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Fewer bugs, faster releases: How APM improves the SDLC

Breaking down a series of interdependent movements into discrete actions is often the first step to improving the performance of everything from professional orchestras to sports teams. And so it is with software. The Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) evolved out of an effort in the late 1960s to put formal quality processes in place … continue reading

Web Accessibility: The effort at Capital One Bank

Web and mobile development focuses on technological inclusiveness, such as across operating systems, browsers and devices. Yet, as organizations become even more digital over time, human accessibility still isn’t getting the attention it should because there’s a general lack of awareness about the issue and how best to address it. Capital One began its journey … continue reading

Efforts to standardize tracing through OpenTracing

Industry efforts toward distributed tracing have been evolving for decades, and one of the latest initiatives in this arena is OpenTracing, an open distributed standard for apps and OSS packages. APMs like LightStep and Datadog are eagerly pushing forward the emerging specification, as are customer organizations like HomeAway, PayPal and Pinterest, while some other industry … continue reading

For development managers, the question is: How close to the code should you be?

No two managers are alike. Styles differ, their approaches to their roles differ, and face it – their levels of energy differ. But how important is it for managers overseeing software development to get down in the weeds with their teams, or should they remain above the fray, enforcing coding practices and setting policies? We … continue reading

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Preparing for the GDPR in the eleventh hour

If digital businesses haven’t already been preparing for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the time is now. The regulation was adopted in April of 2016 and will officially go into effect on May 25, 2018. Despite the advance notice and warnings given, the range of GDPR preparedness is still very broad, according … continue reading

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. Reliability. 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

Cybersecurity operations and the role of visualization, design, and usability

Data is overwhelming cybersecurity teams worldwide. Too much data is not necessarily a bad thing, but the daily barrage creates challenges stemming from the following questions: where is the data coming from, what does it mean and how can it be applied to keep companies more secure? Many in security operations are grappling with how … continue reading

Infrastructure and Configuration as Code come to the CI/CD rescue

The triple effect of cloud adoption, DevOps and CI/CD has dealt a blow to the old tried-and-tested means of infrastructure provisioning and configuration. Thanks to the increasing size of software, its dependencies and support of various platforms, these predominantly manual and script-based tasks have been getting increasingly cumbersome, time-consuming and error-prone. This is where Infrastructure … continue reading

Mobile-only banks: Cashing in on the 18-35 crowd

Mobile banking is the new banking “mode du jour” for the millennial market. Digital banks like European-based N26, Monzo, and Orange Bank, part of French telecom operator Orange, along with U.S.-licensed Aspiration and BankMobile, are poised to make a dent in the more traditional “brick and mortar” banks’ markets and revenues globally. The mobile-first and … continue reading

Done is dead – welcome to outcome-driven development

We’ve all been groomed to measure our work by output. That means defining success as shipping a product, feature or bug fix to customers. To ship more frequently, many of us have adopted agile methodologies. But for many teams, practices of releasing software to customers are still about a decade behind. Saddled with yesteryear’s labor-intensive … continue reading

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

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