Explaining IoT to Non-Technical Leadership

May 8 11:01:00 by dzone.com

Previously, we demonstrated some biased reasoning behind the reluctance to technology. In this part of our three-part series, we will provide some easily understood applications of IoT, explain the basic components of IoT, the benefits of implementation, and some examples of IoT projects. Lastly, in the last part three, we will conclude with the key questions with answers aimed to raise interest in IoT projects. Explaining the Internet of Things to Non-technical Leadership Imagine if things could speak, what would they say? The Internet of Things is the connection of things (physical devices) to the Internet, which can then interpret the world in which we exist. Essentially, we give these things the power to “tell us” what is happening in an environment without needing to physically be there. Here are some examples that simply demonstrate things “speaking” through sensors:

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First the cloud, now AI takes on the scientific method

May 28 20:50:00 by arstechnica.com

Can give this to AI—generally more visually interesting than "the cloud." (credit: Disney) Back when I was doing research, one of my advisors once joked that, if you wait long enough, you can produce an old result using new methods, manage to get it published, and everyone will be impressed. I think his time limit was 15 years. Apparently, when it comes to big ideas about science (rather than scientific results), the schedule's a bit accelerated. Just shy of 10 years ago, Chris Anderson, then Editor-in-Chief at Wired, published a piece in which he claimed that cloud computing was making the scientific method irrelevant. All those models and theories didn't matter, so long as an algorithm could identify patterns in your data. The piece was wrong then, as I explained at the time (see below). It hasn't gotten any more right in the meantime. Yet a quote from Chris Anderson's article led off a new column last month that essentially says Anderson was right, he just had the wrong reason. It's not cloud computing that's going to make theory irrelevant—it's AI, the piece argues. Once trained, AI can recognize patterns using rules that we don't comprehend. Set it loose on scientific data, and it can pull things out without needing anything like a model or a theory. Read 15 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Responsive Web Design Testing Strategy Leveraging Selenium Automation

May 5 5:01:00 by dzone.com

There’s been a clear transition toward developing responsive website design (RWD) over the past few years. This adoption is driven by factors like: Consistent user experience (UX) and display across platforms (mobile, desktop, tablet, etc.). Easy maintenance of the product – write once, deploy anywhere concept. Cost savings due to specific dev and test skill set and tooling used across the RWD SDLC. With the excitement and benefits above, there needs to be a proper strategy in place around the SDLC, and especially the test automation angle.

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Should Cloud Apps Adopt Embedded BI or Open Analytics?

May 13 9:01:01 by dzone.com

Cloud applications in every industry are faced with increased demands for new and advanced analytics. Enterprises and end-users are becoming increasingly capable in exploring new sources of data before making any key business decisions. A recent trend among cloud ISVs is to embed analytics into their applications. Here, we will compare a couple of options that cloud ISVs are currently facing:

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ASP.NET Core Is in Trouble. Or Is it?

May 11 9:01:01 by dzone.com

Currently ASP.NET Core - Microsoft's new web framework - can be used on top of .NET Core and on top of the .NET Framework. This fact is pretty nice, because you are able to use all the new features of ASP.NET Core with the power of the huge but well known .NET Framework. On the other hand, the new cross-platform .NET Core is even nicer, but with a smaller set of features. Today you have the choice between of being x-plat or to use the full .NET Framework. This isn't really bad. Actually it could be better. Let's see why:

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Now Generally Available: On-premises data gateway in Azure

May 4 10:00:01 by azure.microsoft.com

With today's update, we're excited to announce that the on-premises data gateway is now generally available in Azure. This gateway helps you securely connect your business apps in the cloud to your data sources on premises. You can use the gateway to move data to and from the cloud while keeping your data sources on premises. The gateway currently supports Azure Logic Apps, but in the next few months, will also expand to support Azure Analysis Services. This release includes these new features: Support for multiple regions Delete your gateway connection resource in Azure New on-premises connectors for Azure Logic Apps To get the latest gateway installation, download the gateway installer. Support for multiple regions This update gives gateway admins even more control over data gateway settings. When you install the gateway on a local computer, you can now select the region for the gateway cloud service and Azure Service Bus communication channel that you want to use with your gateway installation. Previously, this region defaulted to your Azure Active Directory tenant’s location. We will move existing gateways to match the original location of your tenant. So if you currently use the gateway, you might notice this change. However, this update won't affect currently running logic apps, which will continue to work as usual. Note: You can't change this region after installation unless you uninstall the gateway and reinstall. This region also determines and restricts the location where you can create the Azure resource for your gateway connection. So when you create the gateway connection resource in Azure, make sure to choose the location that you selected during installation so you can select your gateway from the installed gateways list. Delete gateway resource in Azure You can now delete your gateway connection resource in Azure and associate your gateway to a different Azure resource. The ability to delete the gateway installation is coming soon. New on-premises connectors for Azure Logic Apps Also, we’re adding new connectors that support on-premises data sources for Azure Logic Apps, Oracle EBS and PostgreSQL. These connectors follow two other connectors that we introduced a month ago, MySQL and Teradata. Learn more about how to access data sources on premises through the data gateway for Azure Logic Apps.

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Microsoft’s Visual Studio tackles serverless computing, Mac dev

May 10 15:00:00 by www.infoworld.com

Microsoft today is advancing its Visual Studio IDE in several areas, including serverless computing and development on the Mac.For serverless computing, the company’s Azure Functions Visual Studio beta lets developers integrate Azure Functions into development flows, said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group. Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott said the company would be “doing a bunch of things to make it easier to manage the entire life cycle of serverless code development.” The beta is a available as a Visual Studio 2017 extension, Guthrie said, and lets developers use third-party extensions, testing frameworks, and continuous-integration systems.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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30 books for Scrum Masters

May 15 5:27:05 by www.scrum.org

Hi everyone! In this article, I'd like to share my list of top 30 books for Scrum Masters. I've read all of these books and used them in my practice. They actually work! :) The books cover all eight areas of the  Scrum Master competency model developed by the  Agile Coaching Institute:     Agile-Lean Practitioner This is the first and foremost area of Scrum Master's skills. A Scrum Master is a practitioner living by the Agile and Scrum values (Openness, Commitment, Courage, Respect, Focus) not in word but in deed. A seasoned Scrum Master has brought up at least several teams and has years of experience under his belt. Here's a list of books that will help you dive into this area. Practices For Scaling Lean & Agile Development Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners Scrum Mastery Scrum Field Guide Scaling Lean & Agile Development The Great ScrumMaster   Teaching & Mentoring A Scrum Master is an expert, and therefore a teacher/mentor when it comes to understanding real (classic) Scrum. If you wake up a good Scrum Master in the middle of the night, he will instantly list the 11 elements of Scrum and tell you how Scrum values are connected to empirical process :) Here's a list of books on this area. Scrum Guide Scrum: A Pocket Guide: A Smart Travel Companion Software in 30 Days   Coaching A Scrum Master has the skills of a professional coach. He has studied at various coaching federations, knows how to ask insightful open-ended questions, and firmly holds the coaching stance. These three books will help you develop these skills. Coaching Agile Teams Co-Active Coaching (must read for any coach) Coaching Questions (a practical book with lots of ready questions)   Facilitating You cannot overestimate the importance of facilitating for Scrum Masters, because a Scrum Master is in charge of ensuring the efficiency of the process and facilitating the Development Team decisions. I recommend that Scrum Masters who are just starting out acquire this skill first. Use these books: Agile Retrospectives Gamestorming The Secrets of Facilitation Facilitator’s Guide To Participatory Decision Making   Technical Mastery Here are books for a Scrum Master who aims for technical mastery and wants to coach teams on engineering practices: Clean Code Agile Testing Specification by Example ATDD by Example   Business Mastery Coaching and training Product Owners are important tasks for a Scrum Master. This causes many questions: Which product techniques do I use for Product Backlog? How can I help optimize the business value? How do we define product development strategy? The answers can be found here: Strategize User Story Mapping The Lean Product Leanbook Value Proposition Design Business Model Generation Impact Mapping   Transformational Mastery If a Scrum Master wants to transform organizations and their culture and, what's most important, is brave enough for this, he becomes an agent of organizational change. You'll find useful tools in these books: Agile IT Organization Design Fifth Discipline Large-Scaled Scrum (LeSS) Lean Enterprise   That's it! I hope you'll find this list useful. I would love to see more real Scrum Masters: practitioners, teachers/mentors, coaches, drivers of engineering and business/product practices, and agents of change!   About the Author My name is Ilia Pavlichenko, I am an Agile Coach at Unusual-Concepts. Furthermore, I am a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) at Scrum.org and a founder of the Scrum Day Russia conference, Scrum Russia user group and meetups Inspired By Agile, Large-Scaled Scrum (LeSS) Russia. I don't spend a single minute working, because I do what I love. Scrum is my hobby and my life. Want to learn how to become an effective Scrum Master or Product Owner? Join me at Professional Scrum Master (PSM) and Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) trainings.   Scrum ON!

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Waves platform now available on Azure

May 9 9:00:07 by azure.microsoft.com

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Waves and their support of the blockchain efforts on Microsoft Azure. The Waves Platform is a decentralized platform for crowdfunding and creation of digital tokens. The platform functions primarily to allow easy creation and distribution, trading and asset exchange, and leveraging a blockchain backend. The product is based on a proof of stake consensus algorithm, which can help lower the carbon footprint of the more compute intensive proof of work models, which is also attractive to enterprise customers. The system has been designed to make it easy to get started with custom tokens. The token systems are a key component in solutions that enterprises are requesting. The initial release works in conjunction with the testnet. So, with a one click deployment, a node can be added to the testnet and developers can start using the platform with minimal effort. You can get started using the platform by deploying via one click in the Azure marketplace. "As an open, flexible and scalable cloud computing platform, Azure has much in common with Waves. We’re both exploring new ways of doing computing, new ways of making powerful functionality accessible to end users in a way that has never been possible before. It is reassuring to partner with an organisation that shares many of our core values and that recognises the importance of enabling businesses to use these new tools."   - Sasha Ivanov, CEO of Waves Platform    

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Rapid Application Development Tools Are the Future of Development

May 15 9:01:01 by dzone.com

There’s been a lot of talk and buzz about rapid mobile app development (RMAD) for some time now. In the tech world, that tends to cause a backlash. But when it comes to rapid mobile app development, the buzz is for a good reason — RMAD bridges the mobile development skills gap, and lets non-developers (often called citizen developers) and developers alike quickly and easily build great mobile apps. Rapid application development tools are the future of development. Valentine Silverthorne makes that point in her TechTarget article, “Here’s why low-code/no-code software development isn’t a fad.” She quotes Robert Stroud, a principal analyst for Forrester Research, as saying, “We’re seeing the citizen developer capable of leveraging IT and going outside of it happening everywhere…we’re going to see devs and low-code people next to each other, and business people continuing to push forward with products that add value directly to the bottom line.”

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