2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will
'08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to
stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management
System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere
mega-mergers of 2007?
As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its
globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives,
commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth
of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the
industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who,
within what kind of time-scale.
RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors
Director of Web Technologies, Sun
Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)
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
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
To the President of Syria, Mr. and Mrs. Bashar al-Assad
Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad:
At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American
citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey,
and taken to Syria.
Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story
I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be coming back
to the United States nor will she allow Sofia to return home.
Sofia has been diagnosed with a severe medical condition that requires
immediate treatment in the United States. It was scheduled to start on July
27, 2010, in New Jersey, the day after her abduction and was supposed to last
until she reaches the age of 3.
Any delay in the urgently needed treatment will result in a life-long
disability for Sofia and make her dependent for the whole of her a... (more)
At its core DevOps is all about collaboration. The lines of communication
must be opened and it takes some effort to ensure that they stay that way.
It's easy to pay lip service to trends and talk about implementing new
methodologies, but without action, real benefits cannot be realized. Success
requires planning, advocates empowered to effect change, and, of course, the
To bring about a cultural shift it's important to share challenges. In simple
terms, ensuring that everyone knows what everyone else is doing can create a
real team spirit and social cohesion that will drive DevOps forward. Here are
six tips that can be implemented to help you get there.
A daily team meeting where people get an opportunity to review their progress
by addressing three simple questions:
What did I do yesterday? What will I do today? What might block me fro... (more)
The Enterprise Service Bus provides event-driven and standards-based message
services that are fundamental to large and complex enterprise
infrastructures. Traditionally the ESB has focused on message delivery
between different disparate server-side systems. With the use of modern Web
2.0 techniques we can now extend the ESB all the way to the browser. Messages
can be delivered from the server to the Web client in real time, making the
Web client an integral part of a service-oriented architecture. In this
general session the speakers will introduce you to Enterprise Comet, a
real-time message delivery technology that extends the Enterprise Service Bus
to your browser.
Speaker Bios: A native of Sweden, Jonas Jacobi has worked in the software
industry for more than 15 years with a mission to simplify application
development. Prior to founding Kaazing, he worked for O... (more)
DevOps is speeding towards the IT world like a freight train and the hype
around it is deafening. There is no reason to be afraid of this change as it
is the natural reaction to the agile movement that revolutionized development
just a few years ago. By definition, DevOps is the natural alignment of IT
performance to business profitability. The relevance of this has yet to be
quantified but it has been suggested that the route to the CEO's chair will
come from the IT leaders that successfully make the transition to a DevOps
model. If this still seems foreign to you, I recommend reading up on DevOps
Blog from IT Revolution, the OpsCode Blog, and check out The Phoenix Project.
Despite all the talk around simple monitoring tools, breaking through the
walls between Dev and Ops still poses a real challenge. This is because of a
misunderstanding around Operations real purp... (more)
MONTVALE, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/15/05 -- SYS-CON Events (www.sys-con.com)
announced today the "Real-World AJAX One-Day Seminar" (www.ajaxseminar.com)
to take place on Monday, March 13, 2005, in New York City. Delegate and
sponsor registration information can be obtained at the conference website,
www.ajaxseminar.com, as it becomes available.
This one-day AJAX seminar will feature 15 speakers in 11 sessions, including
the world's most renowned AJAX experts: Jesse James Garrett, the Father of
AJAX; David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails (with his very
first talk on "AJAX in Rails"); Satish Dharmaraj, the creator of server-side
Java; Bill Scott, AJAX evangelist of Yahoo!; Scott Dietzen, the creator of
WebLogic; Rob Gonda, the bestselling AJAX author and evangelist; and Ross
Dargahi, well-known AJAX evangelist and architect.
Seminar attendees will al... (more)
"Which RIA platform to choose? Whichever one can deliver the best
functionality combined with industrial-strength reliability, performance, and
scalability will win the race." That, in the view of Bert Halstead, is the
long and the short of it. And many of his fellow executives in the Rich
Internet Applications business agreee.
"There is never a 'one size fits all' in this business," Halstead - Chief
Architect at Curl, Inc., continues -"AJAX has its place for B2C applications
with no client plug-ins. B2B and B2E applications with complex interactivity
and complex visualization require different technologies. Products such as
Adobe's Flex or Microsoft's Silverlight promise to address the multi-media
applications (e.g. video, audio) better."
Curl's platform, needless to say, is what Halstead recommends as "the best
solution for enterprise-class business applications."
One Great City, Two Great Keynotes, Three Intense Days, Eighteen Core Topics,
Eighty-Five Content-Rich Sessions, Ninety-Eight Expert Speakers - what better
way to summarize the 5th International AJAXWorld Conference & Expo than
through this numerical whirlwind tour? Enjoy!
The Roosevelt Hotel, NYC
One Great City
The 5th International AJAXWorld Conference & Expo is being held in New York
City, at The Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan.
Two Great Keynotes
Douglas Crockford, Architect at Yahoo! and Creator of the JSON data
Can We Fix The Web?
The Web needs fixing. The standards and recommendations that define it were
last revised in 1999, since when it has grown from a document retrieval
system into an application delivery system. The current Web is overly
complex, visually underpowered, and hopelessly insecure. It is now under
Dmitry Sotnikov's Blog
Overall, very exciting times, and a great event put together by the folks at
SYS-CON! There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. As
someone put it: cloud computing is about 700 days old. That means that there
are a lot of arguments about definitions, and where things are going, and so
on. And that also gives a lot of vibe and a lot of fresh community spirit.
Below are my notes from all the sessions I attended at the last week’s
Cloud Computing Expo 2008 on:
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
A few general comments on the conference.
First and foremost, cloud computing is happening. There was a lot of
excitement and optimism throughout the event. And frankly this was quite
contrasting to the SOA keeping talking about whether SOA is getting anywhere,
how to justify SOA projects, whether it is a journey or a destination, and so
This was... (more)
Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has
announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform
dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services.
Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important
product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the
de facto commerce engine for the cloud.”
With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the
company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on
driving revenue from cloud computing.
It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based
commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given
predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud
computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity