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Today, VMware and Pivotal share an important milestone in our promise to deliver a next generation, turnkey Cloud Native platform that will fundamentally transform how companies deliver and run custom enterprise software. We are announcing the availability of the open source Photon Platform Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) for Cloud Foundry’s BOSH, an API that is used to interact with an underlying IaaS to create and manage objects on an infrastructure, including images, VMs and disks. Simply put, now Cloud Foundry users have the ability to manage their application’s lifecycle on the lightweight VMware Photon IaaS.
In this week’s Build Newsletter, we focus on all of the innovations coming out of South by Southwest, one of the world’s biggest stages for showcasing software and its incredible ability to reshape our culture. Starting off with Obama’s keynote perspective on the importance of embracing technology, we highlight some of the incredible innovations showcased at the event including apps that will feed the hungry, voice-based interactions that allow people silenced by ALS to communicate, and how big data and advanced analytics are making new waves in government.
This post and video recaps Pivotal's Onsi Fakhouri’s, vice president of cloud research & development, overview and roadmap for Pivotal Cloud Foundry. An edu-taining presentation that is in a style closer to Pixar than Powerpoint, Onsi explains how Pivotal is transforming how the world builds software and is eliminating the lion share of the burden of software development—letting developers and operators return their focus to just the code.
Last week marked the first Pivotal Cloud Foundry Industry Day, where 21 companies came together to create new Cloud Foundry tiles. For the not-yet-initiated, tiles are on-demand services are fully functional, portable components used to build out applications in Cloud Foundry parlance. The initiative to expand these services is the brainchild of Pivotal's Josh McKenty who unveiled a new tile-generator tool. 21 companies (listed in the article) participated and should be entering private betas which customers can now request to join in the next 6 weeks. After rave reviews from participants in this first program, Josh is planning on another event in Q2 on the east coast.
To support the growing demands of enterprises looking to use software as a competitive advantage, Pivotal has acquired three companies and added an Entrepreneur-in-Residence over the last two months. Starting with CloudCredo (December 2015), Slice of Lime (January 2016) and bringing Eric Ries on board as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Pivotal’s is excited to announce today that we have acquired Neo, a provider of agile development services based in Singapore and San Francisco, in a strategic initiative to extend our ability to help companies around the globe.
In 2016, with the digital transformation revolution sweeping its way into mainstream corporate agendas, there is increasing pressure to extract as much value from Big Data as possible … and fast! The good news is the underlying technologies that support Big Data analytics are evolving at a rapid pace, providing the tools you’ll need to turn data into insight into action. As a result, expect another year of Big Data firsts, from mainstream adoption of real-time analytics to the rise of intelligent machines, over the next twelve months. In our annual post, here are Pivotal’s top data predictions for 2016.
Today, alongside Ireland’s prime minister, the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, Pivotal announced a €100M investment plan in Ireland, including a new Pivotal office in Dublin and the creation of 130 new jobs. Similar to many Pivotal Labs locations, Pivotal will also create a software innovation hub for startups and enterprise customers.
Pair programming and agile development have become popular buzzwords in recent years, but these practices have been fundamental to how Pivotal Labs develops and delivers products since its inception. As a result, companies often collaborate directly with Labs to develop applications, while also learning techniques of close collaboration and iterative development. Members of IDEO Labs, the research and development group within global design agency IDEO, recently spent a month at Pivotal Labs to build an application using agile development methods.
Pivotal, with its mission to transform how the world builds software, attracts some of the best and brightest talent across the world. This week, our own Cornelia Davis, director of platform engineering for Pivotal Cloud Foundry, was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Women in Cloud” by CloudNOW, a non-profit consortium of women in cloud computing. Not only is she at the top of her game in the industry, she is also a mother, a self described foodie, and in the past couple years has turned into a tremendous advocate for greater diversity and inclusion in software, a problem that the industry is growing to recognize with software leaders like Salesforce.com bravely sharing its surprise at the inequality in pay, and of course this week’s popular story about the sexist reactions to an ad sparked the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign. We are sharing her story to both recognize her achievements and in hopes that her example will breed other role models across the industry—because, in her words, “no one can do this alone.”
Our customers achieve the greatest business outcome when they take on digital transformation—not just implementing software or delivering a project—but taking the learnings from a smaller, collaborative IT and business team then expanding the approach to become a true software and data-driven company. This week, we are announcing the leader of our transformation practice at Pivotal Labs. One the most influential women in Bay Area business, Siobhan McFeeney will be leading the group and helping our customers achieve a greater impact to their top and bottom line—all by optimizing their use of Pivotal solutions.