5 key technologies to double down on now

With digital transformation dominating the business agenda, IT pros are under pressure to create a modern-day tech foundation sturdy enough to drive that change as they head into 2017. What milestones are they aiming for in the year ahead? Where should they direct their limited resources? According to Computerworld’s Forecast 2017 survey, IT professionals will… Continue reading 5 key technologies to double down on now

How Microsoft will drive enterprise IT in 2017

Microsoft had a fascinating and positive 2016, with new hardware and software launches, as well as some surprising acquisitions. With CEO Satya Nadella’s transformation of Redmond nearly complete, we can expect more changes in 2017 as Microsoft’s enterprise reach stretches beyond Windows into the wider world of cross-platform computing and the cloud. [ Give yourself… Continue reading How Microsoft will drive enterprise IT in 2017

Machine learning: From science project to business plan

2015 was the year machine learning emerged from the academic closet. No longer was it an esoteric discipline commanded by the few, the proud, the data scientists. Now it was, in theory, everyone’s business. 2016 was the year theory became practice. Machine learning’s power and promise, and all that surrounded and supported it, moved more… Continue reading Machine learning: From science project to business plan

Oracle survey: Java EE users want REST, HTTP/2

In September and October, Oracle asked Java users to rank future Java EE enhancements by importance. The survey’s 1700 participants put REST services and HTTP/2 as top priorities, followed by Oauth and OpenID, eventing, and JSON-B (Java API for JSON Binding). “REST (JAX-RS 2.1) and HTTP/2 (Servlet 4.0) have been voted as the two most… Continue reading Oracle survey: Java EE users want REST, HTTP/2

Devs will lead us to the big data payoff at last

In 2011, McKinsey & Co. published a study trumpeting that “the use of big data will underpin new waves of productivity growth and consumer surplus” and called out five areas ripe for a big data bonanza. In personal location data, for example, McKinsey projected a $600 billion increase in economic surplus for consumers. In health care,… Continue reading Devs will lead us to the big data payoff at last

Build chat bots with Microsoft’s Bot Framework

One of the more fascinating trends of this past year was the move to conversational computing. Instead of building complex apps, using bots over services like Facebook’s Messenger or Microsoft’s Skype can help simplify customer interactions. Using bots is a technique that can also work over internal chat tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams, giving… Continue reading Build chat bots with Microsoft’s Bot Framework