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premium What does it take to commit to 100% open source?

Open source is arguably the most successful approach to developing and distributing business-critical infrastructure software. By removing all barriers to entry and giving developers absolute freedom, open source allows organizations to take software and implement it across their businesses in a truly seamless and customizable way. This can then lead to exponential adoption growth, which … continue reading

premium Solving your data problem with customized software

Large legacy enterprises have a data problem. Decades of iterative infrastructure updates via relatively small investments have resulted in information silos scattered across different systems and in different formats. For example, a hospital may have patient records in one location and accounting data in another. All of this data is managed by different teams with … continue reading

premium How training to run a marathon is like bringing a marathon project to the finish line

Anyone who has run a full marathon knows about “the wall,” also known as the point where runners feel like they can’t go any further. This happens when runners hit the 20-mile mark which for many is the most challenging part of the race––their bodies send signals like muscle cramps and fatigue as a cry … continue reading

premium Why behavior-driven development is hurting your test automation efforts

There’s a lot to like about behavior-driven development (BDD). When applied in the right way, BDD can narrow communication gaps, inject real-world examples into strategic discussions, and foster a better understanding of the customer. It can help eliminate the many wasteful activities that often hinder software development, such as rework caused by misunderstood or vague … continue reading

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premium Academic data is widely available, yet widely underused. Why?

Academic data is one of the most underutilized forms of data that exist today.  Outside of educational institutions, the only significant use of this data is in enrollment verification, though even that use case is not particularly widespread.  And yet, academic data holds massive potential in providing predictive behavioral signals that could directly benefit the … continue reading

premium The critical standard for design thinking

Experience is top of mind for companies across many verticals, and for good reason—user experience is expected to replace price and product as the key brand differentiator by next year. Delivering remarkable experiences requires thoughtful experience design (XD)—driven by a human-centric approach to solving problems. When we talk about human-centric approach, we think about design … continue reading

premium Productivity tools are crucial in the current development landscape

As development teams work to ship code faster and faster, streamlining development workflows is crucial. Developers don’t just write code all day. There are other tasks developers spend time on that may be slowing them down and preventing them from doing the work that adds value to a company.  According to ActiveState’s 2019 Open Source … continue reading

The ethical side of open source

When developers contribute, collaborate, or obtain open-source code, they look at how the code will help bolster their other projects as well as ensure they are complying with any open-source licenses. One thing that doesn’t get enough attention is the ethics of that open-source project, according to Heikki Nousiainen, CTO and co-founder at Aiven, an … continue reading

The realities of running an open-source community

There is no question that open source is the backbone of software today. Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, explained that about 80% of all software written is open-source software. The benefits of using open-source software is immeasurable, but it’s not the code itself that makes open-source software an invaluable resource.  According to … continue reading

premium Crunch culture can destroy development teams

Over the past few years, as work/life balance has become more of a priority for developers, the notion of a “crunch culture” has been the subject of much discussion. Crunch has been especially prevalent in the game development industry, where game developers have come to accept that crunch is just a part of the job.  … continue reading

2020: The year of integration

Software development has changed, moving from monolithic code blocks to a cobbling of open source and services. Delivery has changed, as organizations moved from on-premises servers to the cloud, and end points such as smartphones and all manner of IoT devices have become ubiquitous. How data is distributed and consumed has changed, as containers may … continue reading

Continuous Deployment for ML: The new software development life cycle

The new software development life cycle means working out ways to adapt the SDLC for your machine learning workflow and teams. With data scientists currently spending large chunks of their time on infrastructure and process instead of building models, finding ways to enable the SDLC to work effectively with machine learning is critical for not … continue reading

Business logic flaws: How to address them during application design

Software applications have become significantly more complex over the past decade. This bodes well for the creation of new application-based business opportunities and additional customer touchpoints, however increased software complexity also opens the door for more malicious attacks and high-impact data leaks. Ever-nimble and determined threat actors are reinventing their approaches to align with current … continue reading

Implications and practical applications for AI and ML in embedded systems

“Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations we can perform without thinking about them.” —Alfred North Whitehead, British mathematician, 1919 Hailed as a truly transformational technology, artificial intelligence (AI) is positioned to disrupt businesses either by enabling new approaches to solving complex problems, or threatening the status quo for whole business sectors or … continue reading

CCPA set to take effect at the start of 2020

When the GDPR was launched almost a year and a half ago, it forced companies to take a look at their data practices. And though some might say enforcement has been pretty lax so far, it has changed the way companies deal with their data. And it has inspired a new major regulation in the … continue reading

Angular powers business apps in the enterprise

In today’s highly competitive digital world, designing great customer experiences is crucial. If your application or site isn’t pleasant to use, customers will use someone else’s. There are plenty of frameworks and libraries that can help developers design web applications with good UX/CX, one of which is Angular. Prem Khatri, vice president of operations at … continue reading

No-code mobile app development: Do more with less

Developers are tired of switching their focus back and forth between projects, and business folks are tired of waiting for developers to get their projects — but it doesn’t have to be this way. The rise of mobile development is enabling more work to get done on the fly, and the explosion of no-code development … continue reading

Waving the flag for feature experimentation

Digital transformation is making companies more software-dependent than they’ve ever been. As analog products become digital and manual processes are superseded by their automated or machine-assisted equivalents, organizations are building more apps at the core and edge to compete more effectively. One way of hedging bets in an organization’s favor is using feature flagging to … continue reading

Is the Hadoop party over?

Fifteen years ago, the Hadoop data management platform was created. This kicked off a land rush of companies  looking to plant their flags in the market and open-source projects began to spring up to extend what the platform was designed to do. As often happens with technology, it ages, and newer things emerge that either … continue reading

Saving Flash from extinction

Flash is quickly approaching the end of its life. Adobe plans to halt updates and distribution by the end of 2020, and encourages any content creators to migrate their existing Flash content to new open formats like HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly.  “Several industries and businesses have been built around Flash technology – including gaming, education … continue reading

.NET 5 merges Core and .NET Framework into one solution

Microsoft has been making big changes to .NET this year. In May, the company announced that it would be merging all of its .NET products, like .NET Core and .NET Framework, into a single .NET.  The .NET Framework is a development platform for building web, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Server, and Microsoft Azure apps. .NET … continue reading

Value Stream Management comes to Agile

A fundamental tenet of scaling Agile is linking the team-level activities with the business strategy, and the way to do that is through value stream management or mapping (VSM), according to Flint Brenton, CEO of the enterprise Agile solution provider CollabNet VersionOne. VSM takes fragmented tools and processes and puts them in one place so … continue reading

Don’t do Agile, be Agile

Despite what you may have heard, Agile is not dead. A couple years ago, Dave Thomas, one of the creators of the Agile manifesto, declared that Agile was dead, but it wasn’t the idea of Agile he was talking about. It was the word Agile itself.   “The word ‘agile’ has been subverted to the point … continue reading

Gartner’s top 10 technology trends for 2020

Gartner revealed its top 10 strategic technology trends for the next year at its IT Symposium/Xpo 2019 conference in Orlando.  According to the company, a strategic technology trend is one that has the potential to disrupt the industry and break out into broader impact and use.  Unlike last year’s trends, this year’s trend does not … continue reading

Kotlin’s emergence: Common coding mistakes to watch for

In May 2019, Kotlin, a programming language for modern multi-platform applications, became Google’s preferred language for Android app development. As a result, many developers have shifted from using Java, the original language for building Android apps, to embracing Kotlin. According to a recent survey, 62% of developers are now using Kotlin to build mobile apps, … continue reading

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