As we approach 2014 it may come as a surprise that today Google announced the general availability of their Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) offering, Google Compute Engine. The release comes after Microsoft, IBM and Amazon have already launched IaaS products. Compute Engine joins Google’s Platform as a Service (Paas) App Engine and their various Cloud data solutions to complete what has become the de facto line-up of Cloud products for major vendors. Continue reading
It was only back in 2007 that Apple launched the first iPhone and at that time only Apple could build native apps for it. Since then Apple, the mobile industry and the world has changed significantly. iPhone, that ruled the smartphone market for the years immediately after 2007, has been overtaken by Google’s Android operating system (OS). Microsoft has launched an entirely new version of its mobile OS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry who ruled the smartphone market in 2007 is now close to death. In addition mobile has now come to mean more than just phones but a whole range of devices including tablets, convertibles and phablets. Continue reading
Last week Microsoft launched the latest version of their leading development tool Visual Studio 2013 at a special event in New York. Microsoft have kept their promise to deliver a rapid release cadence with Visual Studio by putting out 3 updates to last year’s Visual Studio 2012 (a fourth was released last week) over the last twelve months. VS2013 has been trailed since the Build conference earlier in the year however there were still some surprises such as Visual Studio Online.
There were a lot of announcements at the launch including live debugging in the Cloud (Azure) and some clever uses of Signal R within ASP.NET. However there were two that stood out as being about more than just new features in what is already the best industry Integrated Development Environment (IDE) by far. The first concerns support for building hybrid mobile apps through the Xamarin product and the second is a step-up in their DevOps story. Continue reading
There are two things that the technology industry is good at:
- Coming up with answers to questions that have not been asked
- Coming up with answers to questions that a few people have asked that are so good they need to convince everyone else that they should ask the question.
Cloud is a classic example of the latter. Continue reading
It’s been a long time coming but eBay, the online shopping behemoth, finally launched its Click and Collect service on 24th September. When we say launch, what eBay actually launched was another trial that over 50 of its largest retail partners will be involved in.
For customers already used to going online and selecting ‘collect in store’, this news will elicit little more than a shrug of the shoulders. However, eBay believes that it is changing the whole user experience of shopping. So what does this mean for customers and retailers? Continue reading
CIC is sponsoring, along with Cisco Systems, a free one day Architect Summit focused on the subject of Application Driven Networks (ADN). The IASA Application Defined Networking (ADN) Summit 2013 takes place on 4th October in London. The event will look to understand: Continue reading
Mobile is providing many enterprise IT and development functions with a clean slate, a chance to start-over and whilst not ignoring legacy we can adopt new technologies, new skills and new processes. I was recently involved in an online conversation about mobile strategy within the enterprise. This was an interesting discussion that demonstrated progressive thinking within the IT and development community when it comes to mobile. Continue reading
A new CIC profile on Box Inc. a US software company that owns its own cloud based storage and content platform, is now available in the CIC Web Store. Box’s tagline is “A powerful platform for the Enterprise” and from its enterprise client base it looks to have succeeded in building a solution that stands up to its tagline. There are currently over 750 third party applications running on the Box platform. Box has a broad customer base, spanning consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, healthcare, engineering, construction, communications, media and entertainment and finance. Get the CIC profile on Box Inc. to understand the company’s strategy and portfolio for simple, secure, sharing from anywhere platform story.
The press has been awash in the last week with speculation over the Microsoft and Nokia deal. The reality is that this is a deal that has been almost two years in the making and not something new. What everyone is trying to work out now, is will this save Microsoft, the Nokia phone business and Windows Phone. Continue reading