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.
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 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)
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)
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)
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
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"
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 first approach is simpler – the second one is more complex but also
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
Here is what you would typically do to give yourself the best shot at
Select a vendor who understands agile and have good... (more)
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
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)
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 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.
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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)