HCL: Global services and now software too

There has been a lot of curiosity among our subscribers about HCL Software, ever since the news of HCL’s acquisition of several product portfolios from IBM closed on July 1, 2019.   We were pleased to have the opportunity recently to sit down with Darren Oberst, the head of HCL Software, and get answers to … continue reading

How to accelerate development with well-maintained and secure open-source components

Open-source code and frameworks can be found in most modern software applications, as developers find great value in using functionality that has already been written. Open source has little or no upfront monetary cost and saves developers valuable time to work on higher-value projects. But among the problems with open source are that the code … continue reading

Creating value requires feedback loops

While companies are starting down the value stream, assessing and mapping their operations and product delivery to find areas of bottleneck and waste, another critical aspect of value stream management is feedback loops. People discuss applying manufacturing techniques to software creation and delivery, and breaking down their product portfolios into work for the development or … continue reading

The value of embedding data virtualization

Industries today are struggling to deal with the issue of increased data fragmentation. No longer is all data sitting in an RDBMS, snuggled in behind a corporate firewall with access and permissions easily defined and managed. Today, data lives in on-premises systems, in cloud storage and in partner systems, creating new complexities for accessing data. … continue reading

Security – Just Another Aspect of Quality

Programmers err as much as any of us — between 15 and 50 errors per 1,000 lines of code to be more exact. QA tests for these bugs, attempting to ensure that releases are as bug-free as possible. Customers who trust their operations to software won’t tolerate poorly written code, and teams go out of … continue reading

The role of QA in a shift-left world

The uptake in Agile and DevOps processes has led to changes in how software is written, tested, secured and deployed. Among the key changes organizations are making is to decentralize their test and QA teams. This is being done in response to organizations first looking to modernize testing practices by shifting testing to the left … continue reading

A sober view of DevOps and the value it can create

To fully participate in the digital economy and stay ahead of customer expectations, enterprise IT must deliver software faster than ever before. As a result, Agile development and DevOps processes have become critical for IT to meet the challenges of the digital world. Those processes give enterprises flexibility, enabling them to pivot as needed to … continue reading

2020 Software Supply Chain Must-Knows

Open source software is taking the world of software development into new frontiers and changing the way industries create and consume software. However, there is a learning curve with open source use and businesses need to not only be able to trust the open source software being used in their solutions, but they need to … continue reading

‘Security debt’ focus of 2019 State of Software Security report

In 2011, Marc Andreessen wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal that included the now-famous phrase “software is eating the world.” Eight years on, that statement rings truer than ever. It’s not a stretch to say that software is eating the cybersecurity world as well. The fallout from not integrating security early in the … continue reading

Learning about your software progressively

Progressive delivery is the natural extension of continuous delivery but refines what it means to “deliver” because unlike the ‘big bang’ of an all-or-nothing release cutover, progressive delivery enables the business to gradually expose new functionality to limited numbers of users to assess the impact on user behavior and system health before expanding the release … continue reading

What to look for in a messaging platform

Consider how your DevOps organization collaborates today. Do teams struggle with particular challenges or hurdles? What aspects of a modern messaging platform can help them be more productive and efficient? The following considerations can help you identify the features and capabilities of a messaging platform that can empower your DevOps teams to work smarter together. … continue reading

Real-time messaging across the DevOps lifecycle

A modern messaging platform acts as your command center for software development, delivery, and operations. It’s the place where your teams meet to discuss ideas and issues, make decisions, access information, and manage workflows tied to your DevOps tools and systems. Plan   Your messaging platform is the system of record for team conversations related to … continue reading

Test environment management an obstacle to continuous testing, report finds

Companies may be shifting testing left, but lack of access to internal services as well as external services can delay testing and cause unnecessary bottlenecks. According to the Sogeti 2019 Continuous Testing report, test environments are one of the biggest bottlenecks to achieving continuous testing. The survey results reveal the inordinate amount of time that … continue reading

The top reasons to adopt a modern messaging platform

The right messaging platform will unlock your team’s potential for advanced collaboration with powerful capabilities that drive increased efficiency, productivity, and velocity. The following considerations can help you define messaging requirements for your organization. RELATED CONTENT: Real-time messaging across the DevOps lifecycle Challenges to effective DevOps collaboration What to look for in a messaging platform Designed … continue reading

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