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IDG Contributor Network: How to incorporate enterprise legacy systems into your digital strategy

One thing that holds companies back from modernizing their digital strategy is the amount they have invested in legacy systems. There’s a misperception that digitization has to include scrapping existing technology and starting over. The sheer scale of such an endeavor keeps companies plugging along with outdated systems. The thing is, companies don’t have to raze their entire digital infrastru...

IDG Contributor Network: Agile testing in regulated industries

Last year, 49 percent of financial services organizations suffered a breach, according to the 2017 Thales Data Threat Report, Financial Edition . A fifth (21 percent) of organizations surveyed reported being breached more than once. And nine in ten respondents said they now feel more vulnerable to such incidents. Security breaches, played out time and again in other sectors such as health care ...

IDG Contributor Network: Fog computing: an intelligent move for (artificially) intelligent startups

Cryptocurrencies have been a hot topic as of late, because their adoption has threatened to turn the financial industry on its head. The true power of cryptocurrencies, though, is the underlying blockchain technology—and finance is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to its implementation. The level of decentralization offered by blockchain technology has promised to disrupt a number of o...

IDG Contributor Network: Something is (still) rotten in the kingdom of artificial intelligence

Nobody can deny that artificial intelligence (or machine learning, deep learning, or cognitive computing) is booming these days. And—as before, as this is in fact the second round for AI—the hype is almost unlimited. But there are serious problems, and I suspect it will not be long before they become undeniable again and we’re back to a more realistic assessment of what the technology is bringi...

GitHub’s tool reduces open source software license violations

GitHub has open-sourced its Licensed tool, a Ruby gem that caches and verifies the status of license dependencies in Git repos. Licensed has helped GitHub engineers who use open source software find potential problems with license dependencies early in the development cycle. The tool reports any dependencies needing review. GitHub defines a dependency as an external software package used in an ...

What is a graph database? A better way to store connected data

Key-value, document-oriented, column family, graph, relational... Today we seem to have as many kinds of databases as there are kinds of data. While this may make choosing a database harder, it makes choosing the right database easier. Of course, that does require doing your homework. You’ve got to know your databases. One of the least-understood types of databases out there is the graph databa...

How web annotation will transform content management

In February the W3C approved recommendations to enable annotation on the web. There is a long lineage of annotation tools that enable readers of the web to write comments that overlay content and attach to selections within it. Users of such tools will be happy to know that annotations can now be represented, stored, and exchanged by interoperable clients and servers. But the broader significan...

IDG Contributor Network: What IT needs to know about cloud economics: behavioral factors

Even if your world revolves around technology, you may have heard about behavioral economics. One of the 2017 Nobel Prizes went to a behavioral economist, and last year also saw the publishing of The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis, a history of this discipline and something of a follow-up to his influential book Moneyball . The cognitive errors revealed by behavioral economics impact human ac...

IDG Contributor Network: How will AI surveillance change the American workplace?

Rudimentary forms of surveillance have always been around, and we’ve been familiar with CCTV camera monitoring for several decades. We expect to be monitored, at least to some degree, in our workplaces. But the world of surveillance technology is about to get a facelift, thanks in part to the accelerated development of artificial intelligence. We’re about to see more advanced, less expensive, a...

JDK 10: What’s new in Java 10

JDK 10, an implementation of Java Standard Edition 10, was released on March 20, 2018. Key improvements include local variable types as well as enhancements for garbage collection and compilation. JDK 10 is scheduled to be just a short-term release, and public updates for JDK 10 are slated to end in six months. The upcoming JDK 11, due in September, will be a long-term support (LTS) version of ...

The best open source rookies of 2018

The open source giants of the future Image by Synopsys Over the last decade, Black Duck by Synopsys has recognized some of the most innovative and influential open source projects launched each year. This recognition is a tribute to the success and momentum of these projects, and affirmation of their prospects going forward. We’ve seen honorees like Kubernetes (2014), Docker (2013), Ansible (20...

Azure Service Fabric: What you need to know

Cloud services like Azure are at heart massive distributed systems, hosting all manner of services. Some of them are hosted infrastructure, some of them are containers and microservices, some are development platforms, and some take advantage of serverless patterns. They all need one thing: a management and orchestration platform. General-purpose cross-cloud tools like Kubernetes offer one road...

You need an ‘I’ve been hacked’ plan for your cloud

A study that was conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by IBM Resilient and found that 77 percent of respondents admit they do not have a formal cyber security incident response plan. About half of the 2,800 respondents reported that they didn’t even have an informal response plan. Of course, Ponemon and IBM have a vested interest in encouraging IT leaders to invest more in security, but...

BrandPost: 5 Things to Look for Before Jumping On Board with an Azure Stack Vendor

When someone tells me I can have it all, it’s usually too good to be true. Yet, that’s exactly what Microsoft® is delivering to cloud customers with its popular Microsoft Azure Stack cloud platform. Microsoft Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform that enables you to deliver Azure-consistent services within your own data center. That means you can have the power and flexibility of Azure public ...

What’s new in TypeScript

Microsoft has released the production version of TypeScript 2.7, as well as a beta version of TypeScript 2.8. Where to download TypeScript You can download TypeScript through NuGet or via NPM. To get TypeScript 2.7 via NPM, use the following command: npm install -g typescript . To get the TypeScript 2.8 beta, use npm install -g typescript@rc or via NuGet . Next version: Features in TypeScript 2...
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