Sponsor Feed: Lessons from Velocity, APIs for Dummies, Google Ups Its Enterprise Game
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Lessons From Velocity:
- MercadoLibre CTO Daniel Rabinovich’s talk about the company’s technical and cultural transformation (and how the company got rid of its QA and Product Management groups in the process)
- Intuit chief mobile architect Desirée Gosby’s session about developing mobile apps at scale
Other highlights included a talk by Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill about the history of big data and the convergence of data and computing. Note: Joyent has invested deeply in Manta, a service that does computing together with the data in the cloud, where it can be processed in one place.
New Relic’s Patrick Lightbody also gave a keynote speech about “software analytics for performance nerds“.
APIs for Dummies
Authors Brian Pagano and Sharif Nijim start with what an API is and quickly move beyond the acronym to demystify APIs and help us understand their strategic significance for every business in the digital world.
The book includes the basics as well as how APis lay the foundation for a business “to meet new challenges including to satisfy increasing customer expectations, improve internal efficiencies and corporate agility, ensure thriving partner ecosystems, and liberate data from legacy systems.”
A post by Ed Fleming notes that Google is stepping up its enterprise game in a few ways:
- Android will be eveywhere, forcing companies to hire more mobile developers or partner with technology companies.
- The new version of Android will be the biggest update ever, with 5,000 new APIs.
- Google is focusing on the UX, a must now to appeal to a new generation of business users who value an experience more than anything else.
- “Google is ramping up support for Microsoft Office in Drive, which has been a major sticking point for enterprise adoption. Data are now encrypted upon both storage and transmission to solve those ever-present security concerns, and they’re releasing a set of APIs for accessing data needed for audits and to address other security concerns. Finally, a new product called Drive for Work also includes access to Google Apps Vault, so companies can retain files and email for compliance purposes. They’re really getting serious about pushing Drive as the default cloud storage option for businesses.”
- Security is a higher priority. For example, Samsung Knox code is now being rolled into Android. Google is also adding more security and sandboxing of apps so that users can have work apps and personal apps on the same device.
Protecting Your SaaS: Best Practices with Neil MacDonald (Gartner) and Tal Klein (Adallom)
IT will remain a part of the enterprise but more as an advisor than as a controlling power. Enterprise SaaS is now well established, changing security requirements. Enter Gartner and its new category: the Cloud Access Security Brokers. CASB (which Adallom’s Tal Klein pronounces “kasbee”). It’s a new way to think about the new service providers that are helping secure SaaS environments. Adallom offers a webinar on the topic with Neil MacDonald, a Gartner analyst.
Guest Post: MongoHQ on DigitalOcean—Not Just Ready, Production Ready!
MongoHQ’s elastic deployment technology of MongoDB is now available on DigitalOcean’s cloud technology. Elastic deployments offer a way to ramp up to a full-powered MongoDB system.
“DigitalOcean offers the same kind of rapid provisioning for cloud instances that MongoHQ offers for MongoDB databases. It takes less than a minute to bring up an SSD Cloud instance complete with 20 GB of SSD storage and 512 MB of RAM. There’s easy to use dashboards and APIs, Tier-1 peering and virtual private networks within the data centre—that’s the kind of service we love at MongoHQ, and our partnership means that developers can leverage the perfect dovetail of hosting and database provisioning.”
The Misadventures of Cloud Computing: When Reliability Matters
The Virtustream post looks at the difference between consumer and enterprise services. “It’s about what you are storing and how you are using it. It’s about backup reliability and business continuity. The lack of adequate security or an ERM strategy with continuous threat monitoring results in consequences far greater than data loss for an enterprise. It can seriously impact customers and have a direct impact on corporate welfare.”
Feature image via Flickr Creative Commons.