Guest View: CEOs — The biggest shadow IT threat?

Chances are high that your business is home to shadow IT. The practice of using unsanctioned software on company devices isn’t done out of malice. It’s quite the opposite — users are turning to unapproved applications like chat apps, task managers, or collaboration tools in an effort to be more productive. While the intentions of … continue reading

Assessing the need for Big Data solution architecture

The most challenging obstacle facing companies is recognizing if they have a valid use case requiring the use of Big Data technologies. Having a large amount of data does not necessitate the deployment of a Big Data solution architecture. A company should only determine to use a Big Data solution based on the characteristics and its intended use. This allows actionable insights … continue reading

Guest View: Maximizing taxpayer ROI through agile development

Knowing that vacationers were looking for information about hiking and camping in national forests, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) undertook a project to create an Interactive Visitor Map. The USFS hoped to provide visitors with an easy way to discover and explore recreational opportunities across 193 million acres of National Forest System land – including … continue reading

Guest View: In the future, developers will be judged on mindset over skillset

“The future of coding is no coding at all.” It was a bold proclamation for Chris Wanstrath, CEO of GitHub, to make at the company’s recent Universe Conference considering he heads one of the most important companies for developers. But I can’t help but think Chris is on to something — technology is transforming development … continue reading

Architecting for the value stream

More features, faster time to market, fewer defects.  These are what organizations strive for. But an overly narrow continuous integration and continuous delivery focus on DevOps is insufficient to achieve these goals. Instead, we should be taking a whole-system point of view that considers factors beyond development and operations — including people, teams, processes and … continue reading

Industry Watch: Transformation can be a monster

Frankenstein is a monster. IT can harm the people who created it. Ergo, IT is a monster. Taking a software tool from this vendor, hardware from another vendor, using a cloud-based storage and network system, can often lead to problems not foreseen by those who approved that approach. “There’s a new philosophy of how IT … continue reading

Guest View: Want to crush your organization strategy? Study up on neuroscience

How many times have you started the year with a list of New Year’s resolutions meant to transform yourself into an entirely new person? And how many times have you succeeded? The majority of us have set out on such a mission to reinvent ourselves. And by Valentine’s Day, we’re fishing through the freezer for … continue reading

Analyst View: 3 data center predictions for 2018

The move to digital business platforms is compelling infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to rethink their data center strategies. Digital business platforms like AI, which encompasses machine learning (ML), deep neural networks (DNN) and the IoT, are driving requirements for agile and scalable compute infrastructures. In 2018 I&O leaders should focus on enabling increased agility … continue reading

Industry Watch: Of serverless, backendless and codeless

Serverless technology is being called the next generation of the cloud. The first layer abstracted organizations from their physical servers. (Serverless, like cloud, of course, doesn’t literally mean ‘no server;’ it simply means not YOUR servers!) In its simplest terms, serverless is about developers writing code as a function, which the cloud provider then hosts … continue reading

Enforcing enterprise security policies on hybrid cloud

Server provisioning has historically played a key role in IT’s control over enterprise systems: IT approved and provisioned developers’ requests for compute resources, enforcing security controls and policies along the way. Cloud technologies are being adopted widely, creating hybrid environments. Cloud undermines the traditional provisioning model; developers can now allocate resources themselves with the swipe … continue reading

Guest View: Software reflects teams that build it

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. To deliver more customer value, a software team decides to upgrade the database. They talk to their operations people, who say, “Sorry, we can’t upgrade to the latest version because another team shares the database, and their application won’t support it.” Resigned to their fate, they put the … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Rethinking digitized emergency preparedness

One of the questions raised by the August and September hurricanes that wreaked massive destruction on Texas and Puerto Rico concerns the role of software and digital transformation in accelerating rescue and recovery efforts. The question of the role of software and digitization in facilitating those efforts deserves amplified relevance because of the dramatic acceleration … continue reading

How to make low coding work – Separate presentation from logic

The use of low-code platforms is expanding, driven by the idea that non-developers working with the right tools can take a more active role in the development process. Application development has never been more complex due to the staggering number of components required for modern multi-tiered application development, which makes the idea of utilizing business … continue reading

Serverless and mobile development: Ready for primetime?

Have you ever tried to read a complicated article with music on? Or turned your coffee machine on and completely failed to return to it when it was finished dripping? You might be confronting our most human of frailties: the fact that our brains just can’t keep track of a whole lot of information at … continue reading

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