Industry Watch: Assessing a developer’s work, and worth

It’s a new year, and organizations around the world are giving developers goals for the new year and reviewing their past year’s efforts. A question I often hear is, ‘How do you assess a developer’s work, and his/her worth to the organization?’ Some organizations still cling to the metric of lines of code produced by … continue reading

Kintaba looks to automate incident management

Incident management might finally be coming into its own, with the announcement today by startup Kintaba that it is releasing a feature to help organizations automate their decision-making processes during security or performance incidents, or outages. Traditional incident management required organizations to cobble together a set of tools for responding to issues. Often, that would … continue reading

Startup takes data-driven approach to software delivery

Project management has historically had a top-down mindset that provides metrics to executives as to how their individual developers are performing. And those metrics, claimed Dan Lines, COO at project management solution startup LinearB, aren’t giving value to developers. “Software project management is broken,” Lines told SD Times in a recent interview. “Developers don’t want … continue reading

DevOps practices continued to morph and expand in 2020

The practice of DevOps — bringing Agile development together with changes in infrastructure for running cloud-native applications — has changed the development industry over the last decade. And it has done its job well. A Fortune Business Insights report released in January of this year projected the size of the DevOps tools market will reach … continue reading

2020: COVID-19 and the year that wasn’t

The year 2020 started much like every other year: software development shops were humming, in-person conferences attracted large crowds, moves to the cloud and for businesses to take on new software delivery initiatives were continuing apace. Then we hit March. The explosion of the novel coronavirus would redefine how, when and where we work. The … continue reading

How service virtualization helped Alaska Airlines straighten up and fly right

Airlines are all about safety. That’s their number one concern. And what they do to help predict that planes will take off and arrive safely is to run different scenarios based on variances in the weight of the plane and the fuel it would consume to test for safety. But Ryan Papineau, a senior software … continue reading

Data quality: It’s a matter of trust

Businesses rely on data to make decisions that drive their bottom line. But if they can’t trust the data, or the analysis of the data, they lose the ability to move with more certainty that what they’re doing is correct. Data quality has many different inputs and dimensions. IDC research director Steward Bond said that … continue reading

Data is key to returns on investment

Return Policy Guide is a website that aggregates the policies of many major retailers, so if a customer is unhappy with his purchase, he can learn how to most effectively return the product and get his money back. The site handles a ton of data, from the individual policies themselves, to ads on the site, … continue reading

Catchpoint takes on the employee experience

Catchpoint today released a new solution that brings its end-user monitoring solution inside to organizations so they can spot and remediate problems with employee devices, applications and their network. The new Employee Experience Monitoring solution brings together RUM and endpoint analytics  with global user sentiment data and synthetic monitoring to help organizations with growing numbers … continue reading

AppSec vs. DevSecOps, and what that means for developers

Traditional application security is different in two key ways from what has come to be known as DevSecOps. First, modern software companies are integrating application security into their DevOps pipelines, so security becomes part of the flow. Second, it’s also about DevOps being built into application security. Patrick Carey, who leads product strategy in the … continue reading

The first step to ensuring data quality is validation

Blue Compass is an Iowa-based digital marketing agency specializing in website development and SEO. As such, according to development manager David Wanat, they take care of “everything beyond the design of the site” on the back end. Not only that, but Wanat also said he is responsible for ensuring the data is good, whether it’s … continue reading

The SD Times Data Quality Project

It began last January with a column I wrote titled “The little dirty data secret,” which shone a light on the issue of data quality — or lack thereof — within many organizations. I called it the dirty little secret because of a reluctance on the part of many to even acknowledge they had a … continue reading

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