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Preparing for an interview? Want to just revisit Java SE 7 features? Trying to recollect or revise a Java SE programming construct? Let me take you back in time to what was introduced first in Java SE 7? Join me for this tutorial series on Java as we all eagerly await the official release of Java SE 9. Java SE 7 Release Date: 28-07-2011 Java SE 7 Code Name: Dolphin Java SE 7 Highlights Strings in switch statements. Automatic resource management in try statements. Improved type inference for generic instance creation, AKA the diamond operator <>. Simplified varargs method declaration. Binary integer literals. Allowing underscores in numeric literals. Catching multiple exception types and rethrowing exceptions with improved type checking. I have provided some of the most important core language enhancements for JDK 7.0, along with code samples. The examples provided bel... (more)

4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo Starts Today

A round-up of the wide range of important issues and timely topics due to be discussed by over 130 industry experts at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, opening today at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, CA. The event runs from November 2-4, 2009. Building Scalable and Extensible RIAs in the Cloud - Ranjith Ramakrishnan, Co-Founder & CTO of Cumulux, will be co-presenting a session in which delegates will learn how to build scalable and extensible RIAs on the Windows Azure Cloud. The session will cover enabling rich and complete User Experience customizations and addressing multi-tenant requirements. Cloud Security - is the focus of a whole welter of sessions in Santa Clara. "It's Nothing New; It Changes Everything!" is the title of the session being given by Sun's Chief Security Architect Glenn Brunette, for example. Brunett... (more)

Technology Face-Off: Augmented Reality vs Mobile Image

There are 3 new technologies competing for attention on today’s mobile phones: Augmented Reality (AR), Mobile Image Recognition (MIR) and Mobile Tagging (MT). This briefing aims to provide a short introduction to all three, position them against each other and illustrate how all they can co-exist together. Augmented Reality (AR) AR uses the current view (front end) of the real world visible through your phone camera to display online content (back end) linked to specific objects located within the view. AR does this by using GPS co-ordinates to figure out a ‘start position’ of where you are and your phone’s built-in gyroscopic compass to orientate to specifically what you are looking at. The combination of where you are and what your orientation is allows the AR software to resolve to back end content that adds some perspective to what it is you are looking at. AR ... (more)

The Cloud is a Radical and Transformational Change

Thank you Mike Vizard for your discussion of why cloud computing will drive more custom application development. This is the point that seems to keep getting skipped in the many theoretical considerations of whether “the cloud” is hype or revolution. People are talking a lot about data center consolidation and reduction of IT expenditures, or shifts from capital expenditures to operating expenditures, and frequently in a tone that questions whether this even represents a material improvement. But in so doing, they are missing the real value gains; the cloud is about a radical and transformational change in the quantity and quality of business automation. The cloud isn’t just about surface concepts like “storing all your data on S3” or “spinning up servers on GoGrid”; those things are just the beginning. What it is REALLY about is what each of those things in turn wi... (more)

Leveraging Public Clouds to SaaS-Enable Enterprise Applications

In this Exclusive Q&A with the Founder, President & CEO of Virtual Ark, Marty Gauvin (pictured), the visionary serial entrepreneur speaks with Jeremy Geelan, Cloud Expo Conference Chair, about a variety of issues around Cloud computing including the all-important security aspects. "Security in the Cloud isn’t bad, it’s just different," Gauvin at one point notes, adding: "It is essential to take a measured, careful approach to security issues." Here in the interview in full. [On April 20, 2010 at 5th Cloud Expo in the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, Gauvin gave a General Session presentation in the keynote room] Cloud Computing Journal: As a successful serial entrepreneur and now the CEO of a major new player in the fast-emerging Cloud ecosystem, how do you see your company fitting in? What layer of the ecosystem are we talking about? Marty Gauvin: Virtua... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing in India

India has the highest rate of adoption for Mobile. And the adoption drove the big players in the local and international market to have their presence in the Indian Mobile Operators space. In a similar way you will soon see various service providers for Cloud Computing emerging and it is going to be the next big wave after the Mobile era. If you take a deep look at the Cloud Computing technology, it is nothing but providing IT related resources such as computing, storage, Network, system security, application, platform as a service. These services are charged based on the usage. Usage-based pricing is not something new to us and our Mobile, Telephone, Internet and Electricity follows the same pricing model. Scarcity of Resources India as a country with a huge population base has never been given adequate resources to embrace innovation. The case is even worse if you ... (more)

Innovative Analytics - Changing the IT Landscape

A common theme heard in the IT marketplace is that innovative technologies are enabling new insights to be harvested from data. Cloud computing provides the necessary infrastructure that allows smaller organizations to enjoy the value from these insights. As cloud computing becomes mainstream, analytics driven by new sources are leveraged by formation of new partnerships. GE and Google recently announced a partnership for the utility business that integrates Google map functions with GE's geospatial analytical tools to improve visualization. Any way you look at it, integrating consumer and industrial assets with speed and ease is game changing. Recently, I attended the Strata and IBM Pulse 2013 Conferences that were relatively different but that both incorporated common analytics themes. The Strata Conference is independently organized and focused on data analytics ... (more)

How the Internet of Things Will Impact Energy Efficiency | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Smart technologies are bursting into the retail space with solutions speaking to brands on improved marketing efforts, customer engagement, and optimization of floor plans. But one question has risen out of the chatter: How can the Internet of Things (IoT) improve energy efficiency? Not simply for retailers, but for commercial environments and homes (smart or not) as well? According to an article in govtech, energy efficiency relies heavily on identifying peak time of energy usage. An example being, air conditioning is more likely to be used on an extremely hot afternoon over the middle of the night when the temperature drops. Although we try to stay on top of it, the fact is that we can't always be available to adjust when it comes to managing our energy consumption. This is where the IoT can be extremely valuable as a manager (or team of managers), as the techno... (more)

How to Engage Customers Through In-Store Tech | @ThingsExpo #IoT

So, you've brought customers into your store, the hard part is over, right? No! Now that they've arrived, your new goal is to entice them with your offering and chauffeur a path-to-purchase that presents correlating products to increase shopping cart size and satisfy their journey. Recent developments in smartphone tech and other digital innovations have made this more difficult as customers continue to browse other sites for the same products while in-store. There are many ways retailers can still effectively maintain shopper engagement, the key is finding which tactics and tools work best for your store. First and foremost, a heavy percentage of shopper engagement is the responsibility of store employees who provide quality customer service. Retailers can contribute to customer engagement through proactive technologies, such as a help button in a fitting room tha... (more)

National Center for Genome Resources Chooses Kognitio WX2

Kognitio has announced that the National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR) has deployed Kognitio's WX2 purpose-built database to handle the analytical processing of multiple terabytes of research data in order to improve human health and crop improvement through genome sequencing and analysis. NCGR researchers who chose WX2 said they were impressed by Kognitio's recognition of and focus on the growing importance of bioinformatics, and the company's desire to play a leading role in enabling the next generation of genomic investigation. The NCGR team has already discovered the advantages that WX2 offers; researchers say they are able to quickly load subject databases within minutes, as opposed to hours. Queries performed against the WX2 database return in one-eighth of the time when compared to other platforms. "Technology has progressed to the point where the researc... (more)

Opportunities for Open Source and Open ERP in Particular

The current economic situation has created a difficult time for business, but some industries continue to do well and pose significant opportunities. In IT also some technologies which help industries to drive efficiencies and profitability like Unified Communications, Virtualization and Business Intelligence will provide competitiveness to organizations in the current economic environment. These technologies help to make better and quicker fact based decisions, enables all types of decision making in the organization, Operational, Tactical or Strategic, deployed fast and scales with your requirement and enables decision making at all levels of the organization, Personal, Team or Organisation wide. Looking at these scenarios Open ERP which is open source management solution has launched its fifth stable version 5.0.0. Open ERP can now answer to all the needs of a bu... (more)