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Embedded Microsoft In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Yoseph Reuveni, Director of Software Engineering at Jet.com, will discuss Jet.com's journey into containerizing Microsoft-based technologies like C# and F# into Docker. He will talk about lessons learned and challenges faced, the Mono framework tryout and how they deployed everything into Azure cloud. Speaker Bio Yoseph Reuveni is a technology leader with unique experience developing and running high throughput (over 1M tps) distributed systems with extremely low latency  (under 10ms). He is working at Jet.com as a Director of Software Engineering leading key initiatives around service containerization, scaling and geo-redundancy. His extensive knowledge integrating Docker, Mesos, Kafka, and many more pieces of the Big Data stack resulted in numerous performance boosts and operational cutoffs. Y... (more)

Reducing IT Operation Costs | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Azure

Reducing IT Operation Costs with Windows 10 Hello for Business The newer Windows 10 devices with the Hello extensions are definitely going to have a cost implication, but in today's context in our own consumer world where every individual has access to Smartphones with advanced biometric features, why should the enterprise user continue to use the old PCs that are managed by traditional passwords? I think the cost of transformation to these devices will be worth the efficiencies in the ITIL operations as well as improved security to enterprise data. It would be useful to collect data about OEMs who have Windows 10 PCs with Biometric Hello features and the same list can be utilized by enterprises. I will write a separate article on Windows 10 devices for enterprises. Incident Management and Passwords Incident management, which is one of the process area of ITIL, is key... (more)

Using ASP.NET MVC Action Filters to Declare Reference Data for Views

When we all build websites, usually we're concerned with figuring out how we're going to get the major entities into the view. We want to know how we're going to handle the shopping cart or how we're going to get the customer record onto the page, etc. But, one of the little details that almost always comes back to bite us in the ass is the use of reference data. Reference data is data that rarely changes, is frequently queried, and shows up in multiple places throughout the application. This might be anything from the list of companies currently trading on a particular stock market if you're building a financial web application or things like the list of countries, states, cities, counties, tax rules, and shipping tables if you're doing fulfillment of orders online. The problem is we rarely think about reference data ahead of time, so what usually happens is our st... (more)

A month with Windows Phone 8.1 on the Lumia 720

I installed the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview on my Lumia 720 as soon as it was out and the new features bring it up to par with Android and iOS. While the overall experience was pretty positive, there were a few downsides. Most notably, the battery life seemed to take a hit. Previously, the phone used to last 2 days comfortably on a single charge, but the 8.1 update had me reaching for the charger well before the end of the second day. That said, the 2000 mAh battery on the Lumia 720 ensures that you can comfortably use it heavily throughout a single day and not worry about running out of juice even with the 8.1 update. The 8.1 update also pretty much nullifies the utility of the notification centre. So, if you were accustomed to using the notification centre to view facebook notifications without installing the facebook (as buggy as ever), then you’re out of luck. Of... (more)

Private Cloud 2.0 – Windows 8

A key component for the enterprise IT team to consider as part of planning their Private Cloud strategy is the migration to Windows 8. This is a massive evolution for Microsoft, nicely captured in this white paper from CSC and the Leading Edge forum: Windows 8 – A New Era for Microsoft (22-page PDF). In this they describe how Microsoft is setting to achieve far more than just another incremental version release, but rather a reinvention of application architecture and development as a whole. This is entirely logical as part of the overall Cloud wave, which is going to do that independent of whether Microsoft participates or not. This is another inflection point for them like their pivot for the Internet market. Therefore this is likely to go hand in hand with their accompanying Private Cloud strategy, and this paper does an excellent job of explaining the IT spectru... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Agile Offshoring – Working with People vs. Working with Company

The first approach is simpler – the second one is more complex but also more rewarding. What is the difference? Let me first explain how the approaches would work. Working with People – Setting up an Agile Offshore Team You have been using agile methodologies within your organization for some time and have realized the benefits. Though you had believed, for various reasons, that agile and offshoring cannot be mixed – you have noticed some evidence that indeed it can be made to work. The end result may not be as good as a co-located team but still better than traditional offshoring. Now you have reached a stage where either you feel adventurous enough to try out agile offshoring or you are being forced by your management to give it a try. Here is what you would typically do to give yourself the best shot at success. Select a vendor who understands agile and have good... (more)

Windows Shopping

I’m really not one of those vocal Operating System lover/haters. My dad worked at IBM for 30 years and so I grew up with computers and even took a PC Jr. with a whopping 128k of RAM and a color (what we called color) monitor with me to college in the 80’s. My first work computer was a Macintosh and learned about all that AppleTalk stuff and the cool publishing Quark could do. I’ve used and administrated Win3.1, NT 4.0 (on laptops), Win95, WinME, Win2000/Server, and of course a user of XP and Vista along with a few variants of Linux. I use Windows for home and work and personally I think each OS has it’s plus’/minus’. Very non-committal, I know. Now I’m looking to buy a new computer and with that, a new Operating System. If you’ve been avoiding the news, TV or print ads over the last year, Windows 7 is the long awaited new OS from Microsoft.  Much has been written a... (more)

New Microsoft Certs Align to Cloud –The MCSE is Back!

Yesterday Microsoft announced some changes to the certification program for IT Professionals, in order to address the growing need for people being able to prove their expertise in all things cloud-related. That’s right.  What was the well-known “Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer” acronym MCSE has been re-purposed.  It now stands for “Microsoft Certified Solution Expert” “Wait.. you said that “the MCSE is back’.  Huh?!” From the press release… Because cloud computing talent is in short supply, Microsoft has reinvented its flagship credential, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, for the cloud. The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) shows employers and peers that those certified have the skills to do the job in an expanding market. Forecasts show that public and private IT cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs worldwide between now and... (more)

The Importance of Abstraction in Cloud Computing

Windows Azure at Cloud Expo My colleague, Peter Palmieri, just penned a blog post about Microsoft’s recent announcement that the Azure platform will offer extensive and familiar relational database features via SQL Data Services (SDS). In his post, Leveraging Skills, Peter discusses the fact that .NET developers will be able to leverage their existing SQL Server database skills when developing against the Azure platform. In doing so, he has touched upon what I think is Microsoft’s most strategic advantage in the realm of cloud computing. Microsoft has a ready-made ecosystem and developer community from which to draw its consumer innovators and early adopters. And I believe it plans on leveraging that advantage to vanquish the competition. The sheer breadth and depth of these cloud consumer first-movers may prove to be game-changing. From my perspective, abstractio... (more)

Microsoft’s Mark Estberg to Present at Cloud Expo East

Microsoft Session at Cloud Expo Microsoft delivers enterprise and consumer cloud services from a global infrastructure that must keep customer data secure and maintain privacy and availability. Learn how Microsoft has built on the same security principles used to manage risks to Microsoft software development and operating environments to create an information security program for its cloud infrastructure that maintains Microsoft's commitment to delivering a trustworthy computing experience. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! In his session at the 5th International Cloud Expo, Mark Estberg, Senior Director of Information Security Risk & Compliance Management for Microsoft's Global Foundation Services Division, will explain how Microsoft's information security program operates and meets complex statutory and regulatory compliance req... (more)