Site Reliability Engineer: Don’t fall victim to the bias blind spot

To ensure websites and applications deliver consistently excellent speed and availability, some organizations are adopting Google’s Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) model. In this model, a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) – usually someone with both development and IT Ops experience – institutes clear-cut metrics to determine when a website or application is production-ready from a user … continue reading

Amazon Alexa features let developers build more engaging skills

In order to make Alexa more useful and engaging, Amazon introduced two new development features: a Device Address API and a new metrics dashboard. Both the Device Address API and the new metrics dashboard allows developers to build new Alexa skills with deeper insights. As of February this year, there are 10,000 skills available on … continue reading

Developers can tap into deep learning with the open-source beta of the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit

Developers and researchers can start using the power of deep learning with the updated beta release of the open-source Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit. The toolkit, previously known as CNTK, and was developed by computer scientists at Microsoft. They wanted developers to be able to train and evaluate deep learning algorithms fast, scaling efficiently in a range … continue reading

Guest View: If your metrics don’t add business value, stop collecting them

Keith Klain kicked off STAREAST 2016 last week, and there was one line in his keynote that stuck with me throughout the entire conference: “If you can’t draw a straight line between your business objectives and your test approach, you’re doing it wrong.” As I started to think of all of the little activities that … continue reading

Vulkan 1.0 specification announced, Kotlin 1.0, and Rackspace unveils Data Connectors—SD Times news digest: Feb. 16, 2016

The Khronos Group has announced the immediate availability of Vulkan 1.0, a royalty-free open standard API specification. Vulkan has been in the making for 18 months, and is designed to provide high-efficiency, cross-platform access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs used in a wide variety of devices such as PCs, consoles, mobile phones and … continue reading

Chakra to be open-sourced, New Python releases with major features, and AppsDash goes into public beta―SD Times news digest: Dec. 7, 2015

Microsoft is planning on open-sourcing a core component of its Microsoft Edge JavaScript engine. ChakraCore, which is a big part of Chakra, is expected to be open-sourced next month. “Chakra offers best-in-class JavaScript execution with the broadest set of [ECMAScript 2015] feature coverage and dependable performance, reliability and scalability,” wrote Adalberto Foresti and Gaurav Seth, … continue reading

Guest View: UX metrics: Bringing mobile app quality to the boardroom

Executives understand that mobile application quality matters. They realize that employees and consumers have a wide range of choices, and that they are willing to abandon apps at the first sign of poor performance. They may even know that 22% of apps are only used once, and 60% of users who don’t return to an … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: Vector

This week’s GitHub Project of the Week is Vector, a newly open-sourced tool from Netflix for host-level performance monitoring. Vector is a framework for exposing handpicked high-resolution system and application metrics to every engineer’s browser. It implements the open-source Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) framework with a new UI and configurable cross-metric dashboards, allowing users to visualize … continue reading

How Riemann handles rapid metrics

A single-minded focus allows Riemann to make application monitoring faster and easier for developers, claims its creator … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Align developers and marketing metrics for delivery

If developers understand what marketing is looking for, they’ll know the best way to push projects forward … continue reading

AppFirst brings business metrics to stack visibility

Startup rolls out DevOps Dashboard so executives can make business decisions based on IT performance data … continue reading

CAST automates function point analysis

The company says it has solved the complexity of measuring software function points, potentially saving time and money … continue reading

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