From the editor’s notebook

Value Stream Integration. Digital Twinning. Events as API strategy. These topics are the ones we’ve been hearing about this summer, and a trip through this editor’s notebook will share some thoughts on these matters. According to Tasktop’s Mik Kersten, Agile and DevOps are local optimizations of your value stream, with DevOps leading a digital transformation … continue reading

GrapeCity focuses its brand on developers

Software developers are about to discover a new, unified brand message across the GrapeCity Developer Solutions product family, which includes ComponentOne, ActiveReports, Spread, and Wijmo. A company-wide strategy to refine branding includes a new website design, product marks and brand guide, and new releases of all products, said Joseph Lininger, Head of Global Marketing for … continue reading

Avoiding embedded analytics bear traps

The benefits of data monetization that result from embedding analytics into applications are well known. Solutions with analytics built in let end-users efficiently and effectively use the valuable data sitting idly in systems for critical business decision making. However, few data product owners have mastered unlocking the data analytics treasure trove to create new revenue … continue reading

Flexera’s bringing software suppliers, buyers together to tackle SAM challenges

Traditional processes for buying and managing software require a customer to “prove” to a vendor what they are entitled to use in case they are audited. Often times this is dysfunctional, and leads to disagreements between the supplier and buyer as to how much software has been used, and how much is owed. There needs … continue reading

Fuzz testing finds industries left vulnerable by unsecured software

There are potential zero day exploits in the open source protocols and common file formats across six specific industries, according to Synopsys’ State of Fuzzing 2017 report. This includes the automotive, finance, industrial control systems, Internet of Things (IoT), government, and medical fields. The report stems from more than 4.8 billion fuzz tests conducted by Synopsys’ customers … 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

Facebook acquires Ozlo, StatusPage Uptime Showcase, and AppViewX’s AUTOMATION+ — SD Times news digest: August 1, 2017

The Palo Alto-based artificial intelligence startup Ozlo is being acquired by Facebook as a way to build out its virtual assistant in Messenger. Ozlo is a personal assistant and AI system that reads through information provided by partner apps and websites. He sifts through all of this information to answer user’s questions and learn more … continue reading

Report: DevOps is still considered a new phenomenon

While companies have grasped that DevOps leads to an increase in innovation, DevOps adoption and implementation still remains a challenge for many. Logz.io, an AI-powered log analytics company, released its DevOps Pulse 2017 survey in time for today’s SysAdmin Day, highlighting some of the challenges and benefits to DevOps. The DevOps Pulse report this year … continue reading

Six steps to usable product design that save time and money

Whatever became of that mantra encouraging software companies to “Fail Fast” or “Fall Forward”? Most companies that followed a deliberate plan to release half-baked product fulfilled their destiny – they failed! “I’ve learned the “fail often” approach is unlikely to improve an organization. I learned this because I failed often when trying it.” – Jared … continue reading

Google Research open sources Facets, Lambda@Edge, and Revulytics Usage Intelligence 5 — SD Times news digest: July 18, 2017

Google Research wants to help researchers get the most out of their machine learning models and data. With the PAIR initiative, the company is releasing Facets, an open source visualization tool to aid researchers in understanding and analyzing machine learning datasets. In addition to the open source code, Google Research created a Facets demo website … continue reading

FogHorn Systems integrates machine learning with Lightning ML

FogHorn Systems is bringing advanced machine learning capabilities to Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) edge computing. The company announced the availability of Lightning ML, the latest version of its Lightning edge intelligence software platform for the IIoT. According to the company, Lightning ML is an integrated IIoT software platform that brings the power of machine … continue reading

Tricentis’ exploratory testing add-on for Atlassian JIRA, Slack’s App Directory update, and IBM Watson — SD Times news digest: July 12, 2017

Tricentis announced a exploratory testing tool for Atlassian JIRA. The native add-on aims to simplify planning, documentation and reporting of exploratory testing within the JIRA environment and provides full traceability between exploratory test results and associated JIRA issues. According to Tricentis, with this new add-on, agile teams can rapidly and reliably receive and deliver feedback … continue reading

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