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The era of Big Data is upon us. The volume, variety and velocity of data now being generated is unprecedented in human history. This poses a challenge for those tasked with data integration: how can we manage all this data, particularly across distributed data centers around the world?...
In Part IV, we wrapped up our discussions on bandwidth, congestion and packet loss. In Part V, we examine the four types of processing delays visible on the network, using the request/reply paradigm we outlined in Part I. From the network’s perspective, we allocate the time period bet...
We know that losing packets is not a good thing; retransmissions cause delays. We also know that TCP ensures reliable data delivery, masking the impact of packet loss. So why are some applications seemingly unaffected by the same packet loss rate that seems to cripple others? From a pe...
In Part II, we discussed performance constraints caused by both bandwidth and congestion. Purposely omitted was a discussion about packet loss – which is often an inevitable result of heavy network congestion. I’ll use this blog entry on TCP slow-start to introduce the Congestion Windo...
As a network professional, one of your newer roles is likely troubleshooting poor application performance. For most of us, our jobs have advanced beyond network “health,” towards sharing – if not owning – responsibility for application delivery. There are many reasons for this more jus...
Dromology - the science (or logic) of speed. This is the definition developed by Urbanist and Professor Dr. Paul Virilio's. He believed that, "a thing that acts with speed quickly comes to dominate that which is slower." I highlighted this statement in his paper when I read, Speed a...
When Facebook decided to invest a cool $19 billion ($16 billion upfront) for messaging app WhatsApp the entire world was bound to take notice. Telecommunications types, in particular, were keen to understand how this latest move would impact them as mobile operators have been feeling t...
Disruptive innovation is all very fine and good, but legacy technology and disruption don’t mix. That old gear is just too brittle and important to mess with, right? That’s when it hits you: it’s time to go rogue. Adjectives like "swashbuckling" and "romantic" rarely if ever apply to...
make it a lot easier and more fun to develop apps for both iOS and OS X. That’s in contrast to the current language, Objective-C, which is somewhat antiquated and considered by many to be difficult to use. Although Swift is easier to use, we’re sure that there will be issues like crash...
As an individual I can decide which platform I would like to target with my shiny new application, but when working for a company we have to target both industry leaders at the same time. Although I like a good challenge, I am really glad the mobile world now only consists of iOS and A...
You can spend MILLIONS every year improving and maintaining your application, but if you have no insight into your competition how do you know your place in the market and if all that investment has been worthwhile? “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the resul...
Enterprise Resource Planning has traditionally been a software for large corporates with million dollar technology budgets. But that has been changing over the past decade with the advent of cloud based ERP systems. According to a survey conducted by Sage, nearly 30% of finance manager...
Let us pose the question: Is business transformation a dirty word? Okay it’s words plural, but you get the point. To start with we must realize why we are asking the question. It’s probably because the phraseis so prevalent at the moment. Every IT management guru worth his or her sa...
This review is for two books. It is for Android: How to Program (2nd Edition) and Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach (2nd Edition) . Why? Because Android: How to Program (2nd Edition) includes the entire Android for Programmers: An App-Driven Approach (2nd Edition) book. ...
Designing developing natural user interfaces for touch and gesture on mobile devices is not the same as web and desktop UI design and development. Mobile devices are used in different contexts, and bring different personas to the table. Having web and desktop UI design experience does ...
Knowledge creation is a major source of value creation. And great companies –and their employees – know that continuous learning is a key to generating knowledge, and thus value. The agile mindset, particularly in development, is gaining popularity, with credit to a suite of powerful i...
Perfecto Mobile is using a variety of cloud-based testing tools to help its developers rapidly create the best mobile apps for both enterprises and commercial deployment. We have surely entered a golden age of mobile apps development, not just for app stores wares, but across all kind...
Application Performance Management (APM) has been bred with all the right elements to give us the insights we need to see the health of our applications. Similar to your most trusted watch dog, it alerts us to anomalies when events occur, providing awareness to the environment that onl...
New Ariba spot-buying service allows companies to bring "emergency" or small purchases under control. It remains one of the last bastions of enterprise spend over which companies have little or no control. Yet companies have been loathe to tamper with how their employers and managers ...
Have you ever deployed a change to production and thought “All went well – Systems are operating as expected!” but then you had to deal with users complaining that they keep running into errors? We recently moved some of our systems between two of our data centers – even moving some c...
Good optimization best practice can help a CIO to lower operating costs, increase asset utilization and employee productivity Somewhere back in the mid-nineties we started talking about optimization (or optimisation if you prefer) as if it were some part of the de facto terminology th...
Social media of all types allows customers to share their interests and sentiments. To be successful, companies have to find ways to capture and process the information. The power of Big Data technology is being successfully applied to understanding such complex unknowns as consumer s...
It is said that 95% of all supercomputers run Linux, so why do they still not get an invitation to the party? If you look at any cloud storage review, you will quickly notice that Linux users are often times left as an afterthought. So what do cloud storage providers have to offer Linu...
Today, more than ever, end user experience is at the forefront of every CTO and CMO’s mind as more statistics show websites and applications are easily abandoned if users are not satisfied with their experience. But what makes a good experience? First we need to ask ourselves what is ...
Over the last months organizations' employees have embraced the BYOD practices, CIOs are concerned about security issues, lawyers have given their advice, and MDM vendors have taken their message to the companies. But while CIOs try to come up with the best solution to police this prac...
I wish this book would have been around a few years ago. At the time I was trying to convince a manager for several months that the top-down command and control model no longer works. The evidence was not difficult to come up with, you just had to take a look at the last 4 to 6 project...
5G Networks are being discussed and better defined by key industry manufacturers and network carriers so they can be deployed in the 2020 time period. They will represent a giant leap in capacity, baseline speeds and overall capabilities. They have to. Consumers are turning to Smart...
In many companies, the business leadership team, the application team and the infrastructure team are all different entities. And while they are all very dependent on each other in many ways, often organizational goals and alignment can be very different for each team. For example, bu...
The industry’s jargon can be hard to decipher at times, especially when trying to explain these buzzwords to fellow co-workers within your organization who don’t really have a clue what you are talking about. Buzzwords are unavoidable, however there needs to be a clear understanding of...
As suggested by numerous reports and white papers by both big players and analysts, the market potential for IoT is in the trillions of dollars globally per year and growing. Microsoft has rightly adopted the enablement of IoT with appropriate platform and tools. The Microsoft Azure In...
The CLBeaconRegion class enables notifications when the iPhone detects that the range of an iBeacon has changed and this can be used to launch your App even if it was not running. The class also enables the construction of a Virtual Beacon whereby the iPhone itself uses the iBeacon BLE...
With budgets shrinking and sales targets growing with every passing year, it is becoming more important than ever to implement quality ERP software solutions in order to cut costs and streamline your business practices. Whether you're a business owner, a technology officer, or a market...
The words location based services (LBS) immediately brings to mind mobile marketing apps and other location based sales and marketing services based upon GPS coordinates. If we have an enterprise IT perspective we may think of fleet management, asset management and equipment tracking....
It seems every five years or so there is a buzz in the channel about a new way to engage your channel partners, communicate with them more effectively and “stay top of mind”. In the last two years, mobile apps for your channel have been the latest fad. But the reality is falling short ...
So what does real-time mean anyway? An example is, what are referred to as, “hard-real-time systems” [2], where computation must meet stringent timing constraints and one must guarantee that those computations must be completed before specified deadlines. Failure to do so can lead to i...
No matter how often you deploy your application or how sophisticated your delivery pipeline is, you always need to know the quality status of the software you are building. That can only be done if you measure it; but measure what exactly? In Part 1 we introduced the Concept of Quality...
Ben Franklin often said that "by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Not preparing for who your actual enterprise mobility management (EMM) customer is may have dire consequences as mobile devices (both personal and corporate-issued) access more corporate data. Before you c...
Some people really want Google to be a wireless carrier. The most recent speculative episode was early in April when The Information published an exclusive suggesting that Google might be thinking about an MVNO deal with Verizon or AT&T, based on comments by people who were unnamed (bu...
In my previous blog I contrasted the latest net neutrality developments in the EU with the situation in the U.S. Neither decision will settle the argument and the two camps will continue to debate the topic for the foreseeable future. On both sides of the argument and the ocean, believ...
Poorly performing websites, like Twitter’s recent fiasco with Ellen’s selfie, are a constant source of irritation for users. At first you think it’s your computer, or maybe someone on your block is downloading the entire “Game of Thrones” series. But, when nothing changes after refresh...