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Q1 2017 uPortal Open Source Support Briefing

The quarterly uPortal Open Source Support (OSS) Briefing is an opportunity to share the contributions performed on behalf of the OSS program, highlight Unicon's perspective on contributions, and share happenings in the community along with opportunities to engage further with Unicon.

Discussions for the Q1 2017 Support Briefing concerned maintenance development on uPortal, plans for further enhancement of the uPortal project, as well as soliciting and discussing feedback on OSS and uPortal community future priorities.

Identity and Access Management Semi-Annual OSS Briefing

The Identity and Access Management (IAM) team completed the first of two Open Source Support Briefings for 2017. This briefing inlcuded a collaborative discussion on completed development donated to the IAM open source communities (CAS, Shibboleth, and Grouper) via the OSS program; along with highlights on IAM community events, trends, and activities. The technical presentation suggests recommendations and best practices based on recent development.

Getting Started with AWS Lambda and Java

AWS Lambda is a paradigm shift for constructing our web applications. Lambda enables us to run code without having to run and maintain a server. Unfortunately, paradigm shifts are always difficult to adapt to. Going through real examples helps tremendously with learning Lambda. This short blog will bring up a Hello World Lambda. We will also show a small bit of configuration in API Gateway.

AWS ECS Auto Scaling

A common task I run into with clients is setting up the scaling policies for an ECS Cluster. Users typically understand the concept of auto-scaling in AWS, but when it comes to an ECS cluster there are two things to consider when scaling.

Is Hadoop-as-a-Service Right for You?

During a recent webinar I heard the presenter say that "when people talk about big data what they really mean is Hadoop." I'm not sure that is entirely accurate but I do understand where the presenter was coming from - most big data projects are utilizing Hadoop in some capacity. We see that here at Unicon in our Learning Analytics practice as well. All of our large scale learning analytics projects are using Hadoop or Hadoop ecosystem components.

Q1 2017 Sakai Open Source Support Briefing

The quarterly Sakai Open Source Support Briefing is an opportunity to share the contributions performed on behalf of the OSS program, highlight Unicon's perspective on contributions, and share happenings in the community along with opportunities to engage further with Unicon.

On Wednesday April 12, 2017, the Unicon Open Source Support (OSS) team held the Sakai Open Source Support Briefing summarizing OSS activities for Q1 of 2017.

uPortal Tech Keeps Up with the Times

A few years ago, I sat in on a presentation where a portal vendor pitched their product as a modern replacement over a stagnant uPortal. Unfortunately, the vendor had not kept up on the uPortal project. uPortal had undergone a major release with lots of UI and front-end enhancements since they looked at it. The institution stayed with uPortal.

Confidence in Cloud Providers

In just a few years, we have seen acceptance of public cloud shift fairly dramatically from concern and skepticism to eagerly embracing the opportunities afforded. Five years ago, many of our hosted clients wanted to know that Unicon (and indirectly, they) had physical control of the data, servers, and other infrastructure. Today, confidence in cloud providers to deliver the highest levels of security and reliability led us to migrate all of our remaining colo (colocation) customers into Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Q4 2016 uPortal Open Source Support Briefing

The quarterly uPortal Open Source Support Briefing is an opportunity to share the contributions performed on behalf of the OSS program, highlight Unicon's perspective on contributions, and share happenings in the community along with opportunities to engage further with Unicon.

Discussions for the Q4 Support Briefing concerned maintenance development on uPortal, plans for further enhancement of the uPortal project, as well as soliciting and discussing feedback on OSS and uPortal community future priorities.

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