Puppet DevOps report shows wide gap between higher and lower performing firms

A new report from Puppet on the DevOps landscape has found a significant gap in productivity and results between the highest and lowest rating organisations.

The study, put together in conjunction with DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) and which polled 3,200 respondents across multiple industries and with organisations of all sizes, found the highest performing organisations have automated 72% of all configuration management processes, spending 28% of their time in manual configuration processes. In...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Developers, DevOps, Infrastructure.

API management: Seven ways to an effective strategy

Whether using an app to check-in for a flight, finding out when the Uber will arrive, or messaging a friend, an API will have connected the individual to this data.

APIs—application programming interfaces—are the unsung heroes of the application economy. Indeed, the applications wouldn’t exist without them. APIs are sets of defined rules that govern how one application can talk to another, providing ready-made, universal access to whatever functionality an organisation needs to deliver.

On...

By Ian Clark, 24 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Scalability.

Cloud education struggling at US universities – meaning an even wider skills gap

Cloud computing skills are certainly in demand, whether it is microservices, containers, or DevOps. Yet according to a new US study, colleges and universities are struggling to adapt.

A new report from B2B research company Clutch says that despite LinkedIn naming ‘cloud and distributed computing’ as the number one global skill of 2016, spiralling costs of course resources, limited expertise on-campus and the pace of innovation in the industry were contributing factors to the struggle.

“I do...

By James Bourne, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Research, Trends.

IBM touts its cloud platform as quickest for AI with benchmark tests

IBM claims it has the fastest cloud for deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) after publishing benchmark tests which show NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators on the IBM Cloud can provide up to 2.8 times more performance than the previous generation in certain cases.

The tests, when fleshed out, will enable organisations to quickly create advanced AI applications on the cloud. “Deep learning techniques are a key driver behind the increased demand for and sophistication of AI applications,”...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform, Software.

Why APIs are key to successful digital transformation

Digital transformation continues to dominate boardroom discussions as businesses increasingly realise the organisational and cost efficiencies that digitisation can provide.

The concept reflects technology’s role in both shaping and stimulating strategic decision-making, with its ability to automate and simplify business processes, improve customer relationships, enhance productivity, and reap cost savings. In fact, IDC predicts that by the end of 2017,

By Monica Brink, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

The 15 highest paying IT certifications in 2017

  • Security-related certifications pay on average over $17,000 per year more than the median IT certification salary.
  • Citrix certifications have annual salaries that range from $99,411 to $105,086 with a median salary of $102,365.
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate is paying a median salary of $125,091.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications are the most pervasive, with 730,000 active PMPs in 210 countries and territories worldwide.

These and many other insights about the highest-paying certifications this year are from Global Knowledge’s latest research on...

By Louis Columbus, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Developers, Security.

The key cloud certifications needed to boost your career in 2017

The cloud skills gap is widening and almost 40% of businesses are now struggling to find the qualified employees they need, according to Microsoft’s recent Cloud Skills Report. This is an incredible opportunity for professionals who can prove their cloud knowledge.

Determined professionals validate their knowledge and set themselves apart from the competition with training and certifications. The same report from Microsoft also found that tech leaders believe professionals with formal qualifications in cloud...

By Alex Bennett, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Developers, Microsoft.

Tencent gears up for greater GPU acceleration and AI possibilities with NVIDIA

Tencent’s cloud computing services will be beefed up with GPU accelerators from NVIDIA to ‘help advance artificial intelligence for enterprise customers’, the companies have announced.

The collaboration will include plugging Tencent’s cloud into NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture to connect multiple GPUs, as well as offering services incorporating Tesla P100, P40 and M40 GPU accelerators.

In other words, this means companies on Tencent’s cloud will be able to harness features...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Developers, Platform.

Adobe and Microsoft expand cloud partnership and launch joint solutions

Adobe and Microsoft have announced the first set of joint solutions to ‘help enterprises transform their customer experiences’, with Adobe’s Experience Cloud combining alongside Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365 and Power BI products.

Those with good memories will recall an announcement made last September which confirmed Azure would become the preferred cloud platform for Adobe’s...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Microsoft, Software.

Hybrid IT becoming ‘standard enterprise model’ but playbook still being worked out

The good news: enterprises are beginning to use technologies such as software defined networking (SDN) and containers in production scenarios. Yet according to a new study from Dimension Data, management of hybrid IT environments remains a key challenge with automation the key.

The report, which polled 1,500 IT decision makers across four continents, found different motivators by region for utilising hybrid IT – defined here as ‘the usage of multiple deployment models to deliver a single workload...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Hybrid, Platform.