Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Now Available!;

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Now Available!; Windows Azure Adds Solr 4.0 Support; Accelerator for Windows Azure 2013 Application Now Open

Microsoft commissioned a study by IDC, and the global IT research firm interviewed more than 600 hiring managers around the globe to investigate how cloud computing will change IT employment worldwide.

"One in four IT positions worldwide is currently unfilled, and 28 percent of those are cloud-related, according to research released today by the International Data Corporation (IDC)," Micorosoft stated, adding, "The research also shows that an estimated 1.7 million cloud-related IT jobs are open worldwide right now, and there will be as many as 7 million cloud computing jobs available by 2015," the company said.

Microsoft Open Technologies announced the Windows Azure self-deployment option for Apache Solr 4.0.

"Solr 4.0 is the first release to use the shared 4.x branch for Lucene & Solr and includes support for SolrCloud functionality. SolrCloud allows you to scale a single index via replication over multiple Solr instances running multiple SolrCores for massive scaling and redundancy," Microsoft said.

To download and install Solr on Windows Azure visit this GitHub page.

To learn more about Solr 4.0, watch this 40 minute video covering Solr 4 Highlights, by Mark Miller of LucidWorks from Apache Lucene Eurocon 2011:

Also, Applications for the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure - 2013 are now open and are accepted through February 1st, 2013.

The second class will begin on April 1, 2013 and conclude with Demo Day on June 26, 2013.

You can find more information about the Accelerator and the application process here.

Finally, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 is now available as on December 19, 2012.

"Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 is all about the power of choice - enabling flexible options around deployment, access, and use that facilitate new opportunities and promote empowerment, rather than imposing limitations," the Redmond company stated.

Adding, "This landmark release builds on a strong product foundation and introduces significant new and enhanced features and capabilities across the product that are designed to help SMBs grow their business with powerful solutions that are quick to implement and simple to use," the company said.