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  • Concur, founded in 1993, currently serves more than 23,000 enterprise customers and 25 million active users in 150 countries.

  • Microsoft updates the Web developer resource kit to improve support for more third-party tools and platforms Vagrant and Parallels.

  • The company floats new SQL Server images that enable businesses to run transaction processing and data warehousing workloads on the cloud.

  • Great hiring is the foundation of a strong DevOps culture. Automation, tooling and cheap access to computing resources have greatly empowered individual engineers on the operations and software development sides of the tech industry. Never before have businesses been able to accomplish so much with so few individual contributors, said James Kenigsberg, chief technology officer for 2U Inc. This empowerment comes with an even greater responsibility to create a quality workplace for quality engineers, and that begins with hiring. With everyone operating on the bleeding edges of tech trends and collaborating more closely, one person can make the difference between a high-functioning team contributing great work in complete alignment with the business' goals, and a hamstrung mismatch of inefficient and ineffective teammates. Making the extra effort to hire great engineers who appreciate the implications of the DevOps movement will give organizations the competitive advantage where the rubber meets the road in the technology industry.

  • With the annual tally of software flaws likely to exceed 10,000 in the coming years, government contractor MITRE will change the format of the standard identifiers that developers and security firms assign to software security issues.

  • New leaks reveal that one of Windows Phone 8.1's standout features, Cortana, is on the "threshold" of appearing on Microsoft's next desktop operating system.

  • Scheduled for a fourth-quarter release, the customer relationship management software will include features that bring both sales and marketing teams to the table.

  • Privacy concerns about Apple's new smartwatch have spurred Connecticut's state attorney general to send a letter to the company asking to talk about how the device will address consumer privacy.

  • Dynamics NAV rides Microsoft's "mobile-first" wave as the company releases native iOS and Android apps for its SMB ERP software platform.

  • It's official. The software giant is acquiring Mojang, the software developer behind the popular multiplatform Minecraft game.

  • Arguably, the first duty of a state is to protect its citizens. In recent years, forward-thinking city managers, police chiefs, fire chiefs and other officials have made great strides in applying innovative, community-based approaches and new technologies to help analyze, anticipate and work to reduce urban crime and improve emergency response. New capabilities are now at our disposal to help make urban public safety systems more connected and efficient, and also smarter. IBM is already helping police forces around the world analyze, anticipate and work to prevent crimes and emergencies, rather than responding to them after the fact. The company is also developing and delivering smart systems that capture data from instrumented and interconnected processes, devices and objects, and that apply intelligence to that information to detect patterns and take action in real time. Public officials are turning to the same technology advances that businesses have been using—autonomic sense-and-respond capabilities, analytics, visualization and computational modeling—to make our public safety systems smarter and drive a fundamental shift from responding to events to anticipating and preventing them, when possible.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The upcoming Apple Pay NFC system will complement, not disrupt, the current card and mobile ecosystem by using current infrastructure.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The acquisition of private cloud vendor Eucalyptus could either confuse HP's cloud strategy or consolidate its position. Time will tell.

  • Enterprise IT is now all about automation. With new-generation code and apps bringing us into the age of converged infrastructures and cloud computing, enterprises with legacy systems are challenged with keeping up with the complexities that come with these new environments. As a result, DevOps (a mashup of the terms "development" and "operations") has come to the fore as a new business process aimed at overcoming complexities that IT, systems admins and developers face on a daily basis. Even though there are some organizations implementing DevOps practices, there are still many that don't completely understand what DevOps is; they either are resistant or don't realize the benefits of deploying this new approach. DevOps is a set of methods, principles and practices for collaboration and integration between development and IT operations. This collaboration increases agility and reduces friction between development and operations, resulting in faster software/application deployment and quicker problem detection. Using eWEEK reporting and industry information from StackStorm CEO and Nexenta co-founder Evan Powell, we in this slide show explore the 10 biggest misconceptions about transitioning to a DevOps approach.

  • Leaked screenshots of the upcoming Windows 9 operating system show a return to Microsoft's desktop roots.

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