November 21, 2017
Mike Cuppett
Author of "DevOps, DBAs, and DbaaS"

One overlooked opportunity for improving DEV and OPS collaboration is inviting database administrators (DBAs) to the DevOps conversation. DBAs function in a unique role where bridging the gap between development and operations occurs daily ...

October 02, 2017
Ayal Zylberman
QualiTest Group

QualiTest recently compiled a data report analyzing software testers globally. The report details the Quality Assurance and Software Testing job market, one of the fastest growing job markets and a bellwether of tech employment due to QA's involved in nearly every conceivable industry ...

September 06, 2017
Terry Critchley
Author of "Making It in IT"

The number of malware breaches (to use a generic term) are rising in near exponential numbers and, unless there are radical changes, this is set to continue unabated. Most pundits agree with this forecast ...

August 28, 2017
Pete Goldin
DEVOPSdigest

Organizations that are actively managing the quality of open source components flowing into production applications are realizing a 28 percent improvement in developer productivity, a 30 percent reduction in overall development costs, and a 48 percent increase in application quality, according to the 2017 State of the Software Supply Chain Report from Sonatype ...

August 24, 2017
Mike Cuppett
Author of "DevOps, DBAs, and DbaaS"

Being able to deploy distinct code elements quickly, matched with the ability to deploy the next release version or the previous version, facilitates moving forward, even on failure. The small program unit minimizes the production impact upon failure — maybe only a few people experience the problem instead of a large set of application users when large code deployments go wrong. Besides implementing small code segments, there are two additional reasons why fail forward has proven successful: continuous integration and testing ...

August 23, 2017
Mike Cuppett
Author of "DevOps, DBAs, and DbaaS"

Compiling, packaging, and deploying large applications at once into production are some of the major reasons for disgruntlement between development and operations. The release causes huge problems for the business and customers, with operations under the gun to find and rectify the failure — often with no development assistance. That division ends with DevOps ...

June 06, 2017
Ayal Zylberman
QualiTest Group

Today's app development landscape is competitive and expensive. Thousands of apps are released each month, and user acquisition and retention are costing app developers millions. User abandonment is one of the main battles of every app developer — as every lost user means another wasted investment ...

May 25, 2017
Hemanth Kumar Yamjala
Cigniti

DevOps brings Development and Operations together with the sheer objective of ensuring quality and enabling faster time to market. However, what happens to QA in this scenario? How does the Testing team fit in? Let's ponder on this further and understand the role of QA and Testing in the DevOps world ...

April 24, 2017
Ayal Zylberman
QualiTest Group

The expectation of regular software updates – it's what developers are tasked with, and what users expect and demand. Increased functionality, better performance, and fewer bugs – often in a week or less. Automation of critical processes such as QA can help meet the gargantuan task of constant updates, but it can also send your software into a death spiral of user abandonment unless deployed correctly ...

April 20, 2017
Craig Marble
Astadia

One could argue that testing is the most important phase of an IT project. It's also time-consuming and expensive. It's essential to strike a balance between an IT testing program that ensures a quality product and the cost-to-value ratio of your project. But when you're dealing with replatforming projects, how much testing is enough testing? ...

April 18, 2017
Mike Cuppett
Author of "DevOps, DBAs, and DbaaS"

Whether through formal methods such as classroom or virtual training, job shadowing, and mentoring; or through informal methods such as team discussions or presentations, teaching needs to be a frequent element of team integration. It is a given that IT and business teams have difficulty understanding each other without a common taxonomy. Even teams within IT often fail to understand each other ...

April 17, 2017
Mike Cuppett
Author of "DevOps, DBAs, and DbaaS"

Although DBAs fortunately have the rare ability to bridge the gap between development and operations, they have been detrimentally overlooked in many companies that deploy DevOps practices. A DBA's ability to interrogate code and construct a resilient, well–performing database environment uniquely defines the capabilities needed for DevOps – leaving me perplexed about why DBAs were not one of the first operations team members asked to join the DevOps movement ...

February 28, 2017
Anthony James
Linux Academy

The growing micro certification trend is driven predominantly by industries such as IT and cybersecurity that have a workforce skills gap where jobs can’t be filled because of a lack of qualified applicants. Those who pursue micro certifications are usually non-traditional students already working but looking to advance in or switch careers. Micro certifications also benefit the unemployed who are seeking skill development and job opportunities ...

February 21, 2017
Pete Goldin
DEVOPSdigest

The stakes are high for preventing security compromises: 72.7 percent of companies have a custom application that, if it were to experience downtime, would significantly impact the organization’s ability to operate, according to the Custom Applications and IaaS Report 2017 ...

January 25, 2017
Pete Goldin
DEVOPSdigest

DevOps is moving into the mainstream, according to a new survey conducted by Redgate Software. Nearly half (47 percent) of companies surveyed have already adopted DevOps across some or all of their IT projects ...

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