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DevOps versus SRE – Friend or Foe

19 MARCH, 2020 by Michiel Mulders SRE vs DevOps: Friends or Foes? Nowadays, there’s a lack of clarity about the difference between site reliability engineering (SRE) and development and operations (DevOps). There’s definitely an overlap between the roles, even though...

Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Top 10 Best Practice

06 MARCH, 2020 by Arnab Roy Chowdhury Top 10 SRE Practices Do you know what the key to a successful website is? Well, you’re probably going to say that it’s quality coding. However, today, there’s one more aspect that we should consider. That’s reliability. There are...

What Is Data Literacy? (aka Know Your Data)

20 FEBRUARY, 2020 by Arnab Row Chowdhury   Technically, the world today has advanced to a level we never could’ve imagined a few years ago. What do you think made it possible? We now understand complexities. And how do you think that became possible? Literacy! Since...

What Is SRE (Site Reliability Engineering)?

14 FEBRUARY, 2020 by Michiel Mulders A site reliability engineer loves optimizing inefficient processes but also needs coding skills. He or she must have a deep understanding of the software to optimize processes. Therefore, we can say an SRE contributes directly to...

Data Compliance: What It Is and Why You Should Care

07 February, 2020 by Arnab Roy Chowdhury Do you remember what Uncle Ben said to young Peter Parker? “With great power comes great responsibility.” The same applies to companies. At present, businesses hold a huge amount of data—not only the data of a company but also...

The History of SRE

17 JANUARY, 2020 by Sylvia Fronczak Site reliability engineering (SRE) uses techniques and approaches from software engineering to tackle reliability problems with a team’s operations and a site’s infrastructure. Knowing the history of SRE and understanding which...

Securing Data by Masking

25 JANUARY, 2020 by Michiel Mulders With the cost of data breaches increasing every year, there’s a huge need for higher security standards. According to IBM’s 2019 security report, the average total cost of a data breach has risen to $3.92 million per breach. It’s no...

Top Test Data Challenges

08 DECEMBER, 2019 by Arnab Roy Chowdhury In the last few years, people have started to rely less on manual work and more on automation. Internet banking and online shopping portals are some examples of this growing trend of digitalization. Instead of going to the bank...

Release Management Explained in Depth

12 DECEMBER, 2019 by Carlos Schults The software development process today is very different from what it used to be 15, 20, or even more years ago. One of the most dramatic of such differences is undoubtedly the number and frequency of releases. Agile practices have...

Your Essential Test Environment Management Checklist

26 November, 2019 by Carlos Schults Your Essential TEM Checklist   “Test Environment Management Checklist.” Yep, that sounds like a mouthful, but don’t let that discourage you. The idea here is quite simple—adopting a checklist to evaluate the soundness of your test...

Why Is Test Data Management So Important?

18 NOVEMBER, 2019 by Carlos Schults Test data management is vital for achieving a healthy test automation strategy, yet many professionals are still not familiar with the term. They don’t know what the concept means, nor why it’s so important. But why would that be a...

Incorporating Test Data / Data Compliance in DevOps

03 NOVEMBER, 2019 by Arnab Roy Chowdhury DevOps, a word that combines “development” and “operations,” is a business process that shortens the time taken to gather customer feedback. Besides, it also enables progressive software delivery and helps clients grab market...

Are You TEM Savvy?

30 OCTOBER, 2019 by Erik Dietrich Measuring TEM Capability in Your Enterprise Once upon a time, testing your software was easy. Or, at least, relatively speaking, it was. Your team would write some code, tag an unreleased version of the software, build it, and hand it...

Software Security Anti-Patterns

22 OCTOBER, 2019 by Eric Boersma If you're like a lot of developers, you might not think much about software security. Sure, you hash your users' passwords before they're stored in your database. You don't return sensitive information in error messages. Each time you...

How Data Breaches Happen?

08 OCTOBER, 2019 by Michiel Mulders Preamble You’ve probably seen some recent articles asserting that the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil—it’s data. New internet titans like Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft look unstoppable. In fact,...

DevOps and TEM Go Hand in Glove

25 SEPTEMBER, 2019 by Mark Henke DevOps is overall a healthy practice for most development teams, but it doesn’t come for free. Enterprises are eager to adopt the practice but their tools often lag behind DevOps practices. This is a bit like walking out into the...

Data Security (Scale and Bees)

25 AUGUST, 2019 by Jane Temov Data security, The problem is scale & a lack of bees One of the biggest challenges of securing one’s enterprise data is the sheer volume. Think about it. Hundred (perhaps Thousands) of Applications, Thousands (perhaps Tens of Thousands)...

The Test Environment Management Plan Template

13 AUGUST, 2019 by Jane Temov So, you’ve been asked to write a “Test Environment Management Plan”? Or perhaps you just want to write a plan to baseline your current non-production processes, outline future test environment strategy and/or educate those around you. *...

Five Reasons You Need Enterprise Configuration Management

02 AUGUST, 2019 by Eric Olsson Preamble Software is buggy. It's a bold claim, I know. Sarcasm aside, the battle to keep your applications up and running is ongoing. Wouldn't it be nice if you had a way to eliminate an entire class of bugs from your application?...

Software Testing Anti Patterns

15 JULY, 2019 by Peter Morlion Martin Fowler AntiPattern "An antipattern is a solution that initially looks like an attractive road lined with flowers... but further on leads you into a maze filled with monsters."   Since the dawn of computers, we’ve always had to...

A Brief History of Configuration Management

26 June, 2019 by Justin Reynolds Gone are the days of monolithic software applications. In today’s microservices-and-continuous-integration driven world, where apps run in hybrid cloud environments and users engage with them on any device and on any underlying...

5 Red Flags DevOps Is Failing

03 JULY, 2019 by Justin Reynolds Even since the agile manifesto was published in 2001, software development has never been the same. In a pre-agile world, software was released in monolithic packages every year or every two years. The agile approach to development...

5 Red Flags Deployment Management Is Failing

20 MAY, 2019 by Mark Henke It’s a great step when teams deliberately manage their deployments instead of treating them as second-class citizens to writing code. But there are many pitfalls to managing deployments effectively. Many things lurk, waiting to trip us up....

5 Red Flags Enterprise Release Management Is Failing

08 MAY, 2019 by Mark Henke Taking enterprise release management seriously is a great step toward helping our organization flourish. Embracing release management will allow us to make the invisible visible. We’ll be able to effectively manage how work flows through our...

Marrying SAFe and DevOps

04 MAY, 2019 by Rodney Smith If you work in an organization that uses the scaled agile framework (SAFe), chances are it's not a small company. It's enterprise-y. It's probably gone through some growing pains, which is a good problem to have in the business sense. The...

DevOps vs. DevOps at Scale

29 APRIL, 2019 by Carlos "Kami" Maldonado "DevOps at scale" is what we call the process of implementing DevOps culture at big, structured companies. Although the DevOps term was coined almost 10 years ago, even in 2018 most organizations still haven't completely...

DevOps Anti-Patterns

24 APRIL, 2019 by Mark Robinson It’s the normal case with software buzzwords that people focus so much on what something is that they forget what it is not. DevOps is no exception. To truly embrace DevOps and cherish what it is, it’s important to comprehend what it...

Delivering at Scale, Why SAFe Is Essential for Agile Teams

16 April, 2019 by Eric Goebelbecker Your organization is in the midst of an agile transformation. You know that agile is the way to go, and you're looking forward to, or maybe already reaping, some of the benefits. Who can argue with what agile brings to the table?...

Top 5 Container Metrics

28 March, 2019 by Christian Meléndez Even though containers are different from virtual machines (VMs), most of the metrics you get from a container are pretty similar to the ones you get from a VM or a physical server. What’s different is the meaning a metric has in a...

Top 5 Cloud Metrics

21 MARCH, 2019 by Mark Henke Preamble These days, deploying our services to the cloud just makes sense. Deploying to the cloud means you’re letting someone else handle low-level infrastructure costs, which gives us incredible flexibility. And with such flexibility...

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