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Hitachi Data Systems has announced a pair of new offerings to simplify and accelerate cloud adoption by distributed IT organizations and IT service providers. The Hitachi Content Platform v4 for "content-focused" storage can hold up to 40 petabytes and brings simplified and automated ...
Klee Associates, a SAP training and education provider, has announced the launch of a new blog dedicated to SAP training and education. The new blog, titled SAP Training: Taming the Beast, will serve as an ideal setting for SAP users to obtain free information and education on SAP's ER...
Singed by user reaction to its plans to up the price of its support contracts, SAP Tuesday postponed any move until early next year. Meanwhile, it’s set up a task force charged with talking to enterprise customers to reinforce the perceived value of their support agreements and justify...
Though we may have finally hit the bottom of the economic slide (and the jury is still out on that one), we in the IT profession have faced more challenges over the last 12 months than most of us have had to deal with in our entire careers prior to that. The interesting thing is that ...
I’d like to offer you a legal way to get more than 80% off the registration price at Adobe MAX that will take place next week in Los Angeles. But you have to move fast!
I try to go easy on frameworks in the classroom, because there could be lots of non-technical reasons for adopting this or that framework. I also know that people who created frameworks are seasoned developers with their vision of how things should be done. No disrespect here. But if t...
In ten days I’ll be sitting at the general session at Adobe MAX 09 in LA. People from Adobe will come up on stage one after another delivering the latest news on the products we all use daily. Here’s my short wish list of the news I’d like to hear. I’m sure people who are using Creati...
Today, Adobe made a very interesting announcement - Adobe Flash Platform Services for Distribution is available to the public. To put it simple, it’s a new way of distributing, promoting, and measuring the usage of your applications on the Web.
We talked about specifics in dealing with East European and Indian offshore developers.
I got an email from an enterprise architect considering Adobe Flex as a platform for Web application development in their organization. This email contained a well prepared list of questions/remarks/concerns that many of enterprise Web architects may face. That’s why I decided to pub...
ZL Technologies, Inc., the leader in e-mail and file archiving in large, complex environments, today proudly announces the industry’s first fully searchable billion-record e-mail archive consolidated in a single repository. ZL is equally proud to announce that its search performance ac...
In today’s competitive IT environment, organizations are reducing development and maintenance costs, and improving the accessibility of their legacy applications. With the growth in technology and demand for n-tier architecture-based applications, corporations now have an opportunity t...
First of all, to add a little more credibility to what I’m about to write, let me just say that I’m running Princeton Java Users Group (JUG) for years and have a pretty good idea of how organization of the meetings and sponsorship work in such gatherings. Java community is huge, wel...
Even as modern economic activities rely heavily on sound IT strategies, many organizations fail to take advantage of the many opportunities that technology can provide. For instance, some types of can improve processes and profit margins. Clearly, there is a gap between the availabilit...
During the last several years our company have been involved in development of many enterprise Flex project. This article is an attempt to summarize challenges and offer solutions that we've developed, tested and successfully implemented for our customers.
It includes an ActionScript component OfflineDataCollection that allows you to program local/remote data synchronization. Open source Clear Toolkit framework is here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/cleartoolkit/ The source code of the OfflineDataCollection is here: http://tinyurl.com/...
During my recent visit to Ukraine I made a presentation in the local offices of Microsoft on various RIA technologies.After that, I've given a couple of interviews about outsourcing, careers of immigrant programmers in the USA and more.
Tim Bray, a Distinguished Engineer and Director of Web Technologies at Sun Microsystems has been interviewed by InfoQ about the future of the Web. With all my respect to Sun’s engineers, I have to disagree with some of the statements Mr. Bray made.
Today, I was discussing an architecture of a new Flex/Java application with my colleague, and we came up with even lighter architecture than the one I offered, Yakov, the gas station owner. But selling an architecture at a gas station is not the same as selling to Wall Street IT archit...
Why developers want the software to be open sourced? I like quotes by great minds. Here's my favorite quote by Henry Ford: If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. Some of these chapters of our upcoming O'Reilly book "Enterprise Development with Flex...
When Wall Street Journal writes, they have their reasons. A couple of days ago they wrote that IBM wants to buy Sun Microsystems for $6.5B. To me, this is sad news. People will be laid off and some software will cease to exist.
When you design user interface, it has to be intuitive. If a user does something wrong, the first reaction of rookie developers is, “Stupid Users!” Are they really that stupid? While some users may not be exceptionally bright, if they make mistakes using your software, most likely it...
In early September of '08, I did realized that something was very wrong with the economy. Back then, we’ve deposited a check from one of our customers, a very large enterprise. A week later, we’ve got the message from the bank - the check bounced. That company went belly up.
Joel Spolsky doesn't need my help in defending himself. But since he's my favorite blogger and a person I highly respect, I feel obligated to speak up. Mr. Curt Monash has written an article implying that Joel overestimates his importance while not achieving that much since he was able...
Fifteen years ago, when a New York company needed a programmer, it would publish an ad in the classified section of Sunday edition of New York Times. The paper would charge by column/inch. The ads were short and up to the point. Only big guys like IBM, Microsoft or Oracle could afford ...
Management of IT organizations keeps covering the real situation with IT outsourcing. They punish employees for not keeping offshore teams busy.
Besides developing software, our company Farata Systems works on all kinds of consulting projects for large and small enterprises. At this point you may think that I'll start bragging about how great we are, and that you should hire us. On the contrary, I'll tell you about our failures...
This is a short story about my friend (let's call him Joe). The last 15 years prior to his retirement Joe spent working as a mainframe programmer for a large financial firm in New York City. He stopped working at 67, collected well deserved retirement package and was looking forward to...
Vacations are meant for reading. This time I've picked the book 'Eric Sink on the Business of Software'. This blog is not a review of this good book, but rather my own thoughts and comments inspired by reading about running a small company that develops software. These comments are ba...
Last Monday I was participating in the rich Internet application panel that has been broadcasted live from Times Square. The recording of this session is available. Unfortunately, none of my comments on AJAX made it to the recording (they were mainly negative). So do not be surprised h...
Last month, Estonia dismantled the monument to a Soviet soldier-liberator. Russia plays an offended party saying that they liberated tiny Estonia from German Nazis-invaders. The problem is that Estonia believes that Russia is also an invader that forced them to be one of the republics ...
One of my favorite bloggers, Paul Graham, has published an essay called 'Microsoft is dead '. He starts, 'A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead', and then explains why he thinks so. I do not think Microsoft is dead, but...
March 19-21. AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 East, which has a number of world class speakers and I'll turn from an instructor into a student. Meeting with so many smart technologists in the same place at the same time is a great way to learn. During this conference I'll be also part...
When an enterprise starts moving in SOA direction, probably the most important question is how to get buy-in from your business users, who most likely don't know what SOA is and could care less what technology IT uses to get them the data: just get the things done. Unless you work in a...
Typically, at the end of job interview the interviewer asks you, 'Do you have any questions for me?'. This is a very tricky situation - you may kill the deal by asking the wrong questions. I prefer asking something very neutral, like 'How many people work on the project', or 'What wou...
I believe that popularity of AJAX chemicals contributes to popularity of AJAX as techniques for development of Rich Internet Applications. These techniques where known for more than six years, but only after the term AJAX was coined, it took off. Software developers are regular people...
Do you know what's the main goal of any gas station owner? To get lots of trucking accounts. Business from small car drivers is worth pennies, and it gets on my nerves to hear them ask again and again, 'Five dollars of regular, please.' Trucks are different. They usually pump in a coup...
Ten years ago I've been doing PowerBuilder and my mentality was different: first, I was the best friend of business users, and second I did not really worry about what's under the hood. I could do stuff quickly, or using the modern jargon, I was an
During my 25 years in software development, I lived through different trends in programming and usually changed my primary programming language every five years or so. While teaching students to program in whatever language was hot at the time, I kept warning them, Do not fall in love ...
Today's topic is how to lead offshore programmers. To make this discussion a bit more interesting, let's go back in time into the first half of the 19th century.