What does Value Stream Management have to do with Agile? Absolutely nothing

The concept of value streams grew out of manufacturing, where work and processes were analyzed, and waste removed, to increase value to the organization and its customers. In the software development space, we’ve seen it grow out of the Agile and DevOps methodologies. As the pace of software ‘manufacturing’ quickened, and more parts of the organization … continue reading

GNU Guile 3.0.0 now available

GNU Guile, a programming and extension language for the GNU Project, is now available as version 3.0.0. According to the team, this is the first release in the stable 3.0 release series.  The major new feature in this version is just-in-time (JIT) native code generation, which helps speed up performance. In this release, microbenchmark performance … continue reading

SD Times news digest: GitLab.com transitions CDN to Cloudflare, LaunchDarkly raises $53 million, and Datadog launches partner network

GitLab.com has announced that it is changing its content delivery network to Cloudflare. Currently, they are using Fastly to serve content, but switching to Cloudflare will allow them to have a single vendor for CDN, WAF, and DDoS protection.   According to GitLab, this will only affect some GitLab.com users, not GitLab self-managed users. Affected users … continue reading

SD Times Open Source Project of the Week: Khronos Vulkan

Khronos Vulkan, which just released its 1.2 update, is a low-overhead, cross-platform 3D graphics and computing API.  Vulkan targets high-performance realtime 3D graphics applications such as video games and interactive media across all platforms. The new version includes improved performance, enhanced visual quality and easier development. Last year, Google’s Stadia launched with a host of … continue reading

New Microsoft Edge built on Chromium is out of preview

Microsoft took its new Edge browser out of preview and made it available for download. The company originally unveiled the new browser at Ignite last year.  The new browser is supported on all supported versions of Windows and macOS in more than 90 languages. It’s also available on iOS and Android. “A little over a … continue reading

Tricentis acquires behavior-driven development company SpecFlow

Continuous testing company Tricentis has announced that it is acquiring SpecFlow, a behavior-driven development solution for .NET developers.  SpecFlow uses an approach to specification-by-example that has helped agile teams improve collaboration with stakeholders to deliver high quality software, Tricentis explained. It allows developers to define, manage, and execute human-readable tests.  RELATED CONTENT: Overcoming the challenges … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Quantum Machines joins IBM Q network, Next.js 9.2, Splice Machine 3.0 now available

Quantum Machines announced that it would join IBM’s Q Network, which will result in a compiler between IBM’s quantum computing programming languages and those of QM.  The IBM Q Network brings together startups, universities, research labs, Quantum Machines announced that it would join IBM’s Q Network, which will result in a compiler between IBM’s quantum … continue reading

CNCF introduces a Kubernetes bug bounty program

The Cloud Native Computing Platform is funding a new Kubernetes bug bounty program to reward the researchers who find security vulnerabilities in Kubernetes’ codebase as well as build and release processes.  The program was launched by the Kubernetes Product Security Committee together with bug bounty program vendor HackerOne.  “As a CNCF graduated project, it is … continue reading

Considering CX is the key to unlocking value from Agile

The benefits of Agile development have long been touted: faster development cycles, increased innovation, and improved productivity. But Agile isn’t just about developing faster. Taking into account customer experience (CX) is a key part of it, too. As Agile has gained traction across the industry, software has morphed into a living thing that grows and … continue reading

SD Times news digest: GitHub for Android beta now available, Windows Terminal preview 0.8, and WhiteSource announces support for GitLab Ultimate

The beta for GitHub on Android is out now, allowing developers to review code, merge changes and collaborate with others anywhere. GitHub for mobile can be run on any phone running Android 5.1 or later.  “We’re making these tasks easier to complete while you’re on the go, with a fully-native experience. With GitHub for mobile, … continue reading

Google Cloud is acquiring no-code platform AppSheet

Google Cloud is looking to make it easier for business users to create and improve applications without needing coding knowledge. To do so, the company is acquiring no-code platform AppSheet.  “The demand for faster processes and automation in today’s competitive landscape requires more business applications to be built with greater speed and efficiency. However, many … continue reading

Report: 50% of companies don’t have a plan for Python 2 EOL

Python 2 finally reached end of life (EOL) at the start of 2020. Python 2 EOL means that version of the language will no longer receive any sort of updates, including security updates.  “We need to sunset Python 2 so we can help Python users by improving Python faster,” the Python Software Foundation wrote on … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Visa acquires API startup Plaid, Git 2.25, and Nintex’s RPA capabilities

Visa announced it will acquire Plaid, a technology layer for financial services that enables connections with users’ bank accounts, for $5.3 billion.  “Consumers now rely on fintech services in so many ways: to pay their bills, to send money to friends, to grow their savings, to manage their student loans, and to create budgets they … continue reading

Analyst Watch: IT predictions, or parlor tricks?

I think it’s about time that we addressed the elephant in the room: predictions are a bit of a parlor trick! The problem is that we humans are horrible at predicting the future. There are several reasons for this, including challenges such as optimism bias, the curse of knowledge, and distinction bias. As analysts, we’re … continue reading

Industry watch: The little dirty data secret

Our industry has a dirty little secret. Come closer, I’ll whisper it to you. (Much of the data held in organizational databases, warehouses, lakes and stores is not very good.) There, I’ve said it. Data quality remains a persistent problem for enterprises, and there are many reasons as to why. It could be that fields … continue reading

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