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Over the last week, the cloud world seems to have received some significant announcements from Microsoft and Amazon. Also, HP Cloud has introduced a new messaging service. Plus, Appcelerator has announced the release of Titanium 3.1 and Node.ACS GA. Here’s a quick sum up of Cloud happenings over the last week. Microsoft has announced the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. This new service allows users to host Virtual Machines in Azure. In addition, they have also reduced GA prices on virtual machines and cloud services by 21-33%. Next, they have also announced the availability of Django (a high-level Python Web framework) in the Windows Azure Web Application Gallery. This tutorial helps users to create a website on Azure for Django Framework in just a few clicks. HP Cloud has introduced a new HP Cloud Messaging service. This service simp... (more)

SYS-CON Survey: What Drives Successful Technology CEOs?

What drives a technology CEO or CTO to success in today's constantly changing Internet-driven technology ecosystem? We look at the question through the lens of the many interviews and articles we have published at SYS-CON.com which deal, sometimes only in passing, with exactly this issue. Executives quoted include Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie, Nexaweb Co-Founder & Chairman Coach Wei, the founder of Internet.com Alan Meckler, and the Chairman & CEO of Parasoft Dr Adam Kolawa. When Jeff Haynie (pictured) and Nolan Wright co-founded Appcelerator in 2006, for example, their impetus derived from a classic sense of frustration with the status quo and a desire to Make Things Better. In a recent interview, Haynie expressed it thus: "We were frustrated by the state of Web development platforms, surprised by how little change had occurred since the Web 1.0 meltdown. ...  you hav... (more)

Exclusive Q&A with Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO, Appcelerator

"Companies have invested a significant amount of money in SOA – and continue to do so," says Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO of Appcelerator, in this exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's AJAX & RIA Journal in the run-up to Appcelerator's session on October 20 at AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo in San Jose, California (October 20-22, 2008). "One of the keys to unlocking the full return on investment in SOA is the ability to build service-oriented UIs (SOUIs) – clients designed to consume services, regardless of language or platform," Haynie continues. "We believe Appcelerator's approach truly zeros in on the need for a clean separation of the application from services in an agile development model," he adds. Read the interiew in full below... About Jeff Haynie Jeff Haynie is co-founder and CEO of Appcelerator, an open source software company that develops products and services... (more)

Apple iPad in 3rd Place Behind iPhone and Android For Application Developers

Apple Tablet on Ulitzer Apple Tablet on Ulitzer - Appcelerator, a platform which is used to develop Apple Tablet applications, on Tuesday, announced the findings of a new poll taken of application developers about their plans to build applications for the Apple Tablet. Taken last week from a pool of 18,000 of Appcelerator's application developers, 554 developers weighed in with responses about their plans, interests and preferences around Apple's forthcoming Tablet. Appcelerator also announced that its flagship cross-platform product, Appcelerator Titanium, would support the new Apple Tablet. Titanium enables web developers to use industry-standard, open-source Web technologies such as Javascript, HTML, and CSS to quickly build rich, fully native applications that run on the iPhone, Android, Apple Tablet, PC, Macintosh, Linux platforms from a single code base. The ... (more)

What's New in HTML5

HTML5 based ads are gaining on Flash.  For ads that will be seen on mobile devices, developers are focusing on HTML5.  Read original content Systems management and monitoring firm DN2K is turning to HTML5.  It announced that HTML5 is now, “one of its core technologies in its business and industrial application platform”.  Read original content ChronoZoom is a new HTML5-based web application developed by Microsoft Research, Russia's Moscow State University, and UC Berkeley.  The site uses mixed media to let visitors visualize the universe.  Read original content A free HTML5 video converter service has been launched to provide a method to convert video files to HTML5 compatible formats.  http://www.html5-converter.com/ Read original content   I found a series on using HTML5 and CSS3 to transform a website into a mobile site.  Read original content Mozilla updated HTML5 v... (more)

Interview: Sanjay Poonen on SAP's Mobile Strategies

Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of spending time on the phone with Sanjay Poonen discussing SAP's intent to acquire Syclo, and other SAP related mobile strategies.  Sanjay's current titles are President and Corporate Office, Technology and Innovation Products, Head of Mobile Division, SAP AG. Sanjay shared that SAP's ambitions are to turn enterprise mobility into a €1 billion business for SAP.  This will take some work, acquisitions and partnerships.  He called this strategy Mobile 2.0.  He said many of the mobile apps that SAP is getting with the intended acquisition of Syclo can be $50 million businesses on their own. [This article is based on my personal notes of our discussion, not Sanjay's exact words.] I said, "In 2010 you acquired Sybase.  In 2012 you announced the intent to acquire Syclo.   How do you see these two mobility vendors fitting together ... (more)

Weekly Roundup: Amazon Beefs up Cloud Security

Last week, there have been few important feature releases from Amazon.  Apache CloudStack proudly announces its graduation to Top Level Project.   There were also some new releases from StackMob, Scalr and Appcelerator. Here’s a quick sum up of Cloud happenings over the last week. To begin with, IaaS leader Amazon has added another powerful security option, the AWS CloudHSM service. The CloudHSM service helps customers to meet strict requirements for key management without sacrificing application performance. Next, they have also announced about the newest version of Amazon Linux AMI. The goal of this version is to ensure that EC2 customers will have a stable, secure, and simple Linux-based AMI that integrates well with other AWS offerings. Apache CloudStack has been graduated to a Top Level Project, announced by The Apache Software Foundation (ASF). That is, Apache... (more)

MBaaS, Cloud Computing and Architectures for Enterprise Mobility - What Your Mother Never Told You

Cognizant Mobility Expert Peter RogersMy friend and Cognizant colleague, the ever opinionated Peter Rogers, shares more of his insights into the world of IoT (Internet of Things), enterprise mobility, geekdom and how they really works under-the-covers.  By "they" I mean technology, not geeks. ____ I believe the trends away from mainframes to the Cloud will have a large impact on enterprise mobility architecture. If we believe that going forward, enterprise mobility architectures will be closely tied to the Cloud, then we need to take a serious look at architectural design.  I have written about MBaaS (Mobile Back End as a Service) which is a new form of Cloud offering, but today I want share my opinions on best practices. I have been working on an MBaaS project recently, and we ran into some interesting challenges when it came to submitting the App to the Apple App St... (more)

"It's Time for UIs To Become Service-Oriented," Says Appcelerator's Jeff Haynie

"One of the keys to unlocking the full return on investment in SOA is the ability to build service-oriented UIs," contends the co-founder & CEO of Appcelerator, Jeff Haynie. These SOUIs, as he calls them, are clients designed to consume services, regardless of language or platform. Haynie believes Appcelerator's approach truly zeros in on the need for a clean separation the application from services in an agile development model. The remark comes in Haynie's responses to questions posed to him by Jeremy Geelan, Conference Chair of SOA World Conference & Expo 2008 East in New York City this coming June (June 23-24, 2008). The wide-ranging Q&A session also covers Haynie's plans to turn the Appcelerator platform into the next-generation platform of choice for Rich Internet Applications by making it one that embraces what he calls "the true essence of open-source," i.e. l... (more)

Bye Bye MVC, Hello RIA + SOA

The world of web development is moving away from MVC-based web architectures and towards a client/server model that is probably best described as RIA + SOA, where RIA represents the rich user interface and SOA represents the services that it consumes. There has been a lot of buzz around rich Web 2.0 applications, but they will not become mainstream until the next generation of web platforms emerge - fully integrated platforms that enable RIA + SOA. State of the Union Currently, in the standards-based world of HTML, CSS and Javascript, RIA developers have to assemble multiple third-party libraries and frameworks in order to build a rich user interface.  This “a la carte” approach to building RIAs places an unnecessary burden on the developer.  Instead of focusing on building applications, the developer must spend time finding, integrating, and versioning the various p... (more)

SYS-CON Webcast - Think Fast: Accelerate AJAX Development with Appcelerator

Jeff Haynie will introduce you to Appcelerator’s open-source RIA platform. You will learn how Appcelerator has been able to help developers create AJAX-based RIAs in less than 1/3 of the time, with up to 90 percent less code, and with no Javascript or third-party toolkits. Key takeaways from the session will include: Developing fully-functional, client-only prototypes without writing a line of server code Creating service-oriented UIs that can simultaneously access services in any language without code changes Decoupling client and server components for accelerated development, simplified maintenance and rapid iterations Haynie will also discuss the current technology options for rapid RIA development and how developers can leverage pre-built AJAX widgets, Web Expression Language, and other open standards-based languages to create RIAs with more functionality and l... (more)