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Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

Where Are RIA Technologies Headed in 2008?

I am always being told off by i-technologists for quoting Picasso as having said that computers are useless. But I still love his reasoning? "Because they can only give you answers." Picasso, like AJAXWorld Magazine, liked questions. So we thought we would share with you what some of the world's leading rich Internet application pioneers are thinking may be the next questions that we need to see answered. From that readers can themselves infer where AJAX is headed. What are the top questions to ask next about AJAX? Eric Miraglia of Yahoo! 1.  (From March'08) How do I calculate the ROI of building my RIA on the iPhone SDK vs using AJAX? 2.  How do I assess the performance of my app and decide what to do next to make it faster?  3.  When it comes to accessibility, how do I know what's required of me for my rich web apps?  Beyond what's required, what makes good business se... (more)

The Web 2.0 Mashup Ecosystem Ramps Up

The Web 2.0 Mashup Ecosystem Ramps Up 2.63 new mashups a day.  That's what John Musser's terrific new Mashup Feed site says is current the creation rate.  If that rate flattens out today, which isn't likely, that's over 960 new mashups every year.  Mashups, composite web applications partially constructed from the services and content from other web sites, are taking off with an amazing speed.  Yet they are a relatively new phenomenon in terms of being this widespread and pervasive.  All this even though mashups, like blogs and wikis, were actually possible from the creation date of the first forms-capable browser.  So why the sudden widespread interest? Like Web 2.0 itself, mashups are a result of a set of significant new trends that are reinforcing and in turn magnifying each other.  Not the least are dynamic, lightweight models for combining content.  Growing aware... (more)

JackBe Named "Platinum Sponsor" of AJAXWorld Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Enterprise Mashup / Rich Enterprise Applications technology leader JackBe joined AJAXWorld Conference & Expo as "Platinum Sponsor." The world's leading Rich Internet Applications and Web 2.0 event will take place September 23-26, 2007, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. JackBe is the premier provider of software and services that combine the strengths of AJAX and SOA with reliable, optimized Web connectivity to deliver Enterprise Mashups and Rich Enterprise Applications (REA). The complete JackBe platform enables business unit developers to quickly create desktop-like Web applications and enterprise mashups while still maintaining centralized IT governance, security, and control. JackBe solutions leverage your existing SOA and middleware investments over the complete path from serve... (more)

Top RIA Providers to Compete for "AJAX World Best of Show Awards"

On October 20-22, in the San Jose Fairmont Hotel, California, AJAXWorld 2008 RIA Sponsors and Exhibitors will be viewed as the leading companies driving the future of Enterprise Rich Internet Applications. This year at AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo 2008 West, delegates will have the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite AJAX, RIA and Web 2.0 technology provider. The business value of RIAs is very clear: aesthetics do matter and users would like a pleasant experience. That's why industry experts are arguing that enterprise IT executives and managers now realize that endorsing Web 2.0 is going to happen via RIAs. Improving the user experience and adding interactive visualization is just the starting point. RIAs also offer scalability, reliability, performance, and security on par with what they are used to with old client-server technology. Delegates in Sa... (more)

How To Survive the Global Recession Through Cloud Computing

Michael Sheehan's Blog Adopting Cloud Computing as a primary technology strategy will be one of the main catalysts for technology-savvy business to not only stay in business, but also be successful in the long run. If the Global Recession truly hits as it seems that it will, items that directly and positively impact the bottom line of companies will naturally rise to the top. This week, Gartner, Inc released their list of the top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009. This information stems from research performed within the Technology sector and factors in their client and research feedback. This list, released at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo, is considered to be potentially “disruptive to your environment or market in some way,” says Gartner analyst David Cearley. While I sometimes find some of Gartner’s commentary on trends in technology a bit conservative and missin... (more)

Is President Obama a Chief Networking Officer?

The power of politics. The power of the web! The web will convert people into relationships in the CNO’s network .  If nurtured properly with win-win propositions, this network will become your power partners. The management of social capital is a critical role of the CNO.  Follow my drift?  This is exactly what President Obama’s campaign did very well. President Obama has been credited with being a pioneer when it comes to the Internet and moving it to the mainstream of political life.  Grass roots marketing and the use of the Internet by the Obama campaign helped overcome a huge lead by Hillary Clinton early in the nominating race. One aspect, the online presence and site had easy-to-employ tools, allowing those interested in finding out more, helping out, being present – virtually and contributing financially, etc.  Making people feel like they were “making a d... (more)

AJAX Seminar Speaker Line-Up Announced, New Dates Added

MONTVALE, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/15/06 -- SYS-CON Events (www.events.sys-con.com) announced today the speaker line-up for the upcoming "Real-World AJAX" (www.ajaxseminar.com) one-day seminars, added new venues; April 24, 2006 San Jose, CA; June 5-6, 2006, New York City; and October 2-3, 2006, Santa Clara, CA. SYS-CON will announce four more dates in March for Toronto, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas. The March 13, New York, and April 24, San Jose events are exclusively sponsored by the world's leading AJAX technology providers: Adobe, telerik, Backbase, Tibco/Perficient, and Microsoft. The sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming seminars will be made available on March 13, 2006 during the New York City event. Distinguished faculty of the "Real-World AJAX" East and West Coast seminars includes the following technology leaders and well-known present... (more)

i-Technology Predictions for 2007: Where's It All Headed?

At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2007.... 1.  Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby. Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like Groovy rem... (more)

Mobile Mashups: IBM Lotus Expeditor Software Launched

"Lotus Expeditor is a flexible client infrastructure for composite applications that brings together a wide range of application types, from .NET, Eclipse and Java to Web 2.0," said Larry Bowden, vice president of portals and interaction services, as IBM announced Lotus Expeditor 6.1.1 software – new technology designed to arm professionals with the ability to mash-up information from different sources to create just-in-time applications. "Mashups" blend Web services like news feeds, weather reports, maps or traffic conditions, with enterprise content and services from databases, spread sheets and documents, helping to create a fast, flexible and affordable application for specific, timely business needs. "While other middleware provides only a small subset of APIs on a mobile device," Bowden continued, "Expeditor software can extend most of what is found on ... (more)

AJAXWorld Major Sponsorship Opportunities Sold-Out!

SYS-CON Events announced today that AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2007 West main sponsorship opportunities are now sold-out! The limited number of expo and event sponsorship opportunities that are still available are expected to be sold out soon. The new sponsors who joined the conference this week, and are not yet listed on the conference Website, will also be announced later in the week. The charter sponsors of the most significant Rich Internet Applications event of the year include: Laszlo Systems [Diamond Sponsor]: Laszlo Systems is the original developer of the open source platform OpenLaszlo, and provider of Rich Internet Applications and services that advance the Web experience. OpenLaszlo is an XML-native foundation for building next-generation Web applications that increase customer retention, conversion and brand loyalty. Laszlo provides comprehensive suppo... (more)