Keynoting at Perforce MERGE World Tour
The London stop on the Perforce MERGE World Tour 2013 takes place on 16 May 2013 at the London Film Museum. The World Tour pulls together the best bits of Perforce’s global conference in San Francisco. The version control specialists are accompanied on the tour by industry analysts and customers, such as SAP, Pixar and Supermassive Games. Perforce will be showing off new products and setting out their roadmaps.
CIC’s Research Director, Bola Rotibi, will be giving a keynote entitled Version Management & The State of EMEA IT. Find out more about the conference and join Bola.
Adobe, UX, design and development
It seems we notice the blurring of the lines between design – in the visual sense – and development in lots of our current research.
As a sort of keynote to the theme, we have just published a podcast interview with Arno Gourdol, Adobe’s senior director leading the web platform and authoring team at the company, about the opportunities and challenges in this area. The podcast is available to download or listen to, and there is also a companion report to purchase.
Sticking with Adobe, a prime agent of design/development overlap, Ian Murphy considers the reaction to Adobe’s announcement that Creative Suite is dead as a boxed product.
We’re also happy to welcome our first Practitioner Insight report from Clive Howard discussing the importance of User eXperience (UX) as the critical success factor in implementing an Enterprise Mobility strategy. This report is available as a free download from the Research Library.
DevOps might tune Orchestrated IT
In a new blog, Ian Murphy reminds us that Orchestrated IT, a concept that’s been around a bit longer than DevOps, has not lived up to its promise. He thinks that DevOps may well act as the catalyst and framework for many vendors to sort out their orchestration.
Enterprise DevOps realities and a path towards Continuous Delivery
CIC has just published Continuous Delivery Realization. This Guide offers directions for improving the collaboration between IT development and operations teams, and a path towards Continuous Delivery. Continuous Delivery is synonymous with an ability to increase software release rates. It provides IT organizations with the capacity and flexibility for reacting to the changing demands of their business clients.
The Guide is available as a free download from the Research Library.
In a separate but related report, we profile the support delivered to improving Enterprise development and operations relations (DevOps) by Serena Software’s Release Management and Automation portfolio (also available from the Research Library).
Patterns and working practices for cross discipline Agile implementation
IBM has just published CIC’s report, Agile Deployment for Embedded Software & Complex Systems. This Guide presents directions for Agile deployment strategies in the delivery of embedded software products and complex systems. It does so based on analysis and insights from an in-depth qualitative study of Agile implementations within organizations delivering embedded software products and complex and safety critical systems. The Guide provides an analysis of the maturity of Agile implementation within the providers of embedded software products and complex and safety critical systems, highlights some of the detailed findings from the organizations interviewed that give insight into the prevailing trends, tools in use, experiences gained and common practices in play.
Architects enabling disruptive innovation
The two day Iasa UK Architecture Summit in London, Enabling Disruptive Innovation, on today and tomorrow, 25 – 26 April 2013, will bring over 200 Iasa member architects together to discuss new directions, exciting implementations and growing business opportunities in the field of IT and enterprise architecture from industry experts and thought leaders such as:
- Angela Yochem, Global CTO, AstraZeneca
- Paul Preiss, President, Iasa Global
- Eoin Woods, Lead Software Architect, UBS
- Nick Rozanski, Software Architect, Barclays
- Mark Brogden, Chief Architect, AstraZeneca
- Marc Fiammante, Distinguished Engineer, IBM
Creative Intellect Consulting is the UK Analyst partner for IASA UK and also a Gold Sponsor of the ISA UK Summit event. Bola Rotibi of CIC will be moderating a panel session titled: Origin of the Enterprise: Evolution of Software Architects in a pervasively connected world.
This panel discussion will see a mix of Industry sources discuss the evolution trends that are set to impact the software architect community. The panel will draw from their knowledge and experiences as well as from the audience in order to determine how the architect role must evolve to deliver fit for purpose business solutions.
Stay tuned for CIC’s summary report of the panel discussion and recommendations made.
For more information and to register please visit www.iasauk.org
Busy times in the CIC blogosphere
Heads up for a flurry of activity on the CIC blog pages.
Guest blogger Jessica Figureras looks at IBM MobileFirst. She thinks until now IBM has benefited from the mobile revolution indirectly but wonders whether that be about to change, with the launch of MobileFirst?
Another guest, Adrian Bridgwater, is also weighing up the impact of mobile software. With web usage from mobile devices outstripping the desktop, mobile development is no longer an afterthought. He considers the need for a mobile-first methodology.
Paul Herzlich has also taken a few minutes to rant about the mess he sees in mobile applications. He does a trip back in history to try to make sense of the ugly ‘thinck’ clients on our devices, and warns we are storing up big coding and quality problems for the future.
Not quite off his soapbox, Paul looks at what the peaceful but dramatic overthrow of Pinochet in Chile in 1988 has to do with a revolution in development and testing at Aviva in 2013.
Finally back with the grown-ups, Paul has a quick look at how IBM’s Green Hat acquisition looks just over a year later. It’s not just about Service Virtualization.
A mobile-first world needs a robust, evolved development methodology
Guest blogger Adrian Bridgwater looks at the need for a mobile development methodology in A mobile-first philosophy needs a mobile-first methodology. Mobile device sales, including tablets, are trouncing PCs and transforming the software landscape. Development is much more than cobbling together a mobile front-end. A loose approach to mobile development isn’t sufficient. Permanent betas, unified desktop and mobile apps and security (see below about HTC) are just some of the challenges Adrian discusses that a mobile-first methodology must meet.
A high profile casualty and a seismic shift in software security
It may have escaped the notice of many people that something monumental has happened in the last week in the mobile software world. On 22nd February 2013 handset and device manufacturer HTC, admitted charges of distributing insecure software and putting users at risk. Rather than go to trial, the company admitted its guilt. We have just posted an analysis on our blog of the legally ordered remedies that will not only impact HTC but have the potential to significantly change the whole software industry, and we don’t just mean for mobiles.
Spotlight on Perforce Git Fusion
Bola and Ian have just posted a new piece of research on Open Source software project Git, a lightweight, distributed and fast version control system that has seen a significant take-up. The report takes a close look at Git, Git Fusion and why the deployment of local version control systems extends far beyond the developer community. The report is available on the Research Library page.
Architectural pitfalls to avoid in formulating Cloud strategies
The podcast companion report for the CIC podcast entitled Cloud strategies: Architectural pitfalls to avoid is now available from the Research Library. In this podcast discussion Bola Rotibi and Ian Murphy of Creative were joined by Nic Merriman, Financial Services CTO and Head of Cloud Computing at Avanade UK and Peter Elleby, Chief Technology Officer for One Hydra to examine some of the architectural challenges of moving to the cloud, and to identify important considerations for ensuring a smooth transition and obtaining the right support.
Strategies for maximizing reuse
The podcast companion report for the CIC podcast entitled Maximising reuse in the delivery of smarter products and systems is now available from the Research Library. In this podcast, Dr. Martin Becker from the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering, Dr. Gerhard Griessnig from the AVL headquarter in Graz, Joerg Settelmeier also from AVL, Andreas Kreis of EADs corporate research and Dominic Tavassoli from IBM Rational joined Bola to discuss the core features of a reuse strategy that delivers business value.
Vendor profile of WANdisco
WANdisco is a UK company with a very focused approach to version control and management. The company name is a contraction of Wide Area Network Distributed Computing and their tagline is “we make software happen” – a very ambitious statement for a company that doesn’t have any code writing tools. What WANdisco does have is a highly available, replication engine that underpins their source code control solution, making it possible to manage, in real-time, software development across time zones and continents. Gain insight into the company and its product in a new vendor profile just made available in the Research Library.
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