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Akamai acquires Asavie

With the acquisition of Asavie, Akamai strengthens it’s mobile, IoT, and security products and services. The company’s portfolio will merge into Akamai’s Security and Personalization Services product lines. The volume of the deal was not disclosed.

Akamai’s press release is here. Darkreading has an announcement.

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On Low-Code platforms

Drag-and-drop platforms enable developers to assemble applications without manual programming. Toyota, ConocoPhillips, and GlobalTranz are among those enterprises leveraging low-code to create business value.

From the article

No Code

Low-Code/No-Code seems to be the buzz word of the current industry. There are virtually no product releases anymore recently, that don’t include features from this category. Every vendor is aiming to push something with this label.

Only, the idea is about as old as the software industry itself.

The sole purpose of software is to make technology available to people with less technical background. Software, in particular enterprise software, is meant to scale. To enable large scale processes to work. These processes most often require diverse backgrounds and experiences to work together.

Standardised software products, rolled out across entire companies, if not value chains, promises to allow exactly that. With no coding required. At least not, after the integration project finished.

Low Code

What is different though, is the rapid speed of change. And low-code is the key to enable virtually everyone. The entire concept is about democratising technology a lot further. The big bet is to shorten integration projects and enable business users to innovate. With no IT-Department in the middle. Asking for huge budgets and long delivery periods.

Low Code, after all, is a very old idea, but with a new, much larger, audience for enterprise software. And that’s why it’s such a game changer for the industry.

CIO.com has an article: How low-code platforms are transforming software development | CIO

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Business & MBA Internet & Culture

Von Cobol nach Java

Facebook arbeitet an einer KI, die automatisch Code von einer Programmiersprache in eine andere übersetzen kann. Das Feld ist nicht gänzlich neu, es gab schon Versuche, KI zu verwenden um beispielsweise statische Analyse und damit Code-Qualität zu verbessern. Wenn eine Maschine zwischen Code übersetzen kann, werden eine ganze Reihe von Banken jubeln, endlich nicht mehr auf unersetzbare, uralte Cobol Programmierer angewiesen zu sein, die auch noch unfassbare Stundensätze aufrufen.

Es ist eine Gelegenheit, schwierigere Probleme anzugehen.

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Business & MBA Product, Projekt & Agile

Third-Party API Economy.

The Third-Party API Economy
Image: Grace Isford

How to Give Your Users Superpowers

Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, thrive and give companies an edge for focusing on very specific issues. While the pattern has been around sind the early 2000s, the ecosystem only started to develop this rapidly recently.

Only to make an example, Twilio started their service as an API only offering. The problem the company solves is basically notification. On all channels, mainly texting and calling. Which by itself is pretty complex, compared to what the involving party actually wants to achieve. Twilio is wrapping this functionality to allow their customers take advantage of telecommunication.

Grace Isford made an effort to classify vendors in the market, that follow similar patterns. The criteria for the selection in his chart are:

  • The product reduces complexity
  • The company provides Business Critical Functionality
  • It takes advantage of a technological shift
  • And finally a community factor

The entire sector is currently exploding and it’s difficult to keep track. Specialised services, consumable through Web-APIs become a commodity for at least developers. Grace Isfords chart gives a good overview of the current situation, along with some criteria to consider the offering.

Source: The Third-Party API Economy. How to Give Your Users Superpowers | by Grace Isford | Sep, 2020 | Medium

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Snyk to acquire DeepCode

Snyk, vendor of open source security software, announced their intent to acquire DeepCode, a Zurich based startup that build AI based security solutions for developers.

From the announcement

We are excited to integrate DeepCode’s technology to our developer-first vision and the Snyk Cloud Native Application Security platform.

From the announcement

Source: Accelerating our developer-first vision with DeepCode | Snyk

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Facebook threatens to stop operations in EU

Facebook threatens to stop operations in EU: Not so sure I’d understand it as a threat, if Facebook ceased operations in Europe. Me personally would’ve kicked the information sucking service and timesink to the youth out a while ago. Latest, when it became clear that Facebook is a pool of hatespeak, that nobody can or wants to control, the time should’ve been over.

However, that’s exactly what they threaten the European Union with. The debate and negotiation started over the ability to transfer personal identifiable information over the Atlantic, to the US.

Most likely, I’d suspect, EU regulators will fall for the attack and back down.

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Snowflake completes largest-ever software IPO

The IPO closed at $120 per share, totalling in a market capitalisation of $33bn. This impressive value eclipses many established global tech players.

Update: TechCrunch’s SnowFlake Category.

via Financial Times (ft.com)

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GAIA-X takes next steps

Der Mitteilung des Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) zu Folge haben heute je 11 deutsche und französische Gründungsmitglieder die notariellen Unterlagen zur Gründung einer “Association internationale sans but lucratif“, kurz AISBL, unterzeichnet. Es handelt sich dabei um eine “Vereinigung ohne Gewinnerzielungsabsicht”, einer belgischen Gesellschaftsform, die dem deutschen gemeinnützigen Verein vergleichbar ist. Sitz der Vereinigung wird Brüssel sein.

Die juristische Geburt des Konzeptes GAIA-X stellt einen großen Schritt nach vorne für europäische Dateninfrastruktur dar.

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Save ARM

After nVidia announced their intent to acquire ARM for $40B the other day, ARMs cofounder Hermann Hauser cofounder, today published an open letter to the british prime minister. The letter brings attention to economic implications the deal will bring and appeals to prevent those. To save ARM: https://savearm.co.uk/

Critical voices have expressed their concern over the market share nvidia would build only after the announcement.

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Nvidia to buy ARM for $40B

nVidia has a blog post over the proceeding. Of course, not only for the sheer size of the deal at $40B, not only techcrunch but also The Verge report on how Nvidia is acquiring Arm for $40 billion. The impact and consequence of the deal is suspected to be huge. ARM’s market share in mobile computing has been tremendous. Through their licensing modes, many mobile phones can remain affordable with decent CPUs and GPUs. With nVidia in the game, a huge single vendor emerges for the market, that some random sources expressed concern over market dominance.