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Yahoo Open Sources TensorFlowOnSpark

by Dylan Raithel on  Mar 20, 2017

Yahoo open sources TensorFlowOnSpark, allowing Spark-native TensorFlow runtime and integration for distributed training and serving on Spark or Hadoop.

3 Years of the Merit Money System, a Revolution on the Recognition Methods Proposed by Cláudio Pires

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Mar 20, 2017 4

Back in 2014, Cláudio Pires, a CEO in the healthcare business, implemented an alternative employee recognition method, the Merit Money System. Three years later, InfoQ challenged him to talk about the wins, the pitfalls and the lessons learned so far.

Aspects and Services - an Important Distinction?

by Mark Little on  Mar 19, 2017

Arnon Rotem-Gal-Oz believes that something is either a monolith or a microservice is nonsense. He also believes that more and more implementations which claim to be microservices will not live up to all of the principles. However, he does not discount the need for semi-independently deployable software components and discusses an approach he has found useful, which he call Aspects.

Hosting Alexa Skills on AWS is Almost Free Now

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 18, 2017

Amazon has announced a program to subsidize the hosting of Alexa skills that use AWS Lambda and incur use charges beyond what is provided by the AWS free tier. Only developers having at least one skill live are eligible to apply.

Amazon Adds Time to Live (TTL) Support to AWS DynamoDB

by Kent Weare on  Mar 18, 2017

In a recent blog post, Amazon announced changes to its NoSQL database service, DynamoDB, that includes support for Time to Live (TTL) on data stored in the service. Deleting data, based upon time-based thresholds, provides opportunities for organizations to reduce storage costs for data that decreases in value over time.

Learning to Become Agile

by Ben Linders on  Mar 18, 2017

The agile paradigm adapts processes to human nature, in contrast to the classical management approach which obliges team members to adjust to a particular development process. Bateson's learning model can help us to go from doing agile - following an agile method - to being agile - having your own agile identity and vision.

Moving Deliveroo from a Monolith to a Distributed System

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 17, 2017

Deliveroo has grown dramatically the last years, both in terms of business and IT, and is facing a lot of technical challenges with its large monolithic application. The solution is to go distributed, but without microservices, Greg Beech noted in his presentation at the recent QCon London conference, describing their move from a monolith into a distributed system.

GitLab Aquires Public Chat Software Gitter

by David Iffland on  Mar 17, 2017

The open source git provider, GitLab, has aquired Gitter, a Slack alternative. There are no plans to combine the two products, but Gitter will be open sourced by the middle of 2017. The goal for GitLab is to drive growth by getting in front of Gitter's 800,000+ users.

News in Graphics: Xamarin Kimono, Google Guetzli and Draco

by Abel Avram on  Mar 17, 2017

Xamarin has open sourced a tool for editing SkiaSharp objects, while Google has reduced the size taken by 2D JPEG and 3D graphics.

Driving Improvements with Lean Pilots

by Ben Linders on  Mar 16, 2017

Lean, agile and Lean Startup can strengthen each other for driving improvement. Lean Pilots, a data-driven improvement framework for removing major cross-functional organizational impediments, has been used to drive internal continuous improvement.

Concurrent and Distributed Programming in the Future

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 15, 2017

The world is concurrent with everything around us asynchronous and event oriented. Concurrency and the cloud are things every developer will have to deal with in the future, Joe Duffy claimed in his keynote at the recent QCon London conference. At the heart of this is communication, which is essential both for concurrent and distributed systems.

Shaping the Future of Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 15, 2017

Breaking from the past, Microsoft has already released a preview edition of its latest release of Visual Studio that includes new Python functionality.

Conference Recap: Google Cloud Next

by Richard Seroter on  Mar 14, 2017 4

Cloud enthusiasts from around the world attended Google Cloud Next to hear an update from the search giant. Three broad themes emerged from the many keynotes and 200+ sessions: service scale and maturity, usable machine learning, and enterprise-friendliness.

Current State of UWP App Development

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 14, 2017

Microsoft continues to seek ways to encourage and support UWP app development. The recently updated UWP Community Toolkit makes new app controls available, while Microsoft MVP Thomas Claudius Huber demonstrates what controls are still missing.

Inaugural Business Agility Conference Considered Successful

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 14, 2017

The inaugural Business Agility conference was recently held in New York. Over 330 people attended the sold-out event, and the response from participants and speakers emphasizes the importance of culture and mindset in adopting agile thinking across the whole organisation, and how important business agility is for success in today's volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business environment.

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