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/
VINTON, Iowa – Another 27 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports drivers are new to the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Twenty-one of those additions are Allstar Performance State champions and include Brandon Beckendorf in Minnesota, Dean Deming in New Mexico, Kreg Dobson in Oklahoma, Greg Durbin in Illinois, Joe German in Washington, Steven Glenn in Missouri, Wyatt Howard in Utah, Paul Jones Jr. in Wyoming, K.C. Kubichek in Nevada, Mike Petersilie in Kansas, Dale Schweikart in Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Streeter in California, Jesse Taylor in Colorado, Ricky Thornton Jr. in Arizona, Curtis Towns in Oregon, Daniel Waldemar in Idaho, A.J. Ward in Michigan, Tim Ward in Nebraska, Randy Weaver in Arkansas, Keith White in Texas and Marcus Yarie in Wisconsin.Special event winners now vote eligible include Chase Allen at the Southern Challenge, Brian Mullen at Thunder On The Hill, Brad Pounds at the Dirt Track Nationals, Mike Van Genderen at the Desert Classic, Jeremy Payne at the Duel In The Desert and Randy Thornell at the Day After The Duel.Already on the ballot were state champions Robert Hellebust in North Dakota, Matt Roberts in New York, Jesse Sobbing in Iowa and Jim Thies in South Dakota.Thunder On The Hill winner Jordan Grabouski was also already on the ballot.The final qualifying event on the 2013 calendar is the Nov. 22-24 Cactus Classic at Central Arizona Raceway.By home region, the 75 drivers on the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot now include:Larry Shaw Racing Western Region – Ricky Alvarado, Mark Carrell, Brian Cass, Zane DeVilbiss, Joe German, Dustin Hansen, Bobby Hogge IV, Wyatt Howard, Paul Jones Jr., David Karst, Eddie Kirchoff, K.C. Kubichek, Brad Pounds, Jeremy Shank, Brody Spangler, Jeffrey Streeter, Randy Thornell, Ricky Thornton Jr., Zachary Thorp, Curtis Towns, Daniel Waldemar, Jesse Williamson and Justen Yeager.BillsBuilt South Central Region – Chase Allen, Dean Deming, Neal Flowers, William Gould, Chad Melton, Vince Ogle and Keith White.Jet Racing Central Region – Kreg Dobson, Jeremy Frenier, Cody Gearhart, Steven Glenn, Jordan Grabouski, John Hansen, Jared Landers, Bill Leighton, David Murray Jr., Jeremy Payne, Mike Petersilie, Johnny Saathoff, Dylan Smith, Jesse Taylor, Tim Ward and Randy Weaver.Belleville Motorsports North Central Region – Chris Abelson, Brandon Beckendorf, Ray Cox Jr., Eric Dailey, Todd Dart, Darin Duffy, Greg Durbin, Richie Gustin, Robert Hellebust, Sean Jerovetz, Benji LaCrosse, Tyler Limoges, Josh Meyer, Brian Mullen, Jason Schueller, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Dustin Smith, Jesse Sobbing, Jim Thies, Mike Van Genderen, Luke Wanninger and Marcus Yarie.Dirt Works Eastern Region – Myron DeYoung, Chris Fleming, Matt Roberts, Dale Schweikart, Kyle Strickler and A.J. Ward.