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Why Self-Organization Demands a New Reality Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo "This all sounds great. But it's just not realistic." This is what a group of five senior IT executives told me during a workshop I held not long ago. We were working through an exercise on the organizational characteristics necessary to successfully execute a digital transformation, and the group was doing their ‘readout.' The executives loved everything we discussed and agreed that if such an environment existed, it would make transformation much easier. They just didn't believe it was realistic. Our job as analysts is not only to observe the world as it exists, but also to paint an aspirational picture of how it might be. As a result, we spend a lot of time and commit a lot of digital ink to discussing emerging technologies and approaches, and their potential impact ... (more)

The i-Technology Right Stuff

Related Links: Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?" Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not (yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve, December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!   In alphabetical order the nominees are:   Tim Berner... (more)

AppZero Founder Launches Virtual Application Appliances Topic on Ulitzer

Greg O'Connor, President & CEO of AppZero launched today Virtual Application Appliances (VAA) topic on Ulitzer. O'Connor is pioneering the Virtual Application Appliance approach to simplifying application-lifecycle management. He is responsible for translating AppZero's vision into strategic business objectives and financial results. He has over 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry. Greg was founder and president of Sonic Software, acquired in 2005 by Progress Software (PRGS). There he grew the company from concept to over $40 million in revenue. Gregg O'Conner at "Cloud Computing Power Panel" which took place during Cloud Computing Expo and streamed live to 60,000 viewers from SYS-CON.TV's Times Square studios. At Sonic, he evangelized and created the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) product category, which is generally accepted to... (more)

Cloud Expo New York: The Dark Side of Virtualization

Cloud Expo New York $500 Savings here! Virtualization and private cloud are good for server consolidation, creating flexible environments, and saving IT budget dollars. A recent survey of 1200 companies with 500+ employees showed that 59% had server virtualization in production or pilot. But that doesn't tell the whole story. In his session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, Dave Asprey, VP of Cloud Security at Trend Micro, will explain the types of situations when you should consider not virtualizing some of your applications. Reasons range from technical to legal to IT ops to politics to finances. Attend this session, and hear a true IT insider's guide to the truth about virtualization. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Speaker Bio: Dave Asprey is VP of Cloud Security at Trend Micro, where he helps to shape Trend Micro's cloud strategy, fo... (more)

Pro Tip: How Long Does a Web Service Call Take?

Niall Commiskey has written a really useful guide to measuring the time a Gateway takes to call a Web Service. I recommend you check it out if you're interested in this information. One thing I'd add is that Niall is timing how long a Web Service filter takes to run. The Web Service filter may be doing other things, in addition to calling the Web Service (e.g. it may be doing Schema validation on the message). So the timing is showing how long all of these things take, together. If you call an API or Web Service using a "Connect to URL" filter (as explained in this blog post) then all it is doing is making the call. To add to Niall's information, here are some other ways you can find this information about how long a Web Service call takes: 1) Use Traffic Monitor. This is available by default by pointing a browser to 8090 on the Gateway. It shows in milliseconds how lon... (more)

Cisco's Cloud CTO Keynotes at Cloud Expo | The Ever-Changing Cloud

Another perfect storm is brewing in cloud computing fueled by the explosive growth of Internet-based mobile apps, network virtualization, and APIs for programmatic control of infrastructure. In addition, community-driven open source projects such as OpenStack make it possible for anyone to deploy and directly contribute to what promises to be a widely deployed, open cloud platform. Many companies and individual developers are contributing ideas and code for new cloud services, which bring capabilities of the underlying infrastructure into the world of cloud applications. To better understand how this will change cloud computing, in his Day 4 Keynote today November 8 at the 11th International Cloud Expo, Cisco's Cloud CTO Lew Tucker will discuss the way to think about platforms, abstractions, and infrastructure as we enter this next phase of cloud computing. Explore... (more)

DevOps Hierarchy Of Needs

QuBell Blog: DevOps Hierarchy Of Needs By Stan Klimoff People often ask how Qubell is different from Chef, Puppet, OpenShift, Docker, Heat, Ansible, Mesos, Kubernetes or some other hip product du jour. Like any comparison of apples to oranges, the answer involves a surprisingly deep investigation into botanical conventions, differences between cultivars and species, and even a venture into dangerous waters of “what is fruit, really?”. Intellectually stimulating, but not that useful from the nutritional standpoint. However, over time it became clear that it is much easier to phrase the question differently. The right question is “I got Chef/Puppet/etc, what’s next?” So I raise you the following model (dibs on the name “Klimow’s Pyramid”): [continued] Learn more about Qubell An Exclusive Interview with Stan Klimoff SYS-CON Events announced today that Qubell has been named... (more)

BEA Buys SolarMetric: Exclusive Q&A on BEA's SOA Web Services Vision

"SolarMetric's technology provides full EJB 3.0 support, delivering on BEA's drive to simplify Enterprise Java development and the support for blended development and deployment," Franz Aman, BEA's VP of developer relations, told SYS-CON.TV's Jeremy Geelan and Roger Strukhoff yesterday, in an exclusive Q&A recorded just moments after the announcement to the Java world yesterday that BEA had acquired privately-held SolarMetric, along with its Kodo persistence engine.   "In keeping with our 'Think liquid' vision," Aman continued, "we enable programmers to build Java programs regardless of the underlying database or preferred programming models." BEA's methodology is to share business objects effortlessly across the network, he emphasized, and that is why the SolarMetric acquisition is another critical piece of the BEA SOA vision: it helps unlock IT assets and extend t... (more)

If VMware Is "Virtualization 1.0" Is Microsoft the Avatar Of "Virtualization 2.0"?

Well, Egenera - which has no market cap at all because it hasn't gone public yet - claims it is. IDC, which coined the term, defines "Virtualization 2.0" as the next step beyond server virtualization replete with faster provisioning, high availability, disaster recovery, resource balancing and ultimately policy-based automation. Egenera says IDC is speaking its name. While VMware and its hypervisor are good at virtualizing one server at a time to improve hardware utilization, Egenera can virtualize the data center, creating networks of virtual and physical servers, and move individual servers, groups of servers or entire systems from one place to another seamlessly and securely with verifiable disaster recovery and uptime. So - convinced that accounts want more than server virtualization - Egenera is launching a software line of business and is going to put its PAN ... (more)

ZapThink Offers Services for Emerging SOA Efforts

ZapThink, LLC announced the industry’s first EA validation, verification, and mentorship services offering, providing a comprehensive, customer-tested methodology and defined deliverables to assess, validate, and verify existing EA and SOA initiatives.  Unlike typical SOA consulting offerings, ZapMentorship offers EA practitioners a valuable set of tools, metrics, templates, and advisory that lowers the risk of SOA initiatives for practitioners that are on the hook to provide SOA solutions to meet the strategic requirements of the organization.      “From our over 30 years of combined experience in SOA and EA, ZapThink has proven experience in providing customers practical guidance for solving critical agility and change management problems by leveraging SOA best practices,” says Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner at ZapThink.  “ZapThink hel... (more)

Progress Software Launches Actional 7.1 SOA Management Product

Progress Software announced the availability of the Progress Actional 7.1 SOA management product family. With unique, new capabilities, Actional is a SOA and Web services management product family that can provide unified visibility within existing business process management (BPM) solutions, and beyond the edges of BPM processes into middleware and services. This ability to automatically connect the business process context to the underlying SOA infrastructure is a key requirement of a SOA governance strategy. The Actional SOA management product family provides best-in-class policy-based visibility, security, and control for services, middleware, and business processes. While today’s BPM vendors bundle some governance features with their offering, these silo-like features fall-short when the business process involves other IT systems and services. Complete go... (more)

Microservices Articles
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, discussed how data centers of the future will be managed, how the p...
"Peak 10 is a hybrid infrastructure provider across the nation. We are in the thick of things when it comes to hybrid IT," explained , Chief Technology Officer at Peak 10, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
DevOps tends to focus on the relationship between Dev and Ops, putting an emphasis on the ops and application infrastructure. But that’s changing with microservices architectures. In her session at DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks, will focus on how microservices are changing the underlying architectures needed to scale, secure and deliver applications based on highly distributed (micro) services and why that means an expansion into “the network” for DevOps.
Containers and Kubernetes allow for code portability across on-premise VMs, bare metal, or multiple cloud provider environments. Yet, despite this portability promise, developers may include configuration and application definitions that constrain or even eliminate application portability. In this session we'll describe best practices for "configuration as code" in a Kubernetes environment. We will demonstrate how a properly constructed containerized app can be deployed to both Amazon and Azure ...
The now mainstream platform changes stemming from the first Internet boom brought many changes but didn’t really change the basic relationship between servers and the applications running on them. In fact, that was sort of the point. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Gordon Haff, senior cloud strategy marketing and evangelism manager at Red Hat, will discuss how today’s workloads require a new model and a new platform for development and execution. The platform must handle a wide range of rec...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
More and more companies are looking to microservices as an architectural pattern for breaking apart applications into more manageable pieces so that agile teams can deliver new features quicker and more effectively. What this pattern has done more than anything to date is spark organizational transformations, setting the foundation for future application development. In practice, however, there are a number of considerations to make that go beyond simply “build, ship, and run,” which changes how...
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term.
As Enterprise business moves from Monoliths to Microservices, adoption and successful implementations of Microservices become more evident. The goal of Microservices is to improve software delivery speed and increase system safety as scale increases. Documenting hurdles and problems for the use of Microservices will help consultants, architects and specialists to avoid repeating the same mistakes and learn how and when to use (or not use) Microservices at the enterprise level. The circumstance w...
Containers, microservices and DevOps are all the rage lately. You can read about how great they are and how they’ll change your life and the industry everywhere. So naturally when we started a new company and were deciding how to architect our app, we went with microservices, containers and DevOps. About now you’re expecting a story of how everything went so smoothly, we’re now pushing out code ten times a day, but the reality is quite different.