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Thank You Community Contributors

At Payara Services, we welcome Community contributions through our GitHub. We’re keen to celebrate hard working open source pioneers who are essential to the work we do. 

Two of our values as a company are openness – being open to new ideas, and ready to share and collaborate with others – and community – building strong relationships both internally and externally. We hope to make our Community of contributors, who work with us to make our product better and drive innovation, feel included and supported.

The ways our contributors have developed the platform this year have been varied and wide-ranging, and encompass MicroProfile, security, and various bug fixes. 

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Instagram for B2B Marketeers

In September, Instagram celebrated its 10-year anniversary. This makes it the youngest of the big social media giants (Twitter is 14, YouTube 15, and LinkedIn 18), but it also stands out for other reasons.

Firstly, it focuses on images and visual content over and above the written word. Secondly, its user base is much younger, with 95% of users under 35 years old. Compare this to LinkedIn, where only 77% of the user base is under 35. 

This inevitably has huge repercussions for how we use the platform as marketeers.

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Payara at JavaLand

Find not one but two Payarans at 2021 JavaLand: Ondrej Mihályi and Rudy De Busscher will both deliver online talks at the hybrid online and on-site event. 

JavaLand 2021 will take place from March 16 -18, with 120 presentations in eight streams on a variety of topics from the world of Java. For those that won’t be able to be make it to the famous theme park location, this year you will be able to watch all the speakers online.

Ondrej and Rudy will join participants including Emily Jiang, Ivar Grimstad and Thorben Janssen in what promises to be an informative event. There will be streams focused on Microservices, Cloud, Quality and Testing, Security and more, as well as Enterprise Java – where you will be able to find Ondrej and Rudy.

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Degree Apprenticeships in the Workplace

HURRAH! Our 2 new Digital and Technology Solution (DTS) Degree Apprentices have finally joined the Payara Engineering team ….and it’s been such a wait!

Recruitment of UK (DTS) Degree Apprentices is an unusual challenge as the business must think and act like an academic institution. Instead of the usual short hiring cycle, hiring a Degree Apprentice often takes longer than  a full academic year as initial advertising has to take place at the start of the school year (September) to fall in line with Year 13 options around University education. Candidates apply for Degree Apprenticeships at the same time as University places, and interviews/offers need to be timed to coincide with University offers during the following Spring. Once the successful applicant has accepted the offer, there is a long wait until November of the following Academic year before they start with Payara… so there is a lot of work done to keep in touch during that time.

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Fabio Turizo at JConf Centroamerica

Find Payara’s Fabio Turizo at JConf Centroamerica 2020.  

This is an annual event aimed at promoting Java Virtual Machine (JVM) technology in the Central American region. It involves the Java User Groups of Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Panama, and this year will be virtual.

JConf Centroamerica 2020 es un evento anual dirigido a promover las tecnologías JVM (Java Virtual Machine) en la región. Cuenta con la participación de los Java User Groups (JUGs) de Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador y Panamá quienes a partir de la actual realidad que nos ha traído el COVID-19 hemos decidido realizar un solo evento virtual, naciendo así la conferencia más grande sobre tecnologías JVM en Centroamérica.

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Payara Services and Azul Extend Contract

Now includes clients using Aarch64 (Arm 64-Bit) architectures

SUNNYVALE, Calif, and Malvern, United Kingdom, November 19, 2020Azul, provider of the world’s most trusted open source Java platform, and Payara Services Ltd (Payara), provider of best in class Jakarta EE and MicroProfile compatible supported application servers, today announced that it has extended its agreement to ship Azul’s Zulu Enterprise builds of OpenJDK with Payara Platform Enterprise as part of the included support services of Payara Server and Payara Micro. This ensures that Payara Enterprise includes the most secure builds of OpenJDK, supports clients with more versions of Java and reduces clients’ infrastructure costs while increasing their development flexibility free of complicated license commitments to Oracle.

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Tips for Presentations at Virtual Conferences

Virtual business events were common even before the coronavirus pandemic – but today, businesses are finding ways to hold most events and conferences online. Not only that, but it’s become the norm for entire organizations to work remotely, holding meetings over phone or video conference calls and collaborating with coworkers via Office 365, Google Docs, and screen sharing.

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Rudy De Busscher at jLove conference

Payara’s Rudy De Busscher will deliver a demonstration, ‘How Class Data Sharing Can Speed up Your Jakarta EE Application Startup’ at jLove Conference, December 4th.

The online-only conference for Java developers takes place 4 – 5 December, and is designed to help students, programmers with experience, experts in Java and Java champions alike learn more about Java.

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Payara Cloud Live Demo

Payara Cloud: It’s What Cloud-Native Should Be. Join our demo on December 2nd 2020, at 03.00 PM GMT.

As an app developer we know you’re expected to do everything from writing the code to deploying the application. We also know the potential problems you face when provisioning the Jakarta EE runtime, TLS and SSL certificates, the Pod, setting up your containers, and the nightmare of making it all work with Kubernetes…

And so we’re creating an easier way to run your apps on the cloud. Save time and effort and deploy your apps faster with the next generation of cloud-native application server: Payara Cloud!

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Join our Release Virtual Event Via Meetup!

Please join us for the Payara Platform November Release Webinar on Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 15:00 PM BST / 10:00 AM EST.

We are now organising our community events via Meetup to make it easier for you to stay up to date with our current and upcoming events! We hope to grow a vibrant community there, where we can discuss, share and collaborate. Events will include announcements, releases, roadmaps, JUGs and conference talks! Sounds interesting? Then make sure you join here. Continue reading “Join our Release Virtual Event Via Meetup!”

Payara & the Eclipse Foundation

The Eclipse Foundation provides an environment for Open Source collaboration and innovation. It is home to more than 375 projects – including runtimes, tools and frameworks. Oracle donated Java EE and related GlassFish technologies to the Eclipse Foundation in 2017. With Payara Platform based on the former Oracle GlassFish Server software, our Founder and Technical Director Steve Millidge knew it made sense to join the Foundation to advance Jakarta EE, the successor to Java EE.

This case study, created by the Eclipse Foundation with our input, provides more details on our membership and how it advances our work – largely in Steve’s own words.

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What’s the Big Deal About Fonts?

Fonts have many functionalities in the marketing world – the two most important ones being legibility and brand awareness. Your font’s main job is to deliver your clever messaging across to your audience in the most efficient way possible. Although to most people choosing fonts is not a big deal, there are people who have dedicated their lives to learning about how characters make us perceive information in ways that elicits different emotions based on their shape.

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How to Improve the Company Cash Flow

In today’s unsteady business environment, cash flow difficulties will become a common challenge for many small and large businesses. Even a very profitable business can face extreme cash flow problems.

There are several things that can improve company cash flow, which are detailed below:

What is Cash Flow? 

Cash flow is the term used to describe the amount of available cash within a business. Tight cash flow usually means that there is not sufficient available cash to meet current financial obligations. Whereas a healthy cash flow means that there is sufficient available cash to meet current financial obligations.

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Our Sponsored Kayaker during Covid-19

Payara Services is governed by seven core values, designed to underpin everything we do. These are Community, Excellence, Growth, Openness, Initiative, Passion and Trust.

We chose to sponsor Team GB Kayaker Emma Witherford because she embodies these values. After renewing our support for 2020 – 2021, we decided to check in with Emma on how she has coped during the inevitable challenges and struggles of lockdown and the pandemic. We found that she is living our values more than ever before:

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Payara Team at Conferences This Fall

Conferences may be virtual this year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of opportunities to improve your Java EE and Jakarta EE skills and continue to learn. 

In fact, international conferences available on screen gives more opportunities to plug in wherever you are in the world. We’ve mapped them out onto their country of origin – but now, you can check into these global events from your office or bedroom. 

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Using the Flywheel Model

Funnel is so 2019!

If you’re familiar with the basics of marketing theory and marketing and sales terminology, you have surely heard of a ‘Funnel’ model – often referred to as a ‘Sales Funnel’. For many years, most businesses have built their strategies with a funnel model in mind. The good and bad news is – the funnel is no longer enough! It does not consider some crucial influencing powers that are gaining in strength – customer referrals and word of mouth. While a funnel model may have worked for us in the past, it does not include customers as a driving force for the business growth. That’s why the inbound marketing strategy brings in a new model called Flywheel.

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