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Google's BigQuery Gaining Momentum

by Michael Hausenblas on  Feb 14, 2014

BigQuery, a SaaS query offering by Google, seems to gain more and more momentum. It allows to query large-scale columnar data structures using a SQL-like query language, in the cloud and provides integration with other Google services such as Google Analytics and Google Apps Script.

Salesforce.com Woos Windows Developers with New Toolkits for .NET

by Richard Seroter on  Feb 10, 2014

Salesforce.com is attempting to make it easier for .NET developers to consume its web services thanks to a new pair of open-source Toolkits. These Toolkits target the Force.com REST API and Chatter API and are the brainchild of Salesforce Platform Advocate Wade Wegner who talked to InfoQ about the goals and logistics of building these components.

What Is Going on with PaaS?

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2014 4

Despite huge investments and years in development, PaaS has not managed to attract many customers so far. This article digests what several analysts are saying regarding the current status of PaaS and its future.

A Few Highlights from QConSF2013- Part 1 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Nov 30, 2013

On each day of the 3-day conference at the inviting environs offered at the Hyatt there was a jam-packed schedule of speakers, exhibits and activities that made for some difficult decisions as to which tracks and what happening to attend.

Salesforce go API-first with Salesforce1

by Chris Swan on  Nov 27, 2013

At the recent Dreamforce event in San Francisco Salesforce launched their Salesforce1 platform. The initial deliverables focus on mobile, and aim to improve on the earlier ‘Touch’ user interface by having a richer set of underlying application programming interfaces (APIs). The launch has been accompanied by new application and admin mobile apps.

Teradata Offers Data Warehouse as a Service as Part of Their Cloud Strategy

by Alex Giamas on  Nov 18, 2013

Teradata revamps its cloud offering, offers Data Warehouse Data Platform as a Service solution. Teradata Cloud is aspiring to become a worthy competitor to Amazon Redshift, with a richer set of predefined libraries and a more effective way of loading data.

Scaling Dropbox

by Saul Caganoff on  Aug 09, 2013

Being clever about system architecture in advance is hard. Scaling successfully is more about being clever with metrics and introspection, creating efficient build and provisioning processes and being comfortable with radical change. These are some of the keys to scaling at Dropbox according to Rajiv Eranki in his recent presentation at the 2013 RAMP Conference.

MuleSoft's New API Platform: An Interview with Ross Mason

by Saul Caganoff on  May 07, 2013

MuleSoft recently announced their Anypoint Platform supporting the development, deployment and integration of cloud and on-premise services. InfoQ caught up with MuleSoft CTO Ross Mason during his global Mule Summit tour to talk about the new platform. Ross founded the open-source Mule project.

Go Big: CA World 2013 Opening Keynote

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 21, 2013 4

Continuing our tradition of on the spot conference reporting, here are the raw notes from CA World 2013’s opening keynote. CA World is focused on products, techniques, and technologies in the areas of SaaS, Mobile, DevOps, and Big Data. The first keynote is led by Mike Gregoire, CA Technologies new CEO.

Improve DevOps Cultures with Information Consolidation

by Aslan Brooke on  Apr 04, 2013 2

The Appsecute platform aims to improve collaboration and increase productivity through consolidating information associated to an applications lifecycle. The software as a service platform accepts messages directly from people and from integrated technology platforms, then it aggregates those events online for viewing by everyone within an organization.

Phoenix: Running SQL Queries on Apache HBase [Updated]

by Abel Avram on  Jan 31, 2013

Salesforce.com has open sourced Phoenix, a Java layer enabling developers to run SQL queries on Apache HBase. Update: An interview on Phoenix with James Taylor, Lead Developer at Salesforce.com, has been appended.

Crossing the Software Education Chasm

by Michael Stal on  May 27, 2012

In their recent blog posting “Crossing the Software Education Chasm” for the Communications of the ACM Armando Fox and David Patterson from UC Berkeley address the tradeoff between university education of software engineers and actual expectations of employers. They suggest that a solution to reduce this gap consists of teaching students agile development of SaaS apps using tools like rails.

Travis CI Announces Support for Java and Plans for Travis Pro

by Manuel Pais on  Feb 23, 2012 2

Travis CI, a cloud-based continuous integration (CI) offering for open source projects on Github, has announced support for Java builds, as well as Scala and Groovy additions. After gaining traction among the Ruby open source community the project is now looking into the possibility of expansion to a hosted CI service (nicknamed Travis Pro).

Can SAP HANA boost Real-time Data Analytics?

by Michael Stal on  Dec 16, 2011 1

In a recent press news from 13th December, SAP announced at the SAP Influencer Summit in Boston that “leading software vendors are adopting the open SAP HANA platform for their existing products and building completely new applications.” Among them are companies such as T-Mobile and TIBCO.

Microsoft Upgrades Developer Tools and SaaS Capabilities for Dynamics CRM

by Richard Seroter on  Nov 21, 2011 4

Microsoft has released new tools to accelerate development of custom components in Dynamics CRM 2011 solutions. At the same time, they published an update to Dynamics CRM Online that includes better integration with Office 365 and the introduction of social capabilities.

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