application-developmentAPPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

MICROSERVICES: How microservices bring agility to SOA. The rise of cloud infrastructure has made it possible for enterprise architects to consider a new style of application development called microservices. The basic notion lies in thinking about creating applications built around business domain components, which can be developed, managed and spun up separately. Cloud infrastructure and platforms make it easier to deploy, manage and interconnect service functionality used with microservice in discrete components. Read more

MOBILE: Red Hat recently polled its customers on their priorities for 2015, and the top answer was “mobility (and mobile apps).” The time has come for companies to stop treating mobility and mobile application development as an alternative option and incorporate it as part of their overall IT strategy. Read more

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Your Agile Project Needs a Budget, Not an Estimate. A recent Harvard Business Review article revealed that one in six IT projects has a cost overrun of 200%. That’s a pretty high rate of failure for estimation. To minimize the risk of having your next technical project go awry, stop estimating and start budgeting. Read more

ENTERPRISE APPS: Four Critical Reasons To Build Enterprise Apps. There are least four primary reasons for enterprises to build mobile apps. Find out what they are. Read more


CLOUD SECURITY: The security of data in the cloud is a top executive-level concern, according to the “Cloud Adoption, Practices and Priorities Survey Report,” recently released by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). More than 200 individuals in 17 different countries were surveyed – most of whom are in the Americas and work in IT, IT security, and compliance and audit roles. Overall, 61 percent of respondents said that the security of data residing on the cloud is an executive or board-level concern. The big takeaway: cybersecurity has moved beyond the IT department to the executive team and board of directors. Read more

CIOs: “Surround yourself with people smarter than you are.” Making it to the top in IT is about more than knowing one end of a server from the other. CIOs share their tips on how to work effectively and make a difference. Read more

CTOs: How to deal with uncertainties in software development. Software project managers can’t ever hope to eliminate uncertainty, but they can reduce it and be prepared to deal with unexpected events. Read more

CISOs: How to Reward Performance for Security Professionals. How is performance in information security measured and rewarded? In theory, the mechanism should be straightforward. At the beginning of the fiscal year, employees agree performance or project goals with their manager. These are evaluated at the end of the year. As ever, things are rarely so simple in information security. Read more


CENSUS BUREAU: The Census Bureau is looking for software and other techniques that would help automate the detection of changes in addresses, streets and housing structures that might affect the accuracy of the upcoming 2020 census. In order to cut costs and maintain accuracy, the Bureau is now looking for an automated solution to spotlight locations where changes in addresses, roads and boundaries are occurring. The Bureau described its objective as, “to know ideally prior to when a new house, community, or other residence has been built or at the time it occurs or shortly thereafter.” Read more

FLORIDA: The City of Miami’s Financial Transparency Dashboard provides the public with unprecedented access to the City’s financial information. This interactive tool, hosted by OpenGov, allows taxpayers and other stakeholders to quickly and easily explore the City’s current and historical revenues and expenditures. At the touch of a button, users can create, analyze, and download customized reports summarizing up-to-date financial information. This resource is a part of the City of Miami’s ongoing effort to enhance transparency and public engagement in city government. Read more


TYPESCRIPT: Integrating JavaScript with TypeScript (and Backbone and Knockout). Learn how to call a JavaScript function from your TypeScript code and do it in a type-safe way. ALso, discover how to simplify a Backbone application by integrating Knockout. Read more

SHAREPOINT: 5 New Year’s Resolutions (Tips) for SharePoint Power Users. Discover tips and best practices to improve user experiences for SharePoint sites. Read more


APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is dedicated to Application Development and Systems Integration for Federal Civilian Agencies, Document Management Systems that help in the preparation, scanning, indexing, categorizing and quality control of millions of pages of paper documents to electronic format and the Automation of Workflow Processes. Call us at 703-502-3416.


FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – January 22, 2015

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