Microsoft also announced that Samsung is joining the .NET Foundation’s Technical Steering Group. The company joins JetBrains, Red Hat and Unity.On Thursday, Microsoft will demonstrate SQL Server 2016 running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and a livestream of the general session that includes a live demo will be available. At Red Hat Summit, Microsoft is also showing off its newly announced CloudForms 4.1, which advances support for Azure. Microsoft is also making available a new Azure Resource Manager template on GitHub, which will allow developers to deploy Red Hat’s OpenShift on Red Hat Enterprise Linux in Azure, according to the company.Compuware, XebiaLabs new integrationsCompuware has announced product updates and integrations that are designed to bring Continuous Delivery and DevOps to mainframe development, including new code deployment capabilities.Compuware today announced ISPW Deploy, an advanced mainframe release automation solution that allows enterprises to bring Continuous Delivery to their IBM z/OS environments, according to the company.Along with this solution, Compuware is also integrating with XebiaLabs, with its Continuous Delivery technology for cross-platform application release orchestration. With this integration, enterprises can include their core mainframe applications, data and infrastructure into their overall strategy.With XebiaLabs’ solutions suite and Compuware ISPW, enterprises can automation all phases of mainframe DevOps with the “same Continuous Delivery-management environment they use for their distributed, web and cloud platforms,” according to the company.Also with the integration, enterprises will be able to gain the following advantages:Faster and reliable upgrades of applications that cover multiple platformsVisibility into upgrade rollout timelines, which allows DevOps managers to locate bottlenecks in an end-to-end Continuous Delivery processOne-click rollback and restart for all application componentsReduced dependence on idiosyncratic mainframe ex Blockchain innovation is taking over the NYC financial technology scene, which is why IBM has announced a new Bluemix Garage in New York specifically designed to help enterprises use blockchain technology on the cloud.This new Garage can be found at Galvanize’s newly launched New York campus, in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. This area has become a hub for startups, and the Garage is designed to help continue business development, hybrid cloud integration, and app development through its expertise in programming and DevOps.Developers can use these Garages to continue their blockchain projects, which can “remove friction from financial transactions and prime blockchain to fundamentally change how markets function,” according to IBM.According to Jim Deters, cofounder and CEO of Galvanize, “Having IBM’s Garage in New York City, within the Galvanize community, allows our strong network of developers and startups to leverage the power of the cloud and the expertise of IBM to competitively innovate products and apps in the growing fintech and blockchain spaces.”Other Bluemix Garages are located in San Francisco, London, Toronto, Nice, France, Tokyo, and Singapore. IBM plans to open more locations in late 2016.Open-source advancements by MicrosoftAt the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, Microsoft made several announcements that showcased the company’s commitment to the cloud, as well as digital transformation as a whole.One announcement was the general availability of .NET Core 1.0 and ASP.NET Core 1.0. More than 18,000 developers representing more than 1,300 companies have been contributing to .NET Core 1.0, and the new version includes the first release of the .NET Standard Library, which allows developers to reuse their code for applications that run on the servers, cloud, desktops, and any Android, iOS or Windows devices, according to the company.
There is a shortage of women in the software development industry, and if steps aren’t taken to rectify this, they could be shut out completely, according to a newly released report. Accenture and Girls Who Code, an organization dedicated to closing the technology gender gap, have released Cracking the Gender Code, a new report that aims to help businesses, organizations and schools obtain and retain women’s interest in computer science.“Dramatically increasing the number of women in computing is critical to closing the computer science skills gap facing every business in today’s digital economy,” said Julie Sweet, group chief executive for Accenture North America, in a statement. “Without action, we risk leaving a large portion of our country’s talent on the sidelines of the high-value computing jobs that are key to U.S. innovation and competitiveness.”(Related: Women in tech careers need female role models)As we enter the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” technology is becoming more pervasive and reshaping the global economy, explained Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. “[Computing] skills are the most sought-after in the U.S. job market, with demand growing 3x the national average. Computing is where the jobs are—and where they will be in the future. Yet women are on track to hold only one in five computing jobs. This gender gap not only exacerbates our national computing skills shortage, but it also has huge implications for the future of women in our economy,” she said. The report surveyed 12- to 18-year-old girls, undergraduate college students and key influencers to find out how to best pique their interest in computer science. According to the report, in order to increase the amount of women in the software development workforce, businesses, schools and other organizations need to spark interest in junior high school, sustain engagement in high school, and inspire a career after college.“The message is clear: A one-size-fits-all model won’t work,” said Saujani. “This report is a rallying cry to invest in programs and curricula designed specifically for girls. We need a new mindset and willingness to prioritize and focus on our nation’s girls, and we need it now.”Sparking interest includes providing girls with hands-on experience, changing their perceptions of computing, and providing teachers and parents with the support they need to understand the role of computer science. To sustain engagement, schools can redesign their computer science courses to appeal to girls, motivate peers through grassroots campaigns, and hire more women teachers. To inspire young women in college, college courses can focus more on women, and universities can offer women immersion programs, as well as female mentorship and role models.By making steps early in a girl’s education, companies can increase the amount of women in computing to 3.9 million by 2025. In addition, increasing the amount of women in the workforce will not only help reduce skill shortages, but will also boost women’s cumulative earnings by US$299 billion in the next 10 years, the report explained.“The challenges we face originate in school, where too few girls are pursuing studies in computing and related subjects,” the report stated. “The sooner these actions are taken—and the earlier in a girl’s education—the bigger the uplift in getting girls and young women into computing.”