Leading the Way to a DeveloperFocused Future

DevUser.png Log in or register to post comments 3. Don’t isolate developers and engineers from the end customers. Just as important as knowing the business is knowing the customer, Jackman said. “MRT will sometimes get [developers and engineers] on the sidelines of customer opportunities … so they can be among the people and see the excitement around a solution,” he explained. The company finds this motivates the developers to think outside the box and causes them to want to make customers just as happy and excited as they are. “We found it works really well to get people to feel like they’re involved,” Jackman said. Plugging Into the Power of APIs Gary Audin June 07, 2019 Evangelist Roy Kurver shares on the importance of APIs for communications today. Tags:News & ViewsDeveloper-FocusedCultureQuicken LoansLazardMarine Rescue TechnologiesDevSecOpsAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsBest PracticesCareersCloud CommunicationsCPaaSEnterprise Connect Articles You Might Like The security mindset is critical at MRT, too, Jackman agreed. “With today’s climate, especially going from premises to cloud, security should be first and foremost.” 1. Include enterprise architects and tech-savvy business product managers on the team. These are “two sides of the same coin,” Quicken Loans’s Wolfe said. As part of a service-oriented architecture strategy, enterprise architects will know which information and tools they need to solve problems quickly. And product managers who have a basic understanding of technology can help translate business needs so the team can identify the microservices that will solve their problems, he said. Click on the video player below to hear the full panel discussion. See All in APIs & Embedded Communications » At Quicken Loans, having cross-functional teams has helped alleviate this sort of problem, Wolfe said. “To the extent that we can keep all the work centralized inside of the team, we can really kind of continue [work on a project] — there’s nowhere to hide, you have to understand and know that you have to get it all the way to the finish line.” Untangling Services, Microservices, Functions Tom Nolle June 27, 2019 Understanding applications in the cloud era takes deciphering the terms of modern software architecture. Quicken Loans addresses this issue by having all technology hires go through a “Passport to the Business” program within six months of joining the company, Wolfe said. “This is an organized program where you go systematically through every single piece of the business, from origination through servicing — everything — and that just pays us huge dividends down the road when your first opportunity is to understand the top-to-bottom picture.” Vonage Takes Care of Healthcare with New Services, APIs Zeus Kerravala April 16, 2019 Helps healthcare organizations fast-track digital transformation plans 5. Remove barriers to progress. One downside of development work can be the “we’re done with our piece but waiting on that group to finish its work” attitude, Lizza said. That’s something he’s seen cropping up at Lazard, so much so, he said, that he has a running joke with his team that he’s going to steal the idea of a swear jar. Just like people have to toss a buck into a swear jar upon uttering a curse, he said he’d like to make team members do the same using a “blocker jar” when they talk about having to wait on somebody else to wrap up a project. This type of excuse “gets thrown out a lot in the industry now, [and I don’t like it.]” Enterprise Connect 2019 panelists, from left: Carmine Lizza, CIO, Lazard; Darryl Jackman, business automation developer,  Marine Rescue Technologies; Benn Wolfe, communications technology lead, Quicken Loans As important as application development has been and will continue to be, “app dev is pointless without the infrastructure — and I think the healthiest organizations bring those together,” Lizza added. Balance and talent acquisition are likewise a challenge at Marine Rescue Technologies (MRT), a safety systems manufacturer, agreed Darryl Jackman, a business automation developer at the company. The move to a cloud platform triggered paradigm shifts in logistics and hiring at MRT, he noted. Once the company moved to an API-based cloud platform “it opened the doors for what we could do very differently compared to being just on premises systems,” Jackman said. And that has led to the challenge of “finding the right people who are openminded and on top of leading technologies.” 6. Invest in your people. Do so, and you’re sure to keep them engaged, Wolfe said. “Take the time to present new opportunities to your existing people. I do believe that they will jump up and take the reins if given the opportunity,” he added. At Quicken Loans, this manifests itself in a “relaunch program” that lets people sign up for new learning opportunities and shadowing on different teams. Here’s the upshot from Lizza on how any enterprise IT professional should be thinking about how to take a developer-focused mindset and empower their organization for the future: Don’t be afraid to be a thought leader. “If you work in an organization where someone is going to penalize you for trying something different, you’re probably not in a good organization.” Mortgage lender-turned-technology company Quicken Loans has been quick to adapt to the developer-focused future — the topic of an enterprise IT panel at the recent Enterprise Connect 2019 event. “Innovation is absolutely a key component to our approach to the market and how we drive the industry … so the developer-focused culture for us is absolutely critical to how we succeed,” shared Benn Wolfe, technology lead for communications at the company, during the panel discussion. Part and parcel of establishing the developer-focused culture at Quicken Loans has been adoption of an Agile methodology for software development, the underpinning of which is the cross-functional team, Wolfe said. “You can always do better and have more cross-functional teams; you can have more people who are empowered to solve problems and own them from inception to completion. … That’s one of the things I really spent a lot of time working out with Quicken Loans, and Quicken Loans empowers all of its leaders to make sure that we’re delivering that message to our teams,” he added.If Wolfe makes this sound easy, it’s not, as our other panelists pointed out. Along with the move to the cloud, communications and collaboration technologies are becoming increasingly software-centric and open for customization and integration. Deployment implications aside, the shift ushers in the need for an organizational rethink — silos be gone and long live the multidisciplinary team with a developer-orientation and innovation mandate. What Role Will Integrations, APIs Play in the Evolution of UCC? Todd Carothers June 27, 2019 RESTful APIs are bringing a wave of change to the communications industry. 2. Ensure your technologists know the business. Absent business knowledge, technology can get done for technology’s sake alone, Lizza warned. One way he assures this doesn’t happen at Lazard is taking technology team members from cubicle to cubicle — “’let’s go meet with some other people in our organization,’ I tell them,” Lizza said. They need to get out of their technology comfort zones in order to understand the business end goal, he added. For one, achieving balance between the old and new can be tough, said Carmine Lizza, CIO at Lazard, a global financial advisory and asset management firm. Lazard, no doubt, is not alone in being at an inflection point, which Lizza described as the need to continue running a global organization on “legacy” systems while also being forward-looking enough to attract — and retain — people who understand and can develop in cloud environments such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. Twilio Says, ‘Let’s Keep the Conversation Flowing’ Beth Schultz August 08, 2019 The cloud communications platform company showcases two new APIs aimed at improving conversational engagement for messaging and phone calls. 4. Don’t forget to incorporate security expertise when moving ahead with a developer focus. This is particularly sensitive for Lizza, given the nature of Lazard’s business, but it’s a widespread challenge, particularly when casting a wide net to catch your developer talent. At Lazard, for example, “we’ve got a lot of people who we brought in from outside of financial services, from startups in many cases, who… it’s not that they don’t consider security, but it’s not a paramount focus,” Lizza said. But security must be front of mind all the time, so educating his team about secure development best practices – DevSecOps — is an imperative. Having the chief information security officer participate on a project goes a long way in assuring the appropriate thought goes into security, as well, he added. What constitutes the right sort of person for the developer-focused future? What skills are requisite for the multidisciplinary team guiding the way? How does this look from an IT cultural standpoint? Wolfe, Lizza, and Jackman shared some ideas during the panel discussion, including these six. read more

TSX advances amid ECB vow to protect euro currency slowing US economy

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Stock markets surged Friday on further indications that a long-awaited fix to the eurozone debt crisis could be at hand.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 126.61 points to 11,766.36 and the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 9.22 points to 1,190.64 after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande released a joint statement saying they will do anything they can to stop the 17 countries that use the euro from breaking up. They didn’t offer details.Markets have rallied strongly since the European Central Bank president pledged Thursday to do whatever it takes to save the euro currency union.Mario Draghi suggested that the central bank could intervene in markets to lower the borrowing rates of financially weak countries like Spain.“At the end of the day, the only institution that is critical to resolving the issue is the European Central Bank,” said Patrick Blais, managing director and portfolio manager at MFC Global Investment Management.“They’re the only institution with the capacity and the ability to at the end of the day to monetize part of the debt.”The Canadian dollar rose 0.51 of a cent to 99.56 cents US amid rising prices for oil and metals.New York markets were also sharply higher despite data showing economic growth slowed during the second quarter to its lowest pace in a year. Gross domestic product rose 1.5 per cent, which was roughly in line with expectations. That’s down from a revised two per cent gain in the first quarter. But the data raised expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will indicate next week that another round of economic stimulus is in the works.The Dow Jones industrials surged 187.73 points to 13,075.66.The Nasdaq composite index was ahead 64.84 points to 2,958.09 and the S&P 500 index climbed 25.95 points to 1,385.97.Stocks have been depressed in recent weeks as the focus of the European government debt crisis moved to Spain. Traders skeptical over the government’s ability to manage high debt levels have driven up bond yields past the seven per cent level, which is considered unsustainable in the long run.Draghi suggested that the ECB considers it part of its job to keep government borrowing rates at normal levels. It could do so by buying government bonds, which has the effect of lowering their yield, or interest rate.Hopes for central bank assistance in Europe and the U.S. helped push the TSX up 1.23 per cent this week.Commodity prices advanced with September copper ahead three cents to US$3.43 a pound. The base metals sector led gains, up 2.5 per cent. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) improved by 53 cents to $18.60.The September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead 74 cents to US$90.13 a barrel, helping take the energy sector up 1.84 per cent. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) moved ahead 87 cents to $43.64.The financial sector rose 1.53 per cent with Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) ahead 53 cents to $21.40.Shares in insurance and investment giant Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH) shed $2.01 to $377.99 after it said quarterly profit rose 14 per cent, largely due to improved underwriting results and a jump in revenues from premiums written by its insurance and reinsurance businesses.Techs also lent support with shares in electronics manufacturer Celestica Inc. (TSX:CKS) ahead 53 cents or 7.17 per cent to $7.92 after it said quarterly net income fell 48 per cent as it prepares for the end of its relationship with Research In Motion Ltd., for which it had assembled BlackBerry phones. Revenue for the three months dropped five per cent to $1.74 billion, above expectations for $1.69 billion.The gold sector turned positive while August gold gained $2.90 to US$1,618 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) continued to lose ground after issuing a disappointing earnings report Thursday, down 55 cents to $32.49.Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD) gained 58 cents to $11.10 after it reported quarterly net income of $46.6 million or seven cents share. That is down 38 per cent from a year ago. Revenues from gold sales for the quarter came in at $214.2 million, down 13 per cent from a year earlier. Eldorado also revised its 2012 production guidance downward.Elsewhere on the earnings front, Facebook shares plunged 11.7 per cent to US$23.70 after the social networking site reported stronger-than-expected revenue and a gain in user numbers Thursday. But investors weren’t impressed with the fact that growth has slowed. Also, Facebook didn’t offer an outlook for the rest of the year.Starbucks dropped 9.4 per cent to US$47.47 after the coffee retailer reported Thursday that net income in its fiscal third quarter rose 19 per cent from a year ago. But analysts expected more, and were further disappointed when the company cut its outlook for the current quarter because of a recent slowdown in U.S. customer traffic and persisting challenges in hard-hit European regions.In Canada, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) posted second-quarter net income attributable to common shares of $272 million or 39 cents per share, down from $353 million or 50 cents per common shares in the same period last year. Revenue came in at $1.8 billion compared to $1.79 billion year over year.TransCanada also said it has won final approval on three permits needed to build an oil pipeline to refineries on the Texas coast. Its shares edged five cents higher to $44.85. by News Staff Posted Jul 27, 2012 4:38 pm MDT TSX advances amid ECB vow to protect euro currency, slowing U.S. economy read more

TRAFFIC ADVISORY Disruption of traffic on EBD Public Road

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTraffic disruptions expected along East Bank roadway tomorrow morningMay 19, 2016In “latest news”Part of Sheriff Street to be closed on Sunday- MPIOctober 11, 2018In “Business”East Coast arch installation leaves motorists peeved in hours long traffic jamMay 11, 2017In “latest news” The Ministry of Public Infrastructure, in a public traffic advisory issued earlier today (Tuesday, May 30), sought to inform the general general public that traffic on the East Bank Demerara Public Road (eastern/Timehri south-bound lane), at the Demerara Harbour Bridge intersection, will be disrupted from Wednesday, May 31, 2017 until Sunday, June 4, 2017, between the hours of 06:00 hrs to 19:30 hrs. This closure is to facilitate a pile-driving exercise.“Motorists and pedestrians are asked to exercise caution and note all caution and directional signs in the area”, the advisory noted. read more