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Top DevOps Tools By Angela Stringfellow Even though DevOps has been around for a few years, it still is a fuzzy area for some organizations. A mashup of development and operations teams, DevOps centers on collaboration and a culture that seamlessly integrates developers and IT operations teams working to put out the best new apps. Because DevOps encompasses two teams working from ideation through product release, DevOps tools fall into several categories including those for logging, monitoring, automation, security, and configuration management. Due to the intensive work DevOps engineers and their teams complete on a daily basis, they don't have time to search for tools to help them complete their work more efficiently and productively. That's why we have searched for the top DevOps tools and created this list of the most reliable, secure, relevant, and useful tools... (more)

DevOps Trend | @CloudExpo @AppDynamics #APM #DevOps #Microservices

The Top 5 2016 Trends That Are Changing Software Development By Omed Habib Software development is a moving target. You have to keep your eye on trends in the tech space that haven’t even happened yet just to stay current. Consider what’s happened with augmented reality (AR) in this year alone. If you said you were working on an AR app in 2015, you might have gotten a lot of blank stares or jokes about Google Glass. Then Pokémon GO happened. Like AR, the trends listed below have been building steam for some time, but they’ll be taking off in surprising new directions before the end of 2016. Here’s an overview of what’s coming next and what software developers can do to prepare for it. 1. Linking Application Performance and Business Performance Application performance management (APM) has grown incredibly sophisticated over the past decade. By 2010, Gartner had define... (more)

Diffusing Technology into Generation Z

Telecom Innovation on Ulitzer Us "Baby Boomers" tend to believe we have accomplished a lot in the years ranging from our roots of hard rock, to the birth of basic internet technologies in the early 1970s. We started our generation with black and white television, experiencing everything from the assassination of President Kennedy to absorbing the wonders of man walking on the moon. We end our generation with 7.6 Terabit submarine cables connecting every continent with high speed many-to-many interactive communications and applications. Communications for many during the early 1960s consisted of telephone party lines, daily newspapers, telegraph, and radio broadcast. While in high school (Richfield, Minnesota), some of us privileged students in more opulent areas had access to computer classes. This consisted of having a teletype terminal attached via low capacity lin... (more)

Technology Adoption – Two Beliefs You Need to Undo

Here is further proof that “Consumerization of IT” (CoIT) is a reality. And, that has significantly altered the dynamics of technology adoption. Before I explain this shift, let us look at… How experts explain technology adoption cycle The accepted premise is that every new technology goes through the following phases: Hype: Search for next big thing leads to Hype around any new technology. Struggle: Adoption of these Bleeding Edge technologies depended on the Visionaries who had the vision, energy and money to make it work. Success: Mainstream adoption required convincing the Pragmatists who needed success stories and support system around the technology. Not all technologies made it to mainstream. All these are from the perspective of an enterprise. Consumers had very little role to play in this lifecycle. This underlying theme comes out in both the “Hype Cycle” mod... (more)

Understanding DevOps | @DevOpsSummit @IBMDevOps #DevOps

October 28, 2014 A simple description of DevOps is such: ‘An approach to Application Delivery that applies Lean principles to accelerate feedback and improve time to market’ What does this mean? In a nutshell it implies that DevOps is a set of principles and practices that enables an organization to make their delivery of applications ‘lean’ and efficient, while leveraging feedback from customers and users to continuous improve. What do you ‘continuously improve’? Three things: The application being delivered The Environment of the application being delivered The process by which the application (and its environment) is delivered The ‘continuous improvement’ of the application and it environment comes from the feedback mechanism. As the application is continuously delivered, customers or customer surrogates (if the new feature delivered cannot be made available to ... (more)

Ideablogging: Simplified Idea Management

Ideablogs are a new online collaboration tool designed for social idea development. The purpose of this short article is to encourage you to think about using an ideablog to support innovation in your business. I’ll be explaining what an ideablog is and how you can use one to help ensure you have a constant flow of new ideas to think about. What is an Ideablog? An ideablog is a social networking application used to stimulate, capture, promote and enrich ideas online via a blog-style user interface. Ideablogs support online communities of interest that are focused on stimulating and capturing ideas. They use social networking concepts to support the sharing, promotion and development of ideas. Ideablogs offer more specialized functionality than an ordinary blog but less than a more expensive and complex idea management application.   If you spend anytime on the Int... (more)

Testing the Limits with Jack Margo SVP of Developer Shed, (part 2)

Today, we’re wrapping up with our September ‘Testing the Limits’ with Jack Margo, SVP of Internet Operations at Developer Shed.  If you’re not familiar with them, Developer Shed operates 20+ tech sites — many devoted to open source products, developers and communities.  They serve millions of visitors per month, for every breed of developer or open source project. Today, we talk about the future of crowdsourcing, whether mobile apps are stealing web apps’ mojo, and who would win in a fight between the Agile methodology and a recession.  Also, Jack causes everyone to look up the word “bifurcated“.  In case you missed it, check out Friday’s part 1 of the interview with Jack. uTest: This question was recently posed by blogger Andy Beal: “Crowdsourcing is hot now, but will participation fatigue set in?” J: Sure.  And Facebook is a fad.  And Twitter won’t last 6 months.  ... (more)

Euro RSCG Life Named 2010 Network of the Year by Medical Marketing & Media

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical Marketing & Media has chosen Euro RSCG Life as its Network of the Year for 2010, a reflection of the network's accomplishments in 2009 as well as its long history of achievement grounded in values. Euro RSCG Life has worked hard to create a highly entrepreneurial, collaborative environment that lets staff members express themselves and fosters innovation and ideation. The agency has led the industry with its "digital at the core" model. In 2009, Euro RSCG Worldwide won the biggest digital pitch of the year, beating out Digitas to take the global digital business for IBM. Euro was also named digital agency of record and/or social media agency of record for such multinational companies as Ikea, method, P&G, sanofi-aventis, Shire Pharmaceuticals and Sprint. "This award is a great endorsement of all that Euro RSCG Life has b... (more)

Gartner Hype Cycle 2012 – Emerging Technologies

Here is a summary of the Gartner Hype Cycle for “Emerging Technologies” for 2012 – what is stated explicitly, what can be inferred. This Hype Cycle is suppose provide insight into emerging technologies that have broad, cross-industry relevance, and are transformational and high impact in potential. Most crowded hype cycle on emerging technologies in last 10 years 48 technologies are listed in this year’s hype cycle which is the highest in last ten years. Last year they had 42 – year 2008 was the lowest (27) – year 2005 was the previous highest (44). What does this imply? May be Gartner is right when it says: We are at an interesting moment — a time when the scenarios we’ve been talking about for a long time are almost becoming reality. Which macro trends are stated explicitly in the report? Any Channel, Any Device, Anywhere — Bring Your Own Everything Smarter Thing... (more)

Measuring the Business Value of Cloud Computing

My favorite and least favorite question I get is the same – “Can you help me build a business case and ROI for cloud computing?” Well, yes… and no. The issue is that cloud computing has such a massive impact on how IT is delivered that many of the metrics and KPIs that are typically used at many enterprises don’t capture it.  I mean, how do you capture Agility – really? In the past I have broken this down into 3 buckets. Yes, some people have more but these are the big three… Agility Agility is reducing cycle time from ideation to product (or system delivery) – incredibly difficult to measure given that it’s hard to do apples to apples when every product/project is unique. You can do this in terms of Agile methodology task points and the number of points per fixed timeframe sprint on average over time. Most IT shops do not really measure developer productivity in a... (more)

Why Do Businesses Adopt Service Virtualization?

What's the Business Value of Service Virtualization? With today's interconnected applications, a complete and realistic test environment is nearly impossible to stage. However, without reliable access to a complete and reliable test environment, testing is delayed or curtailed. The result is that organizations risk: Brand erosion as faulty software drives away customers Delays in time to market which diminish market share Exposure to legal liability associated with application failure (security, reliability, performance) That's where service virtualization comes into play. How Service Virtualization Helps Service Virtualization, with its ability to simulate complex environments, is truly a game-changer. Service Virtualization is a method to simulate the behavior of system components in complex, component-based applications. Service Virtualization provides software deve... (more)