Tweetbot loses several key features due to Twitter’s API change. 

Twitter’s API changes are here. Tapbots released an update yesterday to Tweetbot for iOS that loses many of the Twitter client’s most popular or essential features. It also removed its Apple Watch app. In Tweetbot’s App Store release notes, Tapbots explained “on August 16th Twitter will disable parts of their public interface that we use in Tweetbot. Because Twitter has chosen not to provide alternatives to these interfaces we have been forced to disable or degrade certain features. We are sorry about this, but unfortunately this is totally out of our control.”

The Essence of DevOps? What does it mean to you and your organisation? 

The popularity of DevOps has skyrocketed in the last few years and there’s a reason why - it can make a huge impact by bringing people, process and technology together. IT professionals and organizations are finding collaboration and continuous improvement easier than ever. To find out more, why not check out Global Knowledge's #Free webinar by clicking on the image to the left.

Our Partners Global Knowledge, Release their 2018 IT Skills and Salary Report.

Every year our Partners Global Knowledge continues to provide the most informative and revealing insights of the inner workings of IT departments in the U.S. and Canada. This year, they expanded their scope to include data from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region thanks to the global participation of over 14,300 IT read and download this report, please click this link;

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Introducing one of our Cloud Advisors - My Introduction to the Cloud - Anthony Bennett. 

At Cloudwise we encourage Collaboration and partnership. We are keen to encourage entrpreneurship and as part of that, we are working on a series of blogs and white papers with industry experts. to kick things off let's introduce to you, Anthony Bennett -

My name is Anthony and I am a passionate advocate of cloud technology. I have been working in the IT industry for 20 years - 14 of which specialising in the cloud space. I have held senior leadership roles at RightNow Technologies, Oracle and ServiceNow, before becoming an independent consultant in 2017.

I have always considered my time at RightNow to be the professional foundation (of which I am truly thankful) of where I am today - up to this point, I’d been working mostly with internally focussed IT systems and teams. RightNow were one of the early pioneers in SaaS based CRM software, using globally co-located infrastructure. The term ‘Cloud Computing’ wasn’t widely used at this time, it started to become mainstream from 2008 onwards. There are distinct differences between cloud and hosted services, I’ll touch on that at a later date.

When I started at RightNow as a Hosting Administrator, I first spent a month’s bootcamp in beautiful Montana, before I was shipped back to the UK, ready to run global operations by myself whilst the Bozeman, MT, based mothership slept. I had initial support from US colleagues visiting the Slough office but was otherwise left to my own devices.

Easy! Well, no actually. It was a steep technological learning curve and an excitingly stressful time. To be fair, in the event of a crisis I could always count on my US based colleagues too assist. They were a fantastic bunch, and appreciated my presence meaning they no longer had to work 24x7. Being the first non-US based Hosting Admin, it was of course in all our best interests to ensure clear communication, escalation and knowledge sharing processes were in place, I don’t believe much was documented at the time (now there’s a surprise).

The infrastructure at the time was essentially LAMP, cleverly architected by some incredibly bright people, many of which I’m still in touch with and consider good friends, with scalability, flexibility and redundancy in mind (key cloud concepts). There was an impressive degree of automation (for the time) which helped towards ensuring the application met its uptime SLA. If the service fell short then service credits were offered under the ‘RightNow Cloud Services Agreement’ (a bold concept at the time). 

Two years on and the team would have doubled in size (yay, I could take holidays without feeling guilty), we would be recruiting heavily to bolster UK capabilities across multiple disciplines (support, operations, database, networking, security, remote hands, etc.) and start the buildout of a NOC. I would become a team manager and move into an area that is still one of my main passions today - building exceptional teams.

I will talk about my experience of Building Exceptional Teams next time.