App Development

May 09, 2022

While the benefits of cloud-native development are clear, we recently released a report revealing that the majority of companies are well behind the curve and have not yet pursued this technology. Based on a survey of 500+ IT leaders and developers, our report found stark contrasts between expectations and readiness for the use of cloud-native development with more than half of respondents (53%) stating they don't know much about it ...

March 22, 2022

Wordle had almost 14 percent of US adults playing daily as of January 2022, and we can be sure that number has skyrocketed even more now since its acquisition by the New York Times. If a humble pet project like Wordle can capture the heart (and wallet) of the New York Times, it has a lesson to teach. Whether an app is an unassuming game or a complex tool, there are key steps developers would be wise to consider in order to ensure their app is agile and ready for whatever will come its way ...

March 08, 2022

Many companies are falling behind. Engineering teams struggle with roadblocks and bottlenecks during the development process. Taking an idea to production can take months. Often, developers battle distractions — too many meetings, too many interruptions, and too much wait time on processes and systems — all of which impact the first prerequisite for high-performing engineering teams: code time. Without time to focus and enter a state of flow, developers are limited in their ability to get work done. The best engineering organizations defend and prioritize code time by limiting meetings, reducing distractions, and removing constraints with the right tools and automations ...

March 02, 2022

Imagine starting your morning with a new business idea and building it out into a fully functional website by the evening. Serverless stacks are making this speed of innovation possible by streamlining the most tedious aspects of application development. By leaning on a full-service serverless stack, software creators can grow their applications faster, scale with ease and have more time to build innovative features that differentiate their business ...

February 22, 2022

Internal tools — custom software built to support the business operations and used primarily by employees — are essential for managing complex internal processes that any company, from a small startup to a FAANG, relies on to operate day-to-day. Internal tools can make these processes more efficient within and between teams, and, when done right, save engineers time and resources. Retool's recent State of Internal Tools 2021 report found that developers dedicate more than 30 percent of their time to the process of internal app building ...

February 03, 2022

In this age of software eating the world, implementation speed is of the essence. Organizations that cannot update their systems quickly and effectively will find themselves left behind by more nimble competitors and become easy prey for cybercriminals. A key limiting factor in the deployment of software is that it often must reside in different locations and devices, and in some cases will be serving different use cases. This requires the creation of multiple configurations, which accompany the application code ...

October 25, 2021

AIOps has gained the reputation as a must-have technology for IT operations. But why are we talking about AIOps on a site devoted to DevOps? Clearly AIOps delivers benefits to DevOps teams and developers, as well as the obvious expected beneficiaries on the IT Ops side. This DEVOPSdigest list explores just what those benefits are ...

September 27, 2021

Historically, when a new business project is the driver of new software releases, the development team creates release packages consisting of large bundles of new features, which they hand off to the IT operations team to deploy. Then, as a result of agile adoption, the development team continued to ramp up its release cadence. Unfortunately, the IT operations team would not be prepared for an increase in releases, which could result in a number of problems ...

July 19, 2021

The roles and responsibilities of developers continue to expand, according to a survey of software developers, DevOps professionals, IT decision makers, and line of business executives from around the world, conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) ...

May 12, 2021

Business meetings have become more digitally collaborative in response to the sudden increase in remote workforces. For the most part, this rapid transition to digital was quite successful in moving the typically in-person business meeting to the cloud. This transition to remote collaboration, however, has yet to extend to other key business processes. The software development workflow is still, in large part, sequential ...

May 04, 2021

Working with microservices and Kubernetes often means solving the same solved problems over and over, without having the time to focus on what really brings value to the business. Garden recently commissioned research to gather insights from software professionals to find out where time is being spent, what tasks often cause frustration, and how this time could be better spent. Some of what we learned reinforced my own experiences but there were some other surprising insights. And when we set out to quantify the impact of time spent on "solved problems" that respondents shared with us, the data was truly eye popping ...

April 01, 2021

Though scrums have proven to be remarkably effective in organizations around the world, they can also contribute to burnout. To retain your best employees and look after the well being of your team, consider the following tips for your next sprint ...

March 15, 2021

Our recent research indicates that 62% of developers spend more than a quarter of their time fulfilling requests to build internal applications. Nearly 75% need to make updates to internal applications at least weekly, while about 70% must make updates to internal tools more than once a week. Two-thirds of the survey group said that work on internal applications delays their developers' efforts on customer-facing products on a daily or weekly basis. That's a big distraction for developers, and it's a lot of work that could be reduced or eliminated ...

March 09, 2021

While we all hope the stresses of 2020 will be quickly put behind us, there are also some solid encouraging signs on the horizon. Looking at Couchbase's annual IT decision makers survey results reveals both the pain and the optimism around development projects ...

February 08, 2021

To provide engineering teams with hard data on how their apps compare to others in the industry, Bugsnag recently announced the results of its new report, Application Stability Index: Are your Apps Healthy? ...

February 02, 2021

What does a high-performing engineering team really look like? It can be hard to know, but diving into the effectiveness of your delivery capabilities can tell you quite a bit. Do deploys require a lot of cross-team coordination? When production breaks, is it a long time before you can get it back up and running? Are you getting feedback and results from your changes quickly? Your team's ability to deliver is a competitive advantage, and industry benchmarks are the only way to get a clear understanding of how your DevOps practices measure up ...

December 02, 2020

Today's distributed workforce, vastly increased due to the global pandemic, is bringing more challenges for software development teams. With extensive remote collaboration, an effective code review process is more important than ever for ensuring long-term quality of the code base — both from a software defect perspective and for readability ...

July 07, 2020

According to New Relic's More Perfect Software Research report, the "leaders" have made far greater progress than their peers in developing more perfect software — 90% of leaders say that developing and deploying more perfect software is a strategic priority ...

May 05, 2020

We are asked to make software purchases based on "business requirements." Often, those "requirements" are vaguely communicated and easily misinterpreted. This is especially true for payment gateways. Now is a good time to discuss these "business requirements" because COVID-19 and the global recession have forced companies to cut costs and double down on ecommerce efforts. I hope that these three considerations can help you get more mileage out of your fintech stack in tough times ...

April 15, 2020

Imagine you are someone with a vision, hearing or cognitive disability who relies on assistive technologies to access content and services. The ability to access personal financial information without blockers is critical for people with disabilities. That's where digital accessibility — making certain a site or app is navigable by users with disabilities — factors into the software development process ...

March 11, 2020

With quality becoming the sole differentiator in delivering superior user experiences, mere shift-left testing is not sufficient. In order to present value to the customers, quality testers are moving away from a quality-driven approach to one driven by software quality engineering ...

March 02, 2020

Digital transformation is all about leveraging technology into all areas of a business, leading to change in the way a business operates. It’s no secret that this idea of digital transformation has taken the world by storm. One of the biggest byproducts of this movement is the SaaS industry. SaaS companies alone generated more than $72 billion in 2018 ...

February 27, 2020

The increasing validation of outsourced application development in the eyes of IT professionals is making it a staple of their application development toolbox. And with the growth of sophisticated cloud-accessible tools, application development service vendors continue to expand their value-added capabilities to further justify IT professionals engaging them ...

February 26, 2020

Today, enterprise users' needs and expectations are fluid and the applications built must accommodate a much wider spectrum of requirements. For organizations to effectively service their customers in this new environment in a differentiated way, they must develop and innovate around digital transformation in three separate yet interconnected areas: expertise, speed and agility ...

February 20, 2020

Value Stream Management (VSM) is still a budding initiative in the software delivery industry but is quickly gaining momentum, according to a study conducted by Forrester Consulting ...

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