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On any given day, it’s not uncommon for a company to generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, pushing the amount of data that must be processed and managed to unimaginable levels. Because of the requirements for power and low-latency connections that such data growth entails, many compa...
Virtualization is the process creating a virtual version of a resource such as an operating system, network resource or storage device. Virtualization of an OS involves hosting an OS on another OS using a virtualizer such as Oracle VirtualBox. Various Linux distributions such as openSU...
Java architect certification training lab is an interactive learning and assessment material for OCMJEA (formerly SCEA) certification, developed and published by EPractize Labs. The exam kit provides enough study notes and practice questions with brief explanations for the certificatio...
Is VMware slowly becoming the new Oracle? That was the question being asked after the backlash to their initial vRAM licensing model at the launch of vSphere 5. With VMware's somewhat quick retraction, it was ensured that any unsavoury Larry Ellison comparisons were quickly put to bed....
As observed in my earlier articles, the Java EE PaaS portfolio is gaining in strength each day, with support from major players such as IBM, Oracle, VMWare, Redhat , Google and Amazon. However unlike the Microsoft > .NET Framework > Azure PaaS equation where there is just one version ...
ZapThink has long bemoaned the Agile Manifesto paradox: that the point to the Manifesto was to be less dogmatic about software development, but today people are overly dogmatic about Agile, defeating its entire purpose. In fact, this paradox has found its way into what is perhaps the m...
We have a fascinating show today, because we are going to learn about how a prominent European IT-enabled business services provider, Steria, is leveraging cloud services to manage complexity and deliver better services to customers. Paul, is that what you are finding -- that the clou...
The Industrial Revolution began about 250 years ago and machines started to take over for human labor in factories, fields, and mines. It is true that this lead to major economic growth, but machines still replaced the average worker who could not get another job or find a new skill to...
Managing software application performance is complex and increasingly challenging. Surprisingly, even today, massive IT resources remain chained to ensuring applications and infrastructures are up and running smoothly, rather than proactively leveraging strategic technologies to solve ...
We can probably all agree that the cloud computing service-based model of application delivery has received more than its fair share of hype, over-embellished hyperbole and hyper-cross-talk in the last few years. Surely now then we have come to a new plateau in cloud, i.e., the time fo...
I’ve talked at length about the importance of business process monitoring alongside of system monitoring, but in discussions I found that sometimes an overview and simple examples are not enough to convince people about the benefits of this approach. Business owners think they don’t ne...
As new smart-connected devices ship at a record pace and more and more people join the mobile world, strained networks are bound to incur the occasional dropped call or slow-loading app. However, users are growing less tolerant of service “hiccups” and are more demanding of consistent ...
Business process outsourcing (BPO) of shared services centres (SSC) is not really something new, but lately BPO's and SSC's have become particularly popular as discussion topics in large organizations with complex and simple business processes. In reality, the BPO function is nothin...
Recently Microsoft conducted research [1] [2] indicating that a delay of 1 second in page load time means a loss of revenue of 2.8%. Obviously, faster websites lead to huge revenue benefits for ecommerce companies, hence why speed is the dominant industry trend today. That said, improv...
If you want a current look into the state of enterprise software deliver at a global level, then this is the book for you. The book kicks off with a nice overview of the complexities involved with software delivery at an enterprise level. He then details what a typical software delive...
We’ve all been there — it’s Friday night, 11PM and the system you just deployed doesn’t work. There’s a bug. Your manager just hung up. You phone your friends to tell them that you’re not going out tonight. You start thinking: Why didn’t QA catch that. Now management is going to add mo...
IT costs were always a worry, but only an occasional one. Cloud computing has changed that. Here's how it used to be. The New System was proposed. Costs were estimated, more or less accurately, for computing resources, staff increases, maintenance contracts, consultants and outsourcin...
As every technology literate reader will know, there is little to learn about the cloud computing service-based model of IT delivery from 14th century Sardinian legal codes and laws. At least, that’s what I thought until I spent a break on the island this weekend and read about the “C...
In this article I will provide you an effective and optimized approach of Factory Design Pattern in Java. As you know theFactory Method Pattern or popularly known as the Factory Design Pattern is one the design patterns under the category of "Creational Design Pattern". The basic prin...
Cloud computing, powered by open source technology, is driving enterprise adoption. This leads to better business case viability to transform IT through innovative initiatives. At the recent Red Hat summit in Boston the company took the unusual step of combining financial analysts an...
An ex TV weatherman built a weather graphics business only to find his server farm got mighty hot in the summer. What's an entrepreneur to do? Build a blade server business that uses conventional components that are swappable for greater reliability and lower operating cost. Open plat...
While consumers and enterprises hail “the cloud” for its ability to provide flexible, low-cost and easily accessible computing power, traditional hardware and software providers tend to see the innovation somewhat differently. For these companies the cloud is a disruption of the highes...
As hype dies down, companies are seeing real success in their cloud deployments, and money is pouring in, according to a recent post on InfoWorld.com. The cloud is in the process of crossing from the experimental phase to production systems that businesses can rely upon. Yet his has n...
If you are interested in Acceptance Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development (BDD), Specification by Example, Agile Acceptance Testing, or Story Testing this is a great place to start. The book is broken down into three parts. The first two are end to end case studies show...
Companies and government agencies are in even greater need to understand how to balance priorities, leverage existing investments and align their critical resources. In today’s environment of competing priorities and constrained resources, companies and government agencies are in even...
Where do I start? What am I doing? (Why am I even here?) Have you ever asked yourself these questions at the beginning of a performance testing project? Have you been one of the many test engineers who have been delivered an application and told to "just test it"? (True story: I was on...
As more and more companies rely on data as the foundation for accurate strategic decision making and use it to underpin the development and evolution of their core products and service offerings, the value of data to most companies is understandably on the rise. Yet, despite an awarene...
How do we incorporate the outputs of static analysis into SLAS? When I speak to customers and prospects trying to incorporate static code analysis into their software development processes, one of the most common questions that I get is “How do we incorporate the outputs of static ana...
Cloud security is in a state of flux. Actually it’s not really, but discussion is rife across the industry regarding the general state of cloud data and application welfare. Questions flutter around whether particular services are secure, whether multi-tenant clouds can be locked down ...
Often we see the workload to a web application measured by throughput. It’s a way of quantifying the volume of requests/responses in relation to time. Transactions per second or TPS is the most common ratio used. A performance test plan usually contains certain throughput goals. The “G...
Although cloud computing is just starting to make its way into the manufacturing industry, I think the cloud holds great potential for the future of manufacturing software. And I don't think the potential of the cloud is limited to the application. Cloud development platforms – or Pla...
CIOs are under extraordinary pressure from their boards to better manage competitive pressures, accomplish sustainable cost reduction, and meet regulatory compliance standards. While they often look to their Information Technology (IT) organizations to deliver on these requirements, IT...
The social media revolution, with Facebook at its vanguard, has led to changes in behaviors not just for users, but for the sites and applications that benefit from such platforms. It represents a new frontier for developers, and new frontiers require fresh approaches to new challenges...
One of the most challenging things about being an advocate for a broad horizontally applicable technology is that it does not solve a particular business problem. Instead, it solves about 100,000 business problems. That means that everyone is impacted by it, yet nobody is particularly...
Network monitoring is the most important part of the system administrator's or IT manager's work. The larger the company is, the more employees work there, the more clients are served by this organization, the more vital the server monitoring process is. It is worth to mention that now...
Modern support services then need to be able to empower the workers and IT personnel alike to maintain peak control of systems, and to keep the applications, data and processes performing reliably at lowest cost.
When you examine the methodologies being used for implementing ERP systems, it makes you wonder whether these complex, costly and resource consuming projects are being framed correctly for success. Microsoft’s Sure Step for example, primarily frames the project as a technology/softwar...
Technologists will no doubt be working to refine the process of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) for many millennia to come. Application ‘rudiments’ from physical code through to more ‘elemental’ features including performance, robustness and interoperability will be forever fine...
Travel insurance provider Seven Corners went beyond the typical efficiency and cost conservation benefits of cloud to build innovative business services that generate whole new revenue streams. I often hear that culture will trump strategy. It sounds as if in your organization -- mayb...
Hadoop remains a difficult platform for most enterprises to master. For now skills are still hard to come by – both for data architect or engineer, and especially for data scientists. It still takes too much skill, tape, and baling wire to get a Hadoop cluster together. Not every enter...


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