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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)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

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)

"Mobile Web 2.0" – How Web 2.0 Impacts Mobility & Digital Convergence

This is a series of three articles – the first (this one) outlining the significance of Web 2.0 technologies, the second article discussing the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on mobility and the final article on the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on digital convergence. If you are already familiar with Web 2.0, my goal, in a nutshell (no pun intended!) is to extend Tim O Reilly’s seven principles to mobility and digital convergence. Thus, I will not attempt to add to the body of knowledge in terms of basic Web 2.0 concepts themselves. I would rather prefer to build on some of the excellent work done on the subject from folk such as Tim O Reilly, Richard McManus and others. I will use their work as a background and extrapolate the basic Web 2.0 principles to mobility and digital convergence (areas which I am more familiar with). My approach will be to ask a series o... (more)

AJAX World Expo to Take Place Monday Through Wednesday in San Jose, CA

View Full Conference Schedule Here On Monday October 20 in San Jose, California, the top Rich Internet Applications event of the Fall opens its doors: the 6th International AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo, with top industry keynotes from Microsoft's Silverlight supremo Scott Guthrie and Adobe's Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Lynch, headlining a lineup of speakers that includes some of the finest front end engineers, UI experts, user experience specialists, and software industry innovators anywhere in the world. There will be a Full Expo Floor for two of the event's three days Delegates to the 6th International AJAXWorld will be able to join Guthrie as he discusses how Microsoft is contributing to help move the Web forward via a commitment to standards development and Rich Internet Applications - and learn from him how Silverlight, AJAX and media all enable a whole n... (more)

The Battle of Economy of Scale versus Control and Flexibility

When strategies are formed it quickly becomes obvious that cloud computing is more about balance than anything else. At a time when you’d think cloud computing would be the primary “go to” strategy for managing scale and rapid growth multiple well-known and demanding organizations are building their own data centers instead. With all the hype around cloud being faster, cheaper, and more efficient these folks must be crazy, right? Not at all. In fact, these moves illustrate the growing friction between the economy of scale offered by cloud computing and the control and flexibility that is part and parcel of owning one’s own data center. In April Twitter announced plans to build a data center of its own. On Wednesday it provided additional details on the Twitter Engineering blog. “Later this year, Twitter is moving our technical operations infrastructure into a new, cu... (more)

Time to See the Importance of Internal Branding

Much of the focus in the technology press on Enterprise 2.0 platforms has been on the similarity of these tools to public social networking systems like Twitter, Facebook, etc. One consequence of this similarity, and one that’s being missed by the tech press and venture investors, is that these platforms make it possible for an employee at any organization to build an internal personal brand. I believe over time (3-5 years) that employees will view their internal brand as critical to their success within the company, and the forward thinking ones will put significant effort into building that brand. Those employees that are on the bleeding edge will want tools to help them leverage these Enterprise 2.0 platforms in a more effective way. Contact management and Inbox management tools (e.g. Mingly and Xobni) provide some functionality that can be additive to one’s perso... (more)

Neotys Partners With Tata Consultancy Services to Deliver Application Performance Testing for Web and Mobile Applications

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwired - August 20, 2014) - Neotys, a leader in easy-to-use, cost effective load testing tools for web and mobile applications, today announced that Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has selected NeoLoad, the company's leading load and performance testing solution, to deliver end-to-end application performance testing services. Using NeoLoad, TCS consultants can generate real-life load, emulate the production network, including mobile network conditions, and manage performance requirements. This ultimately improves the performance of mission-critical web-based and mobile services, reduces customer churn, lowers the lost revenue opportunities and improves operational efficiency. TCS is using NeoLoad to realistically simulate user activity and analyze server behavior. NeoLoad allows TCS consultants to test more efficiently and support the latest techn... (more)

EnterpriseDB Makes Agile NoSQL Development Easy With New Postgres AWS Deployment

BEDFORD, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/19/14 -- EnterpriseDB (EDB), the leading worldwide provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and Oracle database compatibility solutions, today announced a free, ready-to-code development environment on Amazon Web Services that is optimized for using the NoSQL capabilities in PostgreSQL to build Web 2.0 applications. The new development environment, Postgres Extended Datatype Developer Kit (PGXDK), makes it easier for developers of any skill level to use Postgres for the kinds of applications that until recently required a specialized NoSQL-only solution. Postgres has expanded its capabilities for handling document databases, for example, with advanced support for JSON and JSONB. On key workloads, Postgres has been proven to outperform the most popular NoSQL-only solution. The NoSQL-optimized environment comes with the core co... (more)

A Compelling Ajax Discussion in New York City

A Compelling Ajax Discussion in New York City It was a tiring but thrilling day yesterday in Times Square at the Real-World Ajax Seminar.  There was a stellar line-up of speakers including the "Father of Ajax" himself, Jesse James Garrett, Bill Scott, Ajax Evangelist for Yahoo!, Scott Dietzen, CEO of Zimbra, David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails, Dave Crane, author of the #1 bestselling Ajax book to name just a few of the Ajax experts there.  SYS-CON Media, the folks holding the conference, even arranged for me to tape a good number of conversations with the speakers and I think they came out extremely well with lots of good personalities and interesting information.  I'll publish links to them as they get through post-production and get released on SYS-CON TV. Themes: Optimism and excitement, tempered with pragmatism The event clearly painted a picture of ... (more)

What Makes AJAX So Special? AjaxWorld Magazine's Executive Survey

 Jeremy Geelan's i-Technology Blog: "Truly, Madly, Deeply AJAX" View on SYS.CON.TV: Real-World AJAX San Jose "AJAX Power Panel" Not since the formation of NATO in 1945 have four letters been combined to such globe-spanning effect, nor has any 4-letter acronym since then been the subject of such hyperbole. (Quod erat demonstrandum.) I refer of course to "AJAX." What is it about AJAX that sets it apart from other programming acronyms and approaches? SYS-CON Media's AjaxWorld Magazine asked a number of its most active and industry-engaged contributors to offer their thoughts. Here are the results. BILL SCOTT, an Interaction Designer and AJAX Evangelist at Yahoo! has no doubt what makes AJAX so special. "Since the 80s, the desktop application world has had a rich a set of user interaction idioms and ways to get at large sets of data and present them in an almost unlimited typ... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: What Is Digital Convergence?

Digital convergence is a much-maligned concept. Mention Digital convergence, and it conjures up images of the intelligent fridge : a concept most people think they have no need for! But Digital convergence is an idea whose dawn is near. There is a lot of confusion about what exactly is meant by digital convergence. When people talk of Digital convergence, they could actually mean different things: a) Co-mingled bits : The original definition of Digital convergence as outlined in Nicholas Negroponte’s 1995 book Being Digital b) Device convergence: One device to rule them all! Think the iphone (A combination of the iPod and the mobile phone), Nokia N-gage etc etc. c) Fixed to mobile convergence: A relatively new, telecoms specific area which is a part of a much broader concept called ‘seamless mobility’ d) Devices being able to speak to each other and ... (more)