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ORACLE: Oracle Visual Code Brings Cloud-Based App Dev to Business Users. With its Project Visual Code platform, Oracle is taking a swing at Salesforce in cloud-based application development. The platform for low-code development provides a browser-based interface for building standalone applications or extensions to existing applications. Geared to “citizen developers,” Visual Code is a direct competitor to the Salesforce Lightning component-based development platform. Read more

RAD: How Rapid Application Development is Changing Everything. RAD has evolved into a very viable option for just about any type of app project. Vijay Pullur, CEO of WaveMaker talks about the changes RAD has gone through, the advantages of RAD in the cloud, low-code options, what application projects are best suited for a RAD build, and more. Find out more

ONGOING EDUCATION: IT Certifications Report Card – What Are They Worth Now? Which Ones Pay Off the Most? Unique keywords such as CompTIA, MCSE, CISSP and PMP — all indicators of popular IT certifications or certification bodies themselves — serve as a proven means to filter candidates in technology’s highly competitive environment. (That’s also something to keep in mind if the next economic downturn hits IT as hard as it will other occupations.) Bolstering this argument is the comprehensive, substantive and credible research from sources like established IT search firms on the higher wages typically granted to those with advanced certifications. To help you chart your ongoing education wisely, here’s a full review of today’s most rewarding IT certification areas, based on the trends driving the value of the knowledge and competencies they impart. These are: mobile application development, IT networking and security, HTML5 programming, project management certification and CRM software expertise. Find out more

ACCELERATED MOBILE PAGES: Get Started with AMP HTML. For many, reading on the mobile web is a slow, clunky and frustrating experience – but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project is an open source initiative that embodies the vision that publishers can create mobile optimized content once and have it load instantly everywhere. Read the rest


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems September 2016

IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.


Mobile Applications – Daily Tech Update – October 7, 2016

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