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By Bob Gourley The news below was posted at Invincea.com Norm Laudermilch Brings 25 Years of Technical and Executive Experience Spanning Fortune 50 Companies and Security Startups GARTNER SECURITY & RISK MANAGEMENT SUMMIT, NATIONAL HARBOR, MD —June 23, 2014 – Invincea, Inc., the market leader in the use of secure virtual containers for user protection against advanced cybersecurity threats, today announced the appointment of Norm Laudermilch as the company’s first chief operating officer. He joins immediately and will report to Invincea Founder and CEO Anup Ghosh. Laudermilch brings to his new role 25 years of extensive, hands-on experience in architecting, managing and growing all aspects of organizational infrastructure in the most demanding environments – including some of the largest global service providers. He most recently served as the chief operating offi... (more)

Accenture Named a Leader in Oracle Application Services Providers by Independent Research Firm

Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has been named a Leader in Oracle Application Services Providers by Forrester Research, Inc., a leading industry analyst firm. Accenture received the highest scores in numerous criteria, including Cloud deployment for Oracle, Experience with Next-Gen Oracle Products, Global Delivery, Co-Innovation and Client Base and Engagements. The report, entitled “The Forrester Wave™: Oracle Application Services Providers, Q1 2014,” ranks nine companies on a “comprehensive set of evaluation criteria” that included conducting user need assessments and vendor and expert interviews. It measures companies against 35 criteria across three categories – current offering, strategy, and market presence. Accenture received the highest score in all three categories, as well as the highest score in client satisfaction. “We focused on their capabilities in digital busine... (more)

Actuate to Host Industry Expert Panel on “Building the Next Big App” at July 10th Product Launch Event for BIRT Community

Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ:BIRT), The BIRT Company™ and the leader in personalized analytics and insights, today announced they will host an interactive panel discussion as part of their July 10, 2014 product launch event at Club Auto Sport in San Jose, California. The “Building the Next Big App” panel comprises industry experts and analysts from the fields of open source, business intelligence, customer experience, and consumer brand marketing. The panel discussion, with Q&A, will revolve around how shifting consumer behaviors, new digital channels, app standards and open source trends – particularly in Big Data – are influencing customer-facing application development. The Panel will be moderated by Allen Bonde (@abonde), Vice President of Product Marketing and Innovation at Actuate, co-founder of SaaS innovator Offerpop, and former Yankee Group and McKinsey an... (more)

TeleSign Expands Client Services Support Offering and Adds New Portal Functionality

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/09/14 -- TeleSign has announced today enhanced global support services from the client services organization. TeleSign support, which is now available to all customers includes 24/7/365 global support by email, phone and customer portal and is available to all customers at no additional fee. As TeleSign continues to expand its client services organization, adding to its talented personnel and further developing their integration services for their mobile identity products, they also announce further development of the customer portal, enhancing the reporting, analytics and self-service tools available to customers. In the last year, TeleSign's client services organization has grown worldwide to keep pace with the growing customer base and year over year 100% revenue growth. As an added benefit, enterprise customers receive a ded... (more)

Cambrian Innovation Appoints Technology Operations Veteran to Accelerate Growth

Cambrian Innovation, a water and bioenergy technology provider, today announced Randy Ziffer has been named chief operating officer. Ziffer brings more than 30 years of experience in general management, supply chain management and manufacturing to support Cambrian’s rapid customer growth and expansion into new markets. “Cambrian has seen strong commercial traction deploying advanced environmental solutions using biotechnology, and we continue to expand with new products, markets and customers,” said Cambrian Innovation CEO Matthew Silver. “Randy’s technical operations and international management experience is hard to match, and will be instrumental in helping Cambrian build global operations which save energy and reduce water costs for customers of all sizes.” Prior to joining Cambrian Innovation, Ziffer worked for a range of companies from venture capital backed... (more)

A Cup of AJAX? Nay, Just Regular Java Please

These days everyone is talking about AJAX. It’s supposed to be a cool way of creating Web applications. The idea is noble: instead of rendering an entire HTML page on each little change on the page, it’s much better to send an asynchronous request that will  get the data for you and refresh only the relevant portion of the screen. Every author writing on AJAX is giving the same (the only? ) example where this technology is being used: Google maps and email. (BTW, I’m a little sick of these examples). Since I’m not going to be helping Google in improving their maps, I’d like to see some real-world examples implementing  this technology.  Ajax proponents will immediately come with this exciting example of how great it is to refresh some  screen info as the user enters character in a text field. And here's  a sample conversation that might have happened between an imag... (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)

Java Developer's Journal Exclusive: 2006 "JDJ Editors' Choice" Awards

The editors of SYS-CON Media's Java Developer's Journal are in a unique position when it comes to Java development. All are active coders in their "day jobs," and they have the good fortune in getting a heads-up on many of the latest and greatest software releases. They were asked to nominate three products from the last 12 months that they felt had not only made a major impact on their own development, but also on the Java community as a whole. The following is a list of each editor's selections and the reason why they chose that product. Joe Winchester Desktop Java Editor SwingLabs SwingLabs is an open source laboratory for exploring new ways to make Swing applications easier to write, with improved performance and greater visual appeal. It is an umbrella project for various open source initiatives sponsored by Sun Microsystems and is part of the java.net community... (more)

JavaServer Faces (JSF) vs Struts

My JSF article series and Meet the Experts appearance on IBM developerWorks received a lot of feedback. I would have to say, the most common question or feedback came along the lines of comparing Struts to JSF. I thought it would be a good idea to compare JSF to Struts by evaluating various features that an application architect would look for in a Web application framework. This article will compare specific features. Those on which I will focus include: Maturity Controller Flexibility/Event Handling Navigation Page development Integration Extensibility Certainly, there are other places in which you might want to do a comparison, such as performance, but I'll focus on the set I just mentioned. I'll also spend more time on the Controller and Navigation sections because they are the heart of the frameworks. Performance of JSF is specific to the vendor implementation,... (more)

Java vs C++ "Shootout" Revisited

Keith Lea writes of the benchmark, on his results page, "I was sick of hearing people say Java was slow, when I know it's pretty fast, so I took the benchmark code for C++ and Java from the now outdated Great Computer Language Shootout and ran the tests myself." Lea used G++ (GCC) 3.3.1 20030930 (with glibc 2.3.2-98) for the C++, with the -O2 flag (for both i386 and i686). He compiled the Java code normally with the Sun Java 1.4.2_01 compiler, and ran it with the Sun 1.4.2_01 JVM. He ran the tests on Red Hat Linux 9 / Fedora Test1 with the 2.4.20-20.9 kernel on a T30 laptop. The laptop "has a Pentium 4 mobile chip, 512MB of memory, a sort of slow disk," he notes. The results he got were that Java is significantly faster than optimized C++ in many cases. "They also show that no one should ever run the client JVM when given the choice," Lea adds. ("Everyone has the c... (more)

Rich Internet Applications with Adobe Flex 2 and Java

A typical Java developer knows that when you need to develop a GUI for a Java application, Swing is the tool. Eclipse SWT also has a number of followers, but the majority of people use Java Swing. For the past 10 years, it was a given that Swing development wouldn't be easy; you have to master working with the event-dispatch thread, GridBaglayout, and the like. Recently, the NetBeans team created a nice GUI designer called Matisse, which was also ported to MyEclipse. Prior to Matisse, JBuilder had the best Swing designer, but it was too expensive. Now a good designer comes with NetBeans for free. Why even consider Flex for developing Rich Internet Applications (RIA)? First, we'll give the short answer. Just look at the code in Listing 1. This code compiles and runs in the Flash player and produces the output shown in Figure 1. Yes, it's a tree control with several no... (more)

CloudEXPO Stories
92% of enterprises are using the public cloud today. As a result, simply being in the cloud is no longer enough to remain competitive. The benefit of reduced costs has normalized while the market forces are demanding more innovation at faster release cycles. Enter Cloud Native! Cloud Native enables a microservices driven architecture. The shift from monolithic to microservices yields a lot of benefits - but if not done right - can quickly outweigh the benefits. The effort required in monitoring, tracing, circuit breakers, routing, load balancing, etc. for thousands of microservices can become overwhelming. This talk will address strategies to run & manage microservices from 0 to 60 using Istio and other tools in a cloud native world.
It's clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. That means serverless is also changing the way we leverage public clouds. Truth-be-told, many enterprise IT shops were so happy to get out of the management of physical servers within a data center that many limitations of the existing public IaaS clouds were forgiven. However, now that we've lived a few years with public IaaS clouds, developers and CloudOps pros are giving a huge thumbs down to the constant monitoring of servers, provisioned or not, that's required to support the workloads.
In very short order, the term "Blockchain" has lost an incredible amount of meaning. With too many jumping on the bandwagon, the market is inundated with projects and use cases that miss the real potential of the technology. We have to begin removing Blockchain from the conversation and ground ourselves in the motivating principles of the technology itself; whether it is consumer privacy, data ownership, trust or even participation in the global economy, the world is faced with serious problems that this technology could ultimately help us in at least partially solving. But if we do not unpack what is real and what is not, we can lose sight of the potential.
Serveless Architectures brings the ability to independently scale, deploy and heal based on workloads and move away from monolithic designs. From the front-end, middle-ware and back-end layers, serverless workloads potentially have a larger security risk surface due to the many moving pieces. This talk will focus on key areas to consider for securing end to end, from dev to prod. We will discuss patterns for end to end TLS, session management, scaling to absorb attacks and mitigation techniques.
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addresses many of the challenges faced by developers and operators as monolithic applications transition towards a distributed microservice architecture. A tracing tool like Jaeger analyzes what's happening as a transaction moves through a distributed system. Monitoring software like Prometheus captures time-series events for real-time alerting and other uses. Grafeas and Kritis provide security polic...