Guest View: How to capitalize on Amazon Lex before it’s available to the general public

Amazon’s public preview of Lex, the natural language processing (NLP) platform used by the Amazon Alexa digital assistant, made a splash at AWS re:Invent. With it, developers can create mobile apps, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and chatbots that connect to Lex services, expanding Amazon’s NLP footprint beyond its own products, such as Amazon Echo. … continue reading

Guest View: Bringing electronics engineers into the agile development era

Agile development has been the norm across web and backend development for the last few years. No web developer could withstand the idea of deploy and forget, and no user would withstand a stale website. The benefits of agile development are well understood, faster iterations mean better quality of service for end users, security, and … continue reading

Guest View: Without operational insights, DevOps could become a continuous debacle

Many articles on DevOps tooling attempt to distill an ocean of products into a more drinkable process puddle, like for example: build automation, continuous integration, configuration management, and infrastructure deployment. And it makes sense, since any process that facilitates faster deployments and shorter lead times can result in the business benefits outlined in surveys like … continue reading

Guest View: Why containers are really just fancy files and fancy processes

As companies progress on their digital adoption journey, they continue to invest in the next wave of modern application and deployment platforms, with containers by far the most high profile of these technologies. They have become instrumental in driving digital transformation within the enterprise, as they offer the kind of flexibility and portability needed to … continue reading

Guest View: Agile is all about change… So why does testing remain the same?

Agile is all about change. IT leaders adopt agile to accelerate the pace of change for their business-differentiable software. Adopting agile requires changes throughout the people, processes and technologies involved in building that software. Development teams must significantly change their structure, culture, tooling and daily activities for agile. And once agile is adopted, the applications … continue reading

Guest View: Cybersecurity education isn’t a game. Or is it?

Security, specifically application security, has become a huge challenge for IT companies worldwide. Actually, most companies in any vertical nowadays have some sort of IT platform they maintain. An increasing number of exploits, causing widespread financial and technical damage, are being reported on an almost daily basis. Yet the biggest vulnerability you have is sitting … continue reading

Industry Watch: NativeScript takes web developers mobile

JavaScript developers are taking over the world. More applications than ever before are living on the client, using APIs to connect to any requisite (and most likely cloud-based) back-end services. With that, we’ve seen an explosion of tools and frameworks to make JavaScript development seem more like traditional programming, handling large codebases and issues such … continue reading

Guest View: An IT operating model fit for a king (and everyone else)

Barely five years ago, software developers in the United States and Europe were encouraged to look for other lines of work. India and China—according to those in the know—were destined to snatch up all the appealing coding jobs. That clearly didn’t happen. What did happen was an unexpected avalanche of new coding opportunities, brought about … continue reading

Guest View: How everyone can plan for 2017

Here’s a little secret: No one got into software development to budget. Developers love to code and create. If they wanted to create budgets, they’d have become accountants. Still, creating a development plan for 2017 will inevitably require budgeting and estimating, a process that should be done in partnership with business teams. This will ensure … continue reading

Industry Watch: Everyone can be a developer

Call it “citizen development.” Call it “low-code” or “no-code.” Call it “custom application development.” The goal of each is to make it easier to create business applications that increase efficiency, improve business processes or organize information. A recent study by FileMaker, an Apple subsidiary that began life as a database but now offers tools for … continue reading

Analyst View: Motorola’s strategy for a slowing smartphone market

Perhaps it is because Motorola is owned by Lenovo, or perhaps it is simply because there is some cross-pollination between PC and smartphone companies now, but of the smartphone vendors, Motorola is the only one aggressively applying a strategy out of the PC space. When the PC segment hit a wall, the experienced companies moved … continue reading

Guest View: App developers: Time to cut the cord

It’s a familiar experience: You’re on the subway using an app on your phone or tablet, when suddenly you lose network coverage. Without warning, the app becomes completely unusable. Applications are all too often designed on the assumption that connectivity is ubiquitous. But we all know that even in the most connected metropolis, loss of … continue reading

Guest View: The perils of open-source software security

Almost every modern business and application uses open-source modules. It’s misleading to spend time distinguishing between open-source and proprietary software, because modern applications include third-party software components. Many of those components are open source, and very few companies have a solid understanding of the security vulnerabilities that come with the code. The reach and impact … continue reading

Guest View: Test anarchy: Deploy and destroy test environments

Today’s DevTest teams are under pressure to deliver more (and more innovative) software faster than ever before. And now that most organizations are relying on software as a primary interface to the customer, compromising on quality to accelerate a release is not an option. How can DevTest teams deliver “quality at speed”? Unfortunately, there’s no … continue reading

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