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Amazon Web Services sets a lure for Java programmers

CIO.com - News - May 23, 2017 - 12:44pm

Amazon Web Services has long offered an SDK to make it easier to access its web services from Java. Now it has another lure for Java programmers: James Gosling, the father of Java.

Gosling revealed his new employer on his Facebook page with the words: "It's time for a change. I'm leaving Boeing Defense (nee Liquid Robotics), with many fond memories. Today I start a new Adventure at Amazon Web Services."

IDG News Service

On May 22, 2017, James Gosling announced on his Facebook page that he is joining Amazon Web Services.

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Amazon Web Services sets a lure for Java programmers

CIO.com - News - May 23, 2017 - 12:44pm

Amazon Web Services has long offered an SDK to make it easier to access its web services from Java. Now it has another lure for Java programmers: James Gosling, the father of Java.

Gosling revealed his new employer on his Facebook page with the words: "It's time for a change. I'm leaving Boeing Defense (nee Liquid Robotics), with many fond memories. Today I start a new Adventure at Amazon Web Services."

IDG News Service

On May 22, 2017, James Gosling announced on his Facebook page that he is joining Amazon Web Services.

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Is Google Assistant better than Siri? | The iPhone Show

CIO.com - Opinion - May 23, 2017 - 8:00am
Google has launched its powerful Assistant for iOS, but it turns out that Siri is just as good – if not better – for iPhone users.
Categories: Opinion

SAP has designs on new government business

CIO.com - News - May 22, 2017 - 10:55pm

Steve Ballmer's latest hobby, USAfacts.org, cast a spotlight on the effectiveness of local, state and federal governments when it launched in April. Its easy-to-read dashboards allow ordinary citizens to compare government's performance of its core missions with spending at all levels.

In a roundabout way, that's made the former Microsoft CEO something of an evangelist for companies like SAP, which has released a new cloud service to help public sector organizations manage their spending.

USAfacts and OpenGov, a young company offering financial reporting, budgeting and publishing tools for the public sector, are stirring interest in ERP tools for government, and that's creating opportunities for SAP to get involved in the sales cycle, according to Darren Koch, SAP's chief product officer for small and medium-size businesses. 

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SAP has designs on new government business

CIO.com - News - May 22, 2017 - 10:55pm

Steve Ballmer's latest hobby, USAfacts.org, cast a spotlight on the effectiveness of local, state and federal governments when it launched in April. Its easy-to-read dashboards allow ordinary citizens to compare government's performance of its core missions with spending at all levels.

In a roundabout way, that's made the former Microsoft CEO something of an evangelist for companies like SAP, which has released a new cloud service to help public sector organizations manage their spending.

USAfacts and OpenGov, a young company offering financial reporting, budgeting and publishing tools for the public sector, are stirring interest in ERP tools for government, and that's creating opportunities for SAP to get involved in the sales cycle, according to Darren Koch, SAP's chief product officer for small and medium-size businesses. 

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IDG Contributor Network: How Rackspace flew through turbulence in the private cloud

CIO.com - Infrastructure - May 22, 2017 - 8:00pm

This year Rackspace won the Red Hat Innovation Award in two categories: the Cloud Infrastructure and the 2017 Red Hat Innovator of the Year. What sets Rackspace apart from its competitors is the fact that it co-founded OpenStack, along with NASA.

Being there from day one also means Rackspace has seen both sunny and rainy days.

Talking of the sunny days. During the OpenStack Summit (Boston) Jonathan Bryce, the executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, talked about the second generation of cloud, remotely managed private cloud, and Rackspace has already been doing for a while now.

“That's where we've seen growth in our business,” said Thompson, “You can see other vendors in this space trying to provide this as a managed service or as a service type of an offering. Because that's the way I think people are looking to consume complex open source technologies.”

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IDG Contributor Network: How Rackspace flew through turbulence in the private cloud

CIO.com - Opinion - May 22, 2017 - 8:00pm

This year Rackspace won the Red Hat Innovation Award in two categories: the Cloud Infrastructure and the 2017 Red Hat Innovator of the Year. What sets Rackspace apart from its competitors is the fact that it co-founded OpenStack, along with NASA.

Being there from day one also means Rackspace has seen both sunny and rainy days.

Talking of the sunny days. During the OpenStack Summit (Boston) Jonathan Bryce, the executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, talked about the second generation of cloud, remotely managed private cloud, and Rackspace has already been doing for a while now.

“That's where we've seen growth in our business,” said Thompson, “You can see other vendors in this space trying to provide this as a managed service or as a service type of an offering. Because that's the way I think people are looking to consume complex open source technologies.”

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IDG Contributor Network: How Rackspace flew through turbulence in the private cloud

CIO.com - Infrastructure - May 22, 2017 - 8:00pm

This year Rackspace won the Red Hat Innovation Award in two categories: the Cloud Infrastructure and the 2017 Red Hat Innovator of the Year. What sets Rackspace apart from its competitors is the fact that it co-founded OpenStack, along with NASA.

Being there from day one also means Rackspace has seen both sunny and rainy days.

Talking of the sunny days. During the OpenStack Summit (Boston) Jonathan Bryce, the executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, talked about the second generation of cloud, remotely managed private cloud, and Rackspace has already been doing for a while now.

“That's where we've seen growth in our business,” said Thompson, “You can see other vendors in this space trying to provide this as a managed service or as a service type of an offering. Because that's the way I think people are looking to consume complex open source technologies.”

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IDG Contributor Network: Directing the Technology Orchestra

CIO.com - Opinion - May 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

Writing blogs about emerging technology puts you at risk of becoming enamored with buzzwords. Cloud this, big data that. AI is taking over. So, where does this all lead? Is analytics where I should go? Is there a new bigger buzzword around the corner that overtakes all the others? My belief is that these phenomena are all interwoven and working toward the same enabler: Speed. Frans Johansson of The Medici Group likes to say, “Speed is the new IP.” Speed enables the end goal: a uniquely engaging, highly satisfying, constantly evolving customer experience. This is what all companies strive to deliver.

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IDG Contributor Network: How Dell’s Project Sputnik came to life

CIO.com - Opinion - May 22, 2017 - 6:30pm

Today when a Linux user goes shopping, they have many options and Dell is at the top. Dell has earned a good reputation within the Linux community for Project Sputnik that works on high-end Linux powered machines.

In late 2011, George was part of a team at Dell that was trying to figure out how Dell could better serve web companies. While Dell was already a major player supplying really big customers with custom servers, this group was looking to expand further to web companies of all sizes — from small garage start-ups to the Amazons, the Googles.

“We had brought in an analyst to give us some ideas, and one of the comments he made was that there was no major OEM building a fully-supported Linux laptop that came complete with drivers and provided a great out of the box experience,” said George. The advisor said if Dell offered a Linux laptop that "just worked" it would definitely generate interest from the developer community.

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IDG Contributor Network: Creating a global social community for songwriters

CIO.com - Opinion - May 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

If Steve Jobs remains the most famous disruptor of communications and entertainment, that does not mean he is the last or latest revolutionary within the music industry, for example. 

That title belongs to Songistry (more about below), as it complements the spirit of Jobs’s passion for great — “insanely great” — technology, in addition to his demand for purity of design and simplicity of use. 

Think of Jobs as the icon he was, and continues to be, by virtue of his transformation of the hardware and software of music; with the iPod, on the one hand (or in the literal palm of your hand), and iTunes, on the other; with a device thinner than the width of a pencil, with a backlit screen of brilliant luminescence, with its image of Apple’s logo, with its double note symbol for this consumer electronic and this signpost of electronic commerce, with its physical connection — and the subsequent downloading of songs — to this self-contained universe of Jobs’s preference.

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IDG Contributor Network: Calculate the Cost of Downtime

CIO.com - Opinion - May 22, 2017 - 5:39pm

T projects, especially infrastructure projects can be challenging to get approved.

Discuss the “cost of downtime” so senior management can understand the financial or risk implications, and you will get many more of your projects approved.

Senior business managers don’t tend to understand IT, nor do they want to. When you need their approval to fund many of the projects you need to do it is difficult for them to “let go of the money” when they don’t understand what you are talking about.

We need to discuss our IT initiatives in a way that helps business executives visualize and understand what it is we are needing to do. Better yet, we need to help them understand the cost or risk implications of not doing a project.

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IDG Contributor Network: Why is Facebook’s iOS app so bloated?

CIO.com - Opinion - May 22, 2017 - 5:29pm

Love it or hate it, Facebook is one of the most popular apps in the iOS App Store. It consistently places in the top ten of the most popular free apps. As I write this post it sits at number 7 on the list, and I doubt it will drop out of the top ten anytime soon.

And yet all is not well with the Facebook iOS app. It currently weighs in as a very chunky 388 MB download. The weight of the Facebook app has not gone unnoticed by users. A recent thread in the Apple subreddit noted how bloated the Facebook iOS app is and redditors didn’t pull any punches sharing their thoughts about it.

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IDG Contributor Network: Ecosystems: when digital transformation grows up

CIO.com - Opinion - May 22, 2017 - 5:28pm

With more companies changing the way they do business in order to adapt to the new digital world, phrases like “digital transformation” are starting to feel too abstract. I’ve been expecting these generalities to give way to more specific advice: practices based on industry leaders’ patterns for success.

Gartner’s 2017 CIO Agenda report is a case in point. Its headline? “Seize the Digital Ecosystem Opportunity.”

Indeed, ecosystem strategies are emerging as a more specific and robust take on the digital transformation narratives we’ve all grown used to. In the report, Gartner notes that “in digital ecosystems, 79% of the survey’s top performers indicate they participate in a digital ecosystem vs. 49% and 24% for typical and trailing performers, respectively.” In another article, “Ecosystems are the future of digital,” Gartner Research SVP Peter Sondegaard doesn’t mince words, stating, “Avoiding participation is not an option.”

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IDG Contributor Network: The MP3 is dead: long live the MP3!

CIO.com - Opinion - May 22, 2017 - 5:27pm

The MP3 is now confined to the dustbin of history.

That appears to be the perspective of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits when they announced that they terminated “Technicolor’s mp3 licensing program,” and various online writers have now pontificated about the death of the MP3. The Fraunhofer Institute developed the MP3 format back in the 1980s, and it is certainly true that MP3s have been supplanted by more modern codecs like the AAC family or what most laymen know as MP4s. And when is the last time you saw anyone use a dedicated MP3 player in favor of a smartphone?

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IDG Contributor Network: Understanding the benefits and threats when building an IoT strategy

CIO.com - Opinion - May 22, 2017 - 5:25pm

The Internet of Things, or simply IoT as commonly known, has introduces to the market a large range of benefits to consumers, and industries besides the potential to completely change the ways that consumers and technology interact in every fundamental way. In a close future, IoT is very likely to converge both virtual and physical worlds in many different ways that are currently hard to understand. The year of 2017 will mark a great inflection point for the development and adoption of IoT Technology, once it has presented a significant move over the past 12 months. On August 2015, there was too much hype surrounding the technology, even though many speculated that the public adoption of IoT devices would still take years to happen. On the 2015 Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, IoT appeared on the top peak of inflated expectations, but That same situation didn’t happen in the 2016 Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, in which IoT didn’t even appeared, which made many CIOs and IT leaders to question if this isn’t just another over-hyped technology that will never go mainstream. 

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IDG Contributor Network: Why we are going about diversity all wrong

CIO.com - Opinion - May 22, 2017 - 12:25pm

Is diversity good for your business? When answering this question, supporters of diversity point to the growing number of studies that show companies with greater diversity outperform the competition. I see two major reasons why these studies, compelling as they may be, are not moving the needle on diversity.

First, these studies show correlation, which is indicative of two phenomena occurring together, but they cannot show causality -- i.e., which is the cause and which is the effect. Take gender diversity: The fact that companies with more women in senior executive positions outperform their competition on various key performance indicators can be interpreted in three ways:

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IDG Contributor Network: Elementary OS is trying to create a business model for open source app developers

CIO.com - Opinion - May 20, 2017 - 3:06pm

What makes elementary OS apart from the rest of the crowd is their attention to details and polish. It comes naturally as the team behind elementary OS comes from a graphic design background, so their approach towards desktop Linux is to use a stable base of Ubuntu LTS and create an experience that matches the gloss and polish of macOS.

The Elementary OS team has released a new version of the OS, code-named Loki. In addition to newer kernel (4.8), and improvement in every component of the operating system the most notable feature of the release is AppCenter.

In a previous interview Daniel Fore, the founder of the project, told me about his vision to create a platform for third party application developers where they cannot only reach out to more users through a store, but also monetize from their work.

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IDG Contributor Network: The pain of legacy-to-digital transformation is an epidemic

CIO.com - Opinion - May 19, 2017 - 4:00pm

Unless it was born in the digital-age, your enterprise is likely to suffer from the chronic pains of legacy-to digital transformation – locked-in budgets, lacking innovation, tired organization, mismatched skills, unabating vendor issues, unbearable complexity and bureaucracy, and the list goes on. The problem is not you, your management team or your company’s culture; it is an epidemic caused by the shortcomings in the digital-age of a 60+ year old operating model, which is ubiquitously used by traditional organizations to manage enterprise technology.

In earlier articles, we lengthy discussed the short-comings of the traditional enterprise IT operating model, a.k.a. efficient IT, and suggested an alternative model, a.k.a. lean IT, as a stepping stone on the legacy-to-digital transformation journey. Lean IT – think of iterative, agile, product-orientation, continuous improvement – is not a new concept but it hasn’t become mainstream at traditional enterprises yet, even though the underlying lean principles are most relevant and well proven. Why?  There are two major roadblocks. First, the case for lean in the enterprise IT context is not as clear as it was in the manufacturing industry, where it was born.  Second, there are several unanswered C-suite questions about an enterprise-scale adoption of lean IT.

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IDG Contributor Network: Panasonic Toughbook CF-33: a Hummer comes to the suburbs

CIO.com - Opinion - May 19, 2017 - 3:45pm

Right away, things are different when the Toughbook CF-33 arrives. It’s not all encased in froufrou plastic bubbles. It’s just wedged in the cardboard box diagonally, wrapped in a soft carrying case. As if someone had thrown it in their trunk on the way to work. The case turns out to be a hefty backpack. Unzip, exposing the red lining, and presto! A brand new pre-production unit of Panasonic’s latest convertible 2-in-1 notebook, a clamshell with a snap-in tablet. This is pre-production, mind you, Panasonic took pains to clarify that actual customers get standard packaging with their deliveries. I’m an analyst, and the unit was a 30-day loaner.

This is military grade stuff. First thing, I check the lock on the release and the release itself, popping out the tablet. It’s solid but smooth. Everything is buttoned down. Ports and connectors are all tucked away behind molded plastic doors that snap tightly into place, pressing forms that match the openings into a seal. The screen is responsive and can even take input from gloved and wet hands.

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