Service virtualization: A continuous life cycle technology

Service virtualization has helped countless organizations perform tests on application components that live outside their development organizations, or that are not available to the tester when needed to complete their tests. Virtualization enables organizations to put up a virtual service more easily than they can “yank a box on an Amazon server,” explained Shamim Ahmed, … continue reading

Report: Psychological safety for dev teams fosters innovation

As important as it is for organizations to continue to innovate their software products quickly and with quality, that cannot be achieved in today’s world without ensuring “psychological safety” for its development teams. Ravi Tharisayi, senior director of product marketing at feature management software provider LaunchDarkly, defined the term as a strong interconnection between software … continue reading

Modern app dev is about more than tools, platforms and languages

Today’s application development is a complex landscape of services, integrations and architectures. In fact, most developers today spend more time writing API calls and finding open-source projects – and maintaining those applications once they’re created – than they do writing code for innovative new features. It looks nothing like “your father’s app dev,” which involved … continue reading

Cross-talk hurts VSM adoption

Value stream management has a messaging problem. That was a key takeaway from the recent {virtual} VSMcon 2022, hosted by SD Times last month. What is a value stream? What is value? Which metrics matter? Is it a tooling thing? A people thing? We empaneled some industry experts at the conference to look at the … continue reading

Report: Digital Product Management finds its footing

The relatively new practice of digital product management is helping organizations better achieve their objectives by shifting to a product-focused business model, according to a new report from Dimensional Research, sponsored by Broadcom Software. Digital product management (DPM) encompasses traditional product management, but adds continuous improvement through experimentation and validation, as well as relying on … continue reading

SD Times Healthcare Industry Handbook

Table of Contents: 3  Technology takes health care into the 21st century 4  Cyber security steals the limelight as health care goes digital 6 Solving the data interoperability problem 8 The future of smart hospitals beyond COVID 10 CData tackles health data connectivity 12 Customer-centric cosmetics: How digital solutions can deliver a health care experience … continue reading

What role do developers have in value stream management?

From an organizational level, creating and managing value streams plays an important role in eliminating wasteful processes and the time they take, enabling the company to focus on delivering value to their customers. At software companies – which many, many companies are today – the primary role of developers is delivering that value, in the … continue reading

Infrastructure as Code: Keeping developers productive, keeping organizations safe

Developers have always had a need for infrastructure. But with the need to update applications or websites quickly to take advantage of changing market conditions, the idea of asking IT to spin up an environment and having to wait sometimes days for it no longer works for organizations trying to keep pace. In short, developer … continue reading

All work and no play makes developers burn out

Remote and distributed work. The COVID-19 pandemic. The rise of millennials into the workplace. The complexity of tools. “We saw these trends, and it was leading to things like burnout, and people having negative experiences at work, because the tools and the day-to-day experience weren’t keeping up with these trends,” said Jennifer Dennard, co-founder of … continue reading

Developers need learning, skills to tackle security

Pieter Danhieux has an impressive background in cybersecurity. And he acknowledges that when it comes to building software, problems in the code lead to security issues. Yet he blames this problem not on the developers themselves, but on what he has seen as “a lot of things we’ve done wrong with developers.” Organizations, he said, … continue reading

Melissa adds Profiler to its Unison customer data platform

Data is becoming ever more important to organizations that do heavy customer service and outreach, yet the quality of that data often is poor. Whether it’s users intentionally filling fields with garbage, or the user’s lack of understanding of how the system wants an address filled out, companies find that much of their outbound communication … continue reading

Remember ‘people over processes’

Here we are, late January, with a “bomb cyclone” weather pattern about to drop a foot or more of snow on us here in New York. What better time to hunker down and reflect on the last year and to determine what is really important in the year ahead? Many – if not most – … continue reading

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