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Developers warily embrace AWS Cloud9 IDE

LAS VEGAS — Every great platform should have a solid application development environment — but developers at AWS re:Invent indicated AWS Cloud9 IDE has room for improvement before it wins them over in a crowded market.

Amazon Web Services filled a void in its portfolio with an integrated development environment, AWS Cloud9 IDE. AWS lacked an IDE for its platform so it acquired Cloud9 in 2016. Key features include the ability to edit and debug AWS Lambda Functions, code completion and code hinting suggestions, support for collaborative editing and chat, and support for the Go language, as well as dynamic languages such as JavaScript, Python, PHP, Ruby, Go, and C++. It can run online in a managed Amazon EC2 instance, or offline on any Linux server that supports SSH.

Overall, developers and industry experts at AWS re:Invent 2017 here last week welcomed AWS’ new IDE, the latest entry in a crowd of cloud-based development environments.

“For any IDE to be successful it has to be very comprehensive,” said Amit Khanna, senior vice president of technology at Virtusa, an IT services company based in Westborough, Mass. “This completes a story for AWS now that they have an IDE for the platform — especially because there are now so many data services that can be composed very quickly.”

The ability to work offline and online in AWS Cloud9, so developers can write, run, and debug code from any machine with just a browser, is a particular selling point to Justin Rupp, systems and cloud architect at GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization in Washington, D.C. He will evaluate AWS Cloud9 among other options as his company moves to a cloud-based IDE in the next year.

AWS Cloud9 IDE reduces a barrier to entry for cloud developers by being more accessible, and sweetens the pot with the addition of team functionality and the SageMaker machine learning tool, said Mark Nunnikhoven, an Ottawa-based vice president of cloud research at Trend Micro with U.S. headquarters in Irving, Texas.

Clare Liguori, senior software engineer at AWS, and Ankur Agarwal, product manager for AWS Cloud9 IDE
Clare Liguori, senior software engineer at AWS, and Ankur Agarwal, product manager for Cloud9, introduce AWS Cloud9 IDE at re:Invent 2017. Source: AWS. We have permission to use.

Devs hesitant to stray from home

Not everyone thinks AWS Cloud9 IDE will easily lure developers away from their preferred code editor or programming environment, however. Many companies let their developers use whatever IDE they want so they maintain a consistent code style. Cloud-based development environments do that, but may lose some customization that many developers want.

“Developers love their tools, so to get them to move can be monumental — and for AWS this means moving from [Microsoft’s] VS Code to Cloud9,” said Michael Facemire, an analyst at Forrester Research in Cambridge, Mass. “They’ll have some advantages being able to quickly ingest and offer up other AWS services in the tool, but if that’s enough to move developers is still to be seen.”

For some developers at AWS re:Invent, it’s still too soon to tell if they’ll make that switch.

[There’s no Java support.] That’s one of the most popular languages and they don’t even have it yet.
Justin Ruppsystems and cloud architect, GlobalGiving

“While products like this AWS one will make your code style consistent, you lose some of that customization that many developers seek,” GlobalGiving’s Rupp said.

J. Fudge, a software engineer at Raytheon in Dallas echoed those sentiments. “It’s a new IDE and developers are often attached to their IDEs. So I don’t see that as being anything we would adopt any time soon, if at all,” he said.

Josh Stella, CEO of Fugue, a Frederick, Md., DevOps infrastructure software provider, said he lets his developers use whatever IDE or editor they want as long as their code complies with company policies. His team also will evaluate AWS Cloud9 among IDE options.

“AWS has turned the world into distributed application developers,” Fugue’s Stella said. “This tool will bring portability of the developer experience.”

Developers at AWS re:Invent 2017 had other concerns about AWS Cloud9 IDE as well. GlobalGiving’s Rupp bristled a lack of direct support for Java — the JDK is not installed, but you can do Java with some tricks. “That’s one of the most popular languages and they don’t even have it yet,” he said.

And one senior software developer at a large government agency, who asked for anonymity because he did not have clearance to speak for the organization, criticized AWS Cloud9 support for pair programming.

“I like that they have included a way to do pair programming, but their implementation of it sucks,” he said. “If you’re in a very secure environment like me, to use their implementation opens you up to potential vulnerabilities, from what I have seen in playing with it.”

Announcing the General Availability of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018

Virtually every business we speak with today is feeling increased pressure to modernize business processes and accelerate their ability to compete. Often, this pressure is felt most acutely by small and mid-sized organizations. As these businesses evolve, they need systems that grow with them, so they can stay agile, get a holistic view of their business data, and, ultimately, provide them with insights that can help them automate processes and operations. It’s with the needs of these companies in mind that we continue to deliver innovation in Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

I am happy to announce that as of today, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 is generally available for our customers and partners. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 offers significant new capabilities, as well as deeper interoperability across the Microsoft ecosystem, including Office 365.

Dynamics NAV 2018 is the latest version of Microsoft’s end-to-end business management solution designed to help organizations create greater efficiencies, streamline business processes, and empower employees to react quickly to changing business needs with intelligent insights – anywhere and on any device. Most importantly, Dynamics NAV is deeply integrated with Office 365 and includes built-in intelligence, so it’s easy to use, adaptable to specific industry requirements, and helps companies make better business decisions.

Dynamics NAV 2018 includes significant new capabilities and enhanced integrations to simplify adoption and deployment, including:

  • Lower costs of implementation and adoption with new automated setup guides that simplify initial setup of Dynamics NAV and help to seamlessly integrate with Dynamics 365 for Sales. In addition, we’ve introduced a new user tasks function that improves user productivity.
  • Streamline business processes with new out-of-the-box Microsoft Excel report templates (for example, Trial Balance, Cash Flow statements and more), as well as deeper utilization of Microsoft Cognitive Services for image recognition of inventory Items and contacts. We’ve also added improvements to the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capabilities with the Kofax Invoice Capture Service, for process improvement with digitized purchase invoices.
  • Empower employees with new embedded and contextually relevant Power BI reports, improving visualization and visibility within the most highly-used lists in Dynamics NAV. Also, new integrations with Microsoft Flow enable users to automate tasks directly in the context of their Dynamics NAV experience.

Our commitment to Cloud innovation

As we continue to execute on our Dynamics 365 product strategy, we realize smaller businesses sometimes prefer an end-to-end business management solution, instead of an application for each individual line of business within their organization. In an earlier post, Alysa Taylor outlined our plan to deliver a business management cloud solution to address this specific need via our partners. We’re executing on that commitment by expanding Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Business Edition to include the full breadth of Dynamics NAV. This next generation solution will be available to the market in the first half of 2018.

We will provide two distinct offerings for our partner ecosystem, enabling them to provide the right solution for their customers:

  1. A Microsoft Dynamics 365 cloud application, which enables partners participating in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program to deliver an end-to-end cloud business management solution to their small and mid-sized customers – across key business functions, including sales, financial management, project management, and operations.
  2. A business application platform for ISVs, which enables Microsoft ISV Cloud Embed program partners to build and offer vertical cloud solutions directly to customers.

We believe that building on the strength of Dynamics NAV with this new cloud offering will offer Microsoft’s partner ecosystem great opportunity to continue providing innovative solutions to companies that require a comprehensive end-to-end business management solution.

More information

Microsoft partners can read the FAQ on Dynamics 365 offerings and the roadmap page on PartnerSource. Customers should talk to their Microsoft partner for a demonstration of what is new in Dynamics NAV 2018 and the benefits of upgrading. For additional product information, we invite you to visit: http://www.microsoft.com/nav.

For Sale – ASrock Z68 Pro3 motherboard, i5-2500K, Artic cooler, 16Gb DDR3 RAM bundle

Recent upgrade to Ryzen has resulted in the following up for sale. PC has been cleaned about every 6 weeks.

i5-2500K with Artic Freezer Pro7 and stock cooler – processor is boxed, not sure I’ll be able to find box for the cooler

The RAM is GSKILL Ripjaws DDR 1600 PC3-12800, 16Gb in total – two pairs of 4Gb.

No problems with the motherboard, boxed with I/O shield and manual.

Any questions please ask.

Cheers

Price and currency: £170
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Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Bridgend
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – ASrock Z68 Pro3 motherboard, i5-2500K, Artic cooler, 16Gb DDR3 RAM bundle

Recent upgrade to Ryzen has resulted in the following up for sale. PC has been cleaned about every 6 weeks.

i5-2500K with Artic Freezer Pro7 and stock cooler – processor is boxed, not sure I’ll be able to find box for the cooler

The RAM is GSKILL Ripjaws DDR 1600 PC3-12800, 16Gb in total – two pairs of 4Gb.

No problems with the motherboard, boxed with I/O shield and manual.

Any questions please ask.

Cheers

Price and currency: £170
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Bridgend
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – ASrock Z68 Pro3 motherboard, i5-2500K, Artic cooler, 16Gb DDR3 RAM bundle

Recent upgrade to Ryzen has resulted in the following up for sale. PC has been cleaned about every 6 weeks.

i5-2500K with Artic Freezer Pro7 and stock cooler – processor is boxed, not sure I’ll be able to find box for the cooler

The RAM is GSKILL Ripjaws DDR 1600 PC3-12800, 16Gb in total – two pairs of 4Gb.

No problems with the motherboard, boxed with I/O shield and manual.

Any questions please ask.

Cheers

Price and currency: £170
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Bridgend
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – ASrock Z68 Pro3 motherboard, i5-2500K, Artic cooler, 16Gb DDR3 RAM bundle

Recent upgrade to Ryzen has resulted in the following up for sale. PC has been cleaned about every 6 weeks.

i5-2500K with Artic Freezer Pro7 and stock cooler – processor is boxed, not sure I’ll be able to find box for the cooler

The RAM is GSKILL Ripjaws DDR 1600 PC3-12800, 16Gb in total – two pairs of 4Gb.

No problems with the motherboard, boxed with I/O shield and manual.

Any questions please ask.

Cheers

Price and currency: £170
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Bridgend
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – ASrock Z68 Pro3 motherboard, i5-2500K, Artic cooler, 16Gb DDR3 RAM bundle

Recent upgrade to Ryzen has resulted in the following up for sale. PC has been cleaned about every 6 weeks.

i5-2500K with Artic Freezer Pro7 and stock cooler – processor is boxed, not sure I’ll be able to find box for the cooler

The RAM is GSKILL Ripjaws DDR 1600 PC3-12800, 16Gb in total – two pairs of 4Gb.

No problems with the motherboard, boxed with I/O shield and manual.

Any questions please ask.

Cheers

Price and currency: £170
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Bridgend
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – ASrock Z68 Pro3 motherboard, i5-2500K, Artic cooler, 16Gb DDR3 RAM bundle

Recent upgrade to Ryzen has resulted in the following up for sale. PC has been cleaned about every 6 weeks.

i5-2500K with Artic Freezer Pro7 and stock cooler – processor is boxed, not sure I’ll be able to find box for the cooler

The RAM is GSKILL Ripjaws DDR 1600 PC3-12800, 16Gb in total – two pairs of 4Gb.

No problems with the motherboard, boxed with I/O shield and manual.

Any questions please ask.

Cheers

Price and currency: £170
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Bridgend
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Azure powers the industrial Internet

We know that every business is different, but the cloud is foundational to digital transformation. We’re proud that Azure has been at the forefront of helping companies across industries transform. Today, Satya Nadella is sharing the stage with GE’s CEO at Minds + Machines to talk about GE’s transformation and how we’re partnering to help customers around the world accelerate their own transformation.

As we think about the industrial companies of the future, we know there is a huge opportunity to gain insights that will have true business impact. Connecting industrial assets to the cloud enables the creation of a digital feedback loop that helps customers to unlock actionable intelligence from machinery and equipment like wind turbines, jet engines and refrigeration systems.

The industrial internet is changing the way businesses fundamentally operate. We believe that IoT is not a technology revolution, but a business revolution enabled by technology. Think about the advantages of being able to predict when equipment failure might happen and getting in front of it versus dealing with the consequences. It directly impacts the bottom line if you can avoid unplanned downtime, extend equipment life, increase production value and generate higher yields.

At Microsoft, we believe in customer choice and enabling a rich ecosystem of offerings for our customers. In that spirit, we’re pleased to announce that starting November 30, GE’s Predix platform will be available on Azure – the leading cloud for enterprises. This enables Predix to take advantage of Azure’s differentiated capabilities, from enterprise-grade security, to more regions worldwide, to a larger compliance portfolio, to national clouds for the highest level of data sovereignty, to industry leading hybrid capabilities – and more.

We’re committed to helping businesses of all sizes realize their full potential, so customers interested in learning more about our partnership with GE, please contact Erik Sevenants, director of partner development at Microsoft.