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The AppDynamics Pro product has boasted an agent for instrumenting Node.js application components for several releases now, which is providing many customers with end to end transaction visibility across their applications incorporating Node.js tiers, as well as - uniquely - method lev...
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that...
ES6 is a major update to the JavaScript language, the first since the adoption of ES5 in 2009. The features of ES6 are being incorporated into JavaScript engines around the web right now, and the changes are far reaching. The new features in ES6 show how far JavaScript has come over t...
Beginning with Ruxit Agent v1.83, Ruxit now supports Node.js 4. But that’s not all! With Ruxit Agent v1.85 we also show you the heap spaces and GCs of all Node.js 4.x processes. Click the Further details tab to view details about V8 heap spaces and garbage collection runs. For full d...
We are well into the first month of 2016, and many predictions from the cloud sector have started to reveal different trends that we may see over the next 12 months. In 2015 we saw IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) growing 51 per cent, with cloud firml...
A brilliant business often starts with an entrepreneur dreaming up a fantastic business idea. Most entrepreneurs at the beginning of their journeys are often strapped for cash, and according to a recent study, 95% of seed-stage founders thought it would either remain the same or get ha...
Gartner describes iPaaS as: “a suite of cloud services enabling development, execution and governance of integration flows connecting any combination of on premises and cloud-based processes, services, applications and data within individual or across multiple organizations.” Their M...
I recently had a chance to speak at The International Monetary Fund (IMF) big data symposium. I was told to make my presentation a bit provocative, so I opened my session by stating to the economist audience “Aren’t you embarrassed that the CVS across the street knows more about the U...
Collaboration is a big focus area among technology start-ups. The past five years have seen a range of new products in this area that have completely transformed the way businesses work. Thanks to the likes of Trello and Slack, team members do not even have to live in the same city or ...
Many of the technologies we use in our personal and professional lives every day are changing at a very rapid pace. So, do you try to keep up and if so, how? Simple. You let go. Firms often hold on to out of date technology because of the switching costs, insecurity about the best tech...
You’ve likely experienced alert fatigue at some point in your life. You feel exasperated as your phone pings for what seems like the hundredth time in a day, or your eyes glaze over as a glut of new analytics data rolls in. You feel resigned to the fact that an influx of email could ve...
I never planned on writing a second book (“Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science”). Heck, I thought writing one book was enough to check this item off of my bucket list. But so much has changed since I wrote my first book that I felt compelled to continue to expl...
The streams of social media continue to grow exponentially, and these streams possess a hidden goldmine of information to help you engage your clients. However, a Harvard Business Review study reported than approximately 12 percent of organizations deem their analysis and utilization o...
It’s that time of year when we gift and re-gift, just like this text from last year. And the perfect opportunity to re-post, re-purpose and re-use all my 2015 blog entries. If you missed any of the 89 attempts including 59 videos, here they are wrapped in one simple entry. I read somew...
The world of business is software. No matter the industry vertical or business model, effective software is the key to business success. An even more important aspect of this reality is the application programming interface (API). If you are unfamiliar with this kind of geeky term, A...
I recently had the opportunity to do a webinar titled “The Data Lake: Empowering your Data Science Team” with Senturus. (Note: Select the [webinar] button on the upper right of the page to view the video.) Senturus is a leading consulting company that focuses on the Business Intelligen...
Monitoring Node.js Applications has special challenges. The dynamic nature of the language provides many “opportunities” for developers to produce memory leaks, and a single function blocking the event queue can have a huge impact on the overall application performance. Parallel execut...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo have presented a rock star faculty as well as...
Data collection without perspective, however, is almost as dangerous as collecting no data at all. Vanity metrics, those that look impressive but don’t lead to real insight, simply tell you what you already know. You won’t get the results you want by collecting data indiscriminately an...
The technology industry is fond of rounding out the year with predictions for the twelve months ahead. It’s almost as if our arbitrary notion of calendar-driven time should be guaranteed to herald the arrival of the next paradigm shift or platform change. Of course we know that in rea...
Here's a bold claim: Cloud computing has the potential to be as transformative as the advent of the automobile. Before the age of cars and buses, everything was undertaken at a fraction of the pace it is now-transport, distribution, socializing. The automobile revolutionized all of tha...
In today’s pharmaceutical supply chain, counterfeit activity is thriving. As pharma companies have expanded target markets and outsourced production over the last decade, the supply chain has become increasingly global, virtual, and vulnerable. Illicit activity has thrived, and patient...
Today, organizations have so much data at their disposal. This data includes company, customer, product, employee, and more… much more. The problem is that without the proper tools, mid-market companies often struggle with turning this information into meaningful and actionable insight...
A triumvirate of big-data players are delivering a rapid and efficient analysis capability across disparate data types for the healthcare industry. The next BriefingsDirect big-data solution discussion explores how a triumvirate of big-data players are delivering a rapid and efficient...
As I mentioned before, SaaS is not just a software product, but also a service. In addition, due to the fact that the product is constantly enhanced and upgraded, it requires more active management than a traditional COTS product. I have found that SaaS implementations are most succes...
Cloud enables IT agility, empowers DevOps teams and helps to transform legacy business models. The fifth annual Future of Cloud Computing survey investigates key trends in corporate cloud usage. This year's insightful survey findings offer perspective from cloud service practitioners a...
It's a well-known adage that curiosity killed the cat, but this drive to figure things out is something that can be critical for software testers. People are often taught from an early age to question everything in order to gain a higher understanding. This characteristic is something ...
Does your CEO have a bold goal for 2016? Does the goal include the word ‘digital’ or ‘transformation’ in the description? Well, if so, they’re not alone in their quest for a superior IT-­enabled competitive advantage that positions their organization for the future. Business technol...
A looking glass is a magical lens or portal through which things can be seen that are otherwise invisible. This is a perfect metaphor for the increasing challenge faced by businesses to find value hidden in the data they generate as well as data that they have access to. Value nuggets ...
You may have heard about the pets vs. cattle discussion – a reference to the way application servers are deployed in the cloud native world. If an application server goes down it can simply be dropped from the mix and a new server added in its place. The practice so far has mostly been...
Using any programming framework to the fullest extent possible first requires an understanding of advanced software architecture concepts. While writing a little client-side JavaScript does not necessarily require as much consideration when designing a scalable software architecture, t...
So you want to centralize your enterprise? Smart choice – but it’s important to take some factors into consideration if you want to have success. Developers need to ensure representation from each geographic location; understand current development processes and tools; and comprehend...
Big data has gone mainstream. The variety, volume and velocity of data streaming across your desk have reached unprecedented levels. This exponential growth challenges even the most data driven managers. With the massive quantity of available BI tools, such as dashboards and reports, y...
Software Measurement is a tricky business. When we all agree on what the thing we are trying to count is, like pieces of candy in a jar, it is simple. Sadly, software isn't candy in a jar. We try to count things like bugs, or lines of code, of number of stories completed in a sprint b...
I was first introduced to SaaS (then ASP) in January 2000 when I joined Brassring, a rollup of 9 small companies in the Recruitment space, as its first CTO. Our flagship product, HireSystems, was the leading Applicant Tracking System delivered as a service to our large enterprise custo...
So-called ‘paradigm shifts’ happen across the information technology landscape roughly every five years. We can make this statement with enough approximate ambiguity for it still to be of some value in terms of the way an average CIO might look to plan for major infrastructural changes...
Here’s the thing: as sure as we’ll have another record-setting year for NFL streaming, you can also be sure that apps will fail and streaming services will go down. Whether you are dabbling in streaming or diving in whole-hog, you need to know what to do to give your users the most rel...
Regardless of perspective, everyone agrees that ensuring high-quality software isn’t solely the job of a “QA department.” It requires the collaboration of every discipline in the software development and delivery lifecycle from the inception of business requirements to the administrati...
The IoT trend brings rise to a plethora of new and useful services that enrich our lives, simplify it, or save us time and money. To provide these kind of connected – and complex – services, software companies must have three different software teams (at least!) and they have to delive...
It’s a given that employee access to corporate systems should be both as secure and simple as possible. Up until recently however, time-strapped CIOs, under pressure from demanding staff and challenged with authenticating users all over the world on multiple devices, have been torn bet...