Analyst View: Is AI coming for software development?

AI (as in Artificial Intelligence, not ‘augmented’ or ‘automated’ intelligence) has rapidly become a transformational factor for dozens of markets, including software development itself.  Even if we were aware that generative AIs like ChatGPT can ultimately generate bullshit, as my colleague Jason Bloomberg says, and we know they are getting overhyped across social networks and … continue reading

Innovation will transform the software engineering life cycle

Innovation is essential for software engineering leaders to circumvent competition and create an attractive technology landscape for users and developers. Innovation keeps processes, tools and outcomes fresh and productive.  However, software engineering teams often experience burnout due to the demand for innovation and have little energy to innovate their own processes and practices. Software engineering … continue reading

Patch the cloud native development talent gap with platform engineering

Cloud native technologies—with their malleable, modular microservice architectures—quickly generate transformative digital innovations that deliver high-demand customer capabilities and operational value breakthroughs.  But wait, how many Kubernetes experts do we have? We’ve got an industry-wide shortage of skilled software development and operations talent—and the complexity of cloud native development is exacerbating the problem. We’re not going … continue reading

Getting ready for the generative AI wave

Even as late as December of last year, few were aware of generative AI. Then ChatGPT popped up, and Microsoft started putting it in everything including its developer tools. Now it’s currently the hottest thing in the market. It is also still immature, but it is working well enough that people are finding it surprisingly … continue reading

SEC probe and newly discovered $4.7B liability puts ARM at greater risk

A lot of us have been looking at ARM more closely since litigation with Qualcomm started. To refresh you on that situation, that litigation appears to be an effort to get Qualcomm to pay significantly more for licenses for PCs than it does for smartphones, even though the PC effort has yet to be successful. … continue reading

Software engineering teams must collaborate with site reliability engineers

Software engineering leaders need to foster collaboration with site reliability engineers (SRE) in order to scale unplanned work and improve customer experience. Software engineering teams tend to focus on releasing new product features quickly, which causes them to not always prioritize the reliability of new features. Gartner predicts that by 2027, 75% of enterprises will … continue reading

Web 3: New scams for new kids on the blockchain

Over the last 5 years, galaxy-brained folks have had time, thanks in part to a pandemic, to dream big about Web 3 after catching some inspirational podcasts and YouTube gurus. Or maybe watching Gilfoyle pitch a “new internet” on the last season of “Silicon Valley.” What was so intriguing to so many about Web3 anyway? … continue reading

3 key actions to improve developer experience

When it comes to succeeding with digital initiatives and building high-performing software teams, it is important to deliver top-notch developer experience. A superior developer experience helps attract and retain talented developers. Gartner’s 2021 Software Engineering Leader Survey shows that hiring, developing, and retaining talent ranks in the top three challenges for 38% of software engineering … continue reading

Codifying software: An ideological perspective

Developers write code, thereby codifying software’s internal rules and outward appearances. Programming is not a belief system – it’s part of computer science for a reason. There is a systematic approach for improving development expertise, gathering and analyzing data, and proving or disproving that the software works. Logic and data are codified in software and … continue reading

It’s Time to Consider RISC-V

Over the last months, ARM has pulled licenses from the ARM server-focused company, Nuvia, because of Qualcomm’s acquisition of that company. Then, recently, it sued Qualcomm to block the use of Nuvia’s solutions, effectively restricting Qualcomm from benefiting from that acquisition. This suit made little sense on the surface because ARM is not a player … continue reading

Analyst View: 12 Essential Skills for Every Agile Application Developer

Agile is a prerequisite for digital business because it combines an early and frequent delivery of customer value with the ability to rapidly adapt to changing market conditions. Agile has become essential to compete with digital-born businesses and to remain relevant in a world of digital fluency. This means that the demand for experienced developers … continue reading

Hopping on the low-code locomotive

Will enterprise developers go loco for low-code, or will the whole concept someday become a no-go?  Until recently, analysts would lump low-code in with no-code and a host of tools offering some form of drag-and-drop ease that enables ‘citizen developers’ (meaning: non-developers) the means to deliver apps. But where should you start in thinking about … continue reading

In-person events: In flux and in trouble

The 2022 tech event season started out with CES trying to overcome its disastrous 2021 remote conference by going back to the in-person model. The result was another disaster because attendance was extremely low. Dell Technologies World a few months later was very well-attended but many people got sick and likely regretted their attendance. More … continue reading

Software development: Product-driven or design-led?

Most software developers work within project-oriented teams, since most companies are not startup vendors that can constantly reinvent themselves and deliver hot new products to market. Upgrades, integration and modernization projects carry forward a sizable estate of already coded software assets and third-party service dependencies. I once pondered an alternative product-driven strategy for software organizations … continue reading

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