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How to Boost Enterprise Software Testing Predictability By Simon King Are you tired of slipping deadlines and missing commitments? Do you feel like the consistency of Software Testing is out of your control? Here is how to improve the predictability of software testing across multiple teams and projects. Enable Consistent Practices, Processes, and Tools The foundation of enterprise software testing predictability is built on consistent practices, processes, and tools. Improving the predictability of software testing for a single team is difficult; doing so across multiple enterprise teams working on multiple features is exponentially more difficult. Software testing predictability relies on the consistency of requirements management, code quality, test management, defects management, test environment management, and much more. The teams that support these activitie... (more)

Announcing @IsomorphicHQ to Exhibit at @DevOpsSummit New York [#DevOps]

SYS-CON Events announced today Isomorphic Software, the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications, will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 New York, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Isomorphic Software is the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications. We develop, market, and support the SmartClient & Smart GWT HTML5/Ajax platform, combining the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software with the simplicity and reach of the open web. With staff in 10 timezones, Isomorphic provides a global network of services related to our technology, with offerings ranging from turnkey application development to SLA-backed enterprise support. Leading global enterprises use Isomorphic technology to reduce costs and improve productivity, developing & deploying sophisticated bu... (more)

Where Do You Go for PowerBuilder Info?

I've had a number of requests from people in the last few days wondering how to get up to speed with more recent versions of PowerBuilder. Their requests are often in the form of: "I've been using PowerBuilder since version X (a very early release) and we're currently on version Y (usually 10.5 or earlier). We want to move to 12.0. How do we catch up with the new features of PowerBuilder?" Usually this is accompanied by a request for information on any books that might be available, or perhaps even a comment that it's hard to follow some of my more recent articles about 12.1 because it assumes the reader is already somewhat fluent with many .NET concepts. A short time ago, someone also commented in the newsgroups that while they liked Sybase working hard to add improvements to PowerBuilder.NET, they also wanted to see information about the new product, sample code, w... (more)

Enterprise Content Management on the Cloud

Large enterprises have to deal with a tremendous  amount of content in terms of documents that need to be stored in a un-shredded  format, that can be  stored, indexed, searched, archived and can be accessed globally across different departments. Typical functions of an enterprise-wide content management system: Ensure that business users and applications can import documents easily using both online and batch systems Ability to organize documents into multiple folders with respective security levels Create document types, links between documents and item attributes Ability to search using advanced searching conditions Options for the versioning of documents , along with Check-In & Check-out features for document control Support Workflow of business processes based on documents, and support document status Provide options for automatic and manual approvals, especial... (more)

SUSE Named “Bronze Sponsor” of Cloud Expo 2012 Silicon Valley

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! SYS-CON Events announced today that SUSE, a leading provider of enterprise Linux and cloud-based solutions, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 11th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 5-8, 2012, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, interoperable Linux and cloud-based solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. Decades of engineering excellence, industry leadership, and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and enterprise support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build with them allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter inn... (more)

Is ESB Mandatory for SOBA?

Deploy ESB if you really need integration solution for your Service Oriented Business Application. ... (more)

Advocating for the Value of Enterprise Standardization

When I go out and chat with different users about cloud computing, we usually end up discussing characteristics and associated benefits of the approach. As one may expect, rapid provisioning and increased asset utilization typically dominate the discussion. Users can draw a more or less straight line from these characteristics of the cloud to clear value for their organization, either in cost savings, increased revenue opportunity, or both. While these characteristics and their benefits may be clear, there is another value-producing characteristic of the cloud that, in my experience, users do not appreciate with quite the same fervor: standardization. In my work with numerous enterprise application teams, the lack of inter-team standardization within the same organization is often times eye-opening. Within many of these organizations, multiple teams setup application... (more)

Defining Requirements – The TOGAF Way

If you are new to TOGAF, you may be wondering how this process is different from what you do in a typical “Requirement Analysis” phase of software development. Once I tell you that the many of the techniques recommended in TOGAF are what you are already using, like UML modeling techniques like Activity Models, Use-Case Models and Class Models, you may think why bother with TOGAF? What you really do differently in TOGAF is that you take a much wider perspective of the requirement. There are three important things that you need to do: Explicitly document the current state, the expected future state and identify the gap Assess impact of the change on other projects and other organizational initiatives State the change from the perspective (viewpoint) of different stakeholders and get their buy in While doing this, you need to keep in mind the following: Are you adher... (more)

Examining the Current State of the Enterprise Architecture Profession

Everyone seems to want to be an enterprise architect or an IT architect right now. It's that label to have on your business card. What we're trying to do is separate the true architects from one of these, and certification is a key part of that. EA is becoming more business-oriented and organizing groups for the EA profession are consolidating and adjusting. To delve into the current state of EA, we've interviewed Steve Nunn, Chief Operating Officer of The Open Group and CEO of The Association of Open Group Enterprise Architects. The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Here are some Q&A excerpts: Gardner: Is EA dead or outmoded as a professional category? Nunn: Absolutely not. EA is very much the thing of the moment, but it's also something that’s going to be with us for the foreseeable future too. Bo... (more)

SafeNet Launches Trusted Cloud Fabric

SafeNet has launched its Trusted Cloud Fabric. It's a practical framework designed to deliver trust, security, and compliance to enterprises moving data, applications and systems to the cloud. As part of this framework, SafeNet will also be releasing three new cloud-based solutions: ProtectV Instance, virtual machine encryption, ProtectV Volume, virtual storage encryption, and SAM 8.0, authentication for SaaS applications. According to Chris Fedde, President and Chief Operating Officer, SafeNet, "Enterprises are looking for real solutions to address real security concerns. SafeNet's Trusted Cloud Fabric helps enterprises embed security directly into their cloud computing fabric to ensure the security is built in right from the start." Fedde believes that "Cloud computing has not only revolutionized the way IT is delivered, but represents a clear business model wher... (more)

Preparing for TOGAF Certification

If you are preparing for TOGAF certification here are links to pages containing free sample practice questions. TOGAF 9 Foundation Level Certification – Question set 1 TOGAF 9 Foundation Level Certification – Question set 2 TOGAF 9 Certified Level Certification – Question on topics not available on the study guide TOGAF 9 Certification Multiple Choice Questions by Chris Eaton iQuiz – Quick Quiz System [Update: TOGAF 9.1 Released – What Does It Mean To You?] Additional reading material Here are some more material to help you understand TOGAF 9: What is TOGAF? Planning a Project – the TOGAF way Defining Requirement - the TOGAF way Architecture Governance – what does it mean in TOGAF? TOGAF 9.1 Release - What does it contain? [Update: Open Group has the training material for part 1 available on their site - here is the link] ... (more)