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January, 2016

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January 28, 2016  6:43 PM

Walmart shakes up application lifecycle management

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application Lifecycle Management, Cloud management, DevOps

When you think cloud computing platforms, do you think Walmart? I certainly didn't. That's changing. In a WalmartLabs blog post, Jeremy King, CTO of Walmart Global eCommerce and Tim Kimmet, VP of Platform and Systems,...

January 19, 2016  11:58 AM

Spark is overtaking MapReduce. Are you ready?

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Apache Spark, Application development, Hadoop, MapReduce

If there's one thing we can say with certainty about "IT," it's that both the information and the technology are constantly changing. You know about the information; volume, velocity, and variety are exploding, forcing us to be ever more-vigilant about the fourth "v," veracity. What's has my...


January 12, 2016  1:12 PM

Microsoft closes Windows 8

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application development, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Windows 8

Today is the day that Microsoft discontinues all support for the loathed Windows 8 operating system, and stops issuing security patches for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10. Windows 7 and 8.1, along with IE 11 are safe -- for now. The message is clear: upgrade or risk the possibility of...


January 11, 2016  9:54 AM

Mobile devices vs. legacy software

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application development, Legacy applications, Mobile devices

The move to smart devices can't be stopped. That means new opportunities for developers, especially in transaction processing and payments. But, don't lose sight of the legacy applications that drive many of those transactions. By 2018, consumers in mature markets will expand, rather than...


January 4, 2016  3:45 PM

How many data sources in your apps? Let me count the APIs.

Joel Shore Joel Shore Profile: Joel Shore
Application development, Cloud APIs, Data integration, User Interface

When explaining the concept of cloud computing to friends unfamiliar with it, I usually turn to my imaginary recipe-of-the-day mobile and Web app as an illustrative example. Something that should be seen by users as the very model of simplicity gets very complicated very fast under the hood. It's...


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