispersed, redundant, and risky technology choices across the organization. The battle, however, isn’t over the problem. It’s over what we should do about it. Perhaps we should add a third mode?

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Jan 26, 2016

ICE canola moves down as Canadian dollar rises

ICE canola moves down as Canadian dollar rises
Western Producer (subscription) - 7 hours ago
WINNIPEG, Jan. 26 - Canola contracts on the ICE Futures Canada platform were mostly lower at midday Tuesday, as strength in the Canadian dollar put some pressure on the market. The currency was up by a full cent relative to its US counterpart, which ...

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Canadian Dollar and Business Outlook

Canadian Dollar and Business Outlook
Western Producer (subscription) - 7 hours ago
WINNIPEG, Jan. 26 - The Canadian dollar was stronger Tuesday morning, as advances in crude oil helped underpin the energy-linked currency.

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USDCAD Canadian Dollar Year Ahead 2016 – Update

USDCAD Canadian Dollar Year Ahead 2016 – Update
MarketPulse (blog) - 14 minutes ago
The Canadian dollar struggled in 2015 and was the worst performer amongst major pairs. The USD advanced 20 percent versus the CAD since the beginning of 2015 driven by the divergence of monetary policies between the two central banks and the drop ...

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TSX up 140 points; Canadian dollar climbs above 71 cents US

TSX up 140 points; Canadian dollar climbs above 71 cents US
Times Colonist - 4 hours ago
The Canadian dollar also showed a strong gain, rising to 71.03 cents US just before 11:30 a.m. ET, up 0.95 of a cent from Tuesday's close.

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TSX up 140 points; Canadian dollar climbs above 71 cents US

2015 Big Data Startups By @JimKaskade | @BigDataExpo #BigData

The following are a few Big Data companies that I was keeping an eye on starting back in January of 2015 (yeah, this is NOT a statistically significant sample)….some for “old times sake” because I knew the founding team and was curious how things were progressing, some because I trust their venture capital partners, and some because they inspire me with an application of the technology that is meaningful (I’m tired of hearing about yet another “Big Data Platform”).

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Canadian dollar up more than a penny after uptick in oil prices

Canadian dollar up more than a penny after uptick in oil prices
CBC.ca - 8 hours ago
North American stocks were recovering from Monday's losses on Tuesday, after oil ticked upwards overnight on hopes that the oversupply might fade by year's end.

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Canadian dollar up more than a penny after uptick in oil prices

Canadian dollar climbs ahead of TSX opening; oil price wavers

Canadian dollar climbs ahead of TSX opening; oil price wavers
Times Colonist - 1 hour ago
TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was trading above 70 cents US with an hour left before North American stock markets opened Tuesday, but the currency dipped below that mark overnight as Asian stock markets plunged and the price of oil fell.

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Canadian dollar climbs ahead of TSX opening; oil price wavers

Currency exchange: How to get more for your downward dollars

Currency exchange: How to get more for your downward dollars
CBC.ca - 5 hours ago
For Canadians travelling to the U.S., or to many other countries, there's no way around that falling Canadian dollar. But there are ways to save some money on your currency conversion.

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Currency exchange: How to get more for your downward dollars

Jan 25, 2016

Your SIEM Strategy | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #IoT #Microservices

Digital transformation has increased the speed at which organizations must adapt. As they do so, it’s more important than ever to be able to choose solutions that will give them a comprehensive, real-time view of the network. Several factors contribute to this new priority: Root causes and threats must be quickly identified, so network and security ops personnel must have the ability to view and share real-time data from multiple network environments.

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Oil slides below $30 US as Iraq ramps up production

Oil slides below $30 US as Iraq ramps up production
CBC.ca - 17 hours ago
Oil prices tumbled 7.5 per cent on Monday and dragged the Canadian dollar and North American stock markets lower. Stocks in Asia and Europe clung onto gains in a sign of stabilization after a horrendous start to the year.
Asia rises after cold spell lifts oil, dollar stands tall - Reuters

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Oil slides below $30 US as Iraq ramps up production

Getting Started with @IBMBluemix: Web Application Hosting Scenario | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Many types of web applications are running on the Internet today. There are also as many ways to manage and maintain the infrastructure that powers those applications. IBM® Bluemix™ delivers quick and easy cloud capabilities to deploy and maintain your web application, with minimal hassle and overhead. As you follow along with two lab-style scenarios, this IBM Redpaper™ publication demonstrates how to create and deploy a web-based collaboration application on IBM Bluemix

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TFC players benefit from weak Canadian dollars

TFC players benefit from weak Canadian dollars
Waterloo Record - 21 minutes ago
TORONTO - The plummeting Canadian dollar has helped eased the landing of Toronto FC's newest imports. "First day in the locker-room that's what everybody's talking about," said defender Drew Moor, who like his Toronto teammates are paid in U.S.

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TFC players benefit from weak Canadian dollars

Canadian Dollar and Business Outlook

Canadian Dollar and Business Outlook
Western Producer (subscription) - 6 hours ago
WINNIPEG, Jan. 25 - The Canadian dollar was weaker Monday morning, as losses in crude oil put some pressure on the energy-linked currency.

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Canadian Dollar and Business Outlook

Enterprise PaaS – Agile Architecture for Continuous Innovation | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Although MIT makes the specific point that the Platform Business Model is exactly that, a business model not a technology, there is naturally a clear and powerful link with the Cloud model ‘PaaS’ – Platform as a Service. This offers literally that, a Platform as a service, and so it can play a central component part in enabling the Platform Business Model.

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CAD to USD: Insiders Issue Dramatic Warning for Canadian Dollar

CAD to USD: Insiders Issue Dramatic Warning for Canadian Dollar
Profit Confidential - 2 hours ago
The Canadian dollar plunged to its lowest level since 2003 last week, falling as low as US$0.68 during one trading session.
Is the Canadian Dollar Headed for a Turnaround? - Energy and Capital

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CAD to USD: Insiders Issue Dramatic Warning for Canadian Dollar

Announcing @FusionConnectSM to Exhibit in New York | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #DevOps

SYS-CON Events announced today that Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, 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. Fusion, a leading provider of integrated cloud solutions to small, medium and large businesses, is the industry's single source for the cloud. Fusion's advanced, proprietary cloud service platform enables the integration of leading edge solutions in the cloud, including cloud communications, cloud connectivity, and cloud computing. Fusion's innovative, yet proven cloud solutions lower customers' cost of ownership, and deliver new levels of security, flexibility, scalability, and speed of deployment.

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Your Business in Business | @DevOpsSummit @AppNeta #DevOps #APM #Microservices

Your business relies on your applications and your employees to stay in business. Whether you develop apps or manage business critical apps that help fuel your business, what happens when users experience sluggish performance? You and all technical teams across the organization – application, network, operations, among others, as well as, those outside the organization, like ISPs and third-party providers – are called in to solve the problem.

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Docker + Solr How-to: Monitoring the Official Solr Docker Image By @seti321 | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

The official Solr Image on Docker Hub was released just a few weeks ago and already has 16K pulls. Why not more? Well, there are more than 200 different Solr images on Docker Hub — probably because no official Image was available! A rapidly growing number of organizations are using Solr and Docker in production and they are probably happy about the new official Image. Needless to say, monitoring Solr is essential in production. Docker is disruptive in many ways, and there are many things that are slightly different and worth mentioning.

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Canadian dollar falls half a cent as markets weaken

Canadian dollar falls half a cent as markets weaken
Hamilton Spectator - 36 minutes ago
The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX index dropped 169.44 points to 12,220.14. That offset a 354-point increase on Friday.

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Canadian dollar falls half a cent as markets weaken

Internet of Insider Threats By @PSilvas | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Imagine if Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, didn’t have such distinctive characteristics like an orange rocky body, blue eyes or his battle cry, ‘It’s Clobberin’ Time!’ and had to provide a photo ID and password to prove he was a founding member of the Fantastic Four. Or if the alien in John Carpenter’s The Thing gave each infected life-form the proper credentials to come and go as they please. Today the things we call ‘Things’ are infiltrating every aspect of society but how do organizations identify, secure and determine access for the 15+ connected chips employees will soon be wearing to the office? And what business value to they bring?

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New API = ChatOps Goodness By @JasonHand | @DevOpsSummit #API #DevOps

About this time last year, I began writing ChatOps For Dummies, which was released in early 2015. The concept of ChatOps was one that fascinated me and I’ve spent a great deal of time writing, talking, and presenting on it all over the country. ChatOps is simply the practice of moving context or actions (or both) into a group chat tool. By doing so, teams across an entire organization can share the ingestion of critical information, actions, and their related conversations. By bringing all of this together into a single interface, a greater awareness regarding what is taking place across the entire organization is achieved.

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The Most Important Consideration When Moving to the Cloud: People | @CloudExpo #Cloud

We’ve seen the statistics about the continued growth of cloud adoption in the enterprise in 2016 (not surprising). What some people might not realize is the projected growth of hybrid cloud adoption – what experts believe to be the next phase in the evolution of the cloud. The global market for hybrid cloud adoption was over $25 billion in 2014, and analyst firm IDC predicts the same market to reach $84 billion by 2019. The model is growing so rapidly because organizations want to take advantage of the cost-savings enabled by the public cloud, but they realize the model can’t provide the levels of security and regulatory compliance needed to protect sensitive or mission-critical on-premise data. A hybrid solution is the most secure and cost-effective approach for many organizations.

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ChatOps Interface | @DevOpsSummit @VictorOps #DevOps #IoT #ChatOps

The modern software development landscape consists of best practices and tools that allow teams to deliver software in a near-continuous manner. By adopting a culture of automation, measurement and sharing, the time to ship code has been greatly reduced, allowing for shorter release cycles and quicker feedback from customers and users. Still, with all of these tools and methods, how can teams stay on top of what is taking place across their infrastructure and codebase? Hopping between services and command line interfaces creates context-switching that slows productivity, efficiency, and may lead to early burnout.

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Low dollar enticing travellers to visit Canada

Low dollar enticing travellers to visit Canada
CTV News - 40 minutes ago
MONTREAL - From British Columbia to Montreal, the low Canadian dollar is proving a boon to the tourism sector. Dragged down by cheap oil and an international slump in commodity prices, the dollar is trading at around 70 cents against the greenback and ...

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Low dollar enticing travellers to visit Canada

Jan 24, 2016

Meet the Sensors By @PSilvas | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #Wearables

I often write about the Internet of Things, or the soon-to-be-cliché IoT. You know, the smart-fridges, smart-cars, smart-thermostats, healthcare devices, wearables and any of those connected devices that have a sensor, gathers data and reports back to some entity. You are able to control these devices (and see the data) with mobile apps or even your own voice and gestures. They are all the rage and sitting at the top of the Gartner Hype Cycle. But it’s all the various sensors inside those devices that are doing the actual measuring, calculating, tracking and reporting. Each has its own specialty providing specific functionality. I’ve always wondered about what’s inside some of the wearables so let’s take a look at a few.

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IoT and Hello Barbie | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API #InternetOfThings

Hello Barbie™! is an IoT-enabled (Internet of Things) Barbie Doll with blonde hair, blue eyes and a built-in surveillance system. She’s not the first of her kind (and she won’t be the last), but here’s what you should know about bringing it, or any connected device, into your home. Everything that connects to the public Internet is vulnerable. Encryption does not solve the problem. While it is true that you need about 6.4 billion years to crack a 2048-bit PGP encrypted file, I can probably socially engineer you out of your encryption key by attaching a little piece of malware to an email that offers you two discounted Super Bowl tickets and a deal on a hotel.

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Russia's roughed-up ruble makes Canadian dollar look stable

Russia's roughed-up ruble makes Canadian dollar look stable
The Globe and Mail (subscription) - 1 hour ago
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz may not be having much fun minding monetary policy these days as the economy stumbles and his options narrow.

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Russia's roughed-up ruble makes Canadian dollar look stable

[session] Storage Analytics Engines in Cloud Environments By @mcrepeat | @CloudExpo @FalconStor #Cloud

Predictive analytics tools monitor, report, and troubleshoot in order to make proactive decisions about the health, performance, and utilization of storage. Most enterprises combine cloud and on-premise storage, resulting in blended environments of physical, virtual, cloud, and other platforms, which justifies more sophisticated storage analytics. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Peter McCallum, Vice President of Datacenter Solutions at FalconStor, will discuss using predictive analytics to monitor and adjust functions like performance, capacity, caching, security, optimization, uptime and service levels; identify trends or patterns to forecast future requirements; detect problems before they result in failures or downtime; and convert insight into actions like changing policies, storage tiers, or DR strategies.

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A ‘Cultural Shift’ to Online Backup By @ABridgwater | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Everything will be on the cloud. It almost sounds like overstatement even in 2016 doesn’t it? Could we really get ourselves to the point where we regard the cloud layer as our first, primary, default and de facto location for data? The answer is: yes, we do already… although perhaps not all of us have even realized it yet. When we do start to fully appreciate what the cloud computing layer of data storage and application services can really do for us, we will find ourselves almost ‘set free’ from our previous notions of how we use the computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones that we regard as our most trusted devices today.

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Big Data at @CloudExpo New York Call for Papers | @CloudExpo #BigData

There is little doubt that Big Data solutions will have an increasing role in the Enterprise IT mainstream over time. Big Data at Cloud Expo - to be held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - has announced its Call for Papers is open. 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 New York is the place where you can see the technologies and use cases that are delivering Big Data to enterprise IT.

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Balancing Flexibility and Complexity in a World Full of Choices By @Roh1 | @CloudExpo #Cloud

I recently caught up with a former co-worker who now runs an information security program for a well-known retailer. While discussing new advances in cloud security and technology, he mentioned that his company had met with a provider that presented him with a mind-numbing number of deployment options for their solution. Some of the options rattled off included forward and reverse proxies; public, private, hybrid, and cloud versions of their product; an on-premise version; and packaging in an appliance or a box that could be racked in a data center.

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The Challenges of Scaling Microservices | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Al Hilwa, program director of application development software at IDC, describes it this way: “Microservices is an architectural approach that draws on long, evolving experience in software engineering and system design, including the SOA efforts of the last two decades. The-challenges-of-scaling-microservicesMicroservices architecture is enabled by a spectrum of tool categories, but is primarily an architectural approach to system design that also requires considerable organizational and cultural adjustment to execute successfully.” More succinctly, microservices is a blanket term that applies to breaking IT systems and applications down to smaller, more granular elements. Containers take applications and services down to a self-contained, component level, and DevOps provides the framework for the IT infrastructure and automation to develop, deploy, and manage the environment.

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How to Select a Test Automation Tool | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps

A Test Automation Tool can play a big role in deciding success as well as effectiveness of Test Automation. Based on the growth in the device and browser matrix, it is not recommended to build test automation framework around a single tool; however, many organizations still continue to do so. It becomes even more important to choose right tool for your automation when test automation solution is built around a specific tool.

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Embracing DevOps in 2016 | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

While I was on the fairway during my golf round, I initiated a discussion with my corporate buddies on DevOps and it all started this way: Is the old wine in the new bottle? Not surprisingly, for decades, the IT industry talk has revolved around Speed, Cost and Quality and does not vary for DevOps outcomes either - Faster, Agile and Better; FAB Way!. In my perspective and in addition to the above, Collaboration, Behavioral aspects, process maturity levels, building infrastructure, CX are some more components which needs detailed attention too. 2015 - A year with DevOps-buzz which created a lot of interest and towards the year end it went ‘beyond buzz’. Many System Integrators (SIs) scheduled day long events, organized evangelization with their Org and to their customers. Some SIs was cautious on their moves and some took big steps. Few bundled DevOps as a part of their transformation deals into DevOps win!

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IoT Trends 2016: Healthcare | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #InternetOfThings

Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology has impacted the healthcare sector heavily, unlike the trivial impact of the technology on an array of other verticals. M2M connected healthcare, which operates in an IT ecosystem, enables a range of healthcare service offerings, such as easy sharing of healthcare-related data pertaining to the medical history, personal information, diagnostic results, prescription information, clinical data, and other data regarding patients. The other uses of M2M connected healthcare lie in home monitoring, assisted living, clinical monitoring, and telemedicine.

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The DevOps Jigsaw | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Agile #Microservices

According to the results of a new global study, commissioned by CA Technologies, 72% of organizations have implemented some aspect of DevOps but when the study took a closer look at the numbers, only 20% of DevOps users have put all the parts in place to reap the full benefits of DevOps. Unlike many IT-related concepts, DevOps doesn't revolve around a specific type of technology, and it can't be classed as a methodology either. Indeed, DevOps generally requires blending a number of different technologies, skill-sets, tools and methods.

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Jan 23, 2016

[session] Continuous Development By @TylerJewell | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

In 2013, Codenvy was releasing its SaaS and on-premise products twice a month. This created fear and loathing between teams. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Tyler Jewell, founder and CEO of Codenvy, will discuss how the journey to continuous development transformed the way they created software with 30 releases a month. Join Tyler as he shares their journey and shows how they improved.

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Internet of @ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers | #IoT #M2M #API

Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 7-9, 2016 at Javits Center, New York City and Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 18th International @CloudExpo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.

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Service-Oriented Applications | @DevOpsSummit @AppNeta #DevOps #Microservices

With microservices, SOA and distributed architectures becoming more popular, it is becoming increasingly harder to keep track of where time is spent in a distributed application when trying to diagnose performance problems. Distributed tracing systems attempt to address this problem by following application requests across service boundaries, persisting metadata along the way that provide context for fine-grained performance monitoring.

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How to Sponsor Big Data at @CloudExpo | #IoT #BigData #InternetOfThings

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 East is the place where you can see the technologies and use cases that are delivering Big Data to enterprise IT.

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Beyond the Box: Redis Transaction Correlation for Node.js By @PHolditch | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

The AppDynamics Pro product has boasted an agent for instrumenting Node.js application components for several releases now, which is providing many customers with end to end transaction visibility across their applications incorporating Node.js tiers, as well as - uniquely - method level drill-down into the javascript code itself.

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Call for Papers Open at @DevOpsSummit New York | #DevOps #Containers

@DevOpsSummit taking place June 7-9, 2016 at Javits Center, New York City, and Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 18th International @CloudExpo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers is now open.

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Cloud Expo New York 'Call for Papers' | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The 18th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, and Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!

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Keep Your Data Active By @GorillaFlash | @CloudExpo @HGSTStorage #Cloud #BigData

We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on how much data there is, in his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing for HGST, will show 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. See how HGST has used these solutions to gain more value out of the information we have – and capitalize on that value by delivering better products.

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Ten Internet of Things (IoT) Influencers to Follow on Twitter | @ThingsExpo #IoT

There are number of IoT services and products that come up every day, it becomes difficult to keep up with them. In order to match up the pace with this ever-evolving market, businesses owners should keep themselves updated about the IoT space. We have created a list of IoT influencers you can track to get your daily dose of updates.

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Secrets of @CloudExpo Sponsors | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #DevOps #BigData

The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.

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The DevOps Democracy By @GoGoSamLewis | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

Democracy: the great experiment. The voice of the people leading. The end of rigid and overbearing hierarchies. These principles have been with us for over two centuries in government, but many business models still look like the British Empire. As the pace of development continues to scale and customers come to expect real-time response to their concerns, businesses with complex IT departments are transitioning to a DevOps model that gives them the agility to stay up and responsive to the voice of the people. Here we explore how fostering a DevOps culture can build a more democratic workplace and customer experience.

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Angular 2: Passing Data to Routes By @YFain | @ThingsExpo #IoT

In the previous blog I did a high-level overview of Angular 2 router and wrote a basic routing application that demonstrated displaying different components in a predefined area of the window. We often need not only display a component, but also pass some data to it. For example, if we navigate from the Home to the Product Detail route we need to pass the product ID to the destination route. Angular offers a directive RouteParams so a route can receive data from the parent component. There is also a RouteData directive that can be used to pass additional data to a route from the @RouteConfig section. I’ll illustrate the use of both directives by modifying the app from the previous blog.

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Gamification and IoT | @ThingsExpo #IoT #Gamification #InternetOfThings

Most people haven’t heard the word, “gamification,” even though they probably, and perhaps unwittingly, participate in it every day. Gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” Further, gamification is about bringing game mechanics – rules, constructs, processes, and methods – into the real world in an effort to engage people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Endo, owner and engagement manager of Intrepid Data, discussed how wearables, analytics, and geospatial technologies can be combined to transform the world into the ultimate game board. Organizations can grasp consumer, employee, or client intrinsic interest by setting up cool, collaborative, and rewarding systems using the IoT.

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Internet of APIs Economy | @ThingsExpo @EsmeSwartz #IoT #M2M #API

With another year coming to a close, it’s time to dust off the crystal ball for our annual predictions. However, before we forecast any new insights, I want to look back at our 2015 predictions, which could be best summarized as a maturing of technology innovations introduced in prior years. Now that the fundamentals are in place, there’s potential for significant shifts in both software and vendor shakeups in 2016. The emerging battleground of innovation continues to heat up between companies that make technology versus those that use it. Success will be determined by a company’s ability to leverage and monetize its data and API assets, drive contextual interactions with customers, along with its organizational agility to react to competitive forces. Here is Part One of our 2016 predictions.

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Jan 22, 2016

IIoT Top News: CES 2016 and the Fate of IoT | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M

All eyes appeared to be on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas since last week, as more than 3,600 companies unveiled the IoT and IIoT innovations we can all expect to see in the coming year. This year's CES showcased plans to make the car a complete mobile office-with technology in place to allow Skype calls and the use of Microsoft 365 from the car. The other hot theme at CES was drones - not a surprise since these unmanned crafts have pulled us in like a tracker-beam to the mother ship. The autonomous ‘copter drone was one of the most impressive releases with the reality that the businessman of tomorrow doesn't need a private jet, just a ‘copter drone and a smart phone.

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What You Need to Know about Your Domain Name

When you choose a domain name, it's important that you are careful in your ... From different registrars to new domain extensions, there seem to be endless ... If you were to decide to switch hosting providers, moving your emails from ...
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Optomec and IoT | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #ML #InternetOfThings

IoT depends to a large part on the availability of custom hardware of sensors that can be efficiently manufactured with exacting tolerances in its specifications. Smart Parts manufacturing will be one of the key technologies required to address the IoT 3D Sensors and 3D Antennae. Optomec which manfuactures production grade 3D printers can manufacture parts both in plastics and metals.

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Hybrid Cloud and Disaster Recovery | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Microservices

In the ESG Research Report, “2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey,” IT professionals list improving backup and recovery, managing data growth and using cloud infrastructure services as top IT priorities over the next 12 months. So it is no surprise that cloud-based disaster recovery (DR), business continuity and backup initiatives solutions are under close examination by many companies. Hybrid cloud backup and continuity solutions, in particular, have a variety of benefits that can greatly enhance the depth and breadth of protection for businesses that need to stay up and running through all sorts of downtime challenges. It’s now possible for a single backup and recovery solution to protect data locally and have multiple backup copies stored in various cloud locations. Local protection allows firms to have backups cached near IT for rapid recovery of minor issues, such as an accidentally deleted email. Storing multiple copies in the cloud provides geo-redundant disaster protection and failsafe long-term retention. While this was possible previously, the most powerful cloud recovery solutions today do this automatically and at a cost far cheaper than most companies can do it themselves.

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Sinking Canadian dollar producing big headaches for federal government on ...

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The new Liberal government is staring at potentially billions of dollars in additional costs for new fighter jets and warships, or having to pare back the number they expect to receive, because of inflation and the sharp reduction in the value of the ...

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DevOps and Test Automation | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Test automation is arguably the most important innovation to the process of QA testing in software development. The ability to automate regression testing and other repetitive test cases can significantly reduce the overall production time for even the most complex solutions. As software continues to be developed for new platforms – including mobile devices and the diverse array of endpoints that will be created during the rise of the Internet of Things - automation integration will have a huge hand to play delivering reliable, multifunctional products that end users want and need.

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Gambling problem: Growth slows for Playtech

Playtech is considered a proxy for the global betting industry, with its business booming alongside the growth of online gambling around th...