Ethics, addiction and dark patterns

We’ve all fallen prey to them at one time or another: Design techniques such as the bait-and-switch, disguised ads, faraway billing, friend spam and sneaking items into the checkout cart. These “dark patterns” are interfaces are “carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for … continue reading

Tableau acquires ClearGraph, NodeSource integrates with AppDynamics, and Absolute 7 Platform — SD Times news digest: August 9, 2017

Tableau plans on adding natural language into its platform with its latest acquisition of the natural language query startup, ClearGraph. “Natural language queries will make it easier for more people to interact with Tableau, whether you’re an executive who needs an answer quickly, or on a mobile phone and want an answer from your data … continue reading

Guest View: Four misinformed ideas on software and the R&D Tax Credit

Software businesses spend a huge amount of money on research and development activities every year, spurring rapid innovation and job creation. Despite these gains, government officials worry about the continued outsourcing of research investment overseas. According to the IRS, the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit is one of the largest credits offered—with billions given … continue reading

Industry Watch: It’s a ‘Cognitive First’ world

Forget ‘mobile first’ and ‘cloud first.’ Modern applications being built today need to be ‘cognitive first.’ That’s according to Progress CEO Yogesh Gupta, who said intelligent applications need the capabilities to predict and to anticipate, and thereby help businesses become more successful. And he’s not the only one. I would say a solid six of … continue reading

Guest View: Four checkpoints on IT’s cycle to cutting cloud costs

Currently, IT teams are moving a mile a minute in their cloud-enabled environments, and for many, the pennies are starting to add up. The average U.S. business predicts it will spend $1.8M on the cloud in 2017, and organizations with more than 1,000 employees predict they will spend $10M or more. And shockingly, RightScale estimates … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Can Graal be the Holy Grail of polyglot runtime?

Virtualization has proven its value to IT and to developers through technologies such as server virtualization and the venerable JVM. Operating system virtualization is about providing protection and isolation/security from other operating systems while maximizing system utilization. In the case of the JVM, the value is arguably more about providing an insulation layer that abstracts … continue reading

Guest View: Beauty vs Brains — A designer’s approach to software development

When most software developers have a new idea they go straight to their computer, I turn off my devices and break out the old fashioned notebook. In high school I liked to sketch and draw, and today I use the same markers and pens to kick off the develop process. I prefer this method because … continue reading

Industry Watch: The Times, It Is a-Changin’

There’s a saying that goes ‘when one chapter closes, another one begins.’ This issue of SD Times marks the close of the BZ Media chapter of this publication’s history and opens the chapter on D2 Emerge LLC, a new-age publishing and marketing company founded by two long-time members of the SD Times team: the publisher, … continue reading

DevOps is failing these three tenets of privacy compliance

If you’re like many organizations with data security concerns, you probably believe your automated tests are sufficient to catch any potential security or privacy vulnerabilities. The scenario is familiar: You’re streaming data from multiple sources into your SEIM systems, and you’ve configured triggers for the reporting process. You keep a close eye on results from … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Quantifying software quantities

If you can estimate – to the right order of magnitude – the significant quantities in your software system, you will have a much better chance of making good decisions about architecture, algorithms, data structures and deployment. By the numbers The single point I want to focus on is the role of numbers in decision … continue reading

Guest View: Machine learning analytics takes its place in IT

Today, we’re seeing more and more businesses transitioning their business critical applications that demand consistent high performance to virtual environments. This trend has created a new set of hurdles for IT teams. The shared resources and intrinsic complexity of virtual environments make finding and fixing performance issues much more difficult than in traditional environments. However, … continue reading

Guest View: Subscription models fuel innovation

With the immense success of cloud platforms and Software–as-a-Service (SaaS) models on one hand and the increase of subscription services on the other, it’s clear that software offered as a subscription is becoming the new standard. In fact, as early as 2015, Gartner estimated that by 2020, 80 percent of vendors would adopt a subscription … continue reading

Guest View: Pumping (big) iron

Can you guess the platforms that are currently running on a vast majority of the largest global banking, insurance and retail organizations? Given some industry backlash as of late, it may surprise you that I’m talking about IBM mainframe systems.   Based on a recent survey from BMC, 67 percent of organizations are looking to … continue reading

The broken promise of test automation

For over two decades now, software testing tool vendors have been tempting enterprises with the promise of test automation. However, the fact of the matter is that most companies have never been able to achieve the desired business results from their automation initiatives. Recent studies report that test automation rates average around 20% overall, and … continue reading

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