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FeedHenry Extends Reach of BaaS Platform

As much as mobile backend-as-a-service (BaaS) platforms free up developers from having to worry about the infrastructure that support their applications, they do generally come with a downside; most of them lock the developer into a particular cloud platform. With that issue in mind, FeedHenry created a namesake BaaS platform that took advantage of Node.js to create a BaaS platform that developers could deploy and ultimately move to any cloud platform of their choice.

Jitterbit Unfurls Harmony Cloud Integration Platform

After being a provider of integration software primarily used on-premise to integrate enterprise applications, Jitterbit today unfurled a cloud integration platform. Andrew Leigh, vice president of products and alliances for Jitterbit, says The Harmony Cloud Integration Platform from Jitterbit offers all the same features of the on-premise edition of Jitterbit integration software in a way that can be easily extended to social, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) applications using connectors in as little as 10 minutes.

AppDynamics Exposes App Intelligence via RESTful APIs

AppDynamics is moving to turn its application performance management (APM) software into an application intelligence platform. With the unveiling today of AppDynamics Application Intelligence Platform, AppDynamics is layering application intelligence applications on top of its service while at the same time inviting third-party organizations to build complementary applications that leverage AppDynamics data that can be accessed via RESTful APIs.

Microsoft's Nokia Acquisition Means More Opportunities For Developers

Microsoft finalized its acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone and software businesses today. The deal, valued at $7.2 billion, was first announced last September and significantly alters the mobile landscape. Rather than simply develop the Windows Phone operating system, Microsoft will now also make smartphones with the OS on board. It changes the Apple-Google-Microsoft dynamic in a new and interesting way that will bring new opportunities for developers.

2K Announces Game that will Utilize New AMD Mantle Graphics API

2K and Firaxis Games have announced the upcoming release of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, a multiplayer science fiction-themed game that is a new addition to the Civilization series of games. Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth will be available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux in fall 2014 (North America) and will be one of the first games to utilize AMD's new Mantle API for enhanced graphics performance.

Dell Adds Analytics Capability to Boomi Integration Service

Dell wants to reduce the number of common integration errors, the time it takes to fix them, and add new analytics capabilities to the Dell Boomi AtomSphere integration service. Dell Boomi AtomSphere CTO Michael Morton says that when it comes to integration many organizations not only continue to make the same errors over again; they encounter many of the same problems that other organizations have already experienced.

Developers Emerge as Kingmakers of IT in the Cloud Era

While there’s no doubt that the influence of developers has never been greater, a debate is starting to emerge concerning how much power developers now wield across the enterprise. At the Red Hat 2014 Summit last week, Deepak Advani, IBM general manager for cloud and smarter infrastructure, told attendees that developers are now the kingmakers of enterprise IT. To back up that claim Advani noted that not only do developers today decide what APIs will be published, but increasingly they determine what technologies are actually deployed.

AppDynamics Extends Application Performance Management Reach

Ever since developers discovered the ability to directly manipulate large amounts of data using NoSQL databases, there has been a proliferation of database types across the enterprise. While an increase in the number of database options has been a boon to developers; it creates a level of unprecedented complexity when it comes to managing the overall enterprise IT environment.

Telerik Makes Framework for JavaScript Available via Open Source

With strong roots in the Microsoft ecosystem, Telerik has always been part of the commercial software landscape. But starting today Telerik, a provider of application development tools, is embracing open source. The company today announced Telerik Kendo UI Core, an open source implementation of the JavaScript framework and user interface tools that Telerik created for its cross-platform application development environments.

Survey Finds Developer Influence Reaches Far Beyond IT

Developers have always exercised more influence over all things IT than generally acknowledged. But now it looks like the reach of that influence is starting to extend well into business and society itself. A new survey of 1,000 software developers in the U.S. published today by Chef, providers of an open source framework for automating the management of IT, finds that 94 percent of the developers surveyed expect to be a revolutionary influence in major segments of the economy during the next five years. Additionally, 63 percent feel a talented software developer has more power to change society than a talented public speaker.