Spotlight on Compuware Uniface
In our latest vendor spotlight report we assess Compuware Uniface’s forthcoming releases of Uniface 9.6 and Uniface 10 and determine whether they can address the needs of its existing audience and satisfy the expectations of a more demanding market place.
Find it on the Research Library page.
IBM’s Raleigh Executive Conference Centre in North Carolina was host to an event titled Enabling the Agile Enterprise. During this one-and-a-half-day seminar for executives, IT management and key administrators were briefed on how to prepare for and exploit the opportunities presented by mobile commerce, deploy new software development tools to increase developer productivity, enhance skills and use enterprise data for new workloads in mobile and cloud environments. Bola’s presentation Driving Change, discussing market factors shaping IT investments, is now available for download on the Research Library page.
End of the world Insights at software architects’ conference
Having survived the Y2K scare, the world we are informed is due to end in December 2012…21st to be precise. This does of course assume that the Mayans were not early incarnations of software developers and were accurate in their estimations.
For the December meeting of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA), IASA UK Analyst Partner Creative Intellect Consulting (CIC) will review the driving trends facing the IT architect community in 2012. Learning from the lessons of the past, we will examine the architectural priorities for 2013 that we need to look forward to if the Mayans just happen to have been wrong.
Get more information about the conference and register to attend here.
Strategies for maximizing reuse
Efficient and effective reuse strategies have long been a goal across many different industries. However, managing the process of reuse and ensuring that it is not an onerous exercise has been a challenge. 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 join Bola to discuss the core features of a reuse strategy that delivers business value.
Learn more and listen to or download the podcast.
Summer’s over – back to work
Ian and Bola have been hard at work while you’ve been enjoying the Olympic summer. (OK, so depending on what continent you’re on, you may be parched or drenched.)
Serena’s mainframe support strategy comes under scrutiny in a new CIC Vendor Spotlight report (download for free) and our analysts also profile Australian software vendor of an SAP change management solution, Revelation Software Concepts (RSC) (purchase from the Research Library).
The changes to appdev in a world of Apps
Listen to our latest podcast, entitled a bit provocatively, ‘No excuses for a “crappy” App’. Given all the tooling and technology advances and the design guidance available is there now a case for censuring developers for producing bad apps and applications? More importantly is there a case for reforming the warranty and liability clauses when purchasing or accepting software apps?
Learn more and listen to or download the podcast.
Bola Rotibi is a founding member of the (ISC)2 Application Security Advisory Board. Earlier this year she wrote about the ownership challenge in securing software in the annual BCS Twenty:12 Enhance Your IT Strategy publication. The journal is not ordinarily available online, but we have a reprint of Bola’s article available here.
End of a busy spring conference season
It’s been a busy few months for CIC presenting at a range of industry conferences. Here’s a review of the events and topics. The presentation slides are available on the Research Library. Search for ‘conference presentation’ in the Research Index.
Digital Futures (March)
The Digital London Summit and Showcase event explored the future of the web and the digital ecosystem. Bola delivered a talk entitled How social can transform your data and give new insight.
Embedded World and ARTEMIS Technology Conference, Nuremberg (March)
Bola delivered a presentation on March 1st on Interoperability: A strategy for a sustainable technical specification.
ARTEMIS magazine has published an article by Bola entitled ‘In pursuit of sustainable interoperability, Finding the right balance’ based on her presentation. You can download the article within the magazine from here.
Micro Focus 2012 Developer Conference (April)
Paul presented Addressing Today’s Challenges in Application Development which looked at how application development teams – and COBOL programmers in particular – respond to trends such as mobile and tablet computing, increased security threats and the growing adoption of Cloud-based services.
IBM Software Impact2012 (April/May)
Jamie Thomas (VP of Strategy & Development, IBM Tivoli) and Bola discussed what`s new in the Tivoli portfolio and how clients are using IBM solutions to remove their barriers to innovation.
Secure Software Delivery: An ongoing challenge with new dimensions
Application vulnerabilities ranked as the number one threat, according to 72 percent of over 10,000 information security professionals who responded to the (ISC)2 2011 Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS) published earlier this year. To understand the rapidly evolving state of secure software, Creative Intellect Consulting, with support from the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) and (ISC)², is conducting its annual survey, “The State of Secure Application Lifecycle Management”.
We’d like to ask those of you involved in the software and IT development, delivery and lifecycle management process to share your insights on current practices. More importantly, the survey seeks to draw out how you recognize and address software security challenges that are presented by a variety of deployment platforms and application architectures available today (e.g., Web, mobile, virtualized desktops and production environments). We must look at how software security risks are identified and how much importance is placed on the governance, education and training process. It is vital that software is developed correctly, effectively and securely. The alternative creates a barrier to future innovation and has a detrimental impact on the end user’s overall experience and capacity to trust.
Fundamentally, the premise of this survey is to understand the security challenges facing software security architects, software developers and the general software delivery team in building applications which are deploying to multiple runtime platforms and environments. The survey will address topics that are critical for determining how capable IT organizations are dealing with software and application security effectively now and in the future. As this is the second annual survey the results will also provide an opportunity to identify shifts taking place in the market.
All respondents will receive a copy of the full report and will be entered into a draw to receive a half-day consulting session with Creative Intellect Consulting Ltd. in the field of software delivery and application lifecycle management. The person selected for the drawing will be notified by the end of February 2012.
Please take the Software Security Survey. Thank you in advance for your time and input!
Bola Rotibi will be presenting at IBM Software Impact2012
Bola will be discussing, alongside Jamie Thomas (VP of Strategy & Development, IBM Tivoli), what`s new in the Tivoli portfolio and how clients are using IBM solutions to remove their barriers to innovation.
Topics will cover achieving agile service delivery through improved visibility, control and automation, as well as next generation enterprise architectures and processes including BPM, mobile devices, DevOps and cloud computing.
Paul Herzlich to speak at Micro Focus 2012 Developer Conference
Catch Paul Herzlich speaking at the Micro Focus 2012 Developer Conference. The conference theme is ‘The future of Enterprise Application Development’ and is aimed at ISV’s, enterprises and anyone interested in all things COBOL. Attendance at the conference, from April 16 to April 18, is free. The programme features – in addition to Paul’s industry analyst insight – talks in both business and developer breakout tracks, customer success stories, and an inspirational keynote.
Paul’s presentation on 17th April, entitled Addressing Today’s Challenges in Application Development, will look at how application development teams respond to trends such as mobile and tablet computing, increased security threats and the growing adoption of Cloud-based services. He’ll examine how reliable, time-tested, and proven application technologies such as COBOL can adapt to meet the changing paradigms and business needs.
New research on QA management and Perforce Software
Go to the Research Library page now to get the latest research from Creative. There is a new free Creative Short on a balanced approach to Quality Assurance Management. There is also a new Spotlight on Perforce Software available in the Research Library.
New research on Cloud development and Static Analysis
Go to the Research Library page now to get the latest research from Creative. There is a new free Creative InFocus series podcast and Creative Short on Cloud development and delivery. There is also a new Commentary on the use of Static Analysis in reducing technical debt and improving agility to meet business needs available in the Research Library.
Bola Rotibi at IBM Pulse 2012
CIC at Embedded World and ARTEMIS Technology Conference, Nuremberg Germany
The link to the programme and an abstract of her talk is at http://www.artemis-ia.eu/se2012_programme.
Join Bola Rotibi at the Digital London Summit and Showcase. The event will explore the future of the web and the digital ecosystem, show how to connect technology with content and innovation and showcase digital connectivity, services and solutions. Bola will deliver a talk entitled How social can transform your data and give new insight.
SPECIAL OFFER! Visit our Free research page, log in and get a promotional code for a 20% discount for the Digital London event. (If you’re not already registered, why not sign up? It’s free and you’ll get the promotional conference code.)
A new companion report to the May podcast on Making agile work in complex systems design and development and a brand new report on Software and product lifecycle management convergence and agile acceptance are now available in the Research Library.
Microsoft and CRN webinar
On 26th of September, Ian Murphy will be participating in a web seminar to discuss the merits of partner collaboration. The panel will be discussing what they believed has proven to be the most successful route to partnerships, paying particular attention to the changing channel structure within a cloud environment and how this might affect partner to partner dynamics.
The other panelists are Peter King, UK SMB Cloud Services Manager Microsoft UK, and Alex Hilton, Managing Director or Rise.
We’ll be posting details shortly how to join the webinar or listen to it later.
(ISC)² Secure Software Forum
Bola Rotibi is hosting an Application Security roundtable at (ISC)² Secure Software Forum on Thursday 13th of October at the UK headquarters of Palm Tree Technology. The event is sponsored by the (ISC)² Application Security Advisory Board.
The roundtable will be a great opportunity to hear some of the challenges directly faced by developers and their managers. The format will be informal to encourage conversation and the sharing of experiences and insight. Food and beverages will be provided, so it should be a nice and relaxed atmosphere.
The event is invitation only. If there are developers and their managers who would like to attend, please contact Bola.
Two new Creative Commentaries
The new Commentary series of articles consists of thought-leadership pieces with insight, predictions and opinions about technology and the markets. The first two are about Smarter Computing and DevOps. Check them out on the Research Library page.
The Gaps in the Integration of Security Testing in Quality Frameworks
Bola Rotibi will be presenting the findings of Creative Intellect’s Market Review into The State of Secure Application Management at the Iqnite UK 2011 conference.
Despite encouraging signs that security testing is now part of the handover between development and operations, there remains serious concern that opportunities are being missed to tighten up the development process – and therefore overall development costs – with more comprehensive use of security testing.
Offering a specific focus on the audit and validation processes and security testing, Bola’s session looks at why current practice remains inadequate and how to motivate the move to a more effective treatment of security requirements. The emphasis will be on helping delegates see how to create value in a secure ALM, beyond the mere avoidance of vulnerabilities, with integrated security becoming a core element in the delivery of a more efficient process overall.
Join Bola at the conference.
Software and Product Lifecycle Convergence…is it really necessary?
We are currently running a survey to understand where product organizations see convergence happening between the Product development/delivery lifecycle processes (PLM) and the software engineering /delivery (ALM or SDLC) lifecycle processes. How should the governance process for these two distinct workflows be managed and is there an appetite for Agile or LEAN processes to be part of the lifecycle process? If you are in a product delivery organization that is seeing a rise in the role and importance of software, then we would like to get your opinion. So take the survey here.
All qualified respondents who complete the survey will get a copy of the summary results report, and an opportunity to win a half day consulting session with Creative Intellect Consulting Ltd in the field of software development, delivery and application lifecycle management.
CIC Software Delivery InFocus podcast series begins
The first episode in the CIC Software Delivery InFocus podcast series is now available from the Research Library page. It is a lively discussion about the merits of Agile methods for development of complex systems – embedded and realtime – and how you might approach making the move.
Bola Rotibi joins JAX Innovation Awards jury
The mission of the JAX Innovation Awards is to foster a spirit of innovation in the Java Ecosystem and promote cutting-edge Java technologies. Creative Intellect’s Principal Analyst, Bola Rotibi, has been invited to join the jury judging this year’s contenders.
Anyone can nominate a candidate for an award in any of three categories:
- most innovative Java technology
- most innovative Java company
- top Java ambassador.
Nominations close on the 16th of May. Click here for more information and the nomination form.
Software application security under the spotlight
Our recent research report on “The State of Secure Application Lifecycle Management” shows that organizations are failing to follow key software security and quality processes and putting their business and customers at risk. The report highlights the disconnect between secure software policy and implementation, begging the question as to whether organisations are really ready and able to deliver secure software targeting technologies such as Cloud computing and Mobile delivery platforms. The messages are underlined by the publication only last week of a government report that estimates UK companies lose£21bn per year to cybercrime.