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Why .NET Deployment Automation Is Vital for Agility By Ron Gidron Developing and deploying large-scale .NET-based applications can quickly become a time-consuming and error-prone process, as you waste resources and expose yourself to the risk of failure and diminished employee satisfaction. It may seem a trivial task at first, but as .NET development is scaled to hundreds of applications and thousands of servers, its deployment must be automated like any other process if you are to achieve enterprise-wide agility. It's time to take action. Use Cases As your .NET code base and your number of applications grow, .NET deployment automation becomes a bigger challenge and many aspects need to be considered. Here are two examples of what may be required for a .NET deployment automation scenario: Scenario 1 Windows Services Workflow deploys application, creates Windows ser... (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)

The New Microsoft | @CloudExpo @Microsoft #AI #Cloud #MachineLearning

Clearly Satya Nadella has made a huge difference at Microsoft since taking office in 2014. The stock in 2016 hit an all time high since 1999. So investors are happy. Here are the key changes he has made since taking the role as CEO: Skipped Windows 9 and went straight from Windows 8 to Windows 10, a great release. However revenues from Window is declining with the reduction of PC sales. Released Microsoft Office for iPad. Also releasing the Outlook product on iPhone & Android. Embraced Linux by joining the Linux Foundation, previously anathema to Microsoft’s window-centric culture. Spent $2.5B to buy Mojang, the studio behind hit game Minecraft. Introducing Microsoft’s first laptop, The Surface Book. Revealing Microsoft HoloLens, the super-futuristic holographic goggles. New partner program to provide Microsoft products on non-Windows platforms. Hired ex-Qualcomm e... (more)

Embedded Microsoft | @DevOpsSummit @Azure #BigData #DevOps #Docker

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)

Windows Azure Resource Manager (ARM) | @CloudExpo @Azure #Cloud #IoT

Over the past year, Microsoft has been introducing Azure Resource Manager (ARM) as the preferred way to provision and manage resources in its Azure cloud. ARM is the successor to the original Service Management model, also known as "Classic."[1] While Classic will continue to be supported for the foreseeable future, ARM is the preferred deployment model and all new Azure features are being released on ARM only. Here is an overview ARM and the new features it provides. ARM introduces the concept of "Resource Groups" and "Templates." Resource Groups are a simple way to manage and group related resources. In addition to simplifying the management of related resources, they also simplify accounting, security and auditing of your Azure deployment. Resource Manager Templates give Azure administrators a very powerful tool that they can leverage to rapidly deploy complex e... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Aspose.Total for .NET | @CloudExpo @Aspose #API #IoT #dotNET

Download Free Trial ▸ Here Aspose.Total for .NET is the most complete package of all file format APIs for .NET as offered by Aspose. It empowers developers to create, edit, render, print and convert between a wide range of popular document formats within any .NET, C#, ASP.NET and VB.NET applications. Aspose compiles all .NET APIs on a daily basis to ensure that it contains the most up to date versions of each of Aspose .NET APIs. If a new .NET API or a new version of existing APIs is released during the subscription period - it will be included in .NET package and you are fully entitled to download and use it. Download Free Trial ▸ Here @ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center! Secrets of Sponsors and Exhibitors ▸ Here Secrets of Cloud Expo Speakers ▸ Here All major researchers estimate ... (more)

Business Apps for Silverlight 3 RTM: POCO and Authentication Provider

I have gotten lots of good comments on my series updating my Mix09 talk “building business applications with Silverlight 3”.  Some customers have asked about the “live” version I have running on one of Scott Haneslman’s servers (thanks Scott!) The demo requires (all 100% free and always free): VS2008 SP1 (Which includes Sql Express 2008) Silverlight 3 RTM .NET RIA Services July '09 Preview Also, download the full demo files and, of course, check out the running application. Scott gave me a FTP access and a web server, but I didn’t want to hassle with setting up a database (though he did offer).  So I thought I'd use the POCO support in RIA Services to just get data from plain old CLR objects.  Personally, I think far too many of our samples show only Entity Framework… So this is a good excuse to show that off.  So, back to your application diagram, i want to use thi... (more)

Ecosystem For Cloud Computing Adoption

Ecosystem at Cloud Expo TM Forum announced the formation of an ecosystem of major industry players in the emerging cloud services sector. The centerpiece of this effort is the creation of the Enterprise Cloud Buyers Council (ECBC) whose goal is to understand the needs of the largest global cloud buyers and ensure any impediments to the uptake of cloud technology are removed. Together with key service and technology suppliers, the ecosystem will initiate a range of programs designed to remove barriers to the growth of commercial cloud services. Among the enterprise buyers joining this effort are Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Deutsche Bank. Click Here for Instant Virtualization! XenServer. Enterprise-class. Cloud-proven. Free. Join the rapidly growing community of IT professionals who choose Citrix XenServer for their virtualization platform. "Cloud computing has ... (more)

SharePoint Gone Wild: When Governance Lacks Training | Part 2

*If you missed part one of this series, you can read it here. So far in this series, we've looked at business requirements that drive governance - including accountability, quality, appropriateness, restrictions, discoverability, and compliance. In this article, I wanted to touch on how training requirements - and lack of them - can affect governance for SharePoint. In my travels, I speak with many large enterprise customers who often spill the beans on the issues they are having with relation to SharePoint. One of the biggest things I encourage is to get details on their plans and strategies for SharePoint governance. A key area that I see omitted in these plans is training. Training is oftentimes the elephant in the room, from an IT perspective, and subsequently is often left until the last minute without receiving the proper amount of attention. Training Expect... (more)

Microsoft Misses Estimates

Microsoft's little adventure into tablet land has cost it a $900 million charge to cover its slashing prices on its hard-to-move ARM-based Surface RT widgets earlier this week by as much as 30%. But that was only part of its fiscal Q4 story of missed revenue and profit expectations Thursday. Outside the Surface write-down, which cost seven cents a share, it reported earnings per share of only 66 cents against Wall Street projections of 75 cents on revenues of $19.9 billion, up 10% year-over-year, when the pundits were counting on $20.7 billion. Nearly all its business units missed internal projections and its share price dropped 6.3% after-hours to $35.44. For instance, its server and tools business was supposed to grow 12% but was up 9% instead. The Windows unit, ostensibly up 6%, was really down 6% excluding revenue associated with a Windows 8 promotion. Similarl... (more)