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Self-Healing Applications

02NOVEMBER, 2022 by Sylvia Froncza Original March 11 2019An IT and Test Environment Perspective Traditionally, test environments have been difficult to manage. For one, data exists in unpredictable or unknown states. Additionally, various applications and services...

Data Operations: Defined and Explained

01NOVEMBER, 2022 by Justin Reynolds.Businesses across the board are spinning their tires when it comes to data and analytics, with many of them failing to unlock maximum value from their investments. According to one study, 89% of companies face challenges around how...

Software Security Anti-Patterns

02NOVEMBER, 2022 by Eric Boersma *Original 22 October 2019If 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...

What makes a good Test Environment Manager?

14 OCTOBER 2022 by Daniel de OliveiraIn today’s application-based world, companies are releasing more applications than ever before. Software delivery life cycles are becoming more complicated. As a result, large companies require hundreds and even thousands of test...

Staging Server Success: The Essential Guide To Setup and Use

01NOVEMBER, 2022 by EricStaging Server Success: The Essential Guide To Setup and Use Release issues happen.  Maybe it's a new regression you didn't catch in QA. Sometimes it's a failed deploy. Or, it might even be an unexpected hardware conflict.  How do you catch...

What makes a good Test Data Manager?

19 NOVEMBER, 2020 by Michiel Mulders What Makes a Good Test Data Manager? Have you implemented test data management at your organization? It will surely benefit you if your organization processes critical or sensitive business data. The importance of test data is...

Preprod Done Right: the Definitive Guide

07OCTOBER, 2022 by Mercy KibetBefore you deploy your code to production, it has to undergo several steps. We often refer to these steps as preproduction. Although you might expect these additional steps to slow down your development process, they help speed up the...

Site Reliability Engineering 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...

Zombie (Ghost) Assets and How to Stop Them

25SEP, 2022 by Daniel Longest *Update from May 2020Zombie and ghost assets sound exciting, like a late-night movie you'd watch around Halloween. While in reality they may not be that exciting, they're scary if you don't understand and prevent them. The good news is...

What Makes a Good Enterprise Release Manager?

09 SEPTEMBER, 2022 by Michiel MuldersDo you want your company to scale efficiently? Look for an enterprise release manager (ERM). An ERM protects and manages the movements of releases in multiple environments. This includes build, test, and production environments....

The Pros and Cons of Test Data Synthetics (or Data Fabrication)

22 August, 2022 by Louay Hazami *Update from October 2020Data privacy is one of the most pressing issues in the new digital era. Data holds so much value for normal internet users and for all types of companies that are looking to capitalize on this new resource. To...

What Is Data Fabrication in TDM

16August, 2022 by Carlos Schults *Update from 15 Mar 2021In today's post, we'll answer what looks like a simple question: what is data fabrication in TDM? That's such an unimposing question, but it contains a lot for us to unpack.What is TDM to begin with? Isn't data...

Your Essential Test Environment Management Checklist

08August, 2022 by Carlos Schults *Update from 26 Nov 2019.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...

Sand Castles and DevOps at Scale

03JUNE, 2022 by Niall Crawford & Carlos "Kami" Maldonado. Modified by Eric Goebelbecker.DevOps at scale is what we call the process of implementing DevOps culture at big, structured companies. Although the DevOps term was back in 2009, most organizations still...

Test Environment Management Explained

3JUNE, 2022 by Erik Dietrich, Ukpai Ugochi, and Jane Temov. Modified by Eric GoebelbeckerMost companies spend between 45%-55% of their IT budget on non-production activities like  Training, Development & Testing and lose 20-40% of productivity across their...

Serverless Computing for Dummies

3JUNE, 2022 by Eric GoebelbeckerWhat Is Serverless Computing? Serverless computing is a cloud architecture where you don’t have to worry about buying, building, provisioning, or maintaining servers. In return for structuring your code around their APIs, your cloud...

Test Environments – The Tracks for Agile Release Trains

25MAY, 2022 by Niall Crawford & Justin Reynolds. Modified by Eric Goebelbecker.So, you’ve decided to implement a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and promote a continuous delivery pipeline by implementing “Agile Release Trains” (ART)*.  Definition: An Agile Release...

What Is Data Masking and How Do We Do It?

24MAY, 2022 by Michiel Mulders. Modified by Eric Goebelbecker.With the cost of data breaches increasing every year, there’s a need for higher security standards. According to IBM’s 2021 security report, the average total cost of a data breach has risen to $4.24...

Test Environments: Why You Need One and How to Set It Up

24MAY, 2022 by Keshav MalikWith the rise of agile development methodologies, the need to quickly test new features is more critical than ever. This is especially true for websites and applications that rely on real-time data and interaction. The only way to ensure...

What is Data Masking? And Best Practice!

20MAY, 2022 by Jane TemovMost organizations employ strong security measures to keep production data secure while being made available for day-to-day business activity. However, Data may be utilized for less secure activities like testing and training, or by third...

Data Compliance: A Detailed Guide for IT Leaders

15MAY, 2022 by Ukpai Ugochi & Arnab Roy Chowdhury. Modified by Eric Goebelbecker.As a DevOps manager or agile team leader, how do you ensure that users’ sensitive information is properly secured? Users are on the internet daily for communication, business, etc....

HIPAA vs GDPR vs PCI

HIPAA vs GDPR vs PCI

15May, 2022 by Carlos Schults & Justin Reynolds. Modified by Eric Goebelbecker.Organizations today are using more data than ever before. Indeed, data plays a critical role in decision-making for everything from sales and marketing to the production and development...

What is Release Management (an ERM & SAFe Perspective)

15MAY, 2022 by Jane TemovRelease Management, from an enterprise software definition, is the process Release Managers use for planning, executing, and monitoring a software release. It involves coordinating developers, testers, operations staff, and end-users to ensure...

Test Data Management In Depth: The What and the How

Test Data Management In Depth: The What and the How

05May, 2022 by Niall Crawford & Justin Reynolds. Modified by Eric Goebelbecker.Test data is one of the most important components of software development. That’s because without accurate test data, it’s not possible to build applications that align with today's...

IT Environments: What Are They and Which Do You Need?

IT Environments: What Are They and Which Do You Need?

16APRIL, 2022 by Justin ReynoldsThe IT landscape is rapidly changing, with companies becoming increasingly distributed, cloud-driven, and agile. In order to minimize complexity and ensure operational efficiency, it’s critical to maintain full visibility and control...

Types of Test Data You Should Use for Your Software Tests

08APRIL, 2022 by Alexander FridmanTesting is an integral and vital part of creating software. In fact, test code is as important as your production code. When you create test code, you need to create test data for your code to work against. This post is about the...

What Is Release Management in ITIL? Guide and Best Practices

05APRIL, 2021 by  Justin ReynoldsManaging enterprise software production at scale is no easy task. This is especially true in today’s complex and distributed environment where teams are spread out across multiple geographical areas. To maintain control over so many...

What Is Big Data Security and How to Implement It

12APRIL, 2022 by Rhuan SouzaIntroduction to What Is Big Data Security and How to Implement It In today's world, information has become an important resource that companies can rely on to make decisions and to get to know the market and its customers. And the amount of...

Enterprise Release Management: The Ultimate Guide

01APRIL, 2022 by Justin ReynoldsManaging software production at the enterprise level requires careful planning and coordination. This is especially critical when organizations are dealing with multiple products that have different release schedules, users, and teams. ...

Enterprise IT Environment: What It Is and How to Define Yours

15MARCH 2022 by Justin ReynoldsIT is the foundation of any digital enterprise. It has a hand in just about every process, from the company's connected utility systems to the digital applications that customers and employees access daily and everything in between. ...

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