Microsoft brings F# to Jupyter Notebooks on Azure

Microsoft’s Azure Notebooks cloud service is adding support for F#, the Microsoft-developed “functional-first” language.

Azure Notebooks, a free service for sharing documents that contain live code and equations, features the Jupyter Notebook web application and is geared to data analysis and data processing scenarios. Previously limited to the R and Python languages, the service can be used for building machine learning models for deployment to Azure.

“Notebooks are basically executable documents. The combination [of Notebooks and F#] enables the F# community to quickly prototype code, have prose, inline graphs, etc., and share their live code documents,” said Microsoft’s Shahrokh Mortazavi, Partner program manager for the Visual Studio Cloud Platform Tools. Execution is done via Mono in Docker containers on Ubuntu Linux.

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ManagedMethods brings shadow IT and shadow data into the light

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At the recent Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, Gartner VP Neil MacDonald spoke about the technology trends for 2016 that provide the most effective business support and risk management. Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs) are number one on the list. According to Gartner, companies’ use of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications create new challenges to security teams due to limited visibility and control options. CASBs enable businesses to apply much-needed security policies across multiple cloud services.

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Amazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory service

Amazon has launched an AWS Directory Service for Active Directory, a fully managed implementation of Microsoft’s authentication and user management service.

Using Active Directory in Amazon’s cloud will enable companies to bring applications including SQL Server, SharePoint and custom applications built with .NET onto AWS. That’s useful for businesses trying to move into the cloud from an on-premises deployment of Microsoft’s software. 

When companies start using the service, it creates a pair of domain controllers connected to a user’s virtual private cloud running Windows Server 2012 R2. Each domain controller runs in a different availability zone of a user’s choosing inside a single region, and Amazon will handle the nuts-and-bolts of managing things like host monitoring, data replication and snapshots.

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Amazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory service

Amazon has launched an AWS Directory Service for Active Directory, a fully-managed implementation of Microsoft’s authentication and user management service.

Using Active Directory in Amazon’s cloud will enable companies to bring applications including SQL Server, SharePoint, and custom applications built with .Net onto AWS. That’s useful for businesses trying to move into the cloud from an on-premises deployment of Microsoft’s software. 

When companies start using the service, it creates a pair of domain controllers connected to a user’s virtual private cloud running Windows Server 2012 R2. Each domain controller runs in a different availability zone of a user’s choosing inside a single region, and Amazon will handle the nuts-and-bolts of managing things like host monitoring, data replication and snapshots.

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Amazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory service

Amazon has launched an AWS Directory Service for Active Directory, a fully-managed implementation of Microsoft’s authentication and user management service.

Using Active Directory in Amazon’s cloud will enable companies to bring applications including SQL Server, SharePoint and custom applications built with .NET onto AWS. That’s useful for businesses trying to move into the cloud from an on-premises deployment of Microsoft’s software. 

When companies start using the service, it creates a pair of domain controllers connected to a user’s virtual private cloud running Windows Server 2012 R2. Each domain controller runs in a different availability zone of a user’s choosing inside a single region, and Amazon will handle the nuts-and-bolts of managing things like host monitoring, data replication and snapshots.

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IBM brings Bluemix behind the firewall for sensitive workloads

IBM’s Bluemix development platform is already available in public and hosted private cloud versions. On Thursday, the company announced a third option for customers that need to build apps behind a firewall.

Called Bluemix Local, it adds new hybrid cloud app-development capabilities, giving enterprises the ability to build apps securely and deploy them easily across public, private and on-premise environments.

“It allows you to build a true hybrid app,” said Damion Heredia, IBM’s vice president for Cloud Platform Services. “You can choose where you want different parts to run.”

Bluemix is an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture that leverages Cloud Foundry to enable developers to rapidly build, deploy and manage cloud applications while tapping an ecosystem of services and runtime frameworks. It was originally launched as a public cloud offering, but a single-tenant “dedicated” version was launched late last year.

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Salesforce New Community Cloud Brings Big Data Analytics to Entire CRM

SalesforceCC 300x198 Salesforce New Community Cloud Brings Big Data Analytics to Entire CRMIt is not always easy for organizations to stay in touch with customers, partners and employees through home communities. With Salesforce’s new Community Cloud, companies can create their communities, in the LinkedIn style, but for their customers, partners and employees.

Built on the Salesforce Community Cloud Platform – via Connect API – companies can directly connect to Salesforce CRM and data sources and third-party systems. In this way, companies can deliver better service to their customers, more sales through partners and increase employee engagement. Salesforce research shows that digital communities guarantee 48 percent faster problem resolution, a 48 percent increase in employee engagement, 45 percent more customer satisfaction and 43 percent increase in sales through partners.

Community Cloud has a new feature called Targeted Recommendations which seeks to promote user engagement on these sites. The new feature, which is based on algorithms that analyze structured and unstructured data, is designed to bring members of the community the most relevant content, as inputs, resources, files and groups. The community managers can suggest content to specific information or an ad in the news and direct it to a group member type or a specific individual.

The second new feature now available is called Lightning Community Builder and Templates, and allows any business user community to deploy a customized, branded and optimized for mobile devices without the need to seek the help of IT. Companies can use Lightning Builder to create your own custom communities with custom applications. For example, a non-profit institution could build an application to organize volunteer events and incorporate it into the home page of your community.

Finally, Salesforce Connect for Google Drive Files is a new feature that allows community members to share any file created or stored in Google Drive. Thus, a marketing team could share a file from Google with the campaign planning group to easily access and work on it. You can also attach files within Google Drive to a record, as sales opportunities or service case.

According to IDC, the enterprise collaboration market was $ 1.24 billion in 2014, and the market expected to reach $ 3.5 billion in 2018, an annual growth of 23.1%. The sector as defined by IDC includes software for collaboration internally and externally. Other major players such as IBM Connections, Microsoft Yammer, Jive Software, Tibco Tibbr, Zimbra and SAP Jam also have a foot in this market.

Last year, Microsoft and Salesforce have signed a strategic partnership to create new solutions that will enable you to connect the platform and the CRM app to Windows and Office apps. The agreement provides that the Salesforce CRM solution is integrated with the Windows OS, the Azure cloud platform and the office suite Office 365.


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Flowthings.io Brings Agile Intelligence to IoT via IBM BlueMix



flowthings.io, a division of Flow Corporation, today announced that the flowthings.io internet of things platform is now directly available on IBM Bluemix. The company also announced a series of platform enhancements, including interactive visual tooling and analytics, which dramatically decrease the time-to-market and costs associated with developing IoT applications.

Delivered on-demand as a cloud-based service from IBM Softlayer, flowthings.io provides the kind of advanced event processing and protocol support that are traditionally found in far more expensive, less nimble legacy systems. The company is focused on providing IoT developers all the tools necessary to simply create intelligent data workflow.

“Our latest wave of updates addresses several aspects of our vision of empowering innovators and ecosystems in the IoT space,” described flowthings.io co-founder and CTO, Tom Luczak. “First, tools and protocol support shorten the existing cycle of ideation, creation and deployment for solution creators. Second, the things we are doing with data aggregation within a real-time context open up a new category of capabilities that enable developers to quickly and easily transform and enhance data-in-motion as it flows between services, applications and devices.”

IBM Bluemix provides developers a way to deploy the flowthings.io platform alongside a host of supporting IBM IoT and analytics products.

“Using flowthings.io developers literally flow data between devices, services, and applications while executing processing rules that create actionable intelligence,” said Mac Devine, VP & CTO Networking and Innovation Services, IBM Cloud Division. “Because it’s available on-demand as a Bluemix service, flowthings.io can also connect data to and from any number of IBM analytics and IoT solutions, including Watson.”

Next generation IoT applications have sophisticated requirements that demand simple, secure and scalable solutions. With flowthings.io, developers can quickly create applications that deliver actionable information by blending data from numerous sources—streaming data from the IoT world, enterprise data stores and third-party services.

“Orchestrating data-in-motion with event processing is a core requirement for IoT applications,” said Flow Corporation CEO Eric Alterman. “Customers can deploy their IoT applications in days, not months, without standing up a single server. Easily combining real-time device data streams with existing enterprise and public data sources is how flowthings.io delivers what we call agile intelligence.”

flowthings.io is built on a micro-services architecture that separately scales all core processes to ensure predictable performance off-the-shelf, regardless of deployment requirements. Another core differentiator is granular stream access rules that ensure data-level security even when many developers, device types, and data owners are engaged within the same IoT ecosystem or “data exchange”, which is often the case with industrial IoT applications.

flowthings.io is also pleased to announce the issuance of its second patent associated with real-time data processing for IoT-related applications. The patent is related to use cases where real-time data is enhanced by previously stored data. “We’ve been focused on IoT much longer than most startups in the market, which allowed us to create some very fundamental IP,” said Eric Alterman. “We are a technology-first company, but establishing a strong intellectual property portfolio is an important component of our strategic plan.”

The platform is available directly at flowthings.io and via IBM Bluemix.

About flowthings.io

flowthings.io empowers any developer or organization to leverage the growing instrumentation of the physical world in order to build IoT solutions that surprise with their intelligence, contextual awareness and effectiveness in both operations and end-user experiences.






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