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Olisipo Learning in Portugal has a culture that is based on the constant search for new challenges. Recognized by their clients as the “Best HR Supplier”, they have placed more than 450 specialists into some of the country's most attractive and innovative IT projects. As a leading Portuguese IT sourcing partner, they also take the responsibility of managing and developing consultant skills very seriously. Olisipo's diversified and differentiating training experience accelerates professional success and enhances talent. As the only Portuguese IT company listed as a Top 500 Growth Company in Europe, they also contribute directly to the creation of jobs in the European Union. These are just a few of the reason why Olisipo has prioritize NCTA CloudMASTER® Certification in 2017 for their candidates, consultants and clients. The current European Cloud Computing Policy is ... (more)

Drupal 8: A View into Performance

This is part 4 in a 5-part series on performance in the upcoming Drupal 8. Check out part 3, on performance in Twig templating, here. Views is one of the most installed Drupal modules with over two thirds of Drupal sites reporting that they have it installed. Soon, though, that number will go up: as of Drupal 8, Views is a core module! This effort started as a community effort and was announced as an official Drupal 8 initiative in a post by Dries explaining why this change is so exciting. One of the reasons that Views is so popular is that it provides an ‘all-in-one' answer without writing a single line of code. But there's a reason that many programmers hate WYSIWYG editors: you see the result, but not the steps taken to produce it, and what you don't know might come back to bite you. While a WYSIWYG editor will get you broken links or weird formatting, WYSIWYG da... (more)

Open Source Content Management Systems

A content management system (CMS) is a system facilitating efficient production of desired output by using managed content. The content may be text, images, graphics, documents, sound, video or other that can be managed in an electronic format. It is a software application used in uploading, editing and managing content on a website. CMS has been gaining popularity as it handles various tasks including when to display content, how many times to display content to specific users and how the content interacts with other elements of the website. Open source CMS systems are popular for their quality, lower cost, reliability and flexibility. This article is the first in a series that lists the advantages and disadvantages of the 18 most popular open source Content Management Systems. The first five are WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, and b2evolution. 1. WordPress Wo... (more)

Preparing for the Revolution

There's revolution (or evolution) occurring in the high-performance computing (HPC) industry. Recently both AMD and Intel introduced chips with multiple processing units in a single package. Instead of having one central processor, or brain, computers will now have multiple brains with which to run programs. While this technique isn't new, it's the first time these types of architectures have been mass-produced and sold to the commodity PC and server markets. This revolution will affect everyone who uses a computer including high-performance clustered systems. From laptops to game consoles to large servers, the multi-core age has begun. From an end-user's perspective, this change will remain hidden. However, the expectation of continued price-to-performance gains like those experienced over the past 20 years will remain. Programmers will find providing additional ... (more)

SpikeSource To Certify Open Source Apps on Windows

In another trip down the rabbit hole to where things are odd indeed, SpikeSource, Kim Polese's open source stack operation, is going to certify all of its SpikeIgnited open source applications on Windows. In concert with Microsoft, it says. SpikeIgnited includes BI, ECM, collaboration, e-mail, CRM and web content management software, the kind of stuff that Microsoft supplies. The announcement quotes Microsoft's general manager of platform strategy Bill Hilf as conceding that "a significant number of enterprise customers with open source applications run those applications on Windows server" so it's trying to be cooperative and win interoperability points. SpikeSource, which isn't believed to be doing all that well, says it recently shipped an unidentified Windows-certified SpikeIgnited product to NEC for customers who have been asking for dual-certified Linux/Windows a... (more)

Optaros Creates Dynamic Online Community for Chicago Public Radio

Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago, WBEQ 90.7 FM Morris, and WBEW 89.5 FM Chesterton) is a community-supported, non-commercial public service broadcasting institution for 7.7 million people throughout Chicago and surrounding regions. Chicago Public Radio produces, acquires, and distributes engaging, thoughtful, and entertaining programs of depth, breadth, diversity, and substance. The organization prides itself on helping listeners learn about issues and ideas that affect the community, the nation, and the world. The institution has more than 120 employees across multiple offices in greater Chicago. In planning the Vocalo Web site, Chicago Public Radio was breaking new ground. The Web site would not just promote its companion radio station, but provide an avenue through which a diverse audience could be reached, intrigued, and attracted to the radio station... (more)

Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign, and Yahoo! Join OpenID

The OpenID Foundation (OIDF), formed in early 2006 "to help promote, protect and enable the OpenID technologies and community," yesterday announced that Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign, and Yahoo! have joined its board. The Foundation was formed by seven community members with the goal of helping promote, protect and enabling the OpenID technologies and community. While the OpenID Foundation serves a stewardship role around the community’s intellectual property, the Foundation’s board itself does not make any decisions about the specifications the community is collaboratively building. Today’s announcement marks a milestone in the maturity and impact that the OpenID community has had. In 2008, there will be a larger focus on making OpenID even more accessible to a mainstream audience, the development of a World-wide trademark usage policy (much like t... (more)

The Next Big RIA Service: Sprout

I was preparing my slides for the upcoming AjaxWorld Conference in New York next Tuesday, where I compare different technologies for creating rich Internet applications.  The slides for the big players on the market are ready, but I was looking for one more – something that would fall into a category of cool RIA. And I found one. These days RIA tools are created mainly to two groups of people: Web Developers and UI Designers. The second group is represented by creative people who can design screens but are not programmers. Big guys like Adobe are trying to come with tools that would bring together these two groups of people who currently live in different planets. For example, the rumor has it that Adobe is going to release Thermo Beta this Summer. It allows designers to drag and drop and Flex code will be automatically generated based on their creative moveme... (more)

LinkedIn on List of Hottest Silicon Valley Startups

LinkedIn has become the professional's social network site, and it is gaining popularity fast.  Add in the purchase of a stake in LinkedIn by SAP, and you can see why Orchestra is so heavily invested in LinkedIn. LinkedIn provides professionals a place for open and honest business discussion, without the anonymity of other social media sites that can lead to unprofessionalism. LinkedIn is featured in an article as one of the top startups in Silicon Valley. *Obviously one of the world's largest news providers doesn't use Drupal, as you can see form the ugly URL. Maybe someday they'll get with it and have a URL like this: www.reuters.com/article/linked-named-top-silicon-valley-startup Story Details:  LinkedIn, founded 2003: The most popular social networking site for professionals was valued by its investors last year at $1 billion and has annual revenue beyond $100 ... (more)

Orchestra Featured on SAP Ulitzer Site

Wow, look at me, I'm famous. Oh wait, what have I done. Are people going to follow me to the grocery store with cameras now? Probably not, unless the world turns it's attention from Jon and Kate to SAP Business One. But in our little world, this is pretty cool. Orchestra and myself are featured on the SAP site at SYS-CON. Check us out on the front page. As an FYI, SYS-CON is part of Ulitzer, which is a huge news site. It runs on Drupal and is reported to be one of the largest Drupal sites in existence, expected to have millions of views per month with over 2 million nodes. We don't just like it because it is Drupal though, Ulitzer is an awesome business and tech site that has replaced some other sites for me.  Here are some links to this site and others like it: SAP SYS-CON Site:  http://sap.sys-con.com/ SAP Business One Journal on Ulitzer:  http://sapbusinessone.ulit... (more)

Security Enhanced OpenSolaris Drupal Stack on EC2

Over the last few months, I have had a number of postings that have talked about security enhanced virtual machine images that we have made available on Amazon Web Services. The goal behind this work was to look at how we could improve baseline security in both virtualized and Cloud Computing computing environments by pre-integrating industry accepted recommended security settings. Organizations leveraging our work would have fewer security steps to undertake as our images were configured to be compliant with the recommendations published by the Center for Internet Security as part of their Solaris Benchmark (adapted for OpenSolaris). So with this goal in mind, we developed security-enhanced versions of the OpenSolaris 2008.11 and 2009.06 operating systems. The latter went beyond the Center for Internet Security recommendations by also adding support for encrypted ... (more)