2017 DevOps Conferences: Your Guide to Top DevOps Conferences

DevOps Confernces 2017
Are you looking for the best DevOps conferences to attend to learn what’s new in the DevOps world? We’ve put together the top conferences to help you choose the ones you want to attend in 2017.

DevOps Enterprise Summit

Web: events.itrevolution.com/us
Date: Nov. 13-15
Location: San Francisco, California.

DevOps Enterprise Summit is a conference for the leaders of large, complex organizations implementing DevOps principles and practices. The event programming emphasizes both evolving technical and architectural practices and the methods needed to lead widespread change efforts in large organizations. The goal is to give leaders the tools and practices they need to develop and deploy software faster and to win in the marketplace.

DockerCon

Web: 2017.dockercon.com
Date: April 17-20
Location: Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas

DockerCon is the community and container industry conference for makers and operators of next generation distributed apps built with containers. The three-day conference provides talks by practitioners, hands-on labs, an expo hall of Docker ecosystem innovators and great opportunities to share your experiences with other virtual container enthusiasts.

Velocity Conference

Web: conferences.oreilly.com/velocity/vl-ca
Date: Training, June 19-20; tutorials and conference, June 20-22
Location: San Jose, California

The O’Reilly Velocity Conference: Build resilient distributed systems.
Our industry is evolving rapidly, shifting to a distributed systems stack that spans the application layer all the way down through compute, storage, networking, to the data center (whether yours is in the cloud or not). At Velocity, we’ll delve into these domains, helping you focus on engineering performance and operations from the bottom of the stack right up to the customer.

DevOps Days

Web: devopsdays.org
Date: Varies
Location: Held throughout the year in multiple cities.

Devopsdays is a worldwide series of technical conferences covering topics of software development, IT infrastructure operations, and the intersection between them. Topics often include automation, testing, security, and organizational culture.

ChefConf

Web: chef.io/chefconf
Date: May 22-24
Location: Austin, Texas

Chef comes alive when nearly 2,000 passionate leaders, practitioners, and innovators from the DevOps community converge upon Austin, Texas. We’ll present an invigorating blend of technology and local Austin experiences to engage and energize both technical practitioners and corporate leaders.

Jenkins World

Web: cloudbees.com/jenkinsworld
Date: August 28-29, training and workshops; August 30-31, conference
Location: Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, California

Jenkins World will bring together the largest gathering of Jenkins® users in the world, including Jenkins experts, continuous delivery thought leaders and companies offering complementary technologies for Jenkins. Jenkins World will provide opportunities for attendees to learn, explore and network face-to-face, as well as to help shape the future of Jenkins. Secure your spot now by registering today!

PuppetConf

Web: puppet.com/puppetconf
Date: October 10-12
Location: Hilton San Francisco Union, San Francisco, California

PuppetConf 2017 is your path to sharpening Puppet skills by learning from industry experts, enthusiasts, community members, and Puppet employees. Explore how to drive change across your infrastructure, team, and organization’s culture.

IT/Dev Connections

Web: devconnections.com
Date: October 23-26
Location: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, California

The IT/Dev Connections teams work hard in the background to bring a seamless and valuable experience each year so all you have to do is show-up.
One of those teams is responsible for the content. Called Track Chairs, these individuals sift through the submitted session proposals to hand-select just the right content and just the right speakers. There’s no question that the content provided at IT/Dev Connections is just right. Our content provides deep technical education without even a hint of marketing or keynote fluff. Developing great and valuable content like we have each year for IT/Dev Connections takes a lot of work, but the effort gets a lot easier when we have the right people on the content team.

Agile Dev West

Web: adcwest.techwell.com
Date: June 4-9
Location: Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Discover the latest in agile methods, technologies, tools, and leadership rinciples.
Whether you’re new to the agile process and need to get up to speed quickly, or you’re experienced and ready to take your team or organization to the next level, our hands-on, in-depth workshops have you covered. Plus, all Agile Dev West is held in conjunction with Better Software West and DevOps West conferences, allowing you to choose from three distinct programs.

Agile Dev East

Web: adceast.techwell.com
Date: Nov. 5-10
Location: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida

Discover the latest in agile methods, technologies, tools, and leadership principles.
Whether you’re new to the agile process and need to get up to speed quickly or you’re experienced and ready to take your team or organization to the next level, our hands-on, in-depth workshops have you covered. Plus, Agile Dev East is held in conjunction with Better Software East and DevOps East, allowing you to choose from three distinct programs.

Security Testing: An insight

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You will never want to implement software that bugs up every fortnight and annoys your customer. Security testing is so, an inevitable step prior to software deployment in client’s place. In this article, we shall bring an insight to the security testing and state why it is so important web applications.

What is security testing?

Security testing forms an integral part of software testing that is done to identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities of a software application. The main objective is to identify the vulnerabilities of software and determine if the data and other resources are protected from foreign intruders. It is a way to verify whether or not a confidential data stays confidential or not.
Due to the notable explosion of the ecommerce websites in the world today, security testing has become all the more important. The testing is done once the application is developed and installed. To identify all the potent vulnerabilities, a network security testing is suggested.
Seven attributes the security testing needs to follow are:
• Authorization
• Authentication
• Confidentiality
• Integrity
• Availability
• Resilience
• Non-repudiation

The Security Testing “Terminology”

Penetration testing:

It is a type of testing that is done by evaluating the system and/or network using various malicious techniques. The purpose of this testing is to protect important data from users who do not have access to the system, like hackers. It is carried out after cautious notifications, considerations and planning.

Penetration testing is categorized into two types – Black Box Testing and White Box Testing. In White Box Testing, the tester has access to all vital information like Code, IP Address, Infrastructure Diagram, etc. In Black Box Testing, the tester doesn’t have any access to any sort of vital information. Black box testing tends to be the most accurate testing as the tester doesn’t have any access to any information, thereby, simulating the testing as a hacker.

Password cracking:

In Password crack testing, the system is tested to identify the weak passwords. Password Cracking tools are used for testing of this attribute. The end result is to ensure that users are adequately using strong password.

Vulnerability:

This is to identify the weakest attributes in the system which might lend easy paths for the malicious software to be attached by unauthorized users. Vulnerability can occur due to bug in software, inaccurate software testing or presence of malicious code. This phase requires fixes, patches to prevent the compromised integrity by malware or hackers.

URL Manipulation:

One of the popular ways to hack a website is URL manipulation where in hackers manipulate website URL query strings and get access to confidential information.

This usually takes place when the application makes use of HTTP GET to pass information between client & server. Information is passed via query string. The tester alters the query parameters to check if is accepted by the server.

An URL Manipulation testing ensures that database records are not accessed neither other vital information of the website by unauthorized users.

SQL Injection:

One of the other common ways picked by hackers to steal the vital information from the web, the SQL Injection testing ensures all the databases are safe and protected. It is a type of testing that takes the advantages of the loopholes that make the hackers easily pass into the system by passing all possible SQL queries to hack it.

They try to query the database using the SQL Injection statements to pull information and crash the system. Even the errors displayed while crashing the system will provide generous amount of important data to the hackers.

So, SQL Injection testing is purposed to take care of the input fields like comments, text boxes etc. Special characters are either handled or skipped from the input.

Cross Side Scripting (CSS):

It is a common application layer hacking technique. It is a vulnerability aroused in a web application by injecting HTML and Javascript code into the website pages. The attacks are generally done to inject malicious code web browsers. The code is then used to steal information present inside the cookies.

Security Testing Approach

• Following are the approaches taken for preparing and planning for security testing:
• Security Architecture Study: The first step is to comprehend the client’s requirements and security goals and objectives in compliance to the security need of the organization.
• Security Architecture Analysis: Comprehend the need of application under test.
• Classify security testing: Collect system set up information like operating system, technology and hardware to identify the list of vulnerabilities.
• Threat profile: Based on the information collected above, a threat profile is created.
• Test Planning: Based on identified threat, security risks and vulnerabilities, a test plan is drafted to address the issues.
• Traceability matrix preparation: A traceability matrix is prepared based on the identified threats and vulnerabilities.
• Security Testing Tool Identification: Identify the most suitable tool to test security test cases faster.
• Test Case Preparation: Prepare a test case document.
• Test Case Execution: Test case execution is done and the defect cases are fixed. Test case regressions are executed.
• Reports: Document a detailed report of Security Testing from step 1 to the final including the still open issues.

At Idexcel, we perform security testing for all our clients to ensure they enjoy a bug free application execution across various domains. Our standards, methodologies and experience help us deliver the best business value to customers.

We have a robust automation framework using SOAP UI open source tool.
Key Features of framework

• Data Driven Framework to test with multiple inputs.
• Supports Security and functional testing of Web Services.
• Affordable framework since we are using open source SOAP UI tool.
• Simple and ready to use framework
• Suitable for both SOAP and REST web services

Would you like to experience an error free execution of your application? Call us today!

Tailoring Your DevOps Transformation to Organizational Culture – Idexcel DevOps Roundup

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1. Tailoring Your DevOps Transformation to Organizational Culture

In the ‘2016 State of DevOps Report’ the Westrum Model [1] of organizational culture is proposed. It focuses on information flow, high cooperation and trust as predictive factors of DevOps success in a company. It is a perfect future state design tool which, however, tells little about where your company is at the moment. Moreover, it does not suggest how to influence an organizational culture and in which direction it should change. Read more…

2. How to Set Up a Continuous Delivery Environment

With the increasing popularity of microservices, more and more is being said about Continuous Delivery. There are many interesting books and articles about that subject. There are also many tools and solutions that can help set up a Continuous Delivery environment. Read more…

3. DevOps done right: Why work-life balance matters to digital transformation success

As enterprises in every industry grapple with digital transformation, and fixate on meeting user demands for always-on services, IT departments find themselves under growing pressure to perform and deliver. Read more…

4. Is DevOps security about behavior or process?

One of my main roles is improving the security of the software produced by my employer, and it was in that role that I attended the annual gathering of the security industry in San Francisco last week. The RSA Conference is one of the two global security conferences I attend, the other being Blackhat. While Blackhat has become more corporate, it’s still dominated by hackers and focuses more on vulnerabilities, whereas RSA is very much a corporate event focused on enterprise security and security policy. Read more…

5. Finance industry leading the way in DevOps implementations, research says

Financial services firms are embracing DevOps approaches and best practices more quickly than other industries, according to new research from managed services provider Claranet. Read more…

Top Ten Must-Read Cloud Computing Blogs

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1. Reddit – Cloud computing

About Blog: News, articles and tools covering cloud computing, grid computing, and distributed computing.

Link: reddit.com/r/cloudcomputing

2. Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Cloud Computing Services

About Blog: Amazon Web Services offers reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing services.

Link: aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws

3. Google Cloud Platform Blog

About Blog: Google Cloud Platform’s blog contains hundreds of articles written by Google cloud experts. You will find product updates, customer stories, and tips and tricks on Google Cloud Platform.

Link: cloudplatform.googleblog.com

4. Infoworld – Cloud Computing

About Blog: Business technology, IT news, product reviews and enterprise IT strategies.

Link: infoworld.com/category/cloud-computing

5. Cloud Tech

About Blog: CloudTech is a leading blog and news site that is dedicated to cloud computing strategy and technology.

Link: cloudcomputing-news.net

6. All Things Distributed

About Blog: All Things Distributed is written by the world-famous Amazon CTO Werner Vogels. His blog is a must-read for anyone who uses AWS. He publishes sophisticated posts about specific AWS services and keeps his readers up-to-date on the latest AWS news.

Link: allthingsdistributed.com

7. CloudTweaks

About Blog: Technology News Articles – Cloud, Big Data, IoT News and Resources.

Link: cloudtweaks.com

8. Cloud Computing Magazine

About Blog: One of the most active and extensive cloud blogs available. Its posts are from numerous writers from across the cloud industry.

Link: cloud-computing.tmcnet.com

9. Talkin’ Cloud

About Blog: Cloud Computing Industry News Trends for cloud services providers (CSPs), managed services providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs).

Link: talkincloud.com

10. Compare the Cloud

About Blog: Compare the Cloud is one of the Internet’s most popular sources for cloud industry information.

Link: comparethecloud.net

Microservices architecture, advantages and challenges

I was asked to review an architecture diagram for an application that would use MicroServices. I could find few REST APIs in the diagram connecting to a single database.
That raised tons of questions:
1. Only one database?
2. What if the database is down?
3. All services will be hosted in a single server?
4. What if I need to upgrade the server?

What is MicroService?
It will not be an easy task to define MicroService in a single statement. The definition depends on different viewpoints & requirements. However, most of the prominent characteristics of MicroServices are:

• They encapsulate a customer or business scenario.
• They are developed by a small development team.
• They can be written in any programming language and use any framework.
• OOPS concept is implemented in loosely coupled manner
• The Codebase is small that are independently versioned, deployed, and scaled.
• They interact with other MicroServices over well-defined interfaces and protocols.
• They have unique names (URLs) that can be used to resolve their location.
• They remain consistent even after failures.

SOA vs. Microservices
Microservice is not only SOA. If Microservices are to be defined, is simply an ideal, refined form of SOA. SOA focuses on imperative programming, whereas MicroServices architecture focuses on a responsive-actor programming style. It’s something like decomposing a large monolithic service into smaller independent services which are self deployable, sustainable & scalable.

Microservice Architecture – Overview
Just as there is no formal definition of the term MicroServices, there’s no standard model that you’ll see represented in every system based on this architectural style. But you can expect most MicroService systems to share a few notable characteristics.
1. Software built as MicroService can be broken down into multiple components, so that each of these services can be deployed, and redeployed independently without compromising the integrity of an application.
2. The MicroServices style is usually business and priorities centric. Unlike a traditional monolithic development approach, MicroService architecture utilizes cross-functional teams. In MicroServices, a team owns the product for its lifetime, as in Amazon’s oft-quoted maxim “You build it, you run it.”
3. MicroServices have smart endpoints that process info and apply logic, and dumb pipes through which the info flows. They receive requests, process them, and generate a response accordingly.
4. Decentralized control between teams, so that its developers strive to produce useful tools that can then be used by others to solve the same problems.
5. MicroServices architecture allows its neighbouring services to function while it bows out of service. This architecture also scales to cater to its clients’ sudden spike in demand.
6. MicroService is ideal for evolutionary systems where it is difficult to anticipate the types of devices that may be accessing our application.
MicroService architecture uses services as small components and is usually business centric; focuses on products functionality; has smart end points but standard input/output mechanisms; is decentralized, as well as decentralized data management; is designed to auto scale & is resilient to failure; and, of course is an evolutionary model.

Knowledge needed to implement MicroService
To conclude our brief overview of microservices here, we need to have a basic grasp of the following concepts:
• Object Oriented Programming (OOP) with loose coupling techniques
• Web service / API/ REST—a way to expose the functionality of your application to others, without a user interface
• Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)—a way of structuring many related applications to work together, rather than trying to solve all problems in one application
• Single Responsibility Principle (SRP)—the idea of code with one focus
• Interface Segregation Principle (ISP)—the idea of code with defined boundaries.

Advantages of MicroService
• Evolutionary Design – No need to rewrite your whole application. Add new features as MicroServices, and plug them into your existing application
• Small Codebase – Each MicroService deals with one concern(SoC) only – this result in a small codebase, which means easier maintainability
• Auto Scale – freedom to scale only the loaded service, as that service will handle the bigger load.
• Easy to Deploy – Deploy only the needed codebase, instead of redeploying the entire application.
• System Resilience – If some of the services go down only some features will be affected, not the entire application.

Challenges of MicroService
The MicroService architecture helps a lot, but comes with its own challenges.
• Inter Service Communication – MicroServices will rely on each other and they will have to communicate. A common communication channel needs to be framed using HTTP/ESB etc.
• Health Monitoring – There are more services to monitor which may be developed using different programming languages.
• Distributed logging – Different services will have its own logging mechanism, resulting GBs of distributed unstructured data.
• Transaction Spanning – MicroServices may result in spanning of transactions over multiple services & database. An issues caused somewhere will result is some other issues somewhere else.
• Finding root cause – Distributed logic with distributed data increases the effort of finding the root cause. The performance related root cause can still be managed using APM tools like New Relic & Dynatrace.
• Cyclic dependencies between services – Reproducing a problem will prove to be very difficult when it’s gone in one version, and comes back with a newer one.

Conclusions
MicroServices architectural style is an important idea – one worth serious consideration for enterprise applications. A Monolithic architecture is useful for simple, lightweight applications. It will be a maintenance nightmare if used for complex applications. The MicroServices architecture pattern is the better choice for complex, evolving applications despite the drawbacks and implementation challenges.
MicroServices is prevalent for a long time and recently we are seeing increase in their popularity. There are a number of factors that lead to this trend with scalability being probably the most important one. Utilization of MicroServices by “big guys” like Amazon, NetFlix, eBay, and others, provides enough confidence that this architectural style is here to stay.

Top 6 Disruptive Trends: Shaping the Future of Public Cloud

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Talking of public cloud, provisioning storage, launching VMs and configuring networks are no more cutting edges. New IaaS capabilities enable enterprises to operate their workloads in the cloud. Innovative Cloud services are helping organisations drive transformation through agility, cost effectiveness and reduced IT complexities. With IaaS evolving at a rapid rate, the public cloud is seemingly gearing up to the next level.

Cloud providers have already started investing in emerging cloud technologies that will deliver managed services to the customers. Here are six disruptive trends that are shaping the future of the public cloud.

Serverless Computing:

Serverless Computing or more precisely, FaaS(Functions as a Service) focus on code instead of infrastructure – delivering what PaaS promises. It enables developers to write modular functions that perform one task at a time. By writing and executing multiple such functions, a meaning and complex application is built. The best part is, it allows developers select framework, language and runtime of their choice instead of using a particular platform. This implies, each developer has liberty to choose his preferred language and deliver a module.

Serverless Computing or FaaS is rapidly becoming the most preferred way of running code in the cloud.

Blockchain as a Service:

Bitcoin is considered dead long ago, but the technology behind it is alive and kicking to make public cloud all the more powerful. Blockchain is a cryptographic data structure used to create a digital ledger of the transaction happening across distributed networks of computers. It eliminates the need for central authority as cryptography is the only medium to manipulate ledger. However, in this environment, transactions are immutable meaning operations once made cannot be modified. Transactions are verified by the parties involved in the transaction.

Blockchains have many use cases in the domains spanning across manufacturing, finance, healthcare, supply chain and real estate.

Cognitive Computing:

Cognitive Computing adds human senses to the computers. It simulates human thoughts by applying latest technologies like natural language processing, machine learning, neural networks, deep learning and of course, artificial intelligence.

Multiple factors fuelling the trend of Cognitive Computing are affordable hardware, abundant storage, seamless connectivity and compute capacity.

Heavy lifting needed to process the inputs for cognitive computing is handled by deep-pocketed cloud providers. Only the simplest of APIs are exposed for the developers to comprehend and build compelling interfaces for applications.

Data Science as a Service:

Managed NoSQL and relational database started data revolution in the cloud but Hadoop and Big Data empowered the public cloud.

Public Cloud Data Platform takes care of everything spanning from data ingestion to processing, analysis and visualisation. Machine Learning for data enables organisations to tap the power of data analysis and execute predictive analytics.

As organisations are shifting data to the public cloud, they will be catered with an end-to-end approach by the cloud providers for more actionable insights to customers.

Verticalized IoT PaaS:

Internet of Things – the next big thing that is taking distributed computing network by storm already is deployed by organisations for device management capabilities, predictive analytics, data processing pipelines and business intelligence.

Mainstream cloud providers are reaping the benefits of IoT to drive device management, data processing capabilities and cloud-based M2M connectivity.

It is expected that going forward; the cloud providers will use IoT platforms to target automobiles, retail, manufacturing, healthcare and consumer markets. It is soon going to become the prime enabler for Data Science as a Service.

Containers as a Service:

Containers have already buzzing in the cloud market. Though it is as young as two years old, enterprises are readily using containers alongside VMs.

New categories like orchestration, logging, security, monitoring and container management are evolving rapidly. However, when microservices and container workloads become mainstream, they will increasingly dominate the public cloud deployment space. It is poised to be the fastest growing delivery model in the arena of the public cloud.

In conclusion, it is inferred that future of cloud is dictated by the data driven applications powered by Blockchains and IoT. Containers, Serverless Services and the Microservices will be used to deal with the abundance of data hitting the cloud!

The 7 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2016

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As technologies are gaining momentums by each passing day, there is a growing demand of developers having strong commands in programming languages worldwide. Web programmers and developers should stay current with the newer emerging programming languages and stay competitive always in the market. Presenting to you top 10 programming languages that you should keep yourself updated with.

Java:
Java is currently ruling the list of top 10 programming languages to learn with No. 1 position due to its usability in mobile based applications, creating desktop applications, enterprise level purpose and establishing Android apps in tablets and smart phones.
Beginners’ friendly Java is simple to use, easier to maintain, shows optimized performance and faster to deploy. It is the third most demanding language in Angel list as top tech giants like Google and Amazon use Java to develop backend of their websites.
The interest learning of Java in 2015 grew by 22.4% implying it is being adopted by new blood and is going to stay here for years to come!

PHP:
80% of top 10 million websites uses PHP. PHP is designed for the web and “Facebook” stands the best example!
5 reasons that make PHP as the favourite pick for leading companies worldwide are:
• Results faster site loading
• It is an open source programming language, hence less expensive
• It requires a LINUX server to run which is easily available through various hosting providers, hence less expensive to host too!
• It supports all major databases.
• Websites built with PHP are easy to customize.
Given that PHP is so widely being adopted globally, the career prospects of a PHP developer are bright! If you a programmer, looking to fuel your wings and warm up your bank account, PHP is the language for you!

Javascript:
Javascript helps you build interactive websites and is an essential web technology alongside CSS and HTML. Further, Javascript is now used for mobile app and desktop app development too. Few more reasons to demonstrate why Javascript is widely and rapidly being adopted are:
• It is easy to pick up as it is higher level language which means it shields the complex details of the machine.
• It is Fun to work with Javascript as it is primarily used for front end development and has various tools that allows to easily get a working prototypes.
• With new nifty tools emerging quite frequently to use Javascript, it has become GitHub’s most-tagged language.
• TIOBE Index ranks it as 6th most popular language with interest in learning Javascript grew by 22.3% in 2015.
Javascript shows growth stability in terms of adoption rate. Have you started adopting it yet?

Python:
Python is a general purpose language meaning it can be used to build anything. It is made easy with its line of right tools and expansive library.
It finds more utilization in backend web development, artificial intelligence, and scientific computing and data analysis. Productivity tools, video games and desktop apps are also built using Python.
Why Python is developers delight? Few points to advocate:
• It’s easy to understand
• Being a dynamically typed language, Python is highly flexible.
• It is 4th most used language in GitHub
• 4th most popular language in TIOBE index.

Objective – C:
C is the mother of all languages. Since the time C compilers fell into the hands of experts, innovations took flight! Compared to other programming languages like COBOL and FORTRAN, C offers more efficiency and performance.
How C empowers the technology world?
• Microsoft Kernel is C coded.
• Linux is mostly written in C.
• Mac Computers operates on C. The OS X kernel is written in C due to which every program and driver in Mac runs on C.
• iOS, Windows and Android Kernels are developed with C.
• World’s leading databases Oracle, MS SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL are coded in C.
• 3D movies are developed using applications written in C and C++.

Swift:
If you want to build native iOS or Mac OS apps, you need to learn Swift. Native apps outperform cross platform hybrid apps while the built-in SpriteKit makes 2d game building ever easier with Swift.
Inspired by Python and Ruby, Swift is beginner’s choice which helps in terms of motivation. Few perks of Swift:
• It is a statistically typed language where xCode checks error prior to building of app, implying it being easier to track down.
• It is faster than dynamically typed language ensuring efficient app executing without wastage of phone memories.
• Swift uses Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) which track and manage app memory in real time ensuring not much memory space is eaten up.

Ruby:
Ruby is a very high level language meaning it abstracts away – it handles for you! It helps you develop anything from scratch faster with less lines of code.
Why should Ruby be your ultimate pick?
• It was designed to make programming fun. It reads English making it highly easy to get started with for beginners.
• It is a dynamically typed language and hence it doesn’t have any hard rules on building features. It is, thus, highly flexible and forgiving of errors meaning you still will be able to run your program before hitting the error code.
• It is 3rd most tagged language in GitHub.

Emerging Trends and Challenges of IT Staffing Services Globally

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Comprehending the latest staffing trend is critical to the development of client base, recruiting top talents and boosting business growth. While the key priorities of a business should be adding new clients, hold strategic business partnerships and improve sourcing strategies, focus needs to be given on recruiting best talents too! Businesses need to spend a little more time than usual on building relationships with clients and colleagues.

Latest Trends in IT Staffing

Promote Branding:
2015 saw the growth of staffing and recruiting firms worldwide by 71% which is expected to grow by 91% by the end of 2016. But what exactly is driving this growth?

Majority of the growth is reliant on existing client relationship. Last year businesses reported that revenue was largely incurred through repeat business. Expanding the client base and reaching out to new potential clients was back listed by lower priority levels.

Client base expansion needs to be knocked with a wakeup call. They have to bring new clients into their eco system and to do so; they have to get their brands out there. Leading social media networks and professional connects like LinkedIn will remain the matchless path to promote business, but IT staffing firms will have to up the ante if rising above competition is their ultimate goal. Extensive networking and brand management will remain the top priority for all IT staffing services for years to come!

Flexible Staffing Model:
Sadly, only 22% of CIOs plan to higher full time employees to increase the size of team while other 78% are eager to maintain their existing team size or even reduce it, if possible. But still we see the demand for seasoned professionals continue to grow. So, how does one reconcile the two different objectives in hiring trends today?

Hiring full time employees is expensive but it is imperative to hire new talents as they fuel the growth of technology initiatives in a company and contribute in raising the company above the competition. We see companies welcoming flexible staffing model. Flexible staffing model help companies have full time staff levels for average workloads and hire subject matter experts to augment their existing staff strength during peak workloads and fill skill gaps in teams when required. This approach is highly cost effective while being nimble as technology initiatives pass through typical phases of planning, support and implementation.

Hiring Passive candidates:
No wonder, the best talents in the industry are already employed. Relying on traditional hiring processes leaves IT staffing services wad on a shallow pool of talents. Hiring passive candidates are their ultimate solution. These are those candidates who are not looking for change but if given a chance with better offers will surely leap the opportunity!

Unfortunately, in-house staffing team have no time to identify the passive candidates in the market. According to LinkedIn, only 22% businesses make passive staffing their priority. Hiring Passive Talents seems to emerge with full strength in upcoming years.

Challenges in IT staffing

Strike balance between quality and quantity of resources hired:
While 62% IT staffing companies reported that placement total remained their top revenue driving source, businesses are still failing to identify the gap between quality and quantity of resources being hired. The foremost challenge that IT staffing services face – the lack of quality candidate. Nearly 1 out of 4 businesses report there is an extreme skill shortage in their company because of which they recruit repeatedly for same position year after year.

According to a 2015 report, businesses still struggle to decide on best resources for their positions. A greater focus on data intelligence stemming out of CRM software might help to reduce the concern a bit! It can show which hiring processes are performing well for company growth and the processes which are proving to be non-performing!

Concerns on Employee Retention

A survey conducted by Careerbuilder & Sologig.com suggests 34% employers are concerned on their smaller team size and fear retention of existing employees. Most talented and experienced employees are attracted with better lucrative offers – ever reducing the team size and impacting company’s growth and innovation! This clearly suggests only those who incentivize and scales up salaries regularly are top market players.

Other challenges include:
• 26% businesses agree deficit in implementing new technologies and software to recruit resources effectively and efficiently.
• 8% say more improvements need to be done on implementation of data intelligence and analytics.
• 29% felt the need to increase pipeline quality.
• 30% felt their open positions aren’t been filled with quality.

7 Free Online Tools Every Entrepreneur Must Use Today

Online Tools Every Entrepreneur Must Use Today
Whether you are a novice business owner or an established business person, you know what it takes to draw footfalls for your services and/or products. While sticking to your core competency and executing it with proficiency is critical to business growth, marketing is equally important for your business to emerge into prominence.

Digital Marketing offers robust platform for producing lasting relationships between businesses and customers, reach markets beyond boundaries and create hardwired brand awareness strategies. Lately, there has been an insurgence of free online marketing tools that are helping businesses and entrepreneurs reap the benefits of digital marketing and impact their business.

Below are 7 free online tools which are worth considering for influential market presence and steadfast business growth:

Buffer – Social Media Management: The role of Social Media in creating effective branding and driving sales can never be argued upon! Buffer is one such online marketing tool that empowers businesses to exploit the potentials of Social Media. The tool leverages the power to expand your customer base, engage your audience and build an unprecedented brand for your business.

Buffer allows you to connect with multiple social media accounts, manage and monitor them through a single dashboard. It helps you run campaigns and analyze the results; followed by generating reports for the same. Buffer’s free version is suitable for entrepreneurs who are new to social media platform and want to grow their fan base, however, to unleash the full power of Buffer, you might have to upgrade to its paid premium version.

Space’s free logo maker: When we talk of Branding, the first thing that pops into our mind are business logos! With Space’s free logo maker, you can now demonstrate your vision on your logo by yourself – with no dependency and expenses on designers!

Using its highly populated library – those filled with over hundreds of icons, fonts and frames, you can create logo all by yourself without having to burn your pocket on expensive designers.

Canva – Graphic Design: Visual Content is ruling the online media. As it goes, ‘a picture replaces thousand words’, so posting one compelling picture can let your profile page have thousands of fan following over night.

Canva brings to you an intuitive and interesting graphic designing platform that’s loaded with a number of templates, illustrations, fonts, images, backgrounds, etc. The easy to drag-and-drop facility and the pool of graphics in Canva helps users create attractive flyers, posters, infographics, social media images, brochures and more to drive online engagement & traffic.

Evernote – organizing IdeasL: An idea can spring up at any time of the day or anytime of the night. Taking a note on it is critical as it might lead to innovations! Evernote helps you organize your ideas in one easily accessible platform. It can be later accessed via any device like smartphone, tablet or a laptop and store content ideas, do market research, competitive analysis and more.

Survey Monkey – secure customer feedback: To know whether your services are really pleasing your customers or not, feedbacks are important. Survey Monkey is one such free online tool that helps you collect feedback from your valuable customers – which helps you engage your customers, know their choices and secure tangible insights that are imperative for improving your products or services. The tool is incredibly simple to use and helps you design questionnaire in just few minutes!

Scrapper – Content Extractor: Scrapper helps you pull content from any target web page and export it to excel sheets. This can be a wise way to pull contact information from competitor’s data and create cold-email lists and other target marketing collaterals.

Sniply – Call-to-action integration: Sniply helps you attach call-to-action on any content that you want to share in social media and boost interaction. It lets you put an inbound button or CTA onto the frame where the article sits in and pull traffic from any non-affiliated content that you share.

Top 7 Technologies to Unleash the Full Potential of Big Data

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When I was wondering “how big is ‘Big Data’?”, I stumbled across an excellent description saying, “A Big Data can be as big as a million of exabytes (1,024 petabytes) or a bazillion of petabytes (1,024 terabytes) containing billions and trillions of records from people worldwide”. And that’s amazing!

Big data is massive and exploding!! Hundreds of companies worldwide are springing up with new projects to extort the full potential of Big Data – that of rapid extraction, loading, transformation, search, analysis and share massive data sets.

Here we go top 7 open source technologies to bring out the best of Big Data that you should start adopting today.

Apache Hive 2.1: If you want your applications to run 100 times faster, Apache is your solution. Apache Hive is Hadoop’s SQL solution. The latest release features performance enhancement keeping Hive as the only solution for SQL on petabytes of data over clusters of thousands of nodes.

Hadoop: One of the most popular MapReduce platforms, Hadoop is a robust enterprise-ready solution to run Big Data servers and applications. For this, you need YARN and HDFS for your primary data store.

Spark: Yet another no—brainer, Spark offers easy-to-use technologies for all Big Data Languages. It is a vast ecosystem that is growing rapidly providing easy batching/micro-batching/SQL support.

Pheonix: An SQL skin on Apache HBase, Pheonix is ideal to support Big Data use cases. It replaces regular HBase client APIs with standard JDBC APIs to insert data, create the table and send queries to HBase Data. It reduces the amount of code, allows transparent performance optimisation to the user, integrates and leverages the power of several other tools.

Zeppelin: It calls itself a web-based notebook empowering interactive data analytics. You can just plug in data/language processing back end into Zeppelin that supports interpreters like Python, Apache Spark, JDBC, Shell and Markdown.

Kafka: Kafka is a fast, durable, scalable and fault-tolerant subscribe and public system. It often replaces message brokers like AMOP and JMS as it features higher throughput, replication and reliability. It is combined with Apache HBase, Apache Storm and Apache Spark for streaming of data and real-time analysis.

NiFi: NiFi maximises the value of data-in-motion. It is designed and built to automate the data flow between systems and create secure data ingestion. Two key roles of NiFi are:
• Accelerate Data Collection and enhances movement for ROI on Big Data
• Collect, secure and transport data from IoT.

Idexcel Big Data Services is focused on dealing effectively with technologies & tools that enable efficient management of Big Data Volume, Diversity and Velocity. With massive and active client engagement spanning several verticals, we help businesses in building data analytics decision within the organisation.

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