InfoWorld: How IT can learn to stop worrying and love the cloud

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PaaS speeds dev times and lowers risk for new apps -- so why does so much IT bureaucracy stand in the way?

Press Release: Open Software Integrators Announces Partnership With Hortonworks

Open Software Integrators Provides Hadoop Solutions in the Big Data Market

DURHAM, N.C., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Open Software Integrators, LLC (OSI), the open source professional services company, today announced a partnership with Hortonworks, one of the leading Apache Hadoop players in the big data market.

InfoWorld: Why you should care about your local hackerspace


Open centers of grassroots innovation, hackerspaces offer opportunities to source talent, create goodwill, and push technology forward

This week I'm yielding the floor to Phil Rhodes, a senior consultant for my company, Open Software Integrators. I think you'll enjoy his take on the hackerspace movement. -- Andy Oliver

InfoWorld: Improving K-12 education with shared data and open APIs


A fragmented school system means siloed data, custom apps, and high costs, but education startup InBloom offers a better way with a common data store and APIs any app can use

InfoWorld: Get real, Bill -- we do need more H-1Bs for tech workers

Until we address underlying causes of developer shortage, we'll need all possible H-1B visas to keep the industry going

Recently InfoWorld's own Bill Snyder wrote about the efforts by companies to increase the number of H-1B visas. His article parroted what the headhunters say: There's no shortage of qualified developers -- you just need to pay market rates.

InfoWorld: Why PaaS? Dev, test, staging, no waiting

Deploying directly to your production cloud is all right -- really -- thanks to modern PaaS and NoSQL options

Maintaining and even funding an adequate dev, test, stage, and production environment or a reasonable subset requires lots of resources and discipline. A lack of resources in particular has often put developers in a bind. Even if you can afford to have a cluster of 128-core boxes for production, you may not have (or be willing) to find the funds for an environment that is used only once per quarter or however frequently you issue your releases.

Event: Neo4j Training at Durham's American Underground

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Are you wanting to learn more about graph databases, when to use them and how to get started? Open Software Integrators consultant Deep Mistry will instruct an introductory Neo4j Tutorial in Durham, NC at the American Underground on June 10.

Learn more and sign up below:


Neo4j Tutorial - Durham

InfoWorld: Down with file attachments! Hail to the Google Docs API update


With massively refreshed Google Docs/Drive APIs, use JavaScript to integrate to your heart's content, create new apps

Last year I started pushing everyone in my company to never send me attachments. I wanted a Dropbox share and a Google Drive share, as well as the ability to collaboratively edit with my coworkers. Nothing is more frustrating than a back-and-forth merge of three versions of the same ODT (the open source equivalent of a DOC) or OPD (the open source equivalent of a PPT) file. We were going to the cloud, like it or not.

R.I.P. JavaBlogs

Atlassian shut down JavaBlogs the original go-to blog aggregator for Java.  

In 2003, Atlassian launched JavaBlogs largely as a demonstration for their web frameworks.  This was before Jira became their flagship project and they discovered the market for developer tools in the form of web applications was considerably larger than proprietary Java web frameworks.  It was also somewhat of an outgrowth of an early list that Atlassian CEO Michael Cannon-Brookes kept of Java oriented blogs.  When my original blog and David Johnson’s list was added people finally started to take notice.  

InfoWorld: $200K for a computer science degree? Or these free online classes?

If you do the work, you can get a computer science education online rivaling that of the Ivy League. Here's a nice little curriculum for you

I've been taking free business courses online at Coursera, despite some annoying limitations. I love it, especially since I don't have a few years and a few hundred thousand bucks to blow attending our local business school -- which I'm sure is very good, but hey, I have a business to run.