Low-code app development – second time around

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Low-code app development tools have existed for over 20 years, but for a long time they were a niche concern. The tradeoffs they brought were too big for many people to embrace. Now we have different circumstances, though, and the technology’s improved, too. It looks like low-code app development tools will go a lot further […]

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Hyperledger Sawtooth – Intel’s blockchain baby comes of age

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The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger project gained another 1.0 release this week, when the Hyperledger Sawtooth distributed ledger platform framework reached production-ready status. As we outlined in our report on Hyperledger late last year, Sawtooth is a modular blockchain platform designed to address the scalability, security, and privacy concerns associated with large and distributed validator populations. […]

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ProcessMaker’s workflow journey

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If you’re a workflow and BPM technology insider, you’ll be aware of a number of open-source technology providers, and names like Red Hat and Camunda might spring to mind. You might not necessarily know ProcessMaker – a company originally founded as Colosa, with its core product, also called ProcessMaker, first launched in 2008. It’s certainly […]

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Google Cloud AutoML: no longer just bots-for-boffins

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This week saw Google announce early alpha access to its Cloud AutoML service, designed to bring custom machine learning models to the general developer population (i.e. those without any specific deep learning expertise – not just deep learning researchers, or the data scientist community). By Google’s reckoning, that opens up the power of deep learning […]

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It’s ML-with-everything, as AWS equips builders for (AI) business

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As much as a conference as wide-ranging as AWS re:Invent can have a focus, last week’s main message was that developers (“builders”, in CEO Andy Jassy’s parlance) need to embrace machine learning techniques in order to deliver the next generation of applications everywhere. It’s AWS’ mission to make that as accessible as possible. It’s fair […]

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Another RPA+BPM partnership: Software AG and Kryon Systems

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On October 31st Software AG and Kryon Systems announced a new partnership that sees Software AG selling and distributing Kryon Systems’ RPA technology alongside its own Dynamic Apps Platform. On the heels of Appian’s tie-up with Blue Prism, IBM’s tie-up with Automation Anywhere and Pegasystems’ acquisition of OpenSpan, this new partnership shows how digital platform […]

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The gloves are off: Getting serious with Google Cloud

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Google opened up its offices in London this week for the Google Cloud EMEA Analyst Summit. Although ostensibly ‘cloud’ in name, it was a chance for the company to show off advances in Android and Chromebooks, though it was the G-Suite (office and productivity tools) and Google Cloud Platform services which were of most interest […]

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TIBCO has vision and chops. Can it bring its customers along?

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At the TIBCO NOW conference in San Diego, the venerable independent middleware pioneer unveiled a set of new products and capabilities, building on announcements at its Berlin event earlier in 2017. Slimmed down, pushing forward Three years after its transition back into private hands (with its purchase by PE firm Vista Equity Partners for $4.3bn […]

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Maybe you don’t need an AI strategy

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Maybe you don’t need an AI strategy. After all, it’s completely overhyped. Alternatively, it’s just a load of repackaged old stuff we’ve been doing for years. Either way. Or maybe you do. Here are three things every senior technology leader or architect needs to know about AI* in business: “AI” is not one identifiable, singular […]

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