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

Analyst Watch: The birth of the enterprise digital librarian

As digital transformation accelerates, deepens and intensifies within the enterprise, the number of digital assets that an enterprise has to manage will correspondingly increase. For example, enterprises are already in the process of developing more net new applications, modernizing existing applications, creating microservices, APIs, functions as a service, infrastructure as code solutions, CI/CD toolchains and … continue reading

Guest View: 3 reasons to get going with Go lang

Whether due to corporate project demands or out of pure curiosity, developers are often faced with learning new programming languages. While this can present challenges, especially when it comes to maintaining secure coding best practices, it also opens the door for developers to become accustomed to new, and increasingly better, languages.  One language in particular … continue reading

Analyst Watch: The rise of AI chips

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a broad field that spans academic research with ambitions to create an artificial human brain (general AI) through to practical applications of deep learning (DL), a branch of machine learning (ML, itself the part of AI concerned with learning systems built on data rather than prepared rules). DL has many real-world … 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

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

Guest View: 5 reasons to be excited about Istio’s future

Lin wrote this article in May 2020 in refection of Istio’s third anniversary. On May 24, 2017, IBM and Google announced the launch of Istio, an open technology that enables developers to seamlessly connect, manage, and secure networks of different microservices—regardless of platform, source, or vendor. I’ve been working on Istio since its 0.1 release … continue reading

Analyst View: What constraints disrupt the software supply chain?

Since COVID-19 took hold as a global pandemic, we have seen a lot of focus in the United States on improving our healthcare supply chain, by eliminating barriers to coordination among the many parties needed to source, build, transport and sell pharmaceuticals and equipment that medical professionals need. There’s no simple fix available here. Supplier … continue reading

Industry Watch: What does ‘value’ mean to developers

It was around late 2017 when we first reported on ‘value stream management‘ as it pertained to software development. By now, everyone knows that value stream concepts were first introduced on manufacturing floors, and were designed to eliminate waste (of effort and materials) and wait times (dependence on others to complete tasks before you could … continue reading

Analyst Watch: 8 traits of an Agile superhero

Agile IT practitioners must exhibit a range of digital business skills that go beyond the ability to code, such as courage, communication and leadership. Application technical professionals who exhibit this diverse and important skill set are what we like to call “Agile superheroes.” Some superheroes, like Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and the Hulk, have superhuman … continue reading

Guest View: It’s getting too technical

Every business analyst has heard this at least once, if not often: “I don’t want to get too technical for this discussion.” But the fact of the matter is “it is getting technical.”  With more organizations moving to the cloud and developing cloud-based solutions, terms of information technology that have been used in the software … continue reading

Industry Watch: COVID-19 has exposed lack of planning

Over the years, we’ve written a lot about disaster planning and recovery, the need for backing up systems and business continuity. While many large organizations have their data in redundant locations — either their own data centers or cloud-provided regions around the world, smaller organizations have looked at disaster recovery in the same way they … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Three smartphone trends worth watching

A few months ago, before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the near-term future of the smartphone seemed obvious. We were moving to foldable devices with the only question being whether these devices would unfold to get to tablet size (Samsung) or fold down to fit better in your pocket (Samsung, Motorola). But with the collapse … continue reading

Guest View: Fact or fiction — Is service mesh really needed for microservices?

Service mesh is regularly pitched as the silver bullet for developing services, but in reality, it only addresses specific operations, security and traffic policies, not every possible aspect. As enterprises move away from monoliths to microservices and cloud-native applications, it’s vital to have secure and easy to implement integrations that free up developer time for … continue reading

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