Analyst Watch: Cloud native means Kubernetes

Attending the Pivotal SpringOne conference last month has hit home how important is the alignment around Kubernetes in the cloud-native technology world. This event is a developer conference for the popular Java web framework Spring — Pivotal was keen to quote from the recent JetBrains survey that the two most popular offerings in this category … continue reading

Industry Watch: Identifying, and winning, with unicorns

You’re working on a project that’s months late and millions over budget. Your developers move at a snail’s pace, being held up by unfilled requests server environments, authorizations to access needed data, and even to the codebase. You’re frustrated, your managers are mad and worried for their job security, and execs are jumping ship — … continue reading

Industry Watch: Why our industry must admit #metoo

Richard Stallman, an industry icon who created the first open-source operating system and has spent his career fighting for free and open software, resigned from his positions at the Free Software Foundation and MIT-CSAIL over remarks he made regarding, of all things, the Jeffrey Epstein case. The blowup occurred in response to a Facebook event … continue reading

Analyst View: The coming mobile disruption

There are three technologies that not only will massively impact Smartphone but they are going to have a major impact on PCs as well. They are 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and foldable screens. Combined, they should expand what we can do with mobile devices, change the performance limitations that currently define them, and do interesting things … continue reading

Guest View: Edge and cloud: A power couple

We’ve all known two great people we were sure belonged together. Their faults and virtues fit as neatly as puzzle pieces. Yet one without the other does not make much sense and will never leverage its true potential. Substitute technologies for people, and you begin to understand the fundamental magnetism between edge and cloud. The … continue reading

Guest View: RPA: Shiny new trend. Same old automation challenge

Place yourself in Jeopardy! mode for a moment. Here’s the answer… Automatically driving an application via the UI or API to make manual work faster, less burdensome, and more accurate.  Time to give Alex Trebec your answer. If you say “What is test automation?”,  you’re correct. But if you say “What is Robotic Process Automation?” … continue reading

From COBOL to Go: Why we must support legacy security training and beyond

It seems almost comical that in 2019, we should be talking about working with a computer language that was invented in 1959. There aren’t too many seminars or conventions these days devoted to the art of rethreading classic Singer sewing machines, or swapping out the oil pan on a Chevrolet Parkwood or a Triumph Herald. … continue reading

Industry Watch: The winding road to software failures

What began as a conversation about high-profile application failures and outages this summer took a winding road toward the root of what ails software development teams. I was speaking with Mehdi Daoudi, who runs the experience monitoring solution provider Catchpoint, to try to better understand why website and web application failures continue on. He spoke … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Is open source the great equalizer?

If you had told me 25 years ago that open source would be the predominant force in software development, I would’ve laughed. Back then, at my industrial software gig, we were encouraged to patent as much IP as possible, even processes that seemed like common-sense business practices, or generally useful capabilities for any software developer. … continue reading

When does SCA replace SAST or DAST?

The short answer is never. There, I just saved you enough time that you can go and do the right thing and run SAST and DAST and work on hardening your code, instead of trying to test security into your application. Look, every time a new technology, process, or technique comes along there are some … continue reading

Industry Watch: One platform, no waiting

Time (and tide) wait for no man, the expression goes. But then there’s latency. Back in the day, before the Internet, before mobile phones and newer application architectures, people for the most part had some patience. If it took a few seconds for a video to load, we waited. If we went to a website … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Toward a curated web: Why digital content needs standards

One of the striking attributes of the contemporary state of digital transformation is the conjunction of the ubiquity of digitization with its incomplete realization in a multitude of consumer and business contexts. On one hand, digital transformation has succeeded in empowering consumers to access data and information about just about any topic—whether it be the … continue reading

Guest View: Solving the platform puzzle

Platforms beat products. Every time. Let me tell you why. At their most basic level, platforms are digital places where companies, suppliers, and customers come together to create value that provides a benefit to everyone involved. Platforms connect software developers and customers in entirely new ways, in a manner that simply offering a product or … continue reading

Industry Watch: Beware the dark patterns of privacy

You know how sometimes, when an app requires you to sign in, it will give you the option of signing in via Facebook, or Google mail? And you think, ‘Wow, this is nice of them to make it so convenient for me. I’ll have to send Facebook a card or something to thank them.’ (Well, … continue reading

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