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IDG Contributor Network: The hidden transformation underlying AI transformations

InfoWorld on 22/06/2018 pm30 14:35:00

As companies race towards “AI transformation,” applying machine learning and other techniques to optimize their processes, products, and services, there are numerous simultaneous infrastructure transformations occurring throughout AI stack. These transformations impact both suppliers and adopters and introduce yet more uncertainty to a market already driven by extensive “FOMO, FUD, and feuds.”Put simply: We’re building the plane as we’re flying the plane We’re building AI applications as we’re reconstructing the infrastructure and information architecture that will support them.  To read this article in full, please click here Read the article
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IDG Contributor Network: Multicloud: the new monitoring silo

InfoWorld on 22/06/2018 pm30 14:03:00

Most IT professionals would agree that cloud computing is more about a paradigm than a physical displacement of computing resources. The “utility” paradigm is transformational by virtue of on-demand, elastic resources. But unlike being stuck with just a single local cable provider, the range of choice in cloud computing options also provides selectivity and customization best suited for the delivery of individual applications.Research from Edwin Yuen at ESG suggests enterprises have adopted multiple public clouds for production workloads at a remarkably high rate. His research says 81 percent of current cloud infrastructure users are running two or more public cloud infrastructure providers. Of those users, 61 percent are using three or more. The greatest driver for multicloud utilization is application... Read the article
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IDG Contributor Network: 5 approaches to lower enterprise technology costs

InfoWorld on 22/06/2018 pm30 13:52:00

At the same time that everyone is talking about digital transformations, there is demand from the boardroom to lower spending on technology. On the surface, these two goals appear to be mutually exclusive. How can innovation and transformation be carried out with a reduced budget? Here are some approaches that can help resolve the paradox.1. Create a contact between business and IT Everyone agrees that IT and business must work together to improve operational efficiency and profitability. If you only read business-focused or technology-focused publications, you probably think everyone is doing this and wonder what is wrong in your organization where you are not seeing the benefits of such cooperation. One reason for this perceptual disconnect is that in many organizations... Read the article
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Oracle now requires a subscription to use Java SE

InfoWorld on 22/06/2018 pm30 12:00:00

Oracle has revamped its commercial support program for Java SE (Standard Edition), opting for a subscription model instead of one that has had businesses paying for a one-time perpetual license plus an annual support fee. The subscriptions will be available in July 2018. (Personal, noncommercial usage continues to be free and not require a subsctiptoion.)Called Java SE Subscription, the new program for mission-critical Java deployments provides commercial licensing, with features offered such as the Advanced Java Management Console. Also, Oracle Premier Support is included for current and previous Java SE releases. It is required for Java SE 8, and includes support for Java SE 7. (As of January 2019, Oracle will require a subscription for businesses to continue getting updates... Read the article
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It's not easy to move from a private cloud to a hybrid cloud

InfoWorld on 22/06/2018 pm30 12:00:00

A hybrid cloud provides you with the largest number of options, according to those that sell them. You get a private cloud coupled with one or more public clouds, with workloads distributed across them.IT is often told that starting with a private cloud and then going hybrid is a straightforward, sensible strategy. But it’s not as easy as you’ve likely been told.[ What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. | Also: InfoWorld helps you identify the right tools for the job: AWS cloud services guide • Microsoft Azure services guide. • Google Cloud Platform services guide. ] I often hear that it’s a much more difficult process to move from a private cloud to a public or hybrid cloud than it... Read the article
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IDG Contributor Network: Why dynamically visualizing relationships in data matters

InfoWorld on 21/06/2018 pm30 12:22:00

Data visualizations have pervaded nearly every aspect of today’s data landscape. Initially conceived of as a means of best presenting analytics results, data visualizations have evolved to affect everything from drag-and-drop approaches to data preparation to visual mechanisms for issuing queries. The ability to visualize data, their relationships to one another and connections to business objectives is central to the notion of data exploration, in which users manipulate these graphical representations for greater understanding of data’s overall meaning. Data visualizations are vital for exploring knowledge graphs, which determine relationships between even seemingly unrelated datasets to indicate their relevance to specific tasks.To read this article in full, please click here Read the article
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IDG Contributor Network: How hybrid IT affects devops in the enterprise

InfoWorld on 21/06/2018 pm30 12:18:00

Hybrid IT in the enterprise has emerged primarily as a response to devops. Enterprises with decades of investments in IT infrastructure, and a natural reluctance to store their data elsewhere, suddenly are forced to contend with a significant portion of their new infrastructure being in the cloud. Agile development needs have outpaced the capabilities of traditional infrastructure, driving demand for infrastructure as a service (IaaS).This impact of devops on the enterprise—driving the adoption of a cloud-traditional hybrid environment—is the obvious outcome. What is less appreciated is how the formation of hybrid IT can affect devops in turn.Change is a two-way street Enterprise requirements for scalability, resilience and security don’t disappear simply because of a desired increase in release velocity. Devops practices... Read the article
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Zapcc high-speed C++ compiler now open source

InfoWorld on 21/06/2018 pm30 12:00:00

Zapcc, a caching C++ compiler built for speed, has gone open source.Ceemple Software, Zapcc’s builder, claims the compiler offers dramatic improvements in both incremental and full builds compared to building with Clang 4.0 and Clang 5.0. Based on heavily modified code from the Clang compiler project, Zapcc uses an in-memory compilation cache in a client-server architecture. All compilation information is remembered between runs.[ Discover 2017’s best open source software for enterprise: The Bossie Award winners. ] Zapcc works in an existing build and ignores precompiled headers, an approach that requires a project be built to precise headers rules. Precompiled headers also do not cache to the same extent as Zapcc. C++ modules are not standard, are rarely used, and do not... Read the article
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Ryan Dahl’s Node.js regrets lead to Deno

InfoWorld on 21/06/2018 pm30 12:00:00

What might the Node.js server-side JavaScript runtime look like today if founder Ryan Dahl could build it all over again? With his Deno project, a secure TypeScript runtime built on the same Google V8 JavaScript engine as Node.js, we get an idea.Open source Deno, which is not explicitly compatible with Node.js, is a minimal take on server-side JavaScript. One key difference between Deno and Node is Deno eliminates the need for a package manager. (Node.js uses the popular NPM package manager.) “There are no packages even,” Dahl said. “You only link to JavaScript files—like you do in the web.” Deno also cannot run Node scripts. It does use TypeScript, which Dahl views as being well-done and approachable. Dahl recently described Deno... Read the article
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How to present to management: A guide for developers and engineers

InfoWorld on 21/06/2018 pm30 12:00:00

Presenting to management is different than presenting to other technical staff. However, it shares a lot in common with good writing: Keep the audience in mind, keep your key points in mind, and focus on communicating them succinctly. Presenting to management is about realizing that you have a busy audience that wants to know the impact, cost, and risk of the plan, not every detail of it (knowing and taking care of those details is what they pay you for). Management wants to know that you thought this plan out, considered alternatives, and did the research (even though management doesn’t want to know all the details).To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story) Read the article

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