There is a secular shift at play within the IT industry. Traditional markets are eroding rapidly. As organizations seek to innovate using new digital business mediums, many are moving their infrastructures to the cloud. A major challenge they find is that building cloud apps not only means a whole new set of tools, but also a new mindset. To truly embrace any new way of doing things requires a commitment to learn by doing, which is why we are proud to announce the official opening of the new EMC-Pivotal Dojo in Cambridge, Massachusetts.The Dojo is “the place of the way,” the new way that we develop software in today’s world. It’s where we contribute to open source Cloud Foundry. It’s where we work with customers to build software. It’s where we practice lean software development and continuously innovate to solve customer needs.Building Software for the CloudThe cloud is a relatively new delivery model, but customers still need to maintain the same rigorous quality, security and up-time SLAs expected in the on-premise world. Cloud Foundry represents the best-in-class technology that customers can trust to run their businesses in the cloud. More than just technology, it is a development platform supported by lean practices and methodologies that lead to high quality and continuous rapid innovation.Why Open a Dojo?The new EMC-Pivotal Dojo is our response to today’s rapidly changing world. EMC has established an East and West coast presence to contribute to open source software (OSS), specifically Cloud Foundry. We know firsthand the transition to devops and the cloud is not easy. Visitors to our Dojo can see all of the steps involved in this new way of software development. They can see lean methodologies in practice every day. We employ XP (extreme programming) and TDD (test-driven development) to support continuous delivery. This enables us to innovate fast and learn quickly. This rapid innovation and quick delivery is exactly what is needed to achieve a competitive advantage, and keep it.Helping Customers Learn by DoingEverything is different in this new world of IT, from the way software is built, to the way it is deployed, to the way it is consumed. “OSS offers customers a different way to focus on their core value proposition as they pursue meeting the needs of the business.” Enterprises that embrace a lean approach to software delivery – and consequently innovate continuously, deliver quickly, and accelerate time-to-value – increase their chances of winning. Those that don’t, risk being outpaced by the competition. At the Dojo we act our way to new thinking and learn by doing. We are leading the way for pair programming, lean development, and open source at EMC.Come join us!Want to be a part of the Dojo? EMCers and customers alike can engage with us in three ways:Enroll in the Cloud Foundry Dojo program and earn committer statusGet involved in a Pivotal Labs customer engagementCome sit with us and learn by doing!Learn more about becoming a Cloud Foundry committer by visiting the following links:https://www.cloudfoundry.org/community/contribute/dojos/
U.S. hospital intensive care units in many parts of the country are straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients. These hospital ICUs take care of the sickest of the sick. Some are running out of space and supplies while scrambling to pay the soaring rates of temporary traveling nurses. Hundreds of ICUs are struggling at the same time, with many clustered in the South and West. An Associated Press analysis shows that since November, the share of U.S. hospitals nearing the breaking point has doubled. More than 40% of Americans live in areas running out of ICU beds. Experts say sustained surges can jeopardize the quality of care in ICUs.
WUHAN, China (AP) — One year after Wuhan’s lockdown, the central Chinese city has long since sprung back to life. But one dissident remains bunkered in his 14th-floor apartment, afraid the virus will return and China’s communist government will again try to conceal the truth. Zhu Tao’s early fears of the virus were vindicated when the outbreak spun out of control. But now that the situation in Wuhan has returned to something close to normal, Zhu finds himself at odds with his neighbors and the government. Pockets of like-minded people still dot China, from renegade intellectuals in Beijing to a punk cafe in Inner Mongolia. But under the watchful gaze of state cameras and censors, there is little room to organize or connect.
O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Zoo plans to use land it owns in a rural area of Missouri as habitat for a wolf breed on the verge of extinction. Only about 20 American red wolves remain in the wild due mostly to illegal hunting, vehicle strikes and habitat loss. Plans announced Monday call for wolves to live and breed on the Sears Lehmann Jr. Wildlife Reserve southwest of St. Louis, which was donated to the zoo in 1993. About 20 acres will be set aside for 12 mating pairs of wolves that will arrive from other conservation organizations in 2022. The site will not be open to visitors.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is likely to be stripped of her committee assignments by the House Democratic majority over her past remarks. Greene is new to politics and has a well-documented history of racist remarks and of embracing conspiracy theories before her 2020 election. She has also endorsed violence against leading Democratic officials. She once floated the possibility that California wildfires were set by “lasers or blue beams of light” shot down from space. Greene was labeled a “future Republican Star” by former President Donald Trump, whose political style she emulates.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Progressive lawmakers including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are pushing the Biden administration to act ever more aggressively on climate change now that Democrats are in charge of Congress and the White House. A week after President Joe Biden signed signed executive orders intended to combat the worst effects of climate change, liberal lawmakers are urging him to go even further and declare a national emergency on climate change. Such a declaration would allow Biden to reinstate a ban on crude-oil exports and force companies to manufacture solar panels and other elements of the so-called green economy.