The need to continuously launch new software is at the core of the
transportation industry today. Air France-KLM recognized this need early as
they began to scale their release processes and provide faster more reliable
customer services. Passengers buying tickets, choosing their seats online,
and pilots using web applications to access weather forecasts are just a few
reasons why Air France-KLM began looking for a Continuous Delivery solution
to automate their software deployments.
As the largest European airline group, Air France-KLM was deploying around
200 Java EE application deployments per week, with a 70% rate of error or
failure. The IT department needed a release model that would increase
deployment frequencies and eliminate deployment errors by providing
automation and visibility into the deployment process.
“When I joined KLM, we were facing problems and... (more)
PlexxiPulse - Eliminating Private Cloud Networking Barriers
By Mat Mathews
Many IT organizations look to the private cloud to improve agility and
simplify business operations. More and more are introducing converged and
hyperconverged infrastructure solutions to support cloud initiatives and
agile development practices. But there is too often a road block - legacy
data center networks.
Private clouds require a new multipurpose data center network to support
diverse applications and workloads without sacrificing performance or service
quality. Fully programmable and highly adaptable, the next-generation network
easily integrates with service orchestration tools and DevOps systems to
enable elastic services and self-serve IT. And it supports seamless workload
mobility within and across data centers to ensure high availability for
Every time I call up any customer support and hear the familiar 'all our
representatives are busy dealing with other customers,' that my call is very
important to them and from the more technologically advanced ones that I am
'fourth in the queue and my approximate wait time is 23 minutes,' I wonder
why can't they simply call me back when they are free? They already have my
contact number. Some of them actually play some music while I wait - which is
still better than those who actually take that opportunity to inform me about
their new products.
Have you realized that you might be flying an airline, staying in particular
hotel chain or visiting a retailer for ages but unless you sign-up for their
rewards / loyalty program you're actually invisible to them? I know there are
customer privacy issues at play and a customer might be using different
payment options ever... (more)
Big Data is quickly overtaking SDN as a key phrase in today’s networking
lingo. And overused already as it may be, it actually has a lot more meaning
and definition compared to SDN. Big Data solutions are designed to work on
lots of data as the name suggests. Of course they have been around forever,
talk to any large bank, credit card company, airline or logistics company and
all of them have had applications running on extremely large databases and
data sets forever. But this is the new Big Data, the one inspired by Hadoop,
MapReduce and friends. High performance compute clusters specifically created
to analyze large amounts of data and reduce it to a form and quantity that
human brains can use in decision making.
What makes today’s Big Data solutions different than its more traditional
large database based applications, beyond the sheer datasets being analyzed,
New York-based JetBlue Airways created an airline focused on value, service
and style. They've proven to be a trailblazer in the U.S. airline industry.
They're also a communication technology early-adopter. JetBlue introduced
complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on their
aircraft -- a first among U.S. domestic airlines.
However, their core competency is centered upon air travel. They out-task the
rest to service providers, wherever possible.
JetBlue signed a new, six-year strategic agreement with Verizon Business to
manage the airline's information technology ( IT) data center and
communications network needs, as well as provide security and IT consulting
Built on an IP Network Foundation
Verizon Business will design and manage the transition of JetBlue's existing
systems to a new global IT network infrastructure. The newly built
In a recent blog post, I talked about how geofencing could be used in an
enterprise setting to ensure compliance with local regulations or restrict an
application’s functionality when a user is away from the office. Geofencing
is a great piece of functionality, especially when dealing with mobile
enablement/BYOD scenarios but no one feature can make a solution.
A true solution does more than just check boxes on a list of functional
requirements. It addresses a real-world issue and provides the platform, the
context – and yes, the features – necessary not just to solve a problem
but also to give the enterprise additional value. At Layer 7 Technologies,
our customers count on us for solutions to their toughest challenges around
security, identity, integration and governance of applications exposing data
to partners, mobile devices, the cloud and the Web. That’s why I’... (more)
PALMDALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/07/07 -- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa and Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford welcomed United Airlines' first
passenger flight to LA/Palmdale Regional Airport (PMD). Today's
history-making arrival and departure marks the first time that commercial jet
service has operated out of PMD.
Over 200 travel agents and local business leaders attended the inaugural
event which showcased PMD's newly refurbished terminal, United's CRJ200 jet,
and a presentation to Betty Moore of Lancaster, widow of the late Clifton
Albert "Mr. Airport" Moore, a world-renown leader in civil aviation who
served for 25 years as executive director of Los Angeles' vast four-airport
"The opening of LA/Palmdale is a major step toward realizing our city's goal
of a truly regional approach to meeting the growing demand for air travel in
Southern California,... (more)
After almost three months of traveling, I returned home today. When I flew
around the island before I touched down, it was one of the most beautiful
November days in the Caribbean. I had left home Labor Day weekend and
traveled through Greece and Italy for most of October. It was one of the
best seasons in Athens and Capri.
Last Tuesday I was on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to New York.
They must have bought new planes, still Airbus but with a personal
entertainment system on every seat with huge plasma touch screens - beats
JetBlue big time. This flight is almost 12 hours. For a 36-hour stay in
Istanbul, you better try your best to rest before you land in JFK, otherwise
the remainder of your day will be completely shot.
After going through "Two and Half Man" and the rest of the TV sitcoms, all
popular movies including Oceans 13, I continued playing aroun... (more)
The experts are promulgating many esoteric ways to determine the financial
condition of the economy. It's irrational to base one's mood on the Dow Jones
Industrial Average (DJIA). After all, (a) what does that have to do with the
real world? And (b) it reflects the buying (and selling) decisions of the
same investment bankers who got us into this mess.
Instead, here are my ten+ ways--GIA (Guy's Index of Absurdity)--to tell if
the economy is really bad:
Venture capitalists attend board meetings via WebEx rather than Gulfstream.
Twitter charges for its service.
Jones Soda switches to text-only labels.
Steve Jobs switches from New Balance to Crocs.
The toilet seats at Google are no longer heated.
Reservations are no longer necessary for the Apple Genius Bar.
Buck's of Woodside changes its name to Quarter's.
Mahalo changes its name to Aloha Oe.
Pierre Omidyar starts selli... (more)
LynuxWorks has announced that Avidyne has selected LynxOS-178 as the embedded
real-time operating system (RTOS) for Avidyne's next generation Entegra
Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck. LynxOS-178 is a commercially available
operating system and that enables manufacturers of DO-178B systems to get to
market faster and with lower overall costs and risks associated with
certifying FAA safety-critical flight systems. LynxOS-178 is a known
certifiable RTOS package that allows avionics customers to achieve the
highest degree of assurance and DO-178B certification to meet unique FAA
Avidyne's Entegra Release 9 flight deck systems include dual, triple, or quad
Integrated Flight Displays (IFD) for general aviation and light business
aircraft. The fully integrated design of Entegra Release 9 makes it ideal for
high-performance singles, piston twins, turboprops, ... (more)
Progress Software Corporation has announced that British Airways (BA) will
use its portfolio of SOA solutions as a key part of its travel program to
upgrade its IT systems. This will extend to the end of 2014 and will
revolutionize travel by integrating over 600 different electronic systems and
processes involved in getting BA passengers in the air.
“With 300 locations around the globe, 25,000 users and more than 250 key
applications, BA's goal is to transform the travel experience. The
flexibility of the Progress SOA portfolio allows BA to extend the features of
its e-commerce site right through to its airports, by allowing greater
self-service functionality and 'plug and play' capability,” explained
Gordon Penfold, CTO, BA.
The result, according to Penfold, is to drive an agile business where rollout
is easier, and cost and time are reduced. “The airport environme... (more)