Software Development

Hat check: Green Hat and IBM 15 months on

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:35+00:00 4 April 2013|Software Development, Software Quality, Software Testing|

IBM’s play in Service Virtualization (SV) for testing In January 2012, I mused over the implications of IBM’s acquisition of Green Hat, vendor of a product that simulated external interfaces for software testing. Fifteen months later, I’ve had another look to see whether things have panned out as I imagined. It seemed to me that [...]

Marketing the development testing revolution

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:37+00:00 2 April 2013|Software Development, Software Quality, Software Testing|

A recent Chilean film called NO narrates the campaign to defeat General Pinochet’s 1988 referendum that would have allowed him to remain as President after having ruled Chile as a despot for 12 years. Despite his tight grip on power and oppressive, dictatorial rule, Pinochet was put under international pressure to allow a vote. He [...]

A mobile-first philosophy needs a mobile-first methodology

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:37+00:00 15 March 2013|Analysis, Security, Software Quality|

Software application development has had to embrace a ‘mobile-first’ philosophy for the road ahead. Smartphone and tablet sales have skyrocketed, web usage from mobile devices far outstrips that seen at the desktop level and mobile data channels are now reported to run with a heavier and more enriched stream of content than ever before. For [...]

Adding flexibility to governance for developers

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:38+00:00 6 February 2013|Software Development|

We've just published a new Spotlight report covering Open Source software project Git, a lightweight, distributed and fast version control system has seen a significant take-up. Git is being installed by developers on their own machines allowing them to experiment with code before submitting it to the corporate version control system. To make it easier [...]

IBM Software Analysts Insight: Will a clear vision and strategy lead to a sure-footed, agile execution?

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:38+00:00 7 December 2012|Analysis, Delivery and Lifecycle Management, Platforms and Operating Systems|

The abiding impression from the IBM Software Analysts Insight conference in Stamford, Connecticut was of a company absolutely clear on its strategy and sure-footed in its execution. For nearly a decade (since 2004), IBM has been attempting to reduce the market’s identification with its individual software brands (Tivoli, Rational, Websphere, Information Management), and in 2010 [...]

A safe leap into the unknown

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:41+00:00 18 April 2012|Software Development|

Micro Focus should be delighted with the first day of their 2012 Developer’s Conference. The management message was, “we’re back focusing on COBOL – Visual COBOL above all, but also we’re not going to abandon our ACU and RM users”, and there was a palpable sense of relief on the part of the delegates. Attendees [...]

Application transformation the HP way

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:41+00:00 27 March 2012|Delivery and Lifecycle Management, Security, Software Development, Software Quality, Software Testing|

HP software and service announcements of March 20th Application transformation sets out HP’s portfolio of products and services for helping organizations transition their application portfolios to the next generation of Cloud-enabled, mobile client-served application solutions. It is a strategy well aimed at the thinking about modernization and rationalization that is current in many enterprises.  Of [...]

The future of Enterprise Application Development at Micro Focus 2012 Developer Conference

By | 2016-10-17T10:52:41+00:00 17 March 2012|Software Development|

Catch my talk 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. My presentation on 17th April, is entitled Addressing Today’s Challenges in [...]