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Did you miss any of the top Service Virtualization resources from 2013? See which case studies, reports, papers, and videos were most popular. In 2013, Parasoft saw a tremendous level of interest in Service Virtualization across a broad spectrum of industries (including retail, financ...
People care a lot about technology augmentation, refinement and fine-tuning. We talk about performance acceleration, pushing processing power and the required levels of storage we need to underpin modern IT needs. It’s a never-ending cycle of regenerating work all focused on producing ...
If the changes rapidly occurring in the enterprise mobility market were mostly hidden from view in 2013, they will be center stage with a spotlight on them in 2014. The Yankee Group predicts these changes will be so huge that entire categories of enterprise mobility like the MADP (mob...
We recently completed a proof-of-concept (POC) that involved pulling data out of DynamoDB and into Redshift so that business users could analyze the data in an ad hoc manner with JasperSoft. JasperSoft and Redshift are touted as the new way to do data warehousing in the cloud and we we...
Many of us have spent years (some of us decades) working on enterprise mobility designs, development and implementations. These projects, for the most part, started as tactical implementations for specific LOBs (lines of business). They involved usually one app, connected to a specif...
IT organizations face a growing demand for faster innovation and new applications to support emerging opportunities in social, mobile, growth markets, Big Data analytics, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and more. This is great news because it shows that IT continues t...
I often discuss the concept of operational tempo in my digital transformation and mobile strategies sessions. I define operational tempo as the speed or pace of operations. The advent of broadband Internet, mobile devices and mobile applications have dramatically changed our expectat...
With the holiday season in our midst, we can't help but notice some parallels between holiday simulations and service virtualization's simulated test environments... Artificial trees, ranging from the Charlie Brown Christmas aluminum trees to realistic-looking pine-scented ones Artif...
Do you like opinions? I have asked my UK based colleague and opinionated enterprise mobility expert, Peter Rogers, to share some of his personal views and predictions for enterprise mobility in 2014 in this guest post. Do you disagree or agree with Peter? We would love your comments. ...
In my previous two posts Act 1 – The What and Why and Act2 – The How and How Not I covered the main benefits of CDNs and what type of tools are needed to monitor them. Now, I want to go into some detail of why you need to consider monitoring them in the first place. Let’s face it: if t...
Last week I was in Europe speaking and teaching enterprise mobility and digital transformation strategies. I worked with several large multinational companies where I heard the same questions asked, "How do we convince our executives that we must change, and invest in change? How do ...
Reserved Instances offer AWS users an opportunity to dramatically reduce costs. However, properly calculating purchases, allocating costs, and calculating ROI is not easy. Here are five key ideas to help users perform those tasks and optimize their RI usage. When evaluating RI purchas...
At last, the moment has arrived: the thirteenth and final installment of ZapThink’s annual retrospective and predictions written by one of ZapThink’s original members. ZapThink will live on as a division of Dovel Technologies, and I will continue my thought leadership at an as yet unse...
While some providers tout the evils of running agents on your system and can oft be heard shouting, "no agents here!!!", we prefer to keep an open mind at Logentries. We'd rather not dictate to our community what approach to take when collecting log data nor do we try to prescribe what...
Whether you’ve bought into it yet or not, the Semantic Web (aka Web 3.0) is coming – and mega-companies are leading the way. Not just the Googles, Facebooks and Apples of the world, but also massive organizations with business models as diverse as Wal-Mart, The New York Times, Dow Jone...
Either you’ve outgrown your server space or you’re a brand new company that needs to find a data center. What do you do? Shopping for a data center seems like a daunting process and it really can be, but if you know what to look for, you’ll find the right place in no time. First, you ...
Agility means being able to change direction rapidly in response to a change in market conditions. As business increasingly moves to online and mobile interfaces, the agility of enterprise applications becomes a critical success factor. With the advent of the cloud, making applications...
In my first blog Act 1 – The What and Why I talked about the benefits and some risks around using a Content Delivery Network (CDN). Today I will cover some details around some common misunderstandings regarding how to monitor CDNs and explain the right monitoring strategy. Which monit...
Analytics platforms and new healthcare-specific solutions together are offering far greater insight and intelligence into how healthcare providers are managing patient care, cost, and outcomes. Based on a number of offerings announced this week at the HP Discover Conference in Barcel...
The ability to provide fast and accurate healthcare has always depended on having the latest technology and educating the relevant staff on how to best employ these new devices and applications. Throughout 2013, a number of innovations appeared in the industry, changing the way healthc...
The United States Congress managed to avoid a default with a last-minute agreement. But the reboot's still in progress, and many federal government servers and services remain shut down. The cause of the online blackout is this set of guidelines released by the Office of Management and...
The recent and rapid evolution of mobile and client management requirements have caused considerable complexity and confusion. Incomplete solutions and a lack of a clear pan-client strategy have hampered the move to broader mobile support at enterprises and mid-market companies alike. ...
Enterprises are effectively harvesting data in all its forms, and creating integration that fosters better use of big data throughout the business process lifecycle. Creating big-data capabilities and becoming a data-driven organization are near the tops of surveys for the most press...
It’s that time of the year again. That time when we humans like to celebrate the annual revolution of our arbitrary measure of chronological quantities and units known as time. Or to put it another way, it’s that time of the year for 2014 predictions, postulations and hypothesizing on ...
In my first post in this three-part series I talked about the need for distributed transactional databases that scale-out horizontally across commodity machines, as compared to traditional transactional databases that employ a “scale-up” design. Simply adding more machines is a quicker...
It made headlines for all the wrong reasons when it launched on October 1, but things could have been so different for the HealthCare.gov website if only it had been tested properly before release. Users trying to enroll encountered all sorts of glitches, including very slow page updat...
The move to the cloud brings a number of new security challenges, but the application remains your last line of defense. Engineers are extremely well poised to perform tasks critical for securing the application—provided that certain key obstacles are overcome. Before the move to the ...
“Step right in. You will witness a show of magic and wonders, passion and trust, speed and misunderstandings.” a (slightly altered) catch phrase that keeps popping in my head when talking to companies in regards to managing Content Delivery Networks (CDN). Apart from the misconception ...
The competitive battlefield of 2014 will increasingly involve data. It will be about collecting, transmitting, analyzing and reporting its meaning faster and more efficiently than competitors. If you can digitally represent locations, events, activities, resources, job skills, assets...
As an industry, information technology is fond of relabeling, reclassifying and renaming things. Part of the art of innovation is the reinvention of those things that we know we need to fix. But true innovation is argued to be the reinvention of those things that we don’t think we ne...
Agile project management and not just project management is the need of the hour. We've all heard about agile software development, and agile project management is a leaf out of the same book. Much like the former that follows an iterative approach towards software development, the lat...
Get a summary of the top 10 service virtualization questions that industry leaders are asking Parasoft at Gartner AADI this week. According to Wikipedia, service virtualization is "a method to emulate the behavior of specific components in heterogeneous component-based applications su...
Customers are expecting to consume IT as a service and IT vendors, including IBM, are responding. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the IBM Software Group's Analyst Insights conference for the industry analyst community. IBM's total revenue of about $100B comes from its combin...
If you agree with the statement above (it's not mandatory), then what does it take to actually deliver on it? I believe this is where digital transformation and artificial intelligence comes into play. First, let's discuss digital transformation. Wikipedia's (one of my most favorite...
Believe it or not, a fair number of people like my workshops on mobile strategy. The problem though is a fair number don't. Why? Sometimes developers come into my sessions, stay for 15 minutes and then leave. They were expecting to learn how to develop mobile apps, or how to secure...
For relevant sensor data to be delivered, every single “Thing” that is connected to the internet needs to have an API that allows access to key data elements. This data must also be readily streamed quickly into a Big Data cluster so that contextual information can be served up in a ti...
A project management office contributes value to its organization by helping executives make informed, portfolio-based decisions regarding project prioritization and resource allocation. This case study shows how a PMO can accomplish this mission more effectively by delivering value in...
As with all powerful ideas, these idées fortes are works in progress. If anything, they bring up more questions than answers. Yes, we’ve made substantial progress so far this century, and hopefully ZapThink has been a part of that success. But there’s much more work to do. As enterpri...
Over the weekend those in charge of Healthcare.gov have claimed “Mission Accomplished,” that the site is now performing optimally, and will be able to handle 50,000 concurrent users. The healthcare.gov team also stated that if there happens to be a problem they have software in place t...
As e-commerce continues to widen its reach beyond the traditional browser onto connected devices – smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. – ensuring that you are ready to handle peak season traffic has become a very important consideration for retailers. It is critical to plan appropriate...


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