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On-Device Open Source CI and CD for Mobile Reinvented: Meet Concourse

Concourse is a simple-yet-flexible open source continuous integration system which is maintained and developed by a team of engineers at Pivotal. For the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) team in Toronto, which focuses on mobile services, Concourse was a useful upgrade from GoCD, our previous CI/CD system. The flexibility of Concourse enables us to continuously test and deploy our PCF Services, and with minimal setup, add a Mac Mini worker for on-device mobile testing. In this post, Pivotal’s Topher Bullock explains how to setup Concourse to continually run tests on iOS devices.

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EMC Documentum Goes Cloud Native With Pivotal Cloud Foundry

Today, software companies across every industry must address the requirements to migrate their applications to various cloud models—public, private, and hybrid versions of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. This case study shares how EMC Documentum chose Pivotal Cloud Foundry to do so. The EMC team faced additional challenges around consumption-based pricing, packaging, and agility. Their approach is explained along with the business outcomes, which includes a 75 percent savings in deployment time.

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Build Newsletter: 100+ Links, the Latest Pivotal Market News—June 2015

This month’s roundup of architecture and development related news includes 100+ links. We cover quite a bit—big stories on Gartner’s Hadoop sizing, tons of container news, machine learning, open source projects and programming, the internet of all types of things, and DevOps culture shifts. These fast growth markets just keep making announcements, and we aim to keep everyone current.

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Pivotal Cloud Foundry Mobile Push Services

Today's world is inextricably linked with mobile applications. These can be smartphone based, but increasingly smartwatch based! This opens up a world of new customer interaction that revolves around the timely communication of relevant information. This could be driven by context, by location, by timeframe—a multitude of factors. How do you ensure you can provide a reliable, scalable and powerful notification service across all mobile devices with minimum effort? This week Pivotal Labs' Matt Smith is a guest on the podcast to discuss the PCF Mobile Push Service that helps with just that!

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Pivotal Developers Discuss Microservices and IoT at QCon

QCon is a convention for professional software developers, offering direct and frank discussions on new technologies and common challenges. Taking place June 10-12 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, QCon New York features presentations and talks on timely topics such as microservices, mobile development, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Pivotal’s Josh Long and Farhan Thawar will join the discussion, leading a presentation and day-long track at the event.

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Part 1: Shifting From Android To Web Development

Learning to make front end web applications requires learning a few things in parallel—the language, the framework of choice, the test framework, the build system, and the different ways you can style things. This post will help you map your knowledge of Android to the equivalent in web in 5 easy steps.

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Pivotal Perspectives—Thinking About Mobile and How it Changes What You Do

The move to Mobile is pervasive in all businesses. Smartphones are pervasive in the community, and new devices such as the Apple Watch continue to evolve and accelerate the Mobile experience. But what does this do to current ways of running and emanating IT? How do you keep pace? Can you use the same staff? What are some of the pitfalls to avoid? This week, Simon Elisha is joined by Farhan Thawar, VP Engineering at Pivotal Labs Toronto, who gives a rich, real-world perspective to Mobile app development and what it takes to do it successfully in today's world.

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How Pivotal Performs Continuous Delivery of Mobile Services

Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery play a large role in Pivotal’s agile engineering culture. Integration testing can be simulated in many different ways, but when it comes to Mobile Services, the only viable solution is to use real devices. We have implemented a method that offers an automated 360 view of our product quality throughout the development process, allowing us to test on the thousands of devices we have on-hand. Here’s an example of how we use Pivotal Cloud Foundry and iOS and Android bundles to test push notifications on a wide array of devices.

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A Peek Under the Hood of The Connected Car: What It Does & How It Applies to IoT Systems

Connected things are growing 5x in the next 5 years, and the connected car provides a functional and architectural pattern for all Internet of Things systems. This week at Mobile World Congress, Pivotal will give an under-the-hood demonstration of the sensors, mobile apps, big data, and data science behind a connected car dashboard, and this article explains the entire platform, each component, and how it can be applied to other industries.

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