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Solving the Digital Business Puzzle Using APIs and Microservices - Axway and Forrester When organizations make the choice to put a digital platform in place, a discussion on MicroServices is never far behind. By putting a MicroServices layer in place, an organization creates the springboard to launch into the digital future, whether that involves apps, rich Web clients, or IoT devices such as in-store beacons. Individual MicroServices, or orchestrated groups of MicroServices, serve as the foundation for this innovation. The data being passed to and from MicroServices also serves as the basis for behavioral analytics and Big Data, allowing organizations to tailor their digital services based on their users. But what are MicroServices and how are they used? To answer this question, I'm pleased to say that next week we're running a webinar with Randy Heffner from Forr... (more)

The Cloud Goes Postal

The functionality of the US Post Office is now available on a Cloud-based delivery model, courtesy of NetSuite. Check out the story by Maureen O'Gara at sys-con. The USPS services seem to be deployed as a SaaS model, accessed through a browser. As yet there do not seem to be managed PaaS APIs available (or are there?) which can be pulled into other applications, for example iPhone apps. Of course, right now it's easy to co-opt the Web interface to USPS.com in order to programmatically query Post Office shipping times over HTTP. Although, I can just imagine REST zealots arguing t... (more)

Connecting to the Cloud in Japanese - クラウドに接続する

The Connecting to the Cloud series of articles, which I wrote for IBM DeveloperWorks, is now available in Japanese. The series introduces cloud platforms such as Force.com and Amazon SQS, including code samples in Java, and governance and policy, again including code samples (an Amazon policy expressed in JSON). The Gateway "onramp" model is described. Here are the links to the Japanese versions of Parts 1,2, and 3 of the series: クラウドに接続する: 第 1 回 アプリケーションにクラウドを活用する クラウドに接続する: 第 2 回 ハイブリッド・クラウド・モデルを実現する クラウドに接続する: 第 3 回 クラウドのガバナンスとセキュリティー ... (more)

Cloud Computing in Practice

James Urquhart has assembled a very impressive list of examples of Cloud Computing in practice. Examples include: Number of applications running on Force.com: 135,000 Number of applications hosted by Ruby on Rails platform service vendor Heroku: 40,000+ Objects stored in Amazon Web Services S3: 64 billion (as of August 2009) Full details at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-19413_3-10405895-240.html ... (more)

Who Do You Trust To Meter The Cloud?

Tom Raftery at Greenmonk (the green shoot from Redmonk) has a great analysis of the disastrous use of smart meters by PG&E in Bakersfield, California. He quotes SmartMeters.com that: Bakersfield residents believe their new smart meters are malfunctioning because their bills are much higher than before. PG&E claims higher bills are due to rate hikes, an unusually warm summer, and customers not shifting demand to off-peak times when rates are lower. http://www.smartmeters.com/the-news/682-lawsuit-filed-against-pgae-for-smart-meter-overcharges.html In the same story on smartmeters.com, S... (more)