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During the last two #IoTuesday Twitter sessions, our chats have centered on what it will take to capitalize on the Internet of Things (IoT) opportunity and what the industry’s collective responsibility is to break down barriers to adoption. Topics ranged from the evolution of the Indus...
One of the perennial cloud predictions has been that 200x would be the year of the Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud. The logic goes that if an automated data center in the sky is good, an automated development platform in the sky must be even better. “Normal” clouds like Amazon AWS ...
In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ernest Mueller, Product Manager at Idera, will explain the best practices and lessons learned for tracking and optimizing costs while delivering a cloud-hosted service. He will describe a DevOps approach where the applications and systems work togethe...
In the early 1990s major retailers began investing in data analytics to better manage their stores and warehouses by analyzing individual store sales. This insight gave them a perspective on the needs of the local market. Retailers soon advanced in their use of analytics and added e...
While the idea of converged infrastructure isn’t that new, and we’ve seen some strong efforts from vendors over the last few years to drive more adoption, the uptake from enterprises has been met with some challenges.  In 2014, and now in 2015, organizations are not just looking to gai...
If you ever saw the classic SNL sketch in which Jimmy Fallon portrays "Nick Burns, Your Company's Computer Guy" you're probably familiar with the pain and humiliation he causes the end users he is tasked with supporting. Condescending. Impatient. Way smarter than everyone else...
Everyone loves to talk about DevOps, but when it comes to real life enterprise implementation, things start to get a little shaky. Having gone through the process with hundreds of organizations, the XebiaLabs Sale Engineering Team relayed to me the 6 most common mistakes they see when ...
Actionable insights (or actionable data) can be defined as "a technology solution that inhales large quantities of data (big data) and exhales strategic action from that data." Whether it's purely software or in combination with hardware, big data and the resulting insights present mon...
Converged infrastructure solutions are hastening the path to big-data business value and cloud deployment options. We'll also delve into how the right balance between open-source and commercial IT products helps in creating a big-data capability, and we'll further explore how converge...
Most informed CEOs seem to know intuitively that the most qualified person to lead their forward-looking business technology advancement isn’t likely to have the profile of a typical legacy CIO. In contrast, the role of a Digital Business Transformation Aug. 29, 2015 12:00 PM EDT  Reads: 228
IoT is the next development of how the Internet is applied to the world. TAM for M2M/IoT is estimated at $19 trillion. The IoT device count is in the billions but will not traverse the service providers’ networks. Service providers and vendors are struggling to understand how to map th...
We live in a hyper-connected world, and we're sharing information and collaborating on an entirely new scale. Millions of smartphones are sold every day. In a single minute online we send more than 200 million emails, share 2.4 million pieces of content on Facebook, and perform 4 milli...
Early in my DevOps Journey, I was introduced to a book of great significance circulating within the Web Operations industry titled The Phoenix Project. (You can read our review of Gene’s book, if interested.) Written as a novel and loosely based on many of the same principles explore...
We all are striving for success. Whether it’s in our personal or professional lives, that’s what we do every day, day in and out. Finding ways to succeed, learning new things that make us succeed, and engaging in conversations that help us succeed. I have yet to meet someone who said I...
The journey through IT transformation is an unstructured one, obviously. Fraught with perilous pitfalls and uncertainties for the faint hearted, the progression path toward decoupled, decentralized and essentially virtualized new IT frameworks is no walk in the park – hence the need ...
A few weeks back, I wrote a post about getting ready to address a coworker's bad code. This sparked some conversation across various media, including the following interesting question: ...seems that there is a breakdown in managing the development process. Why is Bob allowed [to kee...
The pricing of tools or licenses for log aggregation can have a significant effect on organizational culture and the collaboration between Dev and Ops teams. Modern tools for log aggregation (of which Logentries is one example) can be hugely enabling for DevOps approaches to building...
DevOps has traditionally played important roles in development and IT operations, but the practice is quickly becoming core to other business functions such as customer success, business intelligence, and marketing analytics. Modern marketers today are driven by data and rely on many ...
Parasoft's business partner Skytap recently invited Wayne Ariola (Parasoft Chief Strategy Officer) to be a guest on their DevHops podcast. With Skytap's Noel Wurst moderating, Wayne and Skytap's Jason English chatted about continuous testing, service virtualization, and how SDLC accele...
GoodData is exploring new technologies to make BI as a service more seamless across more data types for more types of users -- all in the cloud. To learn the ups and downs of BIaaS, we welcome Jeff Morris, Vice President of Marketing at GoodData in San Francisco, and Chris Selland, Vi...
I was experimenting with Java HashSet, which is a pretty expensive collection to create, but it has a benefit of the O(1) performance on the retrieval of elements from this collection. Based on my experiments performance of HashSet is improved over the last year. I’ve written a small ...
Have you ever considered including users in performance testing? It may not be the most obvious thing to think about, but the benefits are really interesting. There is nothing quite like the feedback that a real user provides, even for performance. In this blog post, we'll show you how...
SaaS businesses develop intimate, long term relationships with their SaaS customers. Keeping that relationship positive and aligned over the years is a real challenge. In fact, many public SaaS companies have yet to turn a profit. If they don’t keep their customers around for years, th...
As we’ve all read, the top DevOps practitioners are 10-100 times more productive and are able to deploy code 30 times more frequently, with 50 percent fewer failures than legacy IT departments (2014 State of DevOps Report). What that means for all of us is that if we don’t shift our op...
I know of several large financial institutions that do all of their performance testing inside the firewall, and thus they own all of their own infrastructure, including dedicated servers that are used solely for load generation. With some of the large load generation requirements (whi...
It’s no secret that I’m a huge advocate of Cloud Brokerage. These service providers make it easy for organizations to build and manage a customized solution made up of a wide catalogue of cloud services, and take out the headaches of dealing with multiple vendors. The downside for clo...
Change is hard, especially when it impacts organizational structure, legacy systems and processes. Our third annual software delivery survey reveals that the management of change is a long road as the majority of our respondents continue their implementation of Continuous Integration i...
Despite working in the digital space for years, now I was quite stumped a few weeks ago when I was asked to define it. Sometimes you can get away by circumlocution or to use the technically correct term, waffling. But given all the hype around digital transformation, I felt that it was...
USB GPS dongles have come down significantly in price in recent years and I picked one up to play with recently. Apart from using a GPS module to report your latitude, longitude, altitude and time for mapping applications, it’s also possible to feed the time information to ntpd as a...
Beginning with Ruxit Agent v1.76, Ruxit real user monitoring evaluates the content sources of all browser-loaded content to determine if the content is “3rd party” content, “1st party” content, or CDN-delivered content. This valuable content distinction gives you greater insight into t...
Yesterday I had the chance to attend a great conversation on Twitter and Youtube. Brillantly facilitated by Tim Crawford, the discussion revolved around the relevance of IT today and involved Mark Thiele EVP Datacenter at Switch, Stuart Appley CIO at Shorenstein, and Bob Egan CEO of th...
Every time a new technology shows up in the technology stack, its advocates are quick to dismiss the "old" ways of doing IT. They believe that the "new" shiny toy has a better solution for everything. Don't believe me? Let's look at some technologies: When SAP released SAP R/2 and SAP...
There are a billion articles on ES6 at this point. What's one more? Here we discuss some emerging patterns and issues related to real world use of ES6 as well as how one can go about using it now via Babel. If you aren't yet familiar with the features and changes of ES6 itself, you'll ...
DevOps is first and foremost a mindset – any DevOps initiative must begin with a cultural change. Last Tuesday, I participated in an online panel on the subject of Implementing a DevOps Culture, as part of Continuous Discussions (#c9d9), a series of community panels about Agile, Contin...
When it comes to the Internet of Things, hooking up will get you only so far. If you want customers to commit, you need to go beyond simply connecting products. You need to use the devices themselves to transform how you engage with every customer and how you manage the entire product ...
Of the many additions to Java 8 such as the Stream API and lambdas, I noticed one of the lesser talked about ones was CompletableFutures. So I decided to have a play around with them on the last Java component I wrote. My use case in a nutshell was piping large volumes of data from a d...
After the deluge of data breaches in 2014 and more emerging every day, security is without a doubt a top strategic initiative for just about every enterprise in 2015. Along with top-notch security, it is imperative for organizations – particularly cloud-driven ones – to also have leadi...
OK, go ahead… admit it. You listen to Sirius/XM Radio channels 8 and 9 only. You haven’t noticed who the president is since Bill Clinton left office. If you haven’t had your mid-life crisis, you’re thinking about having it soon. And you may still call your test tool Mercury LoadRunner,...
Once enterprises decide on proceeding with developing applications on Hadoop, they have to standardize on a specific application development framework. With this, enterprises can promote the reuse of code, set development best practices, comply with regulations, enable consistent quali...
Performance testing is one of the most important things you can do when building a web or mobile app, and it’s only becoming more vital as the expectations of users are going up. People demand access to anything, anywhere, anytime, and they’ll switch to a competitive solution if the ap...