IDG Contributor Network: Simpler applications and smarter databases, Part 2

In my last blog post, I talked about the emergence of NoSQL as an antidote to the deficiencies of traditional SQL RDBMS products, and I concluded with the question about where the data management industry is going given the current environment, and whether we’re really addressing the needs of senior technology leadership.

Let’s start with going a bit further into the trade-offs represented by NoSQL.

KISS and the cloud

The NoSQL movement is not merely a slam against the traditional RDBMS. NoSQL seeks to offer solutions, solutions that address the list of needs I outlined in my last post.

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CIO Cloud Computing

Visual Studio’s cloud IDE gets smarter about builds

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team Services cloud-based application development platform is improving pull requests, package management, and GitHub build integration.

Upgrades will make it easier to work with pull requests assigned to teams, Microsoft said in a bulletin discussing improvements planned for rollout during the next few weeks. “When a PR is created or updated, email alerts will now be sent to all members of all teams that are assigned to the PR,” the company said in release notes on Team Services. A future release will support pull requests assigned to Azure Active Directory groups and teams containing these groups.

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InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Microsoft is bundling cloud services to make cars smarter

CES has turned into the first car show of the year, with major automakers choosing to show off upcoming features in Las Vegas. Microsoft wants to help make cars more intelligent, and it unveiled a new suite of services Thursday to do so.

The Connected Vehicle Platform brings together a smorgasbord of services from Microsoft, including Azure IoT Hub, Cortana Intelligence Suite, Microsoft Dynamics and many others. In addition, Office 365, Skype for Business and Cortana can be integrated with the platform.

It’s not a surprising move. Microsoft frequently packages cloud services as suites, then markets them for kick-starting particular applications. Furthermore, the company has been saying for some time that its goal in car tech is to support carmakers rather than build its own connected cars.

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Computerworld Cloud Computing

Microsoft is bundling cloud services to make cars smarter

CES has turned into the first car show of the year, with major automakers choosing to show off upcoming features in Las Vegas. Microsoft wants to help make cars more intelligent, and it unveiled a new suite of services Thursday to do so.

The Connected Vehicle Platform brings together a smorgasbord of services from Microsoft, including Azure IoT Hub, Cortana Intelligence Suite, Microsoft Dynamics and many others. In addition, Office 365, Skype for Business and Cortana can be integrated with the platform.

It’s not a surprising move. Microsoft frequently packages cloud services as suites, then markets them for kick-starting particular applications. Furthermore, the company has been saying for some time that its goal in car tech is to support carmakers rather than build its own connected cars.

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Network World Cloud Computing

OneDrive’s smarter photo features help it catch up with Facebook and Google

Microsoft is upping its game for organizing your personal photos. The company recently announced some significant changes to OneDrive’s photo features that borrows a little from Facebook and Google, as well as a slightly improved Photos app in Windows 10.

Automatic Albums

When you upload photos to OneDrive, the cloud service will now detect which photos were taken in a short span of time within a particular location. It will then choose the “highest quality” photos from that set and create an album.

Previously, OneDrive would only organize your photos based on the date they were taken.

On this day…

onthisday

For a while now, Facebook has shown you memories that happened on the same day from previous years such as a popular photo or text post. Now, OneDrive is doing something similar by showing you photos taken on a specific day from previous years, as well as the current one.

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CIO Cloud Computing

City of Dubuque Launches Smarter Electricity Portal

City of Dubuque Launches Smarter Electricity Portal
The study is utilizing “cloud computing,” or internet-based computing, to enable citizens to access information about their energy usage and habits and share best practices through the portal over a six-month period. The Smarter Electricity Pilot Study
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Safe Systems Opts for EMC
The financial institution will be using the private cloud computing model through the virtualization of its IT infrastructure. EMC was chosen ahead of the likes of NetApp Inc. (NTAP – Snapshot Report) and Hewlett Packard Co. (HPQ – Analyst Report) for
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Acer Unveils Latest Products that Incorporate Cloud Computing
PC and laptop maker Acer has unveiled its latest venture in cloud computing with the company's new cloud hub for enterprises. According to the company, the new offering, dubbed Acer Cloud Competency Centre, will play a crucial role in providing its
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