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Jeffrey Hammond 4 days ago

Fall means that software conference season is in full swing and that I’m on the road more than I’m off it. This week was an interesting one, as I found myself pinballing from one end of my coverage to the other. On Monday I spent some time at IBM’s Agile Engineering Summit in D.C. Attendees […]

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Microsoft Build 2018: Top Five Takeaways

Jeffrey Hammond May 7, 2018

It’s a busy week with the Digital Transformation Forum kicking off in Chicago tomorrow, but I managed to slip in a quick trip to Seattle to this year’s Microsoft Build developer conference. It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since Satya Nadella took over as CEO, but time flies. We detected early on in […]

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Agile Plus DevOps Is Slowly But Steadily Reaching Enterprise Scale

Diego Lo Giudice December 14, 2017

Agile is still alive and well and in demand, according to Forrester’s Agile adoption panel. This year, our biannual survey tracking the health of Agile initiatives focused on the main challenge: Agile at scale. As software teams get further along their Agile transformation, they find that, despite some improvements, scaling vertically and horizontally remains their biggest […]

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Predictions 2018: New Technologies Propel Software Development

Jeffrey Hammond November 8, 2017

These days every company is in the software business. Fast, iterative delivery of high-quality software means better customer engagement and higher satisfaction, so an effective development organization is more important than ever. But in 2018 software development leaders will face new opportunities and challenges as software technologies and platforms pivot into new areas where traditional […]

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Writing Code In Fly-over Country

Jeffrey Hammond August 3, 2017

As our clients know, I’ve been writing a lot about strategies for recruiting and retaining developers, and building shop cultures where they can thrive. In the U.S. we’re currently in a sellers market when it comes to development talent. According to the BLS, firms will need to find almost half a million developers between 2014 […]

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Sysadmins: You're All Developers Now

Chris Gardner March 17, 2017

In a past life I was a system administrator, or "sysadmin". I enjoyed it, but even in those halcyon days of remoting into servers and driving to the office at 2 AM (hoping the server room wasn't on fire), I knew I had a limited shelf life. It wasn't until years later that I fully understood why: […]

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Azure Stack Preview – Microsoft-s End-Game for On-Premise IT?

Richard Fichera January 26, 2016

What’s Happening? In 2014 I wrote about Microsoft and Dell’s joint Cloud Platform System offering, Microsoft’s initial foray into an “Azure-Like” experience in the enterprise data center. While not a complete or totally transparent Azure experience, it was a definite stake in the ground around Microsoft’s intentions to provide enterprise Azure with hybrid on-premise and […]

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The Forrester Wave™ Evaluation Of Functional Test Automation (FTA) Is Out And It's All About Going Beyond GUI Testing

Diego Lo Giudice April 23, 2015

A few months ago, I blogged about testing quality@speed in the same way that F1 racing teams do to win races and fans. Last week, I published my F(TA)1 Forrester Wave! It examines the capabilities of nine vendors to evaluate how they support Agile development and continuous delivery teams when it comes to continuous testing: Borland, […]

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Digital Experience Personalization Is Hollow Without Predictive

Rowan Curran March 18, 2015

There’s no other way to slice it: competition for digital audiences is brutal. Intolerance for poor performance and disengaging experiences drives customers to competitor’s sites more quickly and more permanently than any time in history. Users increasingly demand digital experiences that personalize to their immediate needs and adapt to the current context, not treat them […]

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2015 Predictions: Big Changes In Store For App Dev Leaders

Forrester November 13, 2014

The pace of change for App Dev leaders has always been rather hectic. In my 32+ years as an "apps guy" – I can't recall a time when supply of technology resources ever fully satisfied all  demand for the work that business leaders would like to do. Satisfying that demand has always been a challenging and […]

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Cloud Technologies Will Power The Most Successful Businesses In 2015

Dave Bartoletti November 13, 2014

What's ahead for cloud computing in 2015? Check out our report for Forrester's take on the most important trends in cloud computing and what you should do about them. In 2014, cloud entered the formal IT portfolio, and technology managers stopped treating cloud as competition. In 2015, cloud technologies will mature into the driving force […]

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Customer Obsession Set To Disrupt BPM Market In 2015

Forrester November 7, 2014

In 2014, the top priorities for business process management (BPM) initiatives focused on extending mission critical business processes to support the mobile workforce and redesigning business processes to deliver exceptional customer experiences. During 2014, Forrester also noticed a growing appetite to move business critical processes into the cloud using BPM platform-as-a-service solutions. And, although customer […]

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4 Must-Dos For Continuous Business Innovation

Diego Lo Giudice October 25, 2014

The modern business world echoes with the sound of time-tested business models being shattered by digital upstarts, while the rate of disruption is accelerating. Organizations that will win in this world must hone their ability to deliver high-value experiences, based on high quality software with very short refresh cycles. Customers are driving this shift; every […]

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Can Pricing Actions Make Google’s Cloud Platform Worth A Look?

Forrester March 25, 2014

Usually when a product or service shouts about its low pricing, that’s a bad thing but in Google’s case there’s unique value in its Sustained-use Discounts program which just might make it worth your consideration.  Google isn't a leader in the cloud platform space today, despite a fairly early move in platform as a service (PaaS) with […]

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Grudging Acceptance Is Not Enough — Time for IT to Embrace SaaS

Michael Barnes April 29, 2013

  I’ve noticed a growing trend among Asia Pacific organizations over the past 6-12 months: complete IT resistance to SaaS has steadily given way to more pragmatic discussions, even if IT has come to the table grudgingly. Over the next two years I expect this trend to accelerate. In fact, I believe that many SaaS […]

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What makes a great application owner?

Alan Mac Neela March 1, 2013

Application owner or application product manager roles are increasingly common in many organizations and these roles play a critical part in application rationalization efforts. Organizations fill these roles with staff from a diverse range of backgrounds including enterprise architecture, business analysis, application development and business operations.  In some cases, it is not a discrete role, rather […]

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Use Cases For Specific BI Tools

Boris Evelson June 28, 2012

I get the following question very often. What are the best practices for creating an enterprise reporting policy as to when to use what reporting tool/application? Alas, as with everything else in business intelligence, the answer is not that easy. The old days of developers versus power users versus casual users are gone. The world […]

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Hey Developers, Make Your Mobile Apps Blazing Fast

Mike Gualtieri June 2, 2012

It’s genetic. Humans want it faster. Evidence abounds: The Speedy Weeny microwave hot dog vending machine, Chuck Yeager’s sound barrier record, techno dance, and don’t forget the T-Mobile girl’s alter ego as a provocative motorcycle speed freak. Zoooom. Smartphone users are no exception to the “make it faster” rule. They expect their apps to be […]

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Load Balancers Are Dead In India? Think Again

Forrester February 24, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to attend the F5 Networks event in Bangalore and interact with its senior marketing and sales team. One thing that kept boomeranging during the entire session was the idea that “load balancers are a dead commodity” and it is high time for organizations and data centers to move on to […]

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Two Truths And A Lie: Software Development In 2020

Kyle McNabb February 14, 2012

When getting introduced to a new subject or new people, we sometimes play a game called "two truths and a lie." The basics of the game are simple: Anyone introducing a subject – or themselves – states two truths and one lie. The audience then has to identify what the lie is.  Below, you will […]

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