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Progress is a flexible company – the organisation has been through (arguably) more platform-level developments than most enterprise software businesses, but in the contemporary age of cloud, data science and machine autonomy, that may be no bad thing.

But this is not a potted history of one company’s journey (these days the company describes itself as a trusted provider of infrastructure software), this is focal point on where the organisation is now in light of its forthcoming Progress360 developer event, which will be staged September 11-14, 2022, live from the Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston, USA, as well as virtually around the globe.

The first thing to know about Progress is how to say it. 

While native North Americans pronounce Progress as praw-gress, us quaint old Brits pronounce Progress as prow-gress. The difference is subtle enough and most Europeans quickly slip into a more mellifluous drawl once they spend any time with the company… but let’s move on.

As the Computer Weekly Developer Network team packs its lobster crackers and goes on a baked bean detox in order to prepare for the show, what can we expect from Progress 360 this year on the ground?

Hey, it’s emotional

The last time we were able to attend a Progress developer convention was way back in 2019, so this gathering will no doubt be emotional in a possibly-post-pandemic kind of a way.

Who should attend? 

Progress says it’s a broad church and whether attendees are front-line developers, IT operations staff or security professionals (or indeed, an executive decision maker) attendees will leave Progress360 energised and armed with useful technical learning points… okay, someone said ‘actionable takeaways’ too, but you can’t keep the marketing team down forever, right?

A multi-dimensional event

This is something of a multi-section event, made up of three key elements: DevReach, ChefConf (Progress initiated its acquisition of Chef in 2020 for its infrastructure automation and configuration management competencies), plus also Progress Executive Forum, a by-invitation-only mini-symposium for senior business, IT and security leaders.

Looking at the first two elements then… Progress has said that DevReach is known for being one of the largest (if not THE largest) developer conferences in Eastern and Central Europe. Now staged in the USA for the first time, DevReach brings together industry experts and influencers for hands-on sessions into the latest software application development technologies and best practices

So to ChefConf, which must also now logically be part of the Progress event family, this section (Ed: you mean dimension, right?) of the event brings together the Chef community and DevOps professionals to dive into the innovations and practices in DevOps and DevSecOps, as well as the full Progress Chef portfolio.

According to Progress, ChefConf is a ‘true user conference’ that ensures attendees get as much in and out of the scheduled sessions, talks and breakout sessions. There are activities outside of scheduled sessions with an experience zone, cocktails hours as well as networking opportunities to meet other Chefs, customers and contributors.

“Over the last few years businesses across all industries have dramatically evolved. Every business must now adopt an innovator mindset to stay competitive and software infrastructure is playing a key role in making progress happen,” said Yogesh Gupta, CEO, Progress. “Progress360 will be the event where technology decision makers and practitioners want to come year-after-year, to gain access to thought-provoking content, actionable insights and community connections they can leverage to power their businesses.”

Gupta will share the stage with other members of the Progress family as well as number of special keynote speakers.

Speaker selection collection

DevReach speakers include: Julia Lerman, software coach, Pluralsight author, .NET & DDD; Emma Twersky, developer relations engineer at Google; Adedwale Akinfaderin, data scientist at Amazon; Rachel Kang, software engineer at Microsoft ; Layla-Porter, live coder, Microsoft MVP and GitHub Star; and Alisa Duncan, senior developer advocate at Okta.

ChefConf speakers include, Jay Thoden Van Velzen, head of security operations at SAP; Brittany Woods, manager for server automation at H&R Block; and Stephanie Laingen, software Engineer at TapHere!

Special guest speakers include futurist Jason Pontin. A partner at deep technology venture capital firm DCVC, Pontin will explain how companies can solve urgent global challenges in energy, health, agriculture, manufacturing, space and other sectors using emerging technologies and breakthrough science. 

Progress tweets at @ProgressSW and notable hashtags here include #ProgressPROUD #Progress360 #DevReach22 #ChefConf22 – extra baked beans please, we’re looking forward to the show.

Thu, 21 Jul 2022 06:54:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : APAC organisations renew focus on ERP

Organisations are reinvesting in enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems once again as they emerge from the throes of the pandemic, with the global ERP market expected to more than double between 2019 and 2026, according to industry estimates. In Asia-Pacific, a TechTarget/Computer Weekly study revealed that ERP was at the top of the priority list of backend applications that organisations are looking to spend more on this year.

“ERP has come to the forefront during the pandemic where organisations that previously weren’t very interested in ERP have come to rely more heavily on the functionalities of ERP to counter some of the challenges that the pandemic brought up,” said Neha Ralhan, senior principal analyst for ERP strategy at Gartner.

During the pandemic, many organisations faced disruptions in their supply chains that led many CEOs and chief financial officers (CFOs) to cast a critical eye over their global ecosystem.

“CFOs are considering options that include onshoring or nearshoring to reduce costs,” said Steven Skinner, senior director for ERP applications at Oracle Japan and Asia-Pacific. “They are also seeking to accelerate their investments in automation to increase traceability and transparency across supply chains. Organisations that have experienced production and supply disruptions see an opportunity to de-risk and diversify.”

Another challenge was liquidity. Soon after the pandemic hit, liquidity and cash flow became paramount, with many organisations focused on diversifying financing options, said Skinner.

“Organisations with strong balance sheets raised capital to execute on acquisition targets and accelerate merger and acquisition strategies,” he added. “Many organisations looked to reduce costs like their real estate footprints. Focus and investments in continuous planning, scenario planning and modelling applications became essential and the new norm.”

Amid the pandemic, organisations across the region have also been championing new revenue streams through investments in innovation and new business models, such as e-commerce. “As new ways of working emerge, and the anticipated huge growth in e-commerce, there is an urgent need for next-generation ERP to drive process improvement and reimagine business models,” said Cynthia Quah, vice-president and head of cloud at SAP Southeast Asia.

The 3 Rs

Against this backdrop, Ralhan said organisations are approaching ERP investments along the lines of “renewing, reconfiguring and rationalising – the three Rs – as opposed to rebuilding”.

She noted that CIOs and application leaders did a lot of heavy lifting in the past few years to renew their ERP investments, in the form of brand new systems or migrating applications to cloud.

“A cloud-focused model allows organisations to change course a bit easier,” she said. “It works for current state, but also allows flexibility for what’s moving forward because a lot of organisations have possibly seen a change in their core functions in the past two and a half years.”

Cloud migrations in the ERP space have picked up pace, with major suppliers like Oracle and SAP bullish about their cloud business. SAP, for one, is confident that more of its customers will adopt its next-generation S/4 Hana ERP software and the Rise with SAP cloud transformation programme this year.

“The truth is that the adoption of cloud technology is crucial for companies to successfully innovate,” said Quah. “It not only transforms and upgrades business processes but also opens up an avenue for brand new business opportunities.

“This is especially so during a pandemic, where remote working is required at a huge scale, and critical services across the country need to be provided to citizens in a safe and efficient way.”

Take healthcare services, for example. When the pandemic hit, healthcare providers had to handle the surge of Covid-19 patients and delay elective surgeries which affected their revenue streams, said Soma Somasundaram, Infor’s chief technology officer and president of products.

“Healthcare probably suffered the most with software projects being put on hold, but now people are starting to see that they are able to lift their heads up,” he added. “It’s not that the pandemic is over, but at least people know how to cope with it and we’re seeing a surge in that vertical.”

Other industries where ERP investments have seen an uptick include process manufacturing and food and beverage, where companies took advantage of the economic downturn to upgrade their systems, said Somasundaram.

Infor’s global cloud business grew by over 20% year-on-year in 2021 despite taking a hit from the healthcare sector. But overall, Somasundaram expects the growth momentum to continue as the people who implemented ERP systems decades ago are now on the verge of retirement.

“You hire people out of school and there’s a fear that they don’t understand those technologies, so I think the shift to cloud is only going to accelerate,” he added.

Composable ERP

Besides rationalising their ERP investments to get more “bang for buck”, Gartner’s Ralhan observed that more companies are reconfiguring their systems with a focus on functionalities that might not have been a priority before.

But rather than re-implement an entire ERP suite, which takes a huge amount of time and resources, Ralhan said organisations might focus on specific functionalities through composable ERP, which breaks up monolithic ERP systems into loosely coupled applications.

“Composable ERP allows organisations to renew their ERP efforts rather than rebuild a monolithic ERP from scratch,” she said. “A more mature understanding of ERP and achieving scalability and agility are among reasons why composable ERP has become a popular strategy for organisations.”

In terms of future-proofing, Ralhan said composable ERP also enables organisations to maintain the status quo for some functionalities by using third-party support while evolving other capabilities. “That wasn’t possible historically with monolithic ERP,” she said.

Infor has been a proponent of composable ERP, providing industry-specific ERP components rather than placing everything into a single monolithic stack, Somasundaram said.

“Customers want to take the journey one step at a time without causing disruption to their user base and to mitigate risk,” he said. “No one’s got the perfect answer, but we at least thought about that and built our architecture in such a way through Infor OS”.

Somasundaram said Infor OS serves a backbone that lets organisations federate different ERP components that could sit in the cloud, on premise or on a third-party cloud service like

“Bringing components together through an open architecture lets customers take the journey the way they want. Not everything is possible, but within reason, that level of flexibility is what customers definitely appreciate.”

SAP has taken a similar approach towards composable ERP through a modular architecture that lets organisations combine and adapt various business processes. Its efforts, including a proof-of-concept platform for modular processes that addresses the integration challenges of a composable enterprise, are still a work-in-progress.

Meanwhile, Quah said most organisations “prefer having an integrated ERP as they are realising the benefit of the power of one, in comparison to a best-of-breed approach given the volatile business environment and heightened customer expectations”.

Oracle’s Fusion Cloud applications are also modular, and users can choose which modules they want to use.

“Our integrated, yet modular architecture allows customers to deploy what they need, when they need it,” said Skinner. “They control the pace and define which areas of their business is addressed first, like modernising their financials, supporting company-wide planning, or improving their logistics.”

The rise of industry clouds

ERP systems have traditionally been industry-specific, with offerings catered to business processes in industries from manufacturing and healthcare to automotive and logistics. These are increasingly being offered through the cloud.

In 2020, SAP unveiled its Industry Cloud, an open business process and technology platform with an application programming interface framework that provides access to capabilities in SAP’s core business applications, such as S/4 Hana.

With Industry Cloud, SAP is looking to support business processes that are unique to each industry – for example, creating intelligent stores in the retail sector.

“The store experience will be entirely different in the future, and we want to help to integrate the right technology into the new intelligent store,” said Thomas Saueressig, SAP’s board member and head of product engineering, at the time.

Gartner’s Ralhan noted that historically, the APAC region has always looked towards industry specific capabilities and the uptake of industry clouds, mostly by larger companies, has compounded this trend.

Midsized organisations, however, tend to have a stronger preference for composable and next-generation ERP, she said.

“They are saying this is the functionality we need and if we can get it through an industry cloud, that’s great, but it’s not problem if we can’t as there are some great solutions that would work for our organisation. So, industry specific clouds, especially in the APAC region, are more for the big end of town.”

Switching vendors

Given the huge undertaking in implementing and enhancing ERP systems, it is difficult for most organisations to switch suppliers, especially if their systems are heavily customised rather than configured. But Ralhan said more are doing so for a number of reasons.

“It could be about cost or functionality where the incumbent doesn’t meet the needs of the organisation,” she said. “We’re also seeing, especially in the APAC region, multinationals in different regions with different requirements and therefore different vendors come into the picture.”

Ralhan noted that organisations that are taking the composable approach in a big way aren’t as wedded to legacy systems as before, which demonstrates their growing maturity in ERP implementations.

“We’re definitely seeing a more mature ERP market in APAC and that’s good as application leaders and CIOs are more empowered to go for the solution that best works for their organisation.”

Tue, 19 Jul 2022 15:58:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Five steps for easing the migration to Office 365 or SharePoint Online

When the dust began to settle after the rush to SharePoint 2010, Microsoft decided to throw in a new consideration for the SharePoint 2013 wave: how to make the transition from an on-premise SharePoint to a cloud-based SharePoint. While the underlying technology of SharePoint in Office 365 is broadly similar to the version that you can install on-premise, there are a few unique differences that could derail your migration. With that said, it’s worth bearing in mind a few things when considering the migration to Office 365 or SharePoint Online.

1. Do you need to move SharePoint to the cloud? Just because SharePoint is now available in the cloud, you still must ensure it makes business sense for you to make the move. There is no doubt that there is pressure to embrace the cloud coming from a variety of sources. Regardless, you have to make sure it is the right move for your organization. It’s not solely Microsoft Office 365 that you should consider either, as SharePoint in a “Private Cloud” could also be the right option for you.

2. Your move to the cloud is going to take much longer than you think it will. I’m not saying that you should estimate how long you think it will take, then double it, but the reality is the migration will take longer than you first thought. SharePoint is complex, things can go wrong and connections to the cloud can be slow or break. As some of the following points illustrate, there are ways to help mitigate these; however, it’s important that you realize that this is the case.

3. Identify what you need to migrate and what you should leave behind. There is no point spending time (and therefore money) migrating content that is no longer useful to your business. It’s important to work with the content owners and business users to identify the relevant content. It’s not just what content is new or being accessed; it is also important to understand how it is being used.

This will help you to validate that cloud-based SharePoint is going to meet the business needs. You can then start to build a plan for an updated information architecture and carry out your move to the cloud. This is also the stage where you can identify any customizations that you made on your existing SharePoint and formulate a plan for how to deal with them.
4. Test your migration. It sounds obvious, but you should test out migrating to your SharePoint in the cloud. Try to use content and a SharePoint structure that is as close to a representation as possible to your final planned environment. Once you have carried out one test, try another. And another. It’s important that you extensively test, as there are limitations with what can be moved to the cloud.

If you are moving to Office 365, then you are probably using a third-party migration tool, which will have different capabilities for migrating; maintaining metadata, workflows and permissions are capabilities that often differ. These are likely important for your migration, and it is imperative that you understand any limitations related to these. Multiple tests will also verify an approximation of the speed to help you plan a migration schedule. Notice I said “approximation,” because it’s often a good idea to add some extra time to give yourself some additional wiggle room.

5. Verify the results with the business. Once you are happy with your testing, you should show the results to some key business users. Remember that these are the people that ultimately need to be happy with the move. Make sure that the content has been migrated in the way that they expect, and that any new information architecture that made sense on the whiteboard or blueprint now makes sense in the real world.

Steve Marsh is the SharePoint migration expert at Metalogix, where he has worked since 2010.

Mon, 25 Jul 2022 12:00:00 -0500 en-US text/html
Killexams : What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now

Cloud computing is an abstraction of compute, storage, and network infrastructure assembled as a platform on which applications and systems can be deployed quickly and scaled on the fly. Crucial to cloud computing is self-service: Users can simply fill in a web form and get up and running.

The vast majority of cloud customers consume public cloud computing services over the internet, which are hosted in large, remote data centers maintained by cloud providers. The most common type of cloud computing, SaaS (software as service), delivers prebuilt applications to the browsers of customers who pay per seat or by usage, exemplified by such popular apps as Salesforce, Google Docs, or Microsoft Teams. Next in line is IaaS (infrastructure as a service), which offers vast, virtualized compute, storage, and network infrastructure upon which customers build their own applications, often with the aid of providers’ API-accessible services.

When people casually say “the cloud,” they most often mean the big IaaS providers: AWS (Amazon Web Services), Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure. All three have become gargantuan ecosystems of services that go way beyond infrastructure: developer tools, serverless computing, machine learning services and APIs, data warehouses, and thousands of other services. With both SaaS and IaaS, a key benefit is agility. Customers gain new capabilities almost instantly without capital investment in hardware or software—and they can instantly scale the cloud resources they consume up or down as needed.

Cloud computing definitions for each type

Way back in 2011, NIST posted a PDF that divided cloud computing into three “service models”—SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS (platform as a service)—the latter a controlled environment within which customers develop and run applications. These three categories have largely stood the test of time, although most PaaS solutions now make themselves available as services within IaaS ecosystems rather than presenting themselves as their own clouds.

Two evolutionary trends stand out since NIST’s threefold definition. One is the long and growing list of subcategories within SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS, some of which blur the lines between categories. The other is the explosion of API-accessible services available in the cloud, particularly within IaaS ecosystems. The cloud has become a crucible of innovation where many emerging technologies appear first as services, a big attraction for business customers who understand the potential competitive advantages of early adoption.

SaaS (software as a service) definition

This type of cloud computing delivers applications over the internet, typically with a browser-based user interface. Today, the vast majority of software companies offer their wares via SaaS—if not exclusively, then at least as an option.