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)
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)
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected four
ideas from the public for innovative uses of climate projections and
Earth-observing satellite data. The agency also has announced a follow-on
challenge with awards of $50,000 to build climate applications based on
OpenNEX data on the Amazon cloud computing platform.
Both challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, or OpenNEX, a data, cloud
computing, and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis
codes, scientific results, information and expertise to solve big data
challenges in the Earth sciences. OpenNEX provides users a large collection
of climate and Earth science satellite data sets, including global land
surface images, vegetation conditions, climate observations and climate
The four winners of the "ideation" stage of the OpenNEX challenge, which ran... (more)
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
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)
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
ATLANTA, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VersionOne, recognized by agile
practitioners as the leader in agile management tools, today announced that
it is bringing its popular AgilePalooza event to New York on October 12,
continuing its support for the agile community.
A leading agile development community event series, AgilePalooza brings
together internationally recognized agile coaches and trainers with local
software professionals for an intense, one-day event focused on advancing
agile methods. Through workshops and collaborative sessions, attendees are
given the opportunity to sharpen their understanding of agile practices, as
well as participate in an engaging Open Space session to improve their
understanding of the agile mindset and the necessary cultural change. The
keynote presentation, "Agile Teams, from Good to Great," will be delivered by
David Bulkin, ag... (more)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/18/13 -- Brightidea today announced
that Forrester Research, Inc. has recognized Brightidea as a leader in
Innovation Management Tools, according to the July 2013 report, "The
Forrester Wave: Innovation Management Tools: Q2 2013."
The report described the current need for innovation management by saying:
"Today's economic environment is forcing CIOs and business executives to
amplify their innovation programs and processes. Players in the market can
support ideation, as well as many layers of innovation program support and
governance, when needed.
"Brightidea brings a strong platform and ecosystem to innovation leaders.
Brightidea focuses on working closely with innovation leaders in an
organization to help them develop a successful innovation program."
Further, according to the report, many aspects of Brightidea's business a... (more)
TOKYO and VANCOUVER, Wash., Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wacom today
announces Bamboo fineline. Crafted with care from high quality materials,
fineline is a smart stylus with new "thin tip" technology that makes
navigating, writing, sketching and sharing on an iPad feel effortless.
Encouraging creative expression and inspiring ideas when working digitally,
its features also include pressure sensitivity and palm rejection for
increased precision and a more fluid action. With an elegant and premium
design, Bamboo Stylus fineline is available in five fresh colors – silver,
grey, blue, orange and pink. The pressure sensitivity and solid tip of the
stylus make it feel completely natural to use. With its 1024 pressure levels,
it reacts to the pressure being applied by the user, resulting in lighter or
stronger strokes accordingly. This increased precision makes writing a... (more)
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)
Author Peter Rogers
Architect, CognizantVisionMobile recently published one of the best reports
on apps for vehicles that I have read
is frustrating with how difficult it is to actually get an app approved for
use in a car. Here are some of the unique challenges:
· Safety first considerations (like driver
distraction)· Long sales and car vendor app approval
process· Car vendor led UX and ideation
processes· Low risk strategies for selecting apps·
Deal negotiation skills requirement· Massive market
The analogy VisionMobile offers is one that I remember vividly myself. That
of running a small mobile games company (back before the days of iOS and
Android App Stores around ) and trying to get a deal with a
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 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)