Progress Offers Free Enterprise Tools To Students

Progress has brought forth its latest software release in the shape of the its OpenEdge Developer Kit: Classroom Edition — a downloadable application development toolkit for business application developers.

Progress OpenEdge Developer Kit: Classroom Edition enables software development students to design enterprise-class applications

For the young ones — Progress OpenEdge Developer Kit: Classroom Edition enables software development students to design enterprise-class applications

The company (pronounced Prog-Ress, not Pro-gress) says that the toolkit gives students, new developers and future entrepreneurs free access to a package of powerful application development tools that are simple to learn and use.

Tough lessons

Schools and universities are faced with a difficult task – making sure that the technology students of today are ready to solve the problems of tomorrow using tools and technologies that are either under development or do not currently exist.

NOTE: In particular, the job market for mobile application developers is expected to skyrocket by 32 percent from 2010 through 2020, creating close to 300,000 new positions.

This is heralding one of the decade’s largest increases for any occupation. Using the Classroom Edition of the Progress OpenEdge Developer Kit, technology students, recent graduates and new developers can hone their skills, developing business applications for any device, including a wide range of mobile platforms.

“For more than 30 years, Progress has enabled application developers to harness the latest technology to turn their big ideas into business reality. With the release of the Classroom Edition of the OpenEdge Developer Kit, our goal is to continue to inspire the next generation of developer ‘entrepreneurs’,” said Jerry Rulli, chief operating officer, Progress. “This free offering provides today’s students with the opportunity to become tomorrow’s leaders by giving them unique access to the most innovative, enterprise-class development tools available, including Progress OpenEdge.”

Progress OpenEdge is a complete development platform to build dynamic, business process-enabled applications for secure deployment across any platform, mobile device and Cloud.

In addition to the downloadable package of application developments tools, Progress is also providing complimentary education offerings through seminars, boot camps and direct access to Progress OpenEdge developers. The first seminar will be held at Telerik Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria on October 17-18, 2015.

To learn more about Progress OpenEdge Developer Kit: Classroom Edition and related training opportunities, visit this link.

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Strewth, Livingstone’s ‘gone bush’ for SAM Down Under

Software Asset Management (SAM) managed service provider Livingstone is opening a new regional headquarters based in Sydney, Australia.

Livingstone: that's not license optimization with quantifiable risk mitigation, THIS is license optimization with quantifiable risk mitigation!

Livingstone: that’s not license optimization with quantifiable risk mitigation, THIS is license optimization with quantifiable risk mitigation — image Wikimedia Commons

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The firm claims that this move is designed to support the “growing demands” for SAM intelligence from major corporations in Asia Pac. Customers (we are told) are looking for a complete managed service capability to support the increasingly complex needs of a Software Asset Management function.

Planey to drive flightpath

Headed by Stuart Plane, the new office has been created to provide what have been lovingly labelled as “specialist customer support services” for local organisations along with a sales and marketing function.

Plane joins from Nasdaq listed Markit, a financial technology and services providers.

“The opportunities in this region are immense and I have spoken to a number of customers about what they need from a managed service provider and where they see gaps in the market,” said Plane.

Appetite for Aussie assistance

He claims that the appetite for the complete Livingstone SAM managed service offering is encouraging and his team is already in discussions with a number of firms who are looking for the specialist assistance.

It goes “far beyond” the standard tools reseller services offered by other providers in this area, they assert.

Daniel Simpson, CEO of Livingstone is on the PR comment sheet with a note explaining that firms across the globe are under severe pressure to find new ways to drive down costs and improve overall risk and operational efficiencies across the board.

Simpson the SAM man

“Over the last few years the significance of software asset management has been fast emerging and today is recognized as a business critical function. And, as more and more global corporations turn to Livingstone for help, we need to ensure that we have the right blend of resources and skills in place to support their exact requirements. The opening of the new regional headquarters in Australia, with an experienced leader like Plane at the helm, was the logical next step, and is a further demonstration of our relentless commitment to provide the industry’s most effective SAM managed service capability to all our customers, wherever they are located,” said Simpson.

Livingstone is a global leader of managed services for Software Asset Management — it is a trusted partner for many of the world’s largest enterprises with a proven track record of delivering hard cost savings, quantifiable risk mitigation, license optimization and vendor audit readiness is second to none – coupled with an impressive customer satisfaction and retention record.

 

 

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Software quality tools: SwaggerHub launched by SmartBear

Software quality tools company SmartBear Software has released SwaggerHub, a free platform that allows teams to collaborate on and coordinate across the entire workflow of an API’s lifecycle.

Centralized definition

SwaggerHub uses a centralized definition to allow the whole team to work together to iteratively design, build, document and manage an API.

SmartBear’s SwaggerHub Integrated Platform for Designing, Building and Managing Swagger APIs is  Win for Producers and Consumers, says the firm

SmartBear’s SwaggerHub Integrated Platform for Designing, Building and Managing Swagger APIs is  Win for Producers and Consumers, says the firm

APIs are, of course,  a mission critical part of software that has different needs. Product managers, API designers, developers, architects and technical writers all are a crucial part of making a successful API First Strategy. By using the Swagger specification – which is in fact the leading open-source API definition – and an open platform that can  integrate with other API lifecycle tools, SwaggerHub enables improved coordination across those team members to drive API quality.

GitHub connectors

As a free and open API-driven platform, SwaggerHub is the  connector to other API-driven tools. At its initial launch, SwaggerHub includes connectors for GitHub, DockerHub and Ready! API, three of the most popular tools on the market.

It also includes an open API that provides integration capabilities to the SwaggerHub Registry so API providers can easily publish and retrieve APIs from SwaggerHub.

“In today’s API economy, designing and discovering APIs has become critical for every organization building software today,” said Tony Tam, VP of Products, Swagger at SmartBear.

“However, the tooling has lagged behind the industry, leaving software development teams jumping between disparate tools or writing their own integrated suites from the available open source offerings. With Swagger quickly becoming the dominant API description format, having an integrated platform for collaborating on Swagger-based APIs is a real boon to developers, integrators, consumers and everyone who is interacting with your API.”

SwaggerHub is based on the Swagger open-source project, which SmartBear acquired in early 2015. With Swagger and SoapUI, SmartBear is behind the two most widely adopted API open source initiatives.

SwaggerHub is based on the Swagger open-source project, which SmartBear acquired in early 2015. With Swagger and SoapUI, SmartBear is behind the two most widely adopted API open source initiatives.

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Spiceworks’ cloud-based Help Desk app: unlimited admin is here

Spiceworks, the professional network for the IT industry, this month announced that its cloud-based Help Desk application is now available for free.

Everything you need to run a legit IT help desk… with none of the hassle

Everything you need to run a legit IT help desk… with none of the hassle (at least that’s what Spiceworks tell us!

This tool is supposed to allow IT pros to deploy a solution built for them that includes all the capabilities they need with unlimited admin and end-user seats, no hosting or storage costs, ongoing updates, free support — and access to a community of millions of peers.

Together with Spiceworks’ on-premise and mobile solutions, the cloud-based Help Desk enables IT professionals to support their growing businesses in the way that best works for them.

“IT professionals have spoken loud and clear – they want great tools designed for them that just work,” said Nicole Tanzillo, director of help desk product marketing at Spiceworks. “Tools must be easy to deploy and use and allow IT professionals to spend less time on mundane tasks and more time supporting their organizations.”

Cloud convenience

Spiceworks’ cloud-based Help Desk was built for IT professionals who need a feature-rich help desk environment but prefer a solution that doesn’t require the expense or labor associated with an on-premise solution.

With the cloud edition, IT professionals can remove many of the management tasks associated with locally installed applications while providing end users with a great experience and efficient way to get the help they need.

Features include:

  • Custom dashboards give IT professionals an at-a-glance view of help desk operations so they can quickly understand what’s happening within their environment. Available statistics include average response time, top end-user ticket creators, ticket categories and types, and average time to close.
  • Ticket auto-assignment helps IT professionals automate their help desk system and spend more time addressing issues and less time managing tickets. Ticket rules can be used to auto-assign tickets to specific technicians as they come in, set due dates for certain tasks, establish priority levels for certain types of tickets, and many other potential scenarios.
  • User portals allow end-users to submit help desk requests through a website instead of email. User portals can be customized to create a personalized experience for end-users and clients, and IT service providers can create multiple user portals for each of the clients they support.

Arkansas & Missouri and beyond!

“We have four IT professionals using Spiceworks’ cloud-based Help Desk system to support 27 company locations across Arkansas and Missouri,” said Galen Ransone, IT technician at Greenway Equipment. “It’s clear the product was designed to meet the specific demands of IT professionals and it’s already proven effective in helping us support employees who need technology assistance. The fact it’s free makes it even more enticing.”

Additionally, Spiceworks has introduced a new beta version of its mobile application for on-the-go IT professionals interested in managing their cloud-based Help Desk through Google Android- and Apple iOS-based tablets and smartphones.

The updated app builds on existing mobile support for Spiceworks’ on-premise help desk solution and provides the same granular level of control in a convenient, easy-to-navigate interface.

Spiceworks’ cloud-based Help Desk application is available today.

 

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WaveMaker Online: RAD tools for a consumerization of IT world

WaveMaker, an enterprise application Platform-as-a-Service (aPaaS) software company, has announced WaveMaker Online (WMO) for visual and rapid application development equipped with the new WaveMaker 8 platform.

New WaveMaker 8 Platform Helps Developers of All Levels Build Responsive Web Applications with Industry-Standard, Open-Source Technology Stack

New WaveMaker 8 Platform Helps Developers of All Levels Build Responsive Web Applications with Industry-Standard, Open-Source Technology Stack

This latest platform features a modern and well-designed UI that makes app development easy even when design, coding or DevOps skills are limited.

Application developers at small and medium businesses (SMBs) can now use the same visual rapid application development platform used by WaveMaker’s enterprise customers, without the hassles of investing in additional hardware or setting up the software environment.

Consumerization of IT

WaveMaker addresses three key technology trends: the consumerization of IT, commodity computing and integration ready applications. Together, these trends are aimed at reducing huge upfront technology investments.

The speed and simplicity of building contemporary looking and business-grade apps, particularly when technical experts and designer availability are limited, is useful for SMBs that want to provide custom applications to their employees, as well as software consulting houses that develop applications for their customers. Enterprise developers can also use WMO to evaluate use of WaveMaker Enterprise for on-premises deployment.

“I never thought I would be able to use a rapid application development tool to create a sophisticated Cloud Management Portal, but WaveMaker has proven to be amazing,” said Dave Durkee, ENKI Corp., Enterprise Cloud Company, California.

WMO offers complete freedom when developing applications, automatically placing source code through integrations with users’ accounts on popular repositories such as Github, also deploying the final packaged application to the user’s current hosting provider or cloud. WMO provides integrated continuous delivery capabilities built on Docker containers and familiar technologies including Tomcat, Hibernate, spring, AngularJS and Bootstrap frameworks.

While the code generation and backend design of WaveMaker was inherited from earlier releases (acquired from VMWare), the UI and application front-end portions are completely new in WaveMaker 8.

“WaveMaker 8 makes developing responsive web apps even more easily and quick,” said Deepak Anupalli, vice president engineering at WaveMaker. “Themes provide a means to corporate branding or consistent look and feel across apps, and templates give developers a head start for building modern UI. WaveMakerOnline.com brings this ability to all developers irrespective of the size of the company.”

WaveMaker Online is available for a 30-day free trial and has convenient pricing options.

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Former SAP Sybase database management tools specialist joins Bradmark

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Capelli d’angelo? The angels sent him to shine light on database tools, or so they say.

Bradmark Technologies has announced news of Steve Capelli, former President of Sybase Inc. (now SAP) joining its firm as chairman of the board.

For those that need reminding, Bradmark (and yes, there really is a Mr Brad) is a provider of monitoring and performance management software for big data and enterprise databases.

“Steve clearly has the knowledge, experience and expertise to help Bradmark grow to the next level”, said C. Bradley Tashenberg, president and CEO of Bradmark. Prior to SAP’s purchase of Sybase in 2010, the company’s market cap grew more than 9x during the course of Mr. Capelli’s 15 year tenure, creating $5.0 billion dollars in shareholder equity.

As president of world field operations, Capelli led Sybase to be one of the most widely recognized database companies in the financial,healthcare and government sectors, and a leader in mobility solutions.

“We are looking forward to benefitting from Steve’s experience and guidance to expand Bradmark’s market position globally,” said Bill Smith,VP Global Sales at Bradmark. “Already, Steve has introduced Bradmark to several global partners, who have reponded very positively to his and Brad’s vision.”

Responsible for revenue growth and market leadership, Capelli led global teams focused on direct and partner sales, including ISV, OEM, distributor and reseller channels.

“Bradmark offers customers the chance to unlock tremendous untapped potential through the use of database performance management and monitoring software,” said Capelli. “Not only is Bradmark the undisputed market leader for SAP/Sybase database performance management and monitoring software, it also has many enterprise clients who are using Bradmark’s software to manage Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2 databases. I am looking forward to working with Bradmark to further expand its market position and maximize its potential globally.”

Bradmark’s product suite detects and prevents problems before they adversely affect productivity, ensuring that IT environments are up and operating at peak performance

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CollabNet TeamForge: a more unified software delivery tool chain

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Warning: CollabNet cloud servers do not actually float on clouds, this is intended to be an illustrative graphic to convey a concept.

CollabNet has announced a new release of TeamForge — the software claims to allow enterprise software teams to manage a wider range of tools and processes to streamline the increasingly complex software development lifecycle.

Unified delivery tool chain

Organizations using open source, scaling Agile and adopting DevOps now have deeper levels of traceability and reporting and tighter integrations with JIRA, Git, Subversion and other leading tools to create a unified software delivery tool chain.

With TeamForge, engineering teams can use the tools and processes they want, while managers and architects have enterprise-wide context, governance and visibility.

Flint Brenton, CEO of CollabNet is on the record to assert the following, “The new TeamForge increases development velocity, productivity and efficiency. It offers customers the freedom to choose tools, Source Code Management (SCM) systems and development methodologies that best meet their needs—all while ensuring enterprise-grade visibility, traceability, and security.”

TeamForge facilitates flexible adoption of Agile and DevOps, while maintaining governance, compliance and IP security standards.

Specifically, what is new?

TeamForge incorporates new features and integrations that reinforce and expand its unique value proposition, specifically the capabilities that follow:

Visibility and traceability across tools, projects and teams to ensure quality and maintain compliance and governance standards. The new TeamForge Associations Viewer visualizes granular associations between related artifacts and activities throughout the application lifecycle.

Agile execution at enterprise scale to drive organization-wide development velocity within any software development methodology. TeamForge adds support for multiple Kanban boards and provides the capacity for Scrum and Kanban teams to share a common backlog for effective collaboration.

A range of supported open source and commercial third-party tools, enabling teams to leverage the best tools for the job without compromising governance and IP security. New integrations with Atlassian’s JIRA brings TeamForge’s  enterprise SCM capabilities for Git and Apache Subversion to JIRA, while visually associating JIRA issues with related downstream artifacts and activities, including Jenkins CI builds, Gerrit code reviews, and Nexus binary repositories.

Best-in-class enterprise SCM capabilities for distributed (Git) or centralized (SVN) version control systems. TeamForge adds replication, branch-level protection, visualization and comparison support for Git, as well as a new code browser for both Git and Subversion.

Advanced reporting capabilities within and across projects to analyze, measure, and improve performance, including SCM and portfolio-level reports to help monitor progress and compare results across projects and teams for better organization-wide predictability and productivity.

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Calm down, calm down: it’s PagerDuty Incident Urgencies

Operations performance management firm PagerDuty has unveiled its Incident Urgencies product.

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Ay ay ay, it’s an infrastructure-wide operations analytics solution ar kid — Image Credit: Independent http://bit.ly/1glhuTj

This software aims to allow users to centralise all IT systems within PagerDuty to get a picture of system health so that they can proactively improve performance.

A bit of an incident

PagerDuty offers a workflow engine that helps manage incidents and can classify them with the appropriate level of severity.

This product serves all IT operations models and is customisable by time of day, high or low urgency settings and the ability to postpone a notification for a later time.

The new feature allows firms to tracks all events for analytics across their infrastructure.

“The demands of today’s customer are increasingly making businesses’ infrastructure more complex, and more systems can lead to more noise for those that maintain them,” said Andrew Miklas, PagerDuty CTO and co-founder. “With Incident Urgencies, we’re solving a larger business issue so teams can proactively manage their operations, in addition to decreasing noise for IT ops pros.”

PagerDuty’s operations performance platform reliably increases the uptime of businesses’ applications, services and infrastructure. By connecting people, systems and data into a single view, PagerDuty helps all teams — from DevOps to Enterprise IT — deliver powerful visibility and improved incident resolution times.

“PagerDuty’s Incident Urgencies are absolutely essential for Counsyl’s business to run reliably,” said Chris Gilmer, director of technical operations at Counsyl. “We’re aiming to decrease excess noise and improve the team’s quality of life so they can focus on what matters — and this new feature allows us to do just that.”

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Sauce Labs gets real (devices) on mobile test automation cloud

Sauce Labs has announced the addition of “real devices” to its automated test offering.

First Automated Testing Solution Optimized for Mobile Continuous Delivery Across Full Spectrum of Emulators, Simulators and Real Devices

First Automated Testing Solution Optimized for Mobile Continuous Delivery Across Full Spectrum of Emulators, Simulators and Real Devices

The firm is known for its cloud-based web and mobile application testing platform — and this release  expands the capabilities of its mobile test cloud by allowing users to test their mobile apps across the full spectrum of simulators, emulators and real devices, using one platform, as part of their DevOps workflow.

Why does this matter?

This announcement underscores the growing importance and maturation of mobile continuous integration as an achievable best practice that helps software teams streamline their build and release cycles.

The imperative to continually deliver and enhance high quality mobile apps continues to grow, making instantly available  automated mobile testing a necessity. To meet these aggressive development deadlines, automated mobile testing optimized for Continuous Integration (CI) workflows enables development teams to release higher quality mobile apps, faster and more frequently.

“Velocity and dynamic delivery of quality mobile apps is key to business competitive positioning and adaptability,” said Melinda Ballou, program director of IDC’s Application Lifecycle Management & Executive Strategies service. “Coordinating automated mobile testing with a broad range of changing devices in the cloud as part of a common platform can enable effective continuous integration and faster, higher quality mobile software deployment.”

Sauce Labs’ new offering differs from other mobile functional testing tools in the ecosystem by providing a large volume of devices, but fewer device types. The company’s mobile strategy is focused primarily on the depth of testing using real devices rather than breadth for software teams looking to test early and often as they build mobile applications. The number of phones offered on the Sauce Labs real device cloud was designed to prevent long wait times that customers experience when using other offerings.

By providing a large volume of real devices alongside more than 75 device / platform combinations of iOS and Android simulators and emulators, Sauce Labs allows users to cover the majority of their testing with emulators and to augment that with higher fidelity testing on the most popular real devices for maximum coverage at a fraction of what it would cost to use real devices only.

Instant Availability

Developers can rely on instant access to cloud-enabled real mobile devices, rather than wait in long queues for a device.

Massive Concurrency

The Sauce Labs’ Real Device Cloud supports high parallelism, allowing teams to test many functions at the same time. The result is overall reduction of test time by as much as 100x.

Videos and Screenshots

Developers can count on a complete set of analysis tools including video, screenshots, logs and metadata to help quickly identify issues with their apps.

“Developers have learned that trying to manually test apps on their small set of in-house mobile devices is time consuming, ineffective and expensive,” said Lubos Parobek, vice president of products at Sauce Labs. “Today’s release provides mobile automated testing across emulators and real devices to address this acknowledged pain point head on. Through integration with the most popular CI systems, developers know they can rely on Sauce to accelerate their testing and deliver better quality apps to market, faster.”

Charles Ramsey, CEO of Sauce Labs says that the approach his firm is employing results in a combination of massively scalable low-cost emulators and simulators with high volumes of the most popular real devices, enables development teams to increase the quality and frequency of their software releases in a cost-effective manner.

Beta access to the Real Device Cloud is available by registering at:http://info.saucelabs.com/rdcbetasignup.

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Samsung releases Tizen SDK for new Gear S2 wearable

Samsung Electronics has announced its Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) for its newly released Samsung Gear S2 wearable device.

The SDK is now available for download at Samsung’s Developer website: http://developer.samsung.com/wearable and the firm is also highlighting its early access programme, which it claims already means that over a thousand applications for the Samsung Gear S2 are expected to be available to users at launch.

Gearing up Gear 2 

A claim of "limitless opportunities" (says Samsung) for app developers to expand the potential for new wearable experiences

A claim of “limitless opportunities” (says Samsung) for app developers to expand the potential for new wearable experiences

In advance of this launch, a Gear S2 seller site also opened on August 18th for developers and partners to start registering their Gear S2 applications.

The Samsung Gear S2 SDK offers the following functions:

· Enhanced Standalone Features: Developers can create enhanced standalone Samsung Gear S2 apps with network, call and location-based APIs, with the freedom to connect to 3G networks without a smartphone.

· Web and Native Apps: Developers can  build both Web and Native apps with the new SDK. Tizen Native APIs enable them to build light-weight apps with EFL (Enlightenment Foundation Libraries).

· Support for Android: Connect to Android phones, including but not limited to Samsung models. Wider device coverage will help to reach more users. A list of supported devices can be found here.

The following applications will be ready for the Samsung Gear S2:

Keep up-to-date with the news: Switch between your favourite sports teams by turning the interactive bezel or flicking the screen to get upcoming, live and final game updates on the ESPN app for the Gear S2 or get immediate access to scores with the ESPN Watch Face app. Read the latest news from 10 different sections, stories, push alerts and photos with CNN’s app for the Gear S2. 

· Stay ahead while on-the-go: Request an Uber driver and get picked up in minutes without having to take out your mobile phone. Search, call and get directions to nearby restaurants, shops and services – all from your wrist with the Yelp for Gear app. Access your most relevant, time-sensitive trip information – including real-time flight alerts – at a quick glance of your Gear S2 with the TripCase app.

· Easy access to your mobile utilities: The convenience of having your Gear S2 smartwatch means you no longer have to fumble with metal keys, with Yale Digital Keys for your Yale Real Living Lock, you can easily access your home or share keys with friends or family members. 

· Convenient access to shopping and e-commerce: The Gear S2 gives you instant access to the best features for everyday shopping. With FidMe, all of your loyalty cards, coupons and in-store notifications get sent straight to your smartwatch.

· Track your fitness: The Nike+ Running app for the Gear S2 allows runners to track their distance, pace and time and view their in-run metrics at a simple glance. Individuals with Bluetooth-enabled headphones also have the ability to play music directly from the smartwatch.

 

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