Buyers Guide

How APM tools help businesses understand the customer’s journey

Monitoring applications and user experiences is like making coffee. A person can heat up the water, measure the exact amount of coffee grinds, and put the right amount of milk or sugar in it, brewing what he or she thinks is the perfect cup of coffee. The assumption is, the person who drinks this cup … continue reading

Application release automation lets people, processes and tools move in harmony

Software teams are not unlike a symphony orchestra. Every skilled musician is an expert with his or her instrument, but they need to work in sync and harmony with the entire group of players. How is it possible that 200 or more individuals know to start together, stay in tempo, remain in tune with each … continue reading

Avoiding the pitfalls of automated testing

Companies today are like teenagers learning how to drive; there’s a lot of stop and go, and a strong desire to go fast. While it’s necessary for organizations to find a solution that fits their agile transformation, experts suggest there is no need to rush. Before getting the green light to go to market, teams … continue reading

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How imaging SDKs can solve today’s application development challenges

In a mobile-first world, developers understand the importance of creating a next-generation app that fits in with client or user expectations. Developers should consider the myriad of SDK options if they want to improve functionality for the user, especially imaging SDKs. Although they are a niche market, these SDKs can add better imaging capabilities and … continue reading

Necessity is the mother of the ‘Rugged DevOps’ movement

No matter how good your perimeter security is, experts agree: Your system has been breached, whether you know it or not. The costs of security flaws—cybersecurity expert Joe Franscella calls them “The Five Horsemen of the Internet Apocalypse: Scam, Extortion, Embarrassment, Theft and Death”—are enormous. So why don’t we consider security a first-class citizen in … continue reading

A guide to Dev-Test-Ops offerings

BlazeMeter: BlazeMeter ensures delivery of high-performance software by enabling DevOps teams to quickly and easily run open-source-based performance tests against any mobile app, website or API at massive scale to validate performance at every stage of software delivery. The rapidly growing BlazeMeter community has more than 100,000 developers and includes prominent global brands such as … continue reading

In a Dev-Test-Ops environment, how much testing is enough?

Companies have heard the saying “test early and test often” more times than they can count, but in a DevOps environment, testing is an important aspect of the software development process. SD Times spoke with some experts about how much testing can be done in a Dev-Test-Ops environment, and how companies can determine how much … continue reading

Putting the test back into DevOps

The DevOps community is all about speed and high-quality releases, and since mobile applications and websites drive traffic and revenue, companies can’t afford to have site crashes or send out buggy releases. To emphasize the importance of testing, people are putting it back into DevOps, literally, so it shifts both left and right to the … continue reading

SCM brings control to the software development workflow

Software is ever changing, and with software releases being pushed out almost every week with multiple people involved, it can be easy to get lost or make a mistake. Experts talk about DevOps and agile as being methodologies for achieving better, faster and higher-quality code, but in order to achieve that, development teams need to … continue reading

Evolving ALM brings all hands on deck

Before the shift in software methodologies, the application life cycle was fairly simple—or at least straightforward. Now, contextual elements of ALM have changed drastically because of the evolving nature of the industry. Where the old ALM process was all about managing application development, today’s faster pace of delivery and more complex applications are forcing companies … continue reading

Software testing is all about automation

Automation is just like every other technology in that it takes effort to be successful. It’s another strategy that can be incorporated into the software testing life cycle, but issues come from testers figuring out how they can build it into a process and determining what solutions or tools are right for their company. Over … continue reading

Continuous Delivery: Getting code where it needs to go

DevOps is about more than getting development and operation teams to work together. It is a philosophy to get teams to embrace collaboration, ship code faster, and be more responsive to the market. And just working together isn’t enough to achieve that goal. In order to truly be successful within DevOps, organizations need to adopt … continue reading

Effective APM requires more data

Application performance isn’t just about speed anymore; it’s about enabling high-quality user experiences that deliver tangible business value. Achieving that goal requires fast, easy access to more types of data than traditional APM solutions have provided. “You have to understand each and every transaction from the start of an action on the user interface all … continue reading

PDF 2.0: Clarifying the standard

We are living in a digital age, and businesses no longer want to store their information and data on hard copies. Businesses from across a broad range of industries are turning to the Portable Document Format (PDF) to bring their printed documents online. “PDFs are really becoming the de facto electronic document standard,” said Gerald … continue reading

Low-code solutions: Empowering businesspeople to make their own applications

As organizations seek faster time-to-market releases of the software necessary to stay ahead of the competition, new solutions that enable the business to create applications without the need for IT to get involved are starting to emerge. As with all things, of course, there are several angles from which to approach this need. Some platforms … continue reading

How to plug into DevOps

The DevOps movement is gaining momentum, albeit at different speeds in different organizations. While the goal has been to streamline workflows between development and operations teams, there are a number of technological and cultural challenges companies have to address to optimize DevOps, and more importantly the entire software life cycle. If you’re confused about how … continue reading

SD Times Blog: JetBrains changes course on licensing… again

On Sept. 3, software development toolmaker JetBrains announced it was changing its licensing model from a perpetual model to a subscription model. The company’s rationale for creating JetBrains Toolbox is that the new distribution model would cost customers less and simplify management of the licenses. The Toolbox plan also would let customers pick and choose … continue reading

Software licensing flexibility is key

Today’s businesses run on software, but the ways they want to license it are changing. To keep pace with end users’ expectations and to stay competitive, software companies are embracing more types of licensing models, including perpetual, subscription, pay-per-use, hybrid and others. On-premise licenses are being supplemented with or replaced by SaaS alternatives, and more … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Learn a new language over the long weekend

Welcome to another long weekend. What better time to learn the very basics of a new language? We’ve got a host of links below to some tutorials, so dive in and learn you some Ruby, Python, COBOL, FORTRAN, Factor, or whatever! Looking for a fun way to learn Ruby? Try Ruby is a great place … continue reading

NoSQL: It really is all in the name

For most of the 1990s, databases were the most boring tool in the shed. The rise of the Web over the aughts changed the demands placed on databases, but did not meaningfully change the form of the data stores we so know and love in our day-to-day application work. The constraints placed on applications to … continue reading

ALM techniques can help keep your apps in play

For developers and enterprise teams, application life-cycle management in today’s development climate is an exercise in organized chaos. As movements such as agile, DevOps and Continuous Delivery have created more hybrid roles within a faster, more fluid application delivery cycle, there are new definitions of what each letter in the ALM acronym means. Applications have … continue reading

Requirements must keep pace with agile

It long has been understood that requirements are the very first step in the application life cycle. After all, you can’t build what you don’t know, so requirements are what inform software development from the beginning. Requirements take time to create, though. Business meetings result in ideas for new products or features, and then business … continue reading

ALM Essentials: Rules and principles to follow

Magdy Hanna, CEO of Rommana Software and chairman of the International Institute for Software Testing, laid out some of the most important rules, tips and crucial components that a developer, project manager or tester must focus on in the ALM process. What’s in an ALM tool: “Application life-cycle management is supposed to span the whole … continue reading

Software testing no longer stands alone

Long gone are the days when a tester would sit on one side of the wall and wait for the developers to throw code over. Today’s testers are not only wearing their testing hats, but also the developer’s hat, the security team’s hat and IT’s hat. “Testers need to be able to pick up any … continue reading

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