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

Architecting for the value stream

More features, faster time to market, fewer defects.  These are what organizations strive for. But an overly narrow continuous integration and continuous delivery focus on DevOps is insufficient to achieve these goals. Instead, we should be taking a whole-system point of view that considers factors beyond development and operations — including people, teams, processes and … continue reading

JS Foundation unites projects for serverless application development

The JS Foundation has paired up two of its projects in order to deliver a set of tools that would allow JavaScript developers to deploy serverless apps. Serverless applications have many benefits, such as modularity, ease of upgrade, and cost reductions, but often teams have problems getting started with the build process, the foundation said. … continue reading

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A new era in IT architectures

This year microservices, containers, and cloud were extremely prevalent. In June, a survey conducted by Evans Data Corp revealed that almost half of all cloud developers are using immutable architectures and microservices. Several new services came out for managing microservices, including those from major tech companies such as Google, IBM, Lyft, and Apache. Both Microsoft … continue reading

How software architects can control the future of software architecture

In order to drive the business’ competitive advantage, software architects need to mix three ingredients into the “evolutionary cauldron” if they want to keep up: agility, velocity, and modularity. The evolution of software architecture is the future, and software architects hold all the power, according to Mark Richards, an independent software architect who gave the … continue reading

How IT teams can prevent shopping outages this holiday season

Thanksgiving through Black Friday is a busy season for e-retailers. A lot of revenue is generated during this period of time, and if a site goes down, it’s not just one person who is going to have to do some explaining. The IT team, project managers and the CEO will have to answer to shareholders, … continue reading

Guest View: Seven reasons to spend more time on the front end of your agile projects

Overlooking the front end of your agile development process keeps teams from: 1. Understanding the business case. Many initiatives vie for business dollars, but only a few get funded. To gain funding, business leaders document a clear business case and a sound economic argument. They articulate the problem and the value of solving it, often … continue reading

Code Watch: iOS8: Code. Watch.

The presentation of iOS 8 was dominated by Apple’s Near Field Communication (NFC) payment technology and the Apple Watch, but from a developer’s perspective, the most amazing thing about iOS 8 is its sheer size. When I started developing mobile applications just a few years ago, one of the things I liked about iOS was … continue reading

Code Watch: Architecture’s Big Ball of Mud

Tips (and handy reading material) for dealing with this messy situation … continue reading

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