Topic: it

Guest View: The software debt crisis

Similar to the financial debt crisis facing many nations, the software industry is facing its own debt crisis caused by the continual development of software without the correct quality-control processes in place. Even industries that were traditionally mechanical are faced with the challenges of developing software like never before, as they strive to stay ahead … continue reading

Guest View: Preparing for the online doorbusters

With Halloween over, an even scarier event is on the horizon for IT staff: the online doorbusters that come with the winter holiday season. The term “doorbuster” applies (sometimes literally) to brick-and-mortar stores during the holiday season. It also translates well to the information technology systems that get stressed heavily on big online sales days … continue reading

Guest View: The boardroom’s code problem—and what to do about it

Boards are increasingly concerned about code. This is primarily because code plays an ever more important role in company performance. Great code enables companies to better engage customers, make smarter decisions, and disrupt markets—or at least keep pace with disruptive competitors—while avoiding security and compliance risks. So boards have to worry about it. Code is … continue reading

Low-code solutions: Empowering businesspeople to make their own applications

As organizations seek faster time-to-market releases of the software necessary to stay ahead of the competition, new solutions that enable the business to create applications without the need for IT to get involved are starting to emerge. As with all things, of course, there are several angles from which to approach this need. Some platforms … continue reading

Guest View: How agile are your IT Operations?

IT Operations people are too often the unsung heroes in an IT organization. They perform a phenomenal set of tasks that can easily be overshadowed by more glamorous developers. You know the ones: Always in the spotlight creating the apps that promise to make the business 1, 10 or 100 million dollars. IT Operations teams … continue reading

Dell Services announces major IT release, and Bluemix makes it easy to debug applications—SD Times News Digest: Oct. 9, 2015

Dell Services has announced Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution, which works with the company’s Automated Full-Time Equivalent (AFTE) and AFTE Command Center. It will help customers increase speed and accuracy in business processes. AFTEs are “robots,” or software agents, that are programmed to perform repeatable and repetitive tasks, freeing up employees who were otherwise doing … continue reading

Guest View: Trends shaping the future of enterprise software delivery

If I had to make a prediction about the future of software delivery, I would say that it will look a lot like it does now—but closer to perfection. Over the next five years or so, I expect the process of software development and delivery to be much smarter, faster and better because enterprises will … continue reading

Guest View: Think of clouds as restaurants

Last year, Amazon Web Services chopped prices for the 42nd time since 2008. For many industry observers, the move sent a clear message to Amazon’s competitors that if they’re looking to scoop up some of the company’s market share, they’ll have to be willing to cut into their own profits by offering the lowest prices … continue reading

Guest View: When success becomes your DevOps failure: Beware of survivorship bias

Read just about any article on DevOps and you’ll be sure to find liberal sprinklings of terms like “culture” and “collaboration” and “establishing strong feedback loops.” Go deeper and you’ll probably come across some head-scratching stuff like “anti-fragile,” “systems thinking,” and my own personal favorite: “learning from failure.” There’s nothing especially earth-shattering about learning from … continue reading

Guest View: Bimodal IT supports new requirements for agile app development

For years IT organizations have been criticized for being too slow, too restrictive and unresponsive to the business. Analysts and vendors have pushed IT to transform itself as a whole, and encouraged the adoption of technologies that enable agility. But a new perspective on IT is gaining steam. Instead of changing the face of IT, … continue reading

From the Editors: DevOps may drive IT people to extinction

The term “DevOps” has now existed long enough to have made the arduous journey from buzzword to industry mainstay. That, however, does not mean there are no longer arguments about just what the term means. In this issue, we even heard some say that DevOps is a harmful term that divides duties along imaginary IT/developer … continue reading

DevOps: It’s all about the culture

In an environment where the development teams get along with the operations teams, organizations are finding it easier to deliver software faster, with better quality. What’s their secret? DevOps. “With DevOps, you get agility, you get speed, you have the ability to deploy applications very quickly, which means that you can release new features and … continue reading

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