Industry Watch: Checking my notes

We speak to a lot of experts here at SD Times. Almost to a person, they talk about modern applications, tectonic shifts in development, scary scenarios of data breaches, the need for software to ‘be’ the business, and much more. But as I looked back on many of the interviews we’ve done, some overarching themes … continue reading

Results from HCL Software's VSM survey

Survey: Early VSM adopters reaping benefits

In the software development industry, value stream management (VSM) is a relatively new concept. While it’s been used in physical manufacturing for decades, it’s application within software development poses unique challenges, in that the product is always changing and — in a more esoteric sense — software development is not linear. So it’s not surprising … continue reading

Industry Watch: The rise of infrastructure open source

Open-source software is showing up in ever-growing percentages of applications, and the amount of open-source within those applications is increasing just as fast. Developers are drawn to open source for a number of reasons: the fact that they can access the code within the components; the fact that there is a community of people creating, … continue reading

Datadog brings security, performance monitoring together with four product releases

Datadog today is revealing its vision for bringing security and performance monitoring into a single platform in the form of updates and new product features for its cloud infrastructure monitoring platform. At its virtual DASH conference this week, the company announced Error Tracking, Incident Management, Compliance Monitoring and Continuous Profiler, rounding out its platform to … continue reading

Survey: Developers claim responsibility for managing data quality

Almost half the developers responding to a data quality survey by SD Times and Melissa indicated they are responsible for managing the quality of the data their applications rely on. Further, more than half of the 202 respondents said they were involved in data quality input, data quality management, choosing validation APIs or API data … continue reading

A new New Relic: Focus on full-stack observability

Longtime application performance monitoring provider New Relic is shifting gears, announcing its product focus has shifted to observability with new updates to its New Relic One platform. According to the company, New Relic One has become an expanded observability platform comprised of three products: the Telemetry Data Platform, Full-Stack Observability and Applied Intelligence. The telemetry … continue reading

Industry Watch: BizOps — Bridging the age-old divide

Since my introduction into the software development industry in 1999, there has been one theme underlying all our coverage of tools, processes and methodologies: Getting business and IT to work closer together. At first, this divide was chalked up to the fact that the two sides did not speak the same language. The business side … continue reading

A guide to monitoring tools

Catchpoint offers innovative, real-time analytics across its Digital Experience Monitoring solution through the use of synthetic monitoring and user sentiment tools, which provide an outside-in view of user experiences. The tools work together to give a clear assessment of performance, as users can either contact Catchpoint directly through its portal, or Catchpoint can learn of … continue reading

An issue of ‘understandability’

This word understandability is starting to be heard, as the next evolutionary step beyond observability. And understandability is key to finding problems more quickly. Mehdi Daoudi, CEO at digital experience monitoring solution provider Catchpoint, recalled an effort when he was running monitoring at DoubleClick years ago. “I sat down with a bunch of engineers and … continue reading

The importance of tracing

Tracing, according to Lightstep CTO and co-founder Daniel ‘Spoons’ Spoonhower, provides context, which serves as the backbone for what’s happening when an application’s performance degrades. “Tracing is really just understanding causal relationships in your software,” he explained. “It sounds obvious in retrospect, but using causal relationships to form the way that data is collected, analyzed … continue reading

The modern world of application monitoring

Application performance monitoring is more important than ever, due to the rising complexity of software applications, architectures and the infrastructure that runs them. When monitoring tools first were developed, the systems they were looking at were fairly simple — it was a monolithic application, running in a corporate-owned data center, on one network. The idea … continue reading

Editor’s Blog: Value streams help developers create applications that matter

The effectiveness of software development teams has traditionally been measured by their output — how many lines of code did they write today? How many times was code deployed to production. In short, the measure was speed. The idea that they can move code has always been important. But today, organizations are starting to ask … continue reading

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