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Big Data for the Enterprise: When to Use What?

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:31:00 GMT

I haven’t been able to blog so much in the last couple of months. June, July were incredibly busy with conferences and promoting the general availability release of our KidoZen enterprise mobile platform http://kidozen.com . I’ve been also blogging more actively on my entrepreneurial blog http://jrodthoughts.com/.

Now that things have settled down a bit, I am expecting to keep contributing more regularly on this blog.

For starters, we will be hosting our periodic Tellago Technology Update Webinar. This time we will take a in depth look at the big data technology ecosystem on different areas such as infrastructure, predictive analytics, search, data visualization among other important building blocks of big data solutions in the enterprise. On each area we will explore the main technologies and highlight their strengths and weaknesses from an enterprise perspective.

After this hour you should get a pretty good understanding to the big data enterprise software ecosystem including the top vendors on each area. You are register for the webinar at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/884954438

 

 




A New Way to do Integration: Introducing the Integration Platform as a Service

Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:05:00 GMT

 Our new Tellago Technology Update webinar will take place next Tuesday and the topic couldn't be more exciting. Building cloud integration solutions using integration iPaaS technologies. Here are the details:  Title: A New Way to do Integration: Introducing the Integration Platform as a Service Registration Link:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/423188398Presenter: Jesus Rodriguez, Founder, Tellago, IncDate: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 AM EDTSummary•        Are you integrating looking for models to integrate Software as a Service           (SaaS) solutions with your on-premise infrastructure? •        Wondering about the right tools and frameworks for cloud integration solutions? •        Wondering if you can implement integration solutions that run seamlessly in the cloud? The increase adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS) packages and cloud computing platforms has completely changed the landscape of integration solutions in the enterprise. While technologies like Microsoft BizTalk Server, Oracle BPEL PM or WebSphere Process Server dominated the on-premise integration landscape, they have fall short to address the new needs to SaaS-driven integration and cloud delivery models. As a consequence, new players such as MuleSoft, SnapLogic or Dell Boomi are becoming the preferred solutions for SaaS to SaaS, SaaS to On-Premise or even On-Premise to SaaS integration scenarios. The industry often refers to this new type of integration scenario using a catchy new acronym: integration platform as a service (iPaaS) This session will explore the iPaaS vendor ecosystem from an enterprise perspective. The session will provide an overview of platforms such as MuleSoft, IBM Cast Iron, Informatica Cloud, Jitterbit, Dell Boomi, Snap Logic, Windows Azure and some others from the technical and market standpoint. To keep things practical, the session will highlight strengths and weaknesses of each platform from a real world enterprise integration perspective.     [...]



Tellago Technology Updates Webinar: Building Big Data Solutions in the Microsoft Platform

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:53:00 GMT

We are excited to announce that next Tuesday we will be presenting a webinar about one of the hottest enterprise software trends in the industry and one that is just starting to be more widely accepted within Microsoft enterprise customers: big data.  As part of this webinar, we will take a look at the entire enterprise big data ecosystem including the distributions of technologies like Hadoop, Cassandra and R and we will deep dive into Microsoft's HDInsight offering for both Windows Server and Windows Azure. We are planning to keep things practical to expect to see some cool demos and case studies about big data solutions in the real world. You can register for the webinar using the following details: Title: Building Big Data Solutions in the Microsoft Platform  Registration Link: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/655037446 Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013  Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 AM EDT Summary: In recent years, big data has become one of the hottest trends in the enterprise software landscape. As a leader in the enterprise data space, Microsoft has taken significant steps towards simplifying the big data experience in the enterprise with the release of the HDInsight Server and HDInsight Service technology stacks.  This session deep dives into HDInsight Server and HDInsight Service from a developer perspective. The session emphasizes the best practices, patterns and techniques that will help developers to build on-premise or cloud-enabled big data solutions powered by HDInsight Server or HDInsight Service. To keep things practical, we will showcase a series of real world solutions that highlight how to leverage HDInsight Server and/or HDInsight Service to enable the next generation big data infrastructures in the enterprise. [...]



MS TechDays Session: Big Data in the Microsoft Platform

Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:15:00 GMT

 

The slides from my big data session at Microsoft TechDays can be found below. During the session, we discussed a lot of the fundamental technologies of the most popular Hadopp distributions including HDFS, Map-Reduce, HBase, Hive, Pig, Sqoop and others. The session was really focused on practical examples and we spent quite a bit of time showing code :)

Towards the end of the presentation, we debated some of the limitations of Hadoop and exploring some recent research materials focused on addressing those. I particularly enjoyed the discussion around Google Dremel which is the foundation behind the amazing Google Big Query engine.

 I hope you find this material useful. If you have any feedback about MS HDInsight or would like to know more don’t hesitate to ping me via this weblog.

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South FL Code Camp Slide Deck

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:04:00 GMT

Thanks to everyone who attended my session about building large-scale solutions in Windows Azure. Everything you saw was based on the lessons we learned when building our KidoZen (www.kidozen.com ) platform. The slide deck I used during the presentation can be found at http://www.slideshare.net/jesusmrv/azure-best-practices2




Microsoft Research Mobile Backend as a Service: Introducing Project Hawaii

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:37:00 GMT

  Microsoft Research(MS Research) is an infinite source of technical innovation. Because of my academic background, I am constantly following the new MS Research projects and drawing ideas and inspiration from them. Recently, I came across Project Hawaii (http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/hawaii/ ) which provides a set of mobile services hosted in Windows Azure for computational and data storage. Sounds familiar? Yes, Project Hawaii overlaps slightly with Windows Azure Mobile Services but it focuses on new and innovative service capabilities. In this first release, Project Hawaii enables the following capabilities: ·        The Key-Value service enables a mobile application to store application-wide state information in the cloud. ·        The Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Service returns the text that appears in a photographic image. For example, given an image of a road sign, the service returns the text of the sign. ·        The Path Prediction Service predicts a destination based on a sequence of current locations and historical data. ·        The Relay Service provides a relay point in the cloud that mobile applications can use to communicate. ·        The Rendezvous Service maps from well-known human-readable names to endpoints in the Hawaii Relay Service. ·        The Speech-to-Text Service takes a spoken phrase and returns text. Currently this service supports English only. ·        The Translator service enables a mobile application to translate text from one language to another, and to obtain an audio stream that renders a string in a spoken language.   Obviously, given my recent work in the mobile backend as a service (mBaaS) space, Project Hawaii results super interesting to me. After spending a few hours playing with the current release, I thought the experience would make a few interesting blog posts. Let’s start with the Hawaii’s key-value service: Project Hawaii’s Key-Value Service (KVS) provides a simple key-value store for mobile applications. By using the KVS, an application can store and retrieve application-wide state information as text using key-value pairs. Obtaining a Project Hawaii Application ID Prior to use any of the Project Hawaii services, developers need to obtain a valid application ID. We can achieve that by going to the Project Hawaii signup page (http://hawaiiguidgen.cloudapp.net/default.aspx.)  and registering your Windows Live credentials. After that, you will obtain an application identifier that can be used to authenticate to the different cloud services. As illustrated in the following figured.   After having completed this process, we need to register our application in the Windows Azure Marketplace.   Using the Project Hawaii Key Value Service As its name indicates, the key-value service provides a service interface that enables mobile applications to store information in key-value pair forms. The main vehicle to leverage this capability is a RESTful interface abstracted by SDKs for the Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms. In the case of Windows 8, the KeyValueService class included in the Microsoft.Hawaii.KeyValue.Client namespace abstracts the capabilities of the Project Hawaii Key-Value service. The following matrix summarizes some of the operations provided by the KeyValueService class. Methods Name Description CreateAsync Initiates a call to create a key-value item. The item must not already exist. DeleteAsync Initiates a call to delete key-value items. DeleteByKeysAsync Ini[...]



Enterprise Software News Roundup Dec 17-23

Mon, 24 Dec 2012 13:24:00 GMT

Enterprise Software News and Insights: Here are some of the biggest headlines of the week: Red Hat Acquires ManageIQ To Beef Up Hybrid Cloud Capabilities: Red Hat acquired ManageIQ for its IT management software. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ManageIQ is in the data center automation and virtualization business. Data center automation is essentially retrofitting a data center so it can have a degree of elasticity and integrate with public clouds. This means developing methods for managing virtualized servers with infrastructures that spread out over thousands of servers. Read More..Oracle Buys Eloqua For $871 Million: Oracle just bought software maker Eloqua for $871 million or $23.50 per share.That's about a 30% premium off of Eloqua's closing price on the Nasdaq yesterday. Read More...A programmer's guide to big data: 12 tools to know: Whether they're building big data applications or just trying to gather some insights from their mobile apps, developers have more need than ever for analytics tools. It's a good thing so many companies are building tools designed with developers' needs and skills in mind. Read More...  All I want for Christmas is network virtualization: It may not fit easily under the Christmas tree, but a network virtualization company seems to be on every venture capital firm's wishlist this year. The latest network virtualization company to outshine the Furby and the iPad Mini is Pluribus Networks. Read More...  RIM Sends Out BlackBerry 10 Launch Invites: Research in Motion (RIM) on Monday sent out press invites for its BlackBerry 10 global launch event. RIM will officially unveil BlackBerry 10 to the public Jan. 30, 2013.Read More...  Amazon Web Services Adds New Storage For Data Intensive Applications: Amazon Web Services has added a new storage instance for data intensive applications. The new instances are designed for applications that require high storage depth and I/O performance.Read More...  Larry Ellison Says His Cloud Is Beating The Pants Off Big Rival Workday: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison says that Oracle's cloud business is growing largely at the expense of Workday, the new company founded by his old nemesis, Dave Duffield. Read More... Six Tech Trends That Will Rock Enterprise IT In 2013: In 2012, IT growth and innovation centered around mobile devices, cloud services, social networking and Big Data. 2013 is likely to see accelerated adoption in all those areas, as many companies move from experimenting and testing to deployment. Read More...  Dropbox hires sales execs from Salesforce and Apple to bolster its enterprise push: Dropbox has had no trouble convincing consumers to use its tools, but it will need a dedicated sales team to reach large enterprises. To bolster its sales and support team, it has brought on Kevin Egan, a vice president at Salesforce.com, and Kim Malone Scott, who ascended the proverbial ladder at tech giants like Google and Apple. Read more...  We don't need more data scientists - just make big data easier to use: Sure, more data scientists would be great. But Scott Brave, of Baynote, says the better solution is to create analytics products that are so easy to use that you don't even need a data scientist. Read More...  Blog Post of the Week:Oracle Beats the Street but Still Looks Boring: Oracle reported numbers yesterday and the results were better than expected. Earnings on a per-share basis were 64 cents, three cents above the consensus of 61 cents. Sales were $9.11 billion, beating the consensus estimate of $9.03 billion. The main driver for the outstanding performance was new software license sales, which rose by 17 percent to reach $2.4 billion. Li[...]



Weekly Enterprise Software News Roundup Dec 10-14th

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:39:00 GMT

Enterprise Software News and Insights: Here are some of the biggest headlines of the week: U.S. Federal Agency That Switched From BlackBerrys To iPhones Has A Rethink: Plans To Test BB10 Devices Next Year: Some good news for embattled smartphone maker RIM: the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has said it plans to test BlackBerry 10 devices next year, Reuters is reporting. A spokeswoman for the BlackBerry maker told the news agency that ICE will begin a pilot program on RIM's new line of BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) early next year. Read More... Intuit CEO: Big Data Can Be "The Great Equalizer": The conventional wisdom has it that Big Data has been good for large enterprises, and very, very bad for consumers and small businesses. According Intuit CEO Brad Smith, though, big data can also be "the great equalizer." Read More...  Google's Coolest Project? Broadband: According to Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, the most interesting project going on at the search giant is its high-speed broadband trials in Kansas City. (Missouri and Kansas versions). Read More...  What we'll see in 2013 in cloud computing: Next year, "the cloud" will finally be ready for enterprise workloads and big companies will finally start moving them there. Data centers will stop being enclosed by walls and those are just two of GigaOM's 5 big cloud predictions. Read on for more. Read More...  HP's 'Rent-A-Network' Could Be The Most Imaginative Thing It's Done In Years: HP just came up with a really cool new service to sell enterprise networks. It imitates the way Amazon sells cloud computing.Read More... Michael Dell: 64,000 Servers From Number One Position Worldwide And An Official Commitment To OpenStack: Michael Dell said onstage at his Dell Worldkeynote today that Dell is No. 1 in market share for servers in North America and Asia and 64,000 servers from the number one spot worldwide. Read More....  Why The Enterprise Renaissance Will Be Big In 2013: "The easy problems in the world are solved, the hard ones are left, and we're going to need software to fix them."That's how GitHub co-founder Tom Preston-Werner characterized the technological challenges ahead at a roundtable discussion of predictions for the enterprise in San Francisco Thursday. Read More...  Marc Andreessen on the Triumph of Software: Marc Andreessen, a partner in the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and a co-founder of the first major Web browser, Netscape Navigator, discussed software, unions, the fiscal negotiations in Washington and the notion of a tech bubble with Andrew Ross Sorkin at DealBook's post-election conference.Read More... Cisco Takes Secretive Role As "Unnamed Silicon Valley Industry Titan" In WhipTail's $31M Round: According to multiple sources, Cisco has taken a secretive role as the "Unnamed Silicon Valley industry titan" in a $31 million round forWhipTail, a flash storage company that also took investment from SanDisk and others. Read More... Amazon gives customers more detailed billing of their cloud services: New AWS billing lets customers see their cloud services charges broken out into more detail - a key issue for many customers who want a better look at what's going on in their AWS cloud. Read More...  Blog Post of the Week:Enterprise Software Lessons: Simple Is Easy to Understand but Hard to Build and Hard to Sell: Every other startup in the history of enterprise software claims to have the simplest solution to the domain problem they are solving. Seriously, have you ever heard anybody, even Oracle or SAP, say that their [...]



Weekly Enterprise Software News Roundup

Sun, 09 Dec 2012 17:40:00 GMT

 Every week Tellago shares the biggest news in the enterprise software world with our customers. I thought I start sharing the list in this blog as well starting today :)Enterprise Software News and Insights:    Here are some of the biggest headlines of the week:  Citrix, now all about mobility, buys Zenprise to boost BYOD effort: Citrix is buying Zenprise, a specialist in mobile device management, in a bid to solidify its BYOD strategy. The bring-your-own-device wave that's sweeping businesses, constitutes a huge quandary for those companies. They want their employees to be able to use their iPhone, Android phone or tablet of choice but they don't want to give those devices willy nilly access to corporate assets. Read More... Google Kills Free Google Apps For Business, Now Only Offering Premium Paid Version To Companies Of All Sizes: Google has announced a change to Google Apps for Business - ending the free version of the product, offering only its Premium version which costs $50 per user, per year, regardless of the size of the company. Read More...   Planning His Legacy, Cisco Chief Maps an Expansion:  John T. Chambers has readied his last great act as the leader ofCisco Systems, fearing major changes in the technology business that could doom his company. Read More... Tech Visionary Ray Ozzie Is Working On A New Mobile Startup, Talko: Another bit of news has dribbled out about legendary programmer Ray Ozzie's new gig.He's now raised $4 million for it, according to a SEC filing spotted by TechCrunch. Read More...  Cloud Complexity Clouts Enterprise Customers: How complicated is Amazon Web Service's cloud? So complicated, it had to devote a full conference track to managing cloud resources at last week's re:Invent conference, including - kid you not - a complete session just  to explain AWS billing. This is just one example that for all the talk about the awesomeness of cloud, its complexity is a very real impediment to adoption by business customers. Read More...   RIM Woos Enterprise Customers With One Free BlackBerry 10 Handset Per Company - If They Start Getting Ready For BB10:RIM's latest move to shore up the remainder of its BlackBerry user base focuses on the enterprise segment. It's announced a program to encourage businesses currently using BlackBerrys to start learning about the brave new world of BlackBerry 10. Read More...  With HP now in the game, the enterprise cloud fray gets more interesting: Hewlett-Packard's cloud efforts can get lost in the noise of the company's bigger "macro" issues, but as the company adds its OpenStack compute cloud to the mix - joining the existing CDN and storage clouds - the battle for enterprise cloud users is on. Read More...  Frenemies: Apple And Google Reportedly Join Forces For $500M+ Bid On Kodak's 1,100 Patents: Sometimes self-interest can make for some unlikely friendships. According to Bloomberg, Apple and Google have finally teamed up to buy Kodak's portfolio of patents out of bankruptcy for an estimated $500 million. Yes, the two companies are bitter rivals when it comes to the smartphone market, and really every other market - even wearable tech, apparently. Read More...   NoSQL: The Love Child of Google, Amazon and ... Lotus Notes:  [...]



Speaking About Enterprise Mobility Tomorrow at IASA South FL Meetup

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:49:00 GMT

My speaking schedule has gotten a bit crazy this last few months and I haven’t had any time to schedule any local presentations. Thanks to my good friend Dave Noderer, tomorrow I will be doing a session about enterprise mobility at the South Florida IASA chapter. I am planning to spend quite a bit of time talking about modern best practices, patterns and techniques we have learned in the implementation of mobile solutions in the enterprise and highlight some of the challenges as well. Specifically, I am planning on spending quite a bit of time in two fundamental areas:

·         How to mobilize your line of business data?

·         How to enable backend capabilities to your enterprise mobile applications?

If you are in the South FL area and are interested on mobile development feel free to swing by and say hi. I promise to keep it fun. You can register for the event at http://www.fladotnet.com/Reg.aspx?EventID=626




Enterprise Mobility, Big Data, Gamification, NFC, Windows 8 in the Enterprise? Help Us Decide the Next Tellago Technology Update

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 11:41:00 GMT

Tellago's Technology Updates series continues throughout November and December. We would like your input to help us prioritize some of the topics. NFC, enterprise big data, enterprise mobility, gamification? the all sound exciting. Please take 5 seconds to tell us which topic we should focus on for our next webinar here http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e6lid7rrh9439isc/a002h99rkb14/questions

Thanks in advance,

   Jesus Rodriguez




NodeJS and Windows Azure: Using Service Bus Queues

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 03:22:00 GMT

I have been doing a lot of work with NodeJS and Windows Azure lately. I am planning to write a series of blog post about the techniques required build NodeJS applications that leverage different Windows Azure components. I am also planning on deep diving into the different elements of the NodeJS modules to integrate with Windows Azure. Let’s begin with a simple tutorial of how to implement NodeJS applications that leverage one of the most popular components of the Windows Azure Service Bus: Queues. When using the NodeJS module for Windows Azure, developers can perform different operations on Azure Service Bus queues. The following sections will provide an overview of some of those operations. Getting Started The initial step to use Azure Service Bus queues from a NodeJS application is to instantiate the ServiceBusService object as illustrated in the following code: 1: process.env.AZURE_SERVICEBUS_NAMESPACE= "MY NAMESPACE..."; 2: process.env.AZURE_SERVICEBUS_ACCESS_KEY= "MY ACCESS KEY....; 3: var sb= require('azure'); 4: var serviceBusService = sb.createServiceBusService(); Creating a Queue Create a service bus queue using NodeJS is accomplished by invoking a createQueueIfNotExists operation of the ServiceBusService object. The operation can take similar several parameters to customize the settings of the queue. The following code illustrates this process. 1: function createQueueTest(queuename) 2: { 3: serviceBusService.createQueueIfNotExists(queuename, function(error){ 4: if(!error){ 5: console.log('queue created...'); 6: 7: } 8: }) 9: } Sending a Message Placing a message in a service bus queue from NodeJS can be accomplished using the sendQueueMessage operation of the ServiceBusService object. In addition to the message payload, we can include additional properties that describe metadata associated with the message. The following NodeJS code illustrates the process of enqueueing a message in an Azure Service Bus queue using NodeJS. 1: function sendMessageTest(queue) 2: { 3: var message = { 4: body: 'Test message', 5: customProperties: { 6: testproperty: 'TestValue' 7: }} 8:  9: serviceBusService.sendQueueMessage(queue, message, function(error){ 10: if(!error){ 11: console.log('Message sent....'); 12: }}) 13: } Receiving a Message Similarly, to the process of enqueuing a message, we can dequeue a message from a service bus queue by invoking the ReceiveMessage operation from the ServiceBusService object. By default, messages are deleted from the queue as they are read; however, you can read (peek) and lock the message without deleting it from the queue by setting the optional parameter isPeekLock to true. The following NodeJS code illustrates this technique. 1: function receiveMessageTest(queue) 2: { 3: serviceBusService.receiveQueueMessage(queue, function(error, receivedMessage){ 4: if(!error){ 5: console.log(receivedMessage); 6: } 7: }) 8: } Putting it all together The following code offers a very simple way to test the different operations we explored in this blog post using simple URL patterns such as http:///SEND, http:///RECEIVE and http:///CREATE. Now go have some fun testing Windows Azure Service Bus Queues from NodeJS. 1: function azureQueueTest(request, response) 2: { 3:  4: [...]



Tellago Technology Days: Enterprise Mobile Backend as a Service

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:32:00 GMT

Last week, as part of Tellago's Technology Update, I delivered a presentation  about the modern enterprise mobility powered by cloud-based, mobile backend as a service models. During the presentation we covered some of the most common enterprise mBaaS patterns that can be implemented using current technologies.

Below you can find the slide deck I used during the presentation. Feel free to take a look and send me some feedbck.

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Mobilizing Your Line of Business Systems : Introducing The Enterprise Mobile Backend As A Service

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 17:06:00 GMT

After a brief hiatus, I am super happy to announce our next Tellago Technology Update. This time we will be focusing on one of my favorite topics: enterprise mobility. Here is a quick summary:

Title: Mobilizing Your Line of Business Systems : Introducing The Enterprise Mobile Backend As A Service


Enterprise mobility is, undoubtedly, one of the key trends in the modern enterprise. However, the traditional approach to enterprise mobility represents a fairly expensive proposition both technically and financially for most organizations. To keep up with the fast evolution of enterprise mobile trends, the industry desperately needs alternative technical and commercial models that can make enterprise mobility mainstream. The answer might be on another hot software trend: Backend as a Service.

This session introduces the concept of an Enterprise Mobile Platform as a Service (EntMBaaS). The session explores the different EntMPaaS capabilities and how they enable the integration of enterprise mobile applications with line of business systems.  We will use real world examples that illustrate how the EntMBaaS model facilitates the implementation and enablement of enterprise mobile applications and will compare the differences with traditional enterprise mobility approaches

Please register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/429194358 we hope to see you there! 




Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:09:00 GMT

This summer, I took a brief break from speaking engagements to focus on shipping our new software in Tellago Studios and not stress my already hectic travel schedule. However, I’ve accepted a few invites to speak at different conferences during the fall and winter. Here is a brief list of the ones that are already confirmed:Software Architect Conference (London) http://www.software-architect.co.ukNodeJS for the .Net DeveloperI am a .NET developer but I have an iPhone and an AndroidOredev (Malmö, Sweden): http://oredev.org/Kinect for Windows Deep DiveCloud Computing Expo (Santa Clara, CA) http://cloudcomputingexpo.com/Introducing the Enterprise Mobile Platform as a ServiceCloud & Virtualization Live (Orlando, FL): http://virtlive360.com/Events/2012/Home.aspxUsing Windows Azure to Build the Next Generation of Mobile ApplicationsWindows Azure in the Real World: From Idea to Production in a Few MonthsI plan to add a few more events to the list in the next few weeks. If you are attending any of these conferences feel free to contact me via this blog so that we can sync up.[...]



What’s Up NYC? Speaking At The Cloud Computing Expo Next Week

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 13:38:00 GMT

Next week I will be speaking at the Cloud Computing Expo in New York City. I am particularly excited about this event because I will have the unique opportunity to present about the new concept behind our upcoming enterprise mobility platform: the enterprise mobile platform as a service. Read More via jrodthoughts....




Kinect for Windows SDK 1.5 is here

Fri, 25 May 2012 12:50:00 GMT

I know I am late to the announcement party but, in case you haven’t heard, Microsoft releated the Kinect for Windows SDK 1.5. This release is the second iteration of the product in only a few months which speaks volumes of the agile approach followed by the Kinect for Windows product team. The SDK contains many cool new features, here are the one I am most excited about: ·         Face Tracking SDK:  This component provides a real-time 3D mesh of facial features—tracking the head position, location of eyebrows, shape of the mouth, etc. ·         Kinect Studio,This tool which allows developers to record and play back Kinect data, dramatically shortening and simplifying the development lifecycle of a Kinect application. Now a developer writing a Kinect for Windows application can record clips of users in the application’s target environment and then replay those clips at a later time for testing and further development. ·         Near Mode Skeletal Tracking: This allows developers to create applications that track skeletal movement at closer proximity, like when the end user is sitting at a desk or needs to stand close to an interactive display. ·         Joint Orientation: Kinect for Windows runtime provides Joint Orientation information for the skeletons tracked by the Skeletal Tracking pipeline.  The Joint Orientation is provided in two forms:  A Hierarchical Rotation based on a bone relationship defined on the Skeletal Tracking joint structure, and an Absolute Orientation in Kinect camera coordinates. In addition to the aformentioned components, this SDK includes a lot of performance improvements in the depth and color frame stream processing. If you are interested on Kinect for Windows applications, you should definitely go check out this release. Now I know what  I am going to be doing this weekend. [...]



Enterprise Mobility Best Practices With Chris Love

Tue, 08 May 2012 13:56:00 GMT

Enterprise mobility is one of the hottest trends in today’s IT industry. However, like any other emerging technology space, the industry is still trying to learn about the challenges and establish best practices and patterns that can help organizations to efficiently leverage the connected devices revolution. Selecting the right technology stacks or frameworks, making appropriate choice between native, hybrid or mobile-web applications to the techniques, integrating mobile applications to backend systems in your datacenter or correctly testing and manage mobile application are just some of the challenges faced on the journey to the mobile enterprise

This Thursday, Tellago’s enterprise mobility practice lead Chris Love will be hosting a webinar to discuss some of the patterns, best practices and technologies that can help organizations to efficiently build enterprise mobile applications. Chris is a well-known thought leader in the enterprise mobility space and one of the most knowable and pragmatic architects you will ever meet ;)

Chris will be showing some practical solutions to some the most important challenges in mobile enterprise solutions. If we have time, Chris might even give you a sneak pick of a new and super exciting enterprise mobility platform we have been working on.

If you are interested in enterprise mobility you must attend this webinar, Chris promises to keep things interesting.




Chatting About Big Data With ZDNet

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:59:00 GMT

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending some time on the phone with Blue Badge Insight’s CEO Andrew Brust. From the ones of you who don’t know Andrew, he is an internationally recognized expert in subjects related to business intelligence and a well-known speaker and author. In addition to his work at Blue Badge, Andrew recently started contributing to ZDnet on which has become one of my favorite blogs about big data.

Andrew and I spent over 1 hour chatting about big data technologies, the market, new trends and the impact that big data technologies will have in the enterprise. Andrew summarized some parts of our conversation in his ZDNet blog http://www.zdnet.com/blog/big-data/big-data-the-billable-project-angle/387?tag=mantle_skin;content.

If you are interested on big data subjects I encourage you to read this interview and follow Andrew’s blog.

 Don’t forget to send me some feedback J




My Kinect for Windows Session at Techdays NL

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 13:41:00 GMT

I have been so crazily busy lately that I forgot to mention that a video of my Kinect for Windows session at Microsoft Techdays in The Netherlands is now available on channel9. The session covers the fundamental elements of Kinect for Windows as well as development best practices and techniques of Natural User Interface applications.

You can find the video below. Please check it out and send me some feedback.

 

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