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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)

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)

Top DevOps Tools | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Docker #APM #Monitoring

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)

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)

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)

How to Develop Apps for Vehicles

Author Peter Rogers Principal Mobility Architect, CognizantVisionMobile recently published one of the best reports on apps for vehicles that I have read (http://www.visionmobile.com/product/apps-for-cars-mileage-may-vary/).  It 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 fragmentation. 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 telecom... (more)

If Apps Incur Technical Debt Then Networks Incur Architectural Debt

72%. That's an estimate of how much of the IT budget is allocated to simply keeping the lights on (a euphemism for everything from actually keeping the lights on to cooling, heating, power, maintenance, upgrades, and day to day operations) in the data center. In a recent Forrester Research survey of IT leaders at more than 3,700 companies, respondents estimated that they spend an average 72% of the money in their budgets on such keep-the-lights-on functions as replacing or expanding capacity and supporting ongoing operations and maintenance, while only 28% of the money goes toward new projects. How to Balance Maintenance and IT Innovation This number will not, unfortunately, significantly improve without intentionally attacking it at its root cause: architectural debt. Data Center Debt The concept of "debt' is not a foreign one; we've all incurred debt in the form o... (more)

IBM Scales DevOps | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps @IBMcloud]

IBM Scales DevOps for Large Enterprises with New Hybrid Cloud Solutions IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced new, cloud-based DevOps services, software and infrastructure designed to help large organizations develop and deliver quality software faster. By tapping into the collaborative power of IBM's Cloud portfolio and deep business transformation experience, enterprises can speed the delivery of software that drives new models of engagement and business. Software-driven innovation is becoming a primary approach to how businesses create and deliver new value to customers. A survey of 400 business and IT executives by the IBM Institute for Business Value showed businesses that are more effective at software delivery are also more profitable than their peers nearly 70 percent of the time (1). DevOps provides a way for businesses to remain competitive, applying lean and agile pr... (more)

My Banned Words for 2017

Just for fun, here is a list of buzzwords, biz speak, and hipster droppings that should be banned from every business meeting forevermore. In my last banned word rant, I opined about a proleptic conversation that began, Client: “Our Big Data Rock Star ideated a cloud-based, scalable, native programmatic tool set that produced excellent learnings.” [Consultant]: “Well, it sounds like he took it to the next level … efforting 110% to craft a best practices, robust solution you can leverage, and it’s clearly out of the box thinking … but maybe you shouldn’t try to boil the ocean … it’s got a lot of moving parts and I’m not sure it’s something you want to take ownership of. … You might be accused of punching the puppy, so the optics are all wrong. We should probably put this in the parking lot.” Sounds pretty stupid, right? If you don’t like these phrases strung togethe... (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)

By Popular Demand, CMN Adds Five Concert Dates for Juan Gabriel's U.S. Tour, to Kick Off April 4 in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - February 13, 2014) - Due to overwhelming popular demand, Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) -- the nation's leading multicultural event marketing agency -- has announced five new concert dates for Juan Gabriel's highly anticipated U.S. Tour, bringing the total number of shows in the nine-city tour to 12. Two new shows have been added in Los Angeles, while Denver, Oakland and Miami will also now host the legendary artist. "The Divo de Juarez" is set to kick-off his tour in Chicago on Friday, April 4 at the Allstate Arena. See below for full schedule. Tickets to the tour were made available Jan. 30, and the Mexican icon virtually sold-out his two original shows in Los Angeles in just a few days. "The level of enthusiasm from fans of Juan Gabriel has been incredible and we couldn't be more excited to add these new shows," said CMN President/CE... (more)