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Database market consolidation is inevitable – how to pick the winners?

Databases comprise one of the largest and most foundational segments of the IT landscape—in some cases, comprising over 50 percent of the cost of the total application stack. The size and prominence of this segment continues to expand unfettered. Recent estimates from Gartner peg the database market at $36.4 billion, having grown 8.6 percent in … continue reading

Riding herd over your microservices

By now, the benefits of microservices have been well established. Realibabily. Scalability. Productivity. What you don’t hear about are the tradeoffs, challenges and complexities it takes to transition from a monolith to a microservice. All of these smaller components in a microservice may make it easier to develop software, but instead of only having one … continue reading

Framework and standards are the ‘Essence’ of agile at scale

Since its creation, the agile software development methodology has been increasing in popularity. With its almost universal use, agile has now become less of a different and new methodology and more just the way developers operate. In other words, it is now standard practice for most teams to be using agile. With that in mind, … continue reading

Unlocking the blockchain potential

A new and emerging technology is hitting the ground running, and creating a frenzy in the industry. Bitcoin. Cryptocurrency. Initial Coin Offering (ICO). These are just some terms being seen in the headlines every day lately, but the real importance is the technology behind these terms: Blockchain. Blockchain is a new technology that has been … continue reading

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10 top digital transformation trends for 2018

In the year 2018, how will companies use development processes, business practices, IT infrastructure, and technologies like artificial intelligence and IoT to help drive digital transformation? While many organizations are starting down the path, sometimes with an eye to improving the user experience (UX), progress levels, types of initiatives, and specific implementations vary a lot … continue reading

Where does Big Data go from here?

The term Big Data has been bandied about since the 1990s. It was meant to reflect the explosion of data – structured and unstructured — with which organizations are being deluged. They face issues that include the volume of data and the need to capture, store and retrieve, analyze and act upon that information. Technologies … continue reading

Infrastructure terminology you should know

Infrastructure is changing quickly.  Specifically, it’s being virtualized like everything else historically done only in hardware.  “Software-defined” is one of the biggest infrastructure trends, not just for compute, but also storage and networks.   Developers should know something about these concepts so they understand the environment in which their applications will run.  Being familiar with … continue reading

What IT operations wants developers to know

Operations engineers have a few complaints about working with developers that shouldn’t be dismissed as merely rants because they are very real issues that Ops faces.  Granted, developers have their own gripes, although this article is meant to provide some insight about what developers should know about operations, not the reverse.  Three common complaints from … continue reading

What developers should know about IT Ops

Operations is going through a fundamental shift as infrastructure itself shifts from hardware to software.  The “software-defined” future has arrived and it’s something enterprises must embrace if they want to deliver Internet-scale applications and pivot as quickly as today’s business environment requires.   Software-defined architecture uses a virtualization layer to optimize the use of resources. … continue reading

The future of software development in 2018

Software development went through leaps and bounds this year with new advancements and innovations in artificial intelligence, containers, security, applications and more. With 2017 coming to a close, we asked software development luminaries and thought leaders to forecast what is next for this space in 2018. Aruna Ravichandran, VP of DevOps product and solutions marketing … continue reading

The importance of OAuth 2.0

“There’s an app for that,” but not all apps are created equal. Users expect there to be an endless amount of applications to make their lives easier, but they forget to take into account what kind of security measures those applications provide. In addition, these applications and services often connect to other applications and services, … continue reading

IoT is dead – Long live IoT!

Many industrial applications have been developed to utilize IoT devices and the data they produce.  They generally use cloud hosting, analytics and edge computing technology, often provided and connected via an IoT Platform – a set of tools and run-time systems hosted on the cloud that enable the development and deployment of a “complete IoT … continue reading

Differentiating customer experience from traditional software user experience

In recent years, developing a great user experience has become critical for success in software development. With so many different options for products, users have the power and freedom to choose to use those companies with which they have the best experience. “UX is an established discipline,” said Jason Moccia, CEO of OneSpring. “It has … continue reading

3 areas where traditional APMs leave developers exposed

If you’re responsible for creating or managing a customer-facing application for your organization, you have a long list of things to worry about. A scenario like this may actually be at the top of the list: you’ve recently launched a new version of your application to the world, and customers start finding serious issues in … continue reading

Closing the DevOps and database gap

Security isn’t the only aspect overlooked in a DevOps approach. According to Robert Reeves, co-founder and CTO of Datical, a database automation company, database deployments are often forgotten about. “Pushing out the application is the easy part of DevOps,” he said. “It is managing and automating database changes that is the real challenge.” According to … continue reading

Gartner’s guide to successful DevSecOps

In a recent survey conducted by Gartner, the organization found that the highest-ranked strategy for a successful DevOps approach was collaboration with information security. “In the past 12 months at Gartner, how to securely integrate security into DevOps — delivering DevSecOps — has been one of the fastest-growing areas of interest of clients, with more … continue reading

DevSecOps: Baking security into development

Software is the lifeblood of most businesses today. So, what happens if that software is unreliable or insecure? It seems like a no-brainer that the software being pushed out should be protected. But, as software is being developed and deployed at a rapid pace, an important aspect of the life cycle gets lost in the … continue reading

Best Practices for Agile ALM

Many may view it as a collision of ideologies, but pairing ALM with Agile practices makes a lot of sense to those who have pushed ahead in the latest application development and delivery methodologies. Raj Mehta, president and CEO of Infosys International, an enterprise services firm, explains it best: “Most people do not realize that … continue reading

IBM expands AI research to support an aging population

Late September, IBM and the University of California San Diego announced their partnership with the opening of the Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center on UCSD’s campus, the latest piece of IBM’s Cognitive Horizons Network, a research collective focused on the emerging fields of Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and machine learning. UCSD’s team of … continue reading

Survey reveals that developers must embrace intelligent automation

A new survey from ServiceNow illustrates that intelligent automation must become part of any transformative developer’s bandoleer of capabilities — a realization driven by the fact that some 86 percent of executives surveyed globally feel their companies will soon hit a wall and, by 2020, will need greater automation to get work done. SD Times … continue reading

A three-step approach to applying DevOps

Everyone seems to be talking about DevOps but, if you are new to it, it might all seem a little overwhelming. For an organization that doesn’t use DevOps today, the adoption of this three-step approach will promise a generally clean implementation. Step 1: Creating the Application Pipeline Regardless of the type of application, the pipeline … continue reading

What’s new in software licensing?

Subscription- and usage-based pricing are all the rage these days. So how are companies becoming even more creative in their software pricing and licensing? Although a lot of innovation is starting to happen, much more appears to be in store over the next couple of years. ISVs such as Siemens are already charging on the … continue reading

User experience remains front and center for web application developers

In baseball, it’s three strikes and you’re out. In this age of app fatigue and digital transformations, the rules of America’s favorite pastime don’t apply to web application development. For most brands and enterprises, they have seconds to delight a user or they are skipping out of the ball park and onto the next competitor. … continue reading

Gartner’s top 10 technology trends for 2018

With 2017 drawing to a close, Gartner is looking to the future. The organization announced its annual top strategic technology trends at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo this week. The basis of Gartner’s trends depends on whether or not they have the potential to disrupt the industry, and break out into something more impactful. The top 10 … continue reading

Companies to watch in 2018

The world of software development involves so much more than writing code these days. Developers need to understand artificial intelligence, the cloud, new methodologies, and the expanding infrastructure required for the Internet of Things. Here are some companies our editors are watching to lead the way. tCell WHAT THEY DO: Application security WHY WE’RE WATCHING: … continue reading

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