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How To Build a Roadmap for Your Digital Business Transformation

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Let’s say you want to take your business to the Cloud --  How do you do it? If you’re a small shop or a startup, it might be easy to just swipe your credit card and get going. If, on the other hand, you’re a larger business that wants to start your journey to the Cloud, with a lot of investments and people that you need to bring along, you need a roadmap. The roadmap will help you deal with setbacks, create confidence in the path, and help ensure that you can get from point A to
point B (and that you know what point B actually is.)  By building an implementable roadmap for your business transformation, you can also build a coalition of the willing to help you get their faster.  And you can design your roadmap so that your journey flows continuous business value along the way. In the book, Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation, George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee, share how top leaders build better roadmaps for their digital business transformation. Why You Need to Build a Roadmap for Your Digital Transformation If you...(Read whole news on source site)

Installing Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015 Preview

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By now you probably got the blurb of last week’s Microsoft announcements: Microsoft Takes .NET Open Source And Cross-Platform TechCrunch - Frederic Lardinois “Unsurprisingly, the company plans to work with the Xamarin-sponsored Mono community, which already produces a cross-platform open source .NET framework based on C#. “We will announce this and then take the next few months working with the Mono community,” Somasegar told me. “We are working very closely with the Xamarin guys on this.” With .NET turnaround, Microsoft wants to create ‘one big family’ with open-source community GeekWire - Todd Bishop “Miguel is still the man!” said an enthusiastic S. “Soma” Somasegar,
the corporate vice president in charge of Microsoft’s Developer Division. Somasegar made the comments in an interview discussing the company’s plan to open-source .NET and make it possible to use Microsoft’s developer technologies to make software for — you guessed it — Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. Microsoft is working on the initiative with the Mono community and the startup Xamarin, which de Icaza co-founded.” Microsoft open-sources server-side .Net, launches Visual Studio 2015 preview InfoWorld - Simon Bisson “This doesn’t mean the work on cross-platform client-side .Net will stop. “We’re going to continue partnering deeply with Xamarin,” Somasegar says. That’s borne...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1738

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Information Microsoft Open Sources .NET – The History Behind the Announcement – Kyle Hodgson looks back over the route to Open Source that Microsoft have been on for the last 7 years. Hooray for Open Source .NET! – Brendan Tompkins shares his thoughts on the open sourcing announcement and on .NET as a platform for […]

SQL Saturday #365–Melbourne Feb 7 2015

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Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/darrengosbell/archive/2014/11/17/sql-saturday-365ndashmelbourne-feb-7-2015.aspxThings have been a little quite around here recently, one of the reasons for that is that I’ve been hard at work as a committee member for SQL Saturday 365 which will be held in Melbourne, Australia on Feb 7th 2015. Following on from Melbourne’s first highly successful event earlier this year, next year's event promises to be bigger and better. Located again at the Caulfield Campus of Monash University, the event will have a mixture of local, interstate and international speakers. And for the very first time there will be full day
pre-con sessions available for a very reasonable price on the Friday before the event. You can find out more information about the event here:
https://www.sqlsaturday.com/365/eventhome.aspx You can register to attend here:
https://www.sqlsaturday.com/365/register.aspx If you would like to present a session at SQL Saturday you can submit a proposal here:
https://www.sqlsaturday.com/365/callforspeakers.aspx Pre Cons
This year there will also be 3 Pre-Con Full Day Sessions on the Friday.  These present amazing value for money with...(Read whole news on source site)

Getting the SQL from a LINQ Query in NHibernate

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In case you ever want to have a look at the generated SQL before it is actually executed, you can use this extension method:
New", courier, monospace; font-size: 8pt; direction: ltr; background-color: white;"> 1: public static String ToSql(this IQueryable queryable) 2: { 3: var sessionProperty = typeof(DefaultQueryProvider).GetProperty("Session", BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Instance);

Large scale distributed consensus approaches: Calculating a way out

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The question cross my desk, and it was interesting enough that I felt it deserves a post. The underlying scenario is this. We have distributed consensus protocols that are built to make sure that we can properly arrive at a decision and have the entire cluster follow it, regardless of failure. Those are things like Paxos or Raft. The problem is that those protocols are all aimed at relatively small number of nodes. Typically 3 – 5. What happens if we need to manage a large number of machines? Let us assume that we have a cluster of 99
machines. What would happen under this scenario? Well, all consensus algorithm works on top of the notion of a quorum. That at least (N/2+1) machines have the same data. For a 3 nodes cluster, that means that any decision that is on 2 machines is committed, and for a 5 nodes cluster, it means that any decision that is on 3 machines is committed. What about 99 nodes? Well, a decision would have to be on 50 machines to be committed. That means making 196 requests (98 x 2) (once for the command, then for the confirmation) for each...(Read whole news on source site)

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