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Okay, so my vacations don’t necessary seem like other folks’ vacations. Yes, we relax. Yes, we spend too much money. Yes, we eat too much food. But for some reason, unusual learning opportunities pop up during our vacations, and this year’s vacation was no different. This year’s vacation theme was… logistics. Our logistics foray started by watching the artsy-fartsy movie “The Lunchbox.” I hate artsy-fartsy movies, but my wife insists on watching them on vacation. The movie was excellent. However, I was totally mesmerized by the lunchbox delivery system that was a featured part of the movie. The lunchbox delivery system, called dabbawalas, delivers hot lunches from homes and restaurants to people at work in Mumbai, India. The lunchboxes are picked up mid morning, delivered to husbands at noon using bicycles and railway trains, and returned to the originating source ... (more)

3 Tips for Transitioning to DevOps in Financial Services

Anyone who works in IT for financial services understands the pressure to keep up with a competitive market, where customers expect all their services to be online and where regulations shift rapidly. It’s this pressure to continually deliver improved services at a fast rate that moved Freedom Mortgage, a top U.S. mortgage provider, towards adopting DevOps. As the point person for driving the organization’s DevOps initiative, Ting Cosper, Director, Enterprise IT Change Management and DevOps, understood that adopting DevOps was not a luxury—their ability to respond quickly depended on it. But change does not come easy, and it was up to Ting to lay the groundwork for the transition. Ting talked about his experiences a few weeks ago at the XebiaLabs DevOps Leadership Summit. Below are 3 tips he shared for transitioning to DevOps. 1. Start with People and Processes Tin... (more)

DevOps for Omnichannel Retailers

The battle between e-commerce and retail companies is converging as more retailers like Walmart look to augment their brick and mortar presence with an online presence, and more e-commerce companies like Amazon establish an offline presence. To support this two-way expansion, retailers and e-commerce companies are looking to deliver outstanding omnichannel customer experiences. Omnichannel in Retail Customers expect a seamless experience across all channels, be it in-store, on the website, in a mobile app, or on social media. Some of the leading retail brands in the world have caught this trend, and there are numerous success stories. Below are some of our favorite examples of brands that provide great omnichannel retail experiences: Disney: Planning a vacation at Disneyland can be hectic. But thanks to Disney’s website and mobile apps, you can plan your entire vaca... (more)

The Impact of Web Caching | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Storage #WebPerf

The Impact of Web Caching By Alva Yashaswi Try to remember something that happened on your last vacation. How long did it take you to recall? Now, try to remember it again. You were probably able to recall it faster the second time — but, why? This is because as soon as you recalled the event the first time, your brain saved the information to your recent memory. The same concept applies to caching. Caching is a way of temporarily storing the contents of a webpage in locations near the user, similar to the way our memory works. There are several types of caching options available like database caching, application caching, and distributed caching. In this article, we’ll talk about web caching and how it affects user experience. What is web caching? Website developers use different techniques to optimize performance and improve speed. One such method is web caching, w... (more)

Adobe Unveils LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 2.5

Adobe on Monday announced the availability of Adobe® LiveCycle® Enterprise Suite 2.5 (ES2.5), expanding the company’s set of solutions for delivering superior customer experiences. New capabilities in LiveCycle ES2.5 include enterprise mobility for improved multiscreen delivery of applications, an enhanced framework for building enterprise rich Internet applications (RIAs), and real-time collaboration to empower organizations to interact with customers and citizens in more meaningful, personal ways. Adobe is also announcing three next-generation Solution Accelerators to reduce development time and increase quality of enterprise applications. LiveCycle Mobile ES2 Client (Photo: Business Wire) Improving Customer Experience One Customer at a Time For organizations with complex multi-channel or multi-device customer contact requirements, IT systems are challenged to keep... (more)

A New Breed of Actionable Analytics

Data is dumb but we can't seem to get enough of it these days. An entire industry has evolved to make sense of the massive amounts of data being generated every day. Massive data collection by itself does not guarantee the context required to solve business and IT problems... If we are smart about data, however, it will lead us in the right direction. Today's businesses are defined by the software they run on, enabling them to innovate and create new services faster. Apple re-invented the music industry through software; Netflix changed the way we consume movies through software; grocery shopping, taxi-hire, parcel-logistics, car rental, travel booking... these are all industries that have been completely disrupted by software. As more and more organisations depend upon the software they run on, the consumer demand for superior services, faster innovation, and improve... (more)

Disney Parks Around the World Celebrate 50th Anniversary of 'it's a small world' with Global Sing-along, April 10

NEW YORK, ANAHEIM, Calif., LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., TOKYO, PARIS and HONG KONG, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disney's "it's a small world" theme park attraction, thousands of guests and cast members at Disney Parks around the globe united today in a historic "It's a Small World" sing-along. Fans everywhere joined in online at, a "global hub" of music and harmony created for the Golden Anniversary of the iconic attraction that opened as a tribute to peace and hope, saluting UNICEF, at the 1964 New York World's Fair. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: "'it's a small world' has inspired hundreds of millions of people through its timeless theme," said Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "Ev... (more)

Tobago Vacation Rentals

A Caribbean best kept secret island paradise is Tobago. It is a unique site with outstanding qualities and tourist attractions whether on business purpose or holiday destination.  You can truly experience a natural island paradise of serenity and breathtaking scenery that everyone can dream of. There are lots of attractions to discover and explore while experiencing your dream paradise come to reality. Nowadays, Tobago has become a very popular tourist destination of Caribbean from all over the world. The island has variety of Tobago Vacation Rentals as a mode of accommodation to suit your tastes and budgets. It depends on what kind of environmental setting you want to enjoy within Tobago – the choice is all yours to decide. Some of Tobago wonderful accommodation you can stay: Sunset Valley Estate – one of the most picturesque possessions in the Caribbean where the vi... (more)

Sailing the Sea of Samar, Philippines

I traveled to my home village in the province of Samar to celebrate the Fiesta San Juan. I was lucky to fly from Manila to Tacloban, Leyte. The next day I took a private boat with friends and family. The trip takes four hours and goes under the famous San Jacinto bridge into the Sea of Samar. The boat is a normal "banca" boat, but bigger than most of the boats in my village. We are loading the boat in this picture. I was lucky and slept in a hotel the night before we sailed to my village. Six members of my family joined us to eat that night, and then they just slept on the boat. It was OK for them. The next day, we had luggage for a friend of mine and for me, two 50-kilo bags of rice, a 50-kilo block of ice, about 2,000 pesos of food, mineral water, and too many bottles of soda and beer! I had a fight with my family about the soda and beer. Money is very precious ... (more)

Is a Private Cloud Worthwhile?

Much discussion in the cloud computing world has focused on a simple question: Is a private cloud infrastructure worthy of the name? It's been posed in many ways, with some going so far as claiming that there is no such thing as a private cloud. Although discussions like these are all too common in many areas, the question really amounts to little more than counting angels dancing on pin heads. The key issue is whether private cloud-style infrastructure can deliver real benefits like public clouds can. First, let's set out some definitions: The draft NIST definition, perhaps the best we have at this point, states that "Cloud computing is a pay-per-use model for enabling available, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, services) that can be rapidly provisioned and rel... (more)

Build or Buy a Vacation Rental

Another area that you need to explore before making your final decision about a purchase is the question: do you build (buy pre-construction) or buy a home that is already built? There is a whole set of factors to consider. First, you need to realize that in most cases buying pre-construction can be more expensive up front. You usually have to come up with a larger down payment. You also have to buy all of the furnishings. This is in sharp contrast to purchasing a vacation home that has already been built, as these homes typically are sold fully furnished. Not only does buying the furnishings mean paying additional money, it also means additional work. Be prepared to spend a good deal of time cruising furniture stores, looking for sales, making sure what you want is in stock, setting up delivery dates, and handling a number of other hassles. On the other hand, you wo... (more)