Oracle Cloud DevOps and Cloud Native Applications

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Ever heard of DevOps? Well, if you’ve been in the hip scene of agile development then you might have heard this term. Development Operations is a consolidated platform of tools that are meant to promote communication between developers and IT operations while giving the ability to provide a quick development response in the form of continuous delivery. Those who have adopted the agile methodology have seen the benefits of quick delivery with the ability to adjust to rapidly changing business requirements. Oracle is trying to build on top of that type of methodology and consolidate the tools surrounding it with … Read More

Google Cloud Rebranding Summary

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Google has updated it’s branding of Google for Work, Google’s Cloud Platform, and the rest of the company’s cloud-based services, not just logos in this case, but also some of the formal names as well. What was once “Google for Work” is now called “Google Cloud”. The update has caused a little confusion, so we’ve reviewed the information and hopefully, we can bring you some clarity. Within Google Cloud, we have:     Previous Name New Name Google for Work Google Cloud Google Apps for Work G Suite Google for Work Partner Program Google Cloud Partner Program Google for Work Partner … Read More

WebLogic Security – Critical Vulnerability Impacts All Recent Versions

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Oracle recently released its Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2016, and there is a vulnerability addressed by this CPU that WebLogic administrators need to know about. At M&S Consulting, we have been facilitating the application of the appropriate patches required to address this and other vulnerabilities. It is very important to apply this most recent CPU as soon as possible, as one of the vulnerabilities it addresses, CVE-2016-3510, is relatively easy to exploit and can cause serious problems. About CVE-2016-3510 CVE-2016-3510 affects all versions of Oracle WebLogic Server since 10.3.6. So major versions such as 10.3.6, 12.1.3, and 12.2.1 … Read More

What is Salesforce.com?

I find that this kind of defining question seems simple enough, but so many people (even supposed experts) really do not have a grasp of the words they seem to use each day. Words they take for granted. You’d be surprised what kinds of answers I get when I ask people to define the word “shirt”. And you’ll really enjoy watching as I ask them what Google is. Even before the restructuring and introduction of Alphabet, very few people would say (or recognize/internalize) that Google is a company — as opposed a website or search engine — a brand with multiple offerings. In … Read More

Get Hands-On Experience with Machine Learning by Using H2O

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Machine learning is a method of teaching computers how to use data to make predictive models and perform important tasks accurately without manually programming them to do so. In other words, machine learning allows a system to learn from data and experiences so that it can improve its performance in future tasks. For example, have you ever seen on Amazon the “Frequently Bought Together” section? This is where Amazon recommends add-ons or complementary goods based on the product you are looking at. If Amazon had to manually program recommendations for each of its 200 million products, it would take a … Read More

Upgrading a PC SATA drive to SSD

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In my journey to upgrade my new Windows 10 laptop from its SATA mechanical hard drive to a much snappier SSD, I came across several stumbling blocks that were not all addressed within a single blog post or YouTube instructional. Here is my attempt to remedy that. *NOTE* Before you purchase an SSD and undertake this mission, we urge you to please research that your particular laptop model can indeed be upgraded to SSD. Background: If you’re buying a laptop today (early 2016) and looking to upgrade its hard drive (HD) to SSD, you can probably accomplish this upgrade for … Read More

Industrial Internet of Things Platform Comparison

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Last updated December 1, 2016. Published on February 8, 2016. The market for Internet of Things (IoT) platforms is rapidly evolving. With an ever increasing number of available platforms to choose from, we decided it would be helpful to lay out their features and capabilities for easy comparison. To complete our matrix, we used the following criteria: a major IoT player with a platform that has real-world success implementing industrial use cases. The first section gives general information about the various platforms, including the platform name, the Platform as a Service (PaaS) used, and the date the platform became available. Most were … Read More

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday Word Clouds

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There are some fun holidays coming up so we decided to see what people were saying about them on Twitter. Similar to the Valentine’s Day Word Cloud we created, we used R to pull tweets from Twitter, clean them up and display the most frequently used words in a word cloud. See them below! Black Friday: Cyber Monday: Giving Tuesday: