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Enterprise IT shops have long struggled with the dual challenges of homogeneity and heterogeneity. Homogeneous environments clearly had appeal: single-vendor shops would gain the benefits of working with one point of contact, and perhaps the various applications and infrastructure comp...
As the Internet continues its rapid expansion, is it high time to move the world's data centers to Iceland? A place that can offer 100% renewable energy at a fixed, long-term power cost. At first glance it may seem an unusual proposition and difficult to imagine a Silicon Valley icon ...
Elasticsearch is booming. Together with Logstash, a tool for collecting and processing logs, and Kibana, a tool for searching and visualizing data in Elasticsearch (aka the “ELK” stack), adoption of Elasticsearch continues to grow by leaps and bounds. When it comes to actually using ...
The IoT market is on track to hit $7.1 trillion in 2020, according to an IDC's study. Are we ready for this massive demand? How can we deal with the challenges? Some firms choose to take no action by claiming they are too busy with what they are doing. Some organizations blindly jump ...
From watches to socks, shirts to wristbands, glasses to rings, wearables promise all kinds of features to make our lives better. Thus, everyone seems to be building new wearables or software to run on them. The hottest sectors for wearables currently are twofold: wristbands such as Fit...
People and organizations are accustomed to relying upon “on average” guidelines in order to manage their lives and businesses. But “on average” guidelines are severely flawed. In reality, you are either spending too much or spending too little on your individual customers; you are wa...
I’m struck by what’s happening in the healthcare industry – between healthcare providers such as hospitals, and healthcare payers such as insurance companies – and how that industry is ripe for a metamorphosis into something much more efficient, effective and customer (patient)-centric...
In this 4-part blog series, I am exposing DevOps best practices using a metaphor inspired by the famous 6th century Chinese manuscript: “The Art of War.” It is worth reminding that Sun Tzu, just like me, considered war as a necessary evil, which must be avoided whenever possible. What ...
Sites don’t perform at their peak without great performance testers, and it takes time and effort to acquire them. You want the best in the business, just like any other department at any other company. But what do they want? What will convince them to join your organization? This post...
Healthcare providers continue to assume increasing amounts of risk in care delivery. This has major implications, not just for providers and patients, but also vendors in IT, diagnostics, therapeutics and devices. If providers assume risk, why shouldn’t their vendors? We're already se...
Container technology is the killer app when it comes to building and running microservices architectures. There are a countless number of articles, events, and resources out there related to the hot topics of containers, microservices, and DevOps. Docker is a player in the container ma...
Before the rise of DevOps, strong functional distinctions were supposed to help groups focus on their core competencies. Developers wrote code, operations provisioned and maintained infrastructure, and security found holes and worried about all the vulnerabilities they knew hadn't been...
Getting a second perspective based on several decades of diversified experience can only fortify your decisions on strategically applying technology to your organization. With demands on enterprise systems changing so fast, most organizations’ architectures and frameworks of Intellige...
The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) has become an essential tool for assessing IT initiatives. Originally developed to assess the capabilities of government subcontractors in the 1990s, the CMM is now used by IT management to define best practices in a particular practice area. From ...
John Zachman, Chairman and CEO of Zachman International, and originator of the Zachman Framework, examines the role and benefits of how EA frameworks can co-exist well. What is the relationship between the major Enterprise Architecture (EA) frameworks? Do they overlap, compete, suppo...
We’re living in exciting but demanding technological times. Big Data, Internet of Things, Apple Watch, ubiquitous computing, smart machines, robotics, and home automation . . . things that were the talk of science fiction only a few short years ago are on every CIOs wish list today. Bu...
A data lake indisputably enables businesses to build an efficient data architecture that can meet the needs of various enterprise application workloads, and which will gain efficiency through the reusability and consistency of data. However, the rate at which any company can accelerate...
We’ve all heard about the rapid adoption of JavaScript in recent years. To summarize, JavaScript is the #1 most-used language on GitHub and it looks like this trend will continue. In fact, as one article put it, “JavaScript is the number one language in the world; it’s the language of ...
Even though Apple and Microsoft haven’t commented on the new open source technology which delivers high quality audio and video capabilities to desktop and mobile browsers, major carriers such as AT&T and Telefónica, leading infrastructure providers like Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson and...
The evolution of JavaScript and HTML 5 to support a genuine component based framework (Web Components) with the necessary tools to deliver something close to a native experience including genuine realtime networking (UDP using WebRTC). HTML5 is evolving to offer built in templating sup...
In the 21 years since its inception, PHP has become the world’s most popular server side scripting language. Known as a powerful, easy to learn language, PHP, according to one metrics site, is used by 82% of all the websites whose server-side programming language is known. In more case...
I recently wrote about how Amazon’s new Dash service embodies the Stackato vision; in that post I discussed how Dash reflects the Business Agility portion of our vision. As the image to the left shows, Dash is a service that offers a small button; when pressed, magic happens and an ord...
Everyone’s talking about the Internet of Things recently, but one topic I don’t see addressed much is the difference between Service-Focused IoT and Device-Focused IoT. The concept of “The Internet of Things” has always been about vast, heterogeneous networks of small, limited-purpose ...
I had a very interesting discussion the other day with an executive for a technology company. He had just come from a presentation about the Internet of Things (IoT) market. The presenter projected that the market would be valued at around $7 trillion market within the next decade. Wha...
Online tax companies go from an absolute standstill to 100 mph in a matter of days. How do these companies do it? Tax laws change every year, so that online application is basically a brand new release when users start pounding away at it in February. What is it like to test the perfo...
The mantra of the day is – performance, performance, performance! It is clear that everything needs to be totally available all of the time, function at the fastest speeds and performance as close to perfect as is possible. In all the business discussions swirling around us we hear the...
Harvard Business Review published a blog about the Internet of Things (IoT) and markets where IoT has grown strong. Blog author, Simona Jankowski, wrote, “IoT is expected to connect 28 billion “things” to the internet by 2020, ranging from wearable devices such as smartwatches to autom...
Those from a dev-centric background might discount monitoring from their DevOps approach. But if you're already automating deployment and testing, why wouldn't you use the right set of tools to avoid manual performance monitoring? Of course, you do performance tests each time you rele...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Jeff Sussna, Founder of Ingineering.IT. We discuss the parallels between LeanUX and DevOps, identifying how each can benefit from the other's methodologies. LeanUX uses nimble processes to create a digital experience designed for the end user, whil...
This is a no-hype, pragmatic post about why I think you should consider architecting your next project the way SOA and/or microservices suggest. No matter if it’s a greenfield approach or if you’re in dire need of refactoring. Please note: considering still keeps open the option of not...
We’re proud to announce availability of the first complete end-to-end queue support in an APM product. We’ve been working hard on this and are excited to share the results of our work with you. A couple months ago we announced support for JMS and Rabbit MQ messaging services. Once you...
This is one of the best laid out programming books I have read in a while. The way it starts out providing summaries of Swift features found in other programming languages, Swift features that eliminate common programming errors, the list of Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, new key fe...
One of the things I have come to learn about the DevOps & Continuous Delivery space is that there is no shortage of noise. There are resources upon resources, blogs upon blogs, and thought-leaders upon thought-leaders all blasting their own particular philosophies and best-practice...
How is unified communications transforming the way businesses operate? In his session at WebRTC Summit, Arvind Rangarajan, Director of Product Marketing at BroadSoft, will discuss how to extend unified communications experience outside the enterprise through WebRTC. He will also revi...
If you’ve been paying close attention lately you’ll know that the “Internet of Things” has become one of the technology industry’s biggest buzz phrases. It’s not hard to figure why. The internet has been around for the last twenty years and it has truly revolutionized our lives, the wa...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ActiveState, the leading independent Cloud Foundry and Docker-based PaaS provider, has been named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. ActiveState bel...
Last week, a public company Informatica got acquired by two private equity funds – the Permira fund and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for $5.3B. This is the biggest leveraged buyout so far this year. I am happy for my friend Sohaib Abbasi (we were colleagues at Oracle d...
The last couple articles presented an introduction to Application Performance Management (APM) and identified the challenges in effectively implementing an APM strategy. This article builds on these topics by reviewing five of the top performance metrics to capture to assess the health...
Log data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. Today, everything must be faster. ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that WHOA.com, an ISO 27001 Certified secure cloud computing company, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo® New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. WHOA.com is a le...