Microsoft HoloLens: Cheat sheet

Not much has been said about Microsoft’s HoloLens despite the launch of the developer edition in March 2016. It’s easy to mistake the product for a virtual reality headset when you first hear about it, but it isn’t that at all: It’s an augmented reality device.

What next for GDS?

Digital government has lost momentum, according to MPs. As the Government Digital Service enters its “third era”, what will it do to regain its authority and deliver real change?

A black-clad technician creeps onto the darkened stage, plugs the speaker cable into the laptop on the lectern, and slinks off again into the wings. Technology, eh?

Workload Placement as a Strategic Imperative in Hybrid Environments

The benefits of shifting applications to cloud are self-evident – ease of deployment, pay-per-use billing, massive scalability, access to new features – but they do not apply equally to all workloads. The growing diversity of IT venues has created increasingly complex environments, with hundreds or thousands of applications spanning on-premises and off-premises locations and encompassing platform, infrastructure and software services. This creates challenges in terms of control, security, and expense.

Offloading Hybrid Cloud Management for Strategic Advantage

Enterprises are increasingly turning to hybrid cloud environments as offering the best of two worlds – joining the public cloud advantages of scalable, pay-as-you-go infrastructure with private cloud’s control and predictability. This approach requires placing workloads where they’ll yield the greatest benefit for the business, whether that means modernizing software to enhance the customer experience or securing access to mission-critical applications and data.

Why a cloud computing degree makes sense

I used to teach computer science as an adjunct at Northern Virginia Community College back in my 20s. I learned more teaching others than I ever did being taught. My focus was on the pragmatic—what students could sell in the labor marketplace. 


Recently the governor of Virginia, my home state, announced a cloud computing associate degree that will be offered at NVCC. This is in conjunction with AWS and expected to be offered at other state-run colleges as well.

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This is nothing new. We’ve reported on other colleges that have gone all-in with cloud computing, with specific degree offerings as part of their school of computer science.

Community colleges are typically ahead of the game, since they respond quickly to the needs of the community (get it?). Indeed, you’ll find that many people attending community colleges already have some sort of degree. My students certainly did.

As somebody who depends on colleges and universities producing sound cloud computing talent, I could not be happier with this move. The more cloud-skilled people we have out there, the more likely organizations will be successful with cloud computing.

Right now, we’re converting IT professionals who spent their college days learning to write compilers and program in machine languages how to understand cloud-based platforms, machine learning, and cloud-native databases. Seems it would benefit everyone if people had the cloud skills out of the gate.

I learned how to write compilers in college and have never done so as part of my career. Also, I’ve still not found a use for my year of calculus.

What’s even better about this opportunity is that community college degrees are affordable; most people will not need to go into debt to earn a cloud computing degree. Moreover, that degree means at least $60,000 to $80,000 per year, entry level.

Indeed, someone who goes into a cloud computing degree program could find that they are earning six figures at age 22, two years after graduating with an associate degree in cloud computing. Most of those graduating from a four-year college or university wouldn’t be able to reach that level until several more years out of school and will do so with $30,000 to $80,000 in debt.