Article: Microsoft: This open-source technology points the way to the collaborative future of work

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Microsoft: This open-source technology points the way to the collaborative future of work

The future of hybrid work that Microsoft sees as people start to return to offices and workplaces — at least some of the time — still includes remote collaboration, some of it asynchronous and some of it real time.

“During the pandemic, what’s really come to the fore is team productivity: enabling a group of people to work together,” Microsoft executive vice president for experiences and devices Rhajesh Jha said at the recent Build conference. “We think this is the era of collaborative apps where collaboration is at this centre, whether it be synchronous in the context of a video meeting, whether it be asynchronous with documents and chat.” “Collaboration is going to have to be the core of new applications,” Jha added. The technology Microsoft is pinning its hopes on to deliver this new group productivity is open-source framework Fluid.

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Article: 7 Popular Open Source CI/CD Tools

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7 Popular Open Source CI/CD Tools

DevOps is a software development strategy that incorporates agile practices for fast, efficient product creation and release. It focuses on integration of development and operations teams, continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) and automation of tasks and processes.

Typically, DevOps teams use pipelines to streamline and standardize processes. DevOps pipelines are toolchains that teams can use to automate tasks and provide visibility into the software development life cycle. In this article, we’ll cover seven popular open source CI/CD tools.

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Article: The third wave of democratized geospatial knowledge

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The third wave of democratized geospatial knowledge

Once upon a time, map-making lay in the purview of professional cartographers. Geospatial data analysis was only available to trained analysts using specialized tools. Over the past 25 years, we have seen a dramatic transformation in the geospatial industry, as geospatial data has become democratized and widely available.

The first democratization shift marked the move towards digital maps. Maps became instantly available, personalized, broadly accessible — and free. This phase reached its culmination with the advent of street-level imagery and 3D photographic imagery, giving people the ability to truly visualize a location.

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Article: Open source cloud platforms and tools to consider

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Open source cloud platforms and tools to consider

Many cloud strategies rely heavily on proprietary platforms and services. There’s no open source equivalent of a public cloud like AWS or Microsoft Azure, for instance, and it is unlikely that major public cloud vendors will open source their own services. However, there is a variety of open source cloud computing platforms, as well as tools, available.

Open source technologies provide more flexibility and less dependence on proprietary platforms, as well as cost savings. With open source, developers can inspect and modify the source code to fit their needs and requirements.

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Article: Top open source database advantages for enterprises

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Top open source database advantages for enterprises

Many IT industry professionals use DB-Engines to track the popularity of database products. The ranking criteria includes measuring the number of references to different products on industry websites, Google searches, job postings, user profiles, and professional and social networks.

It’s important to note that web popularity does not equate to market share and industry-leading sales revenues. Top commercial products such as Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle’s Autonomous Database continue to lead all vendors, including open source database products. But there has been a rise in open source database adoption, creating some competition for proprietary databases.

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