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Be your own Heroku

[12/1/2016] These days it might seem the cloud is owned by the big three: Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. If you stop looking there, though, you’ll miss out on some big offerings.

For example, take Heroku, a Platform-as-a-Service offering from Salesforce.com. While it may not have the marketing push behind it that other platforms do, Heroku can stand toe-to-toe with them feature-wise and deserves our attention.

Heroku is actually one of the oldest PaaS services on the market today, as it was originally developed in 2007 as a Web-based Ruby on Rails delivery platform. With a focus on ease of use and wide developer appeal, Heroku paved the way for much of what we consider standard features in a PaaS today. Once Heroku hit mainstream, it picked up a variety of programming languages and now supports Node.js, Python, PHP, and other popular languages alongside Ruby. Heroku’s early design goals of simplicity make the overall structure and interface extremely easy.

Instead of focusing on instances or apps, Heroku uses dynos, which are based on Linux containers. If you require more dynos to handle additional requests in your app, simply scale out the number of dynos at your disposal. If the dynos require more memory or processing power, individual Dynos can be scaled up. Dynos host your Web or background-processing code, and Heroku handles all of the rest of the interaction.

Developers don’t need to download or learn new complex tools for deploying code onto the Heroku platform, either. You can rely upon a widely-used tool that you are probably already familiar with: Git. By using a private Git server for code deployment, Heroku helps shorten the learning curve for the platform. You can even link an existing Dropbox account and deploy your code to Heroku from there!

When it comes to data storage, Heroku has many options as well. Heroku Postgres is an SQL Database-as-a-Service that connects seamlessly to your Heroku application. Postgres has database connectors for any of the languages used on Heroku App and can be accessed either from your dynos or from an external connection hosted on your local machine or other third party server. This means a flexible, hybrid-capable relational database is ready to go for your application deployment.

Alternative data sources also are available on the Heroku platform. Heroku integrates a Redis cache for your use which allows for fast, standardized in-memory caching to speed up your application. On top of that, a long list of add-ons known as Heroku Elements allows you to click-to-deploy a huge number of pre-built services for Heroku. Run MongoDB locally on your dyno or connect seamlessly to a MongoLab database cluster. Search APIs such as Yahoo BOSS and Searchify can be deployed with zero coding effort. Everything on the Heroku platform is designed from an application perspective to be as easy and quick to set up as possible.

 

Heroku offers the best of many worlds. It’s developer-friendly focus and commitment to ease of use means you can be up and running with a Heroku app in no time at all. With the backing of Salesforce.com, you know it will be reliable and supported by world-class engineers. It’s important to look outside the box when choosing technologies and Heroku is a outstanding effort in that space.

Source: InfoWorld

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Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends 2016

1. The Device Mesh

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A variety of other trends have led to an increased number of sensors embedded in many technologies and devices that we use personally and professionally. They become smarter as they gather more data on our daily patterns. Gartner predicts that these sensors, which tend to work in silos today will increasingly work in concert, leading to even greater insights about our daily patterns.

2. Ambient User Experience

Gartner refers to these devices and sensors’ ability to gather more contextual data as described above as AMbient UX. The challenge will be with application design, anticipating this level of device synchronicity and collaboration, for lack of better framing. Gartner posits that the devices and sensors will become so smart that they will be able to organize our lives without our even noticing that they are doing so.

3. 3D-printing Materials

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Though not a new trend, 3D-printing has caught its stride now that companies like Tesla are using it to build engine parts, and SpaceX is using it to create rocket parts. Better applications of the technology to biological material and food will follow, according to Gartner.

4. Information of Everything

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According to Gartner, by 2020, 25 billion devices will be generating data about almost every topic imaginable. This is equal parts opportunity and challenge. There will be a plethora of data, but making sense of it will be the trick. Those companies that harness the power of this tidal wave of information will leapfrog competitors in the process.

5. Advanced Machine Learning

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To an increasing extent, technologies will be able to not only collect information, but learn based upon it. In the process, much of the initial analysis that has typically required a human can be done by machines, elevating the analysis in the process. People will need to engage at a higher level as a result.

6. Autonomous Agents and Things

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The potential for robots to continue to master and surpass humans in their ability to undertake human tasks will increase rapidly. Perhaps the most prominent example is the autonomous driving car, which leverage learnings from autonomous vehicles that have been used within controlled environments for years. Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates is one such prominent controlled environments. Movingi beyond controlled environments into non-controlled environments, including the airspace that drones occupy will require further advances – advances that Gartner foresees coming soon.

7. Adaptive Security Architecture

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A majority of CIOs list security as their top priority, especially with an increased number of companies that have experienced breaches. Historical norms have been to play defense, but Gartner predicts that more tools will be available to go on the offensive, leveraging predictive modeling, for example, allowing apps to protect themselves. Gartner emphasizes that companies must build security into all business processes, end-to-end. Having it as an afterthought is tantamount to inviting issues.

8. Advanced Customer Architecture

Gartner notes that companies are pushing the envelope on making technology mimic human brains. Prominent examples of this in action include Facebook’s Deepface facial recognition technology.

9. Mesh App and Service Architecture

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More apps are being built to be plugged together, and the value of the combination is much greater than the sum of the parts. As Lyft has integrated with comparable offerings in other countries, its ability to expand its offering for traditional customers traveling abroad and the reverse has meant faster growth with minimal cost implications.

10. Internet of Things Architecture and Platforms

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Gartner indicates that the providers of Internet of Things platforms are fragmented today, and would benefit greatly from cobbling together a better ecosystem where data is shared more broadly. This issue will persist through 2018, and IT departments will likely procure more one-off solutions as opposed to integrated webs of solutions that would serve them better. As IT leaders clamor for a better way, the change will come, says Gartner.

Source: Gartner, Forbes

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Vietnam Tops Global Outsourcing Location Index for First Time

[29/3/2015] Vietnam has been revealed as the world’s top outsourcing location for the first time, according to new research from global real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield.

With one of the highest growth rates in outsourcing, Vietnam has established its presence in the sector as an alternative destination for low-cost offshoring services, rising from fifth place last year’s index. The country’s government has put in place policies to promote the country as an outsourcing destination, with the services segment expected to expand rapidly.

Cushman & Wakefield’s head of occupier services for APAC and EMEA, Richard Middleton, said: “While not the cheapest outsourcing destination, Vietnam is still very competitive when compared to other global locations and wage rises in India and China largely contributed to it surging up the ranking to take first place in 2015”.

Source: Cushman & Wakefield’s comprehensive global report

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Samsung Vietnam R&D Centre Hitting Strike

[3/12/2015] The Samsung Vietnam Mobile Research and Development Centre (SVMC) in Ha Noi has contributed around 10 per cent of software market share used in Samsung’s smart phones and tablets globally.

The SVMC has implemented about 360 projects of which 40 are globally used solutions while the remaining commercialised software projects belonged to the centre.

Do Duc Dung, head of the SVMC’s project management office told media that SVMC is the largest Research and Development (R&D) centre in the Southeast Asian region. Samsung has 25 R&D centres specialising in research for its phones worldwide.

Established in February 2012, the centre has provided software for Samsung’s smart phones and LTE network suppliers in the Southeast Asian region, Australia and New Zealand.

The SVMC has over 1,500 employees who include just five foreign nationals. It can be seen that Samsung has striven to transfer technologies to Viet Nam as per its commitment. Samsung planned to increase the number of staff at the centre to 2,600 by the year of 2018, Dung said.

“Ninety per cent of engineers at the SVMC attain Samsung’s standards worldwide. Engineers in Viet Nam and India are given the highest valuation from the parent company,” Huh Chang Wan, the centre’s Vice President said.

Source: Vietnam News