Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates steps off Microsoft’s board


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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is off the company’s board, the company announced on March 13. He also is leaving the board of Berkshire Hathaway. Gates is leaving to dedicate more time to his philanthropic work, according to Microsoft’s announcement and his own post on LinkedIn, though he will continue to serve as a technology advisor to CEO Satya Nadella and team.

Gates ceased his day-to-day duties at Microsoft in June 27, 2008. (He continued on as Microsoft’s chairman of the board until February 4, 2014, and then as a regular board member since then.)

Now that Gates has left, Microsoft’s board consists of 12 members instead of 13. The 12: John W. Thompson, Microsoft independent chair; Reid Hoffman, partner at Greylock Partners and one of the founders of LinkedIn, which Microsoft owns; Hugh Johnston, vice chairman and chief financial officer of PepsiCo; Teri L. List-Stoll, executive

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Lloyds Banking Group signs five-year Google Cloud deal

Lloyds Banking Group has signed a five-year collaboration deal with Google Cloud in a bid to drive forward software engineering and boost its digital transformation strategy.

The collaboration is part of the group’s £3bn digital banking strategy that will build on its multi-cloud approach. The collaboration will add Google Cloud to the group’s portfolio of technologies, accelerating its ambition to deploy smarter technology and better experiences to its customers across the UK.

Over the course of the five-year agreement, Lloyds will have the opportunity to deploy a number of Google Cloud services, including Anthos to modernise app development, Apigee to manage the bank’s application programming interfaces (APIs) to support Open Banking initiatives, and others to improve the customer experience and enhance cloud security.

In January, the bank said it would be rolling out productivity tools and increasing security through Office 365 and Microsoft’s Managed Desktop (MMD) service.

“We’re in the

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Software release cycles accelerate, but automation is not keeping up

Today’s software development shops have become a frenzy of activity, churning out releases at a faster pace than ever — with a majority now delivering releases weekly or even faster. While such a pace would burn out everyone involved if conducted manually, we’re not quite there yet with automating development, delivery and deployment cycles. 


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That’s the word from a recent survey of 1,337 managers and practitioners conducted by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which also finds native cloud adoption — with ancillary approaches such as containers, serverless and service mesh — on the rise.    

Those respondents with daily release cycles increased from 15% in 2018 to 27%, and weekly release cycles increased from 20% to 28%. Hybrid models in 2019 are up to 41% compared to 25% in 2018. This can be attributed to a rise in available CI/CD tools, the most popular being Jenkins (58%),

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Modest Q4 growth for worldwide enterprise WLAN Market

Macro-economic issues creating headwinds for enterprise and an overall poor consumer market combined to set back the global wireless local area network (WLAN) market in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to research from IDC.

The analyst’s Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker found that worldwide revenues in the combined consumer and enterprise WLAN market segments tumbled by 6.5% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2019 and fell by 3.9% for the full year.

But despite the overall gloomy outlook, the enterprise WLAN segment grew revenues by 1.5% year-on-year in the quarter to reach $1.7bn and by 1.8% for the full year 2019, reaching $6.2bn.

IDC noted that one of the major advancements in the WLAN market in 2019 was the introduction of Wi-Fi 6, or 802.11ax. In the enterprise segment, Wi-Fi 6 rose to make up 10% of dependent access point (AP) unit shipments and 16.7% of revenues in the fourth

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