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Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! SYS-CON Events announced today that SUSE, a leading provider of enterprise Linux and cloud-based solutions, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 11th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 5-8, 2012, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, interoperable Linux and cloud-based solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. Decades of engineering excellence, industry leadership, and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and enterprise support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build with them allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter inn... (more)

Mobile Backend as a Service Is the New Enterprise Middleware

Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) has emerged as one of the hottest trends in today's technology market. While most of the adoptions of MBaaS technologies have taken place in the consumer or B2C space, these platforms are starting to make serious inroads in the enterprise. In order to win in the enterprise and to overcome the firmly seeded taboos with the adoption of cloud infrastructure technologies in corporate environments, MBaaS platforms must provide very tangible solutions to the well-known challenges in the mobile enterprise. When analyzing the characteristics of enterprise and consumer mobile applications, we can find marked differences between the backend requirements of both paradigms. While consumer mobile apps typically leverage social network profiles and public data sources, enterprise mobile solutions normally require incorporating backend capabili... (more)

Tactical vs. Strategic Enterprise Mobility

In the recent survey I conducted titled "State of Enterprise Mobility 2013" I asked the question, "Does your company view mobile solutions as tactical (LOB or process specific) or strategic (critical to the success of the company)?"  Over 220 participants answered the question with 71.3% answering strategic, and 28.2% answering tactical.  However, when I filtered for just the answers from end-users (removing analysts, consultants, software and mobility vendors), then 48% answered tactical, and 52% answered strategic.  There are still a lot of enterprises that view enterprise mobility as merely a tactical solution. What is the difference between strategic and tactical enterprise mobility?  I think it relates to the scale and transformational nature of your implementations.  For example, if your CPG (consumer packaged goods) company had 27 food processing inspectors t... (more)

ESBs Are Made for This. Aren’t They? | @CloudExpo #ESB #Cloud #DevOps

The following fictional case study is a composite of actual horror stories I've heard over the years. Unfortunately, this scenario often occurs when in-house integration teams take on the complexities of DevOps and ALM integration with an enterprise service bus (ESB) or custom integration. It is written from the perspective of an enterprise architect tasked with leading an organization's effort to adopt Agile to become more competitive. The company has turned to Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) as a way of scaling Agile, since initial attempts at Agile were not successful despite many scrum master training sessions. I'm told that our SAFe implementation depends on the flow of information between people from different parts of the organization. Because these groups all use different tools, we need to focus on integrating them. As senior director of Integrated Things for... (more)

Innovative Implementation of Cloud-Based SaaS Enterprise Frameworks

Traditionally business process services are built on applications that are running within the enterprise to fulfill business demands. In the recent past, the concept of SaaS Clouds gained significance with services being hosted in a common cloud environment within the enterprise or outside the enterprise. In this article, we propose an innovative implementation of Cloud-based SaaS Enterprise Frameworks in "Corporate Action Events" Processing. A lot of discussions have appeared on how enterprise architecture services and cloud-based services, namely SaaS, are connected within an organization and how these architectural styles are better leveraged to fulfill business domain demands. [1] Enterprise architecture often describes the blueprint of applications and strategies within an enterprise, whereas enterprise SOA is more about enterprise services and provides integr... (more)

Service-Based Architecture for the DataWindow

Service objects were introduced for PowerBuilder at about the same time as the PowerBuilder Foundation Classes. Much like the PFC, most programmers found reasons not to use them. In this article we will reduce the complexity of these objects and in so doing perhaps open a new world of efficient objects that are easily maintained and understood. This article is going to create a service object for the DataWindow. The idea behind this object and others like it is to minimize the footprint of the DataWindow. We want to minimize the amount of memory that the DataWindow requires and thus provide the greatest responsiveness that we can. One of the most used areas of functionality for a PowerBuilder programmer is row selection for the DataWindow. How many times have you gone to the Clicked event of a DataWindow control and typed something like the following? This.selectRow(... (more)

Defining Requirements – The TOGAF Way

If you are new to TOGAF, you may be wondering how this process is different from what you do in a typical “Requirement Analysis” phase of software development. Once I tell you that the many of the techniques recommended in TOGAF are what you are already using, like UML modeling techniques like Activity Models, Use-Case Models and Class Models, you may think why bother with TOGAF? What you really do differently in TOGAF is that you take a much wider perspective of the requirement. There are three important things that you need to do: Explicitly document the current state, the expected future state and identify the gap Assess impact of the change on other projects and other organizational initiatives State the change from the perspective (viewpoint) of different stakeholders and get their buy in While doing this, you need to keep in mind the following: Are you adher... (more)

The Business Case for Private Cloud

The tone at last week's Cloud Expo in New York was markedly different from years past. It seemed like the wild-eyed optimism, rhetorical discourse and scholarly air of attendees caught in the honeymoon period of cloud computing had been replaced with a focused and pragmatic frenzy as attendees worked the presentation and show room floors looking for the answers to the types of tough questions that only get asked when projects loom menacingly close and budgets get assigned. In other words, after years of talk with little real action many enterprises seemed ready at last to do something with cloud computing. One sign of these changing times was just how many people introduced themselves to me as "so-and-so, the new head of our enterprise cloud computing department." Another sign was how many of these attendees wanted to talk to us about private cloud initiatives that... (more)

Moses-Like, Intel Points to the Promised Land of Exascale Computing

Intel is lacing up its jackboots to go Nvidia stomping. Seems we can expect the semiconductor giant to commercialize a better-than-50-core co-processor code named Knights Corner, a descendant of its sorta aborted Larrabee GPU adventure, in 2012-13 to compete against Nvidia's Tesla GPU accelerators that currently own the HPC co-processor space. Intel's cores will all be x86 apparently packed on a single ring bus and reportedly programmable with existing x86 tools that - allowing for parallelizing the code - are supposed to be easier to use than Nvidia's proprietary CUDA platform although Tesla would probably result in faster machines. Next year Nvidia should introduce its Kepler GPU, reportedly three times faster than what it's got now. Intel's expected widgets represent what it calls its Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture resulting in a general-purpose accel... (more)

Nine Things Cloud ISVs Should Do Next

The proliferation of cloud technologies can be seen through the increasing number of cloud ISVs that are leveraging cloud either by changing the underlying computing model or by completely redoing their product offerings. This number is already bordering on hundreds and quickly headed for thousands as the cloud opens new avenues for businesses and consumers alike. Many business domains are already neatly served through cloud ISVs, sometimes very innovatively. Predominantly, areas like HR, marketing, CRM, collaboration, business intelligence, accounting, financial practices, ecommerce and content management have many options already. ISVs are using cloud models differently and are at different stages of enablement. Some have reused existing tools and features to re-platform products, some are using cloud services to complement the product while others have built pr... (more)

The Continuing Rise of the Social Enterprise

What was that thing before the enterprise-level social network called? It was meetings, personal calls from salespeople or perhaps even the Christmas and summer party right? These "were" the various means that we used to talk with each other and our customers before we were connected online it seems. Of course these channels for interactivity still exist. Enterprise social networking merely seeks to augment our "personal" experiences, as we also seek to get more value out of every personal engagement as and when it happens. Impending Inevitability As CIOs now look to the impending inevitability of implementing social tools in their organizations, we must realize that this is not just an enhancement of email or "Facebook at work," despite what some vendors will say. The use of enterprise social networks from sources such as Yammer, Salesforce.com or indeed Facebook i... (more)