Software Delivery

  • The use of cloud-based services and operations and wider support for cloud deployments is a growing reality. This is true even amongst those organisations committed to maintaining a level of support for non-cloud based workloads. Crucially, cloud underpins many of the technologies spearheading the digital economy. Across industries and markets, many also see it as a fundamental component for digital transformation. This report investigates the dynamics of the cloud market and profiles technologies that leverage cloud to enable new innovations and opportunities and improve business and operational output. Specifically, the report:
    • Identifies the mix of workload scenarios that are being adopted in hybrid environments, that support cloud services and on-premises IT infrastructure
    • Offers guide points and step directions for those who have already, or are looking to, invest in WebSphere Application Server technology, so that they are better equipped to start their use of cloud computing
    • Highlights the new features within WebSphere V9
    This paper was authored on an independent basis by the analyst team at Creative Intellect Consulting, with sponsorship from IBM. The content is based on industry intelligence gathered and analysed by the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.
  • In this report, we identify the breadth and mix of the DevOps tooling support on z Systems and the opportunities available for balancing the support, for both open source and commercial enterprise tooling solutions. With so many options available, it is crucial that stakeholder roles strike the right balance to leverage z Systems to the full and ensure its continued value proposition in a hybrid landscape. The download consists of three papers for different audiences: the complete report, a version for business leaders and a version for technical leaders. This paper was authored on an independent basis by the analyst team at Creative Intellect Consulting, with sponsorship from IBM. The content is based on industry intelligence gathered and analysed by the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.
  • One of the biggest trends in the market today is Digital Transformation. Therefore, it is surprising how little clarity there is to what the term specifically means. To try to bring clarity to the term Digital Transformation and answer important questions for organisation concerned with it, CIC conducted a quantitative study of over 300 organisations of various sizes, industries and geographies. This report outlines the key findings, along with the dynamics underpinning the drive and journey towards digital transformation. Importantly, it presents the following:
    • A map of the challenges and barriers to overcome, as well as key channels that must be navigated if the opportunities presented by a digital transformation are to be realised.
    • Defines the underlying support for low code development tools and their role in helping to deliver the digital transformation process.
    • For organisations looking to ensure the most effective strategy for their digital transformation journey CIC’s study offers 4 insights that must be in their game plan.
    This paper was authored on an independent basis by the analyst team at Creative Intellect Consulting, with sponsorship from Uniface. The content is based on industry intelligence gathered and analysed by the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsor.
  • As a publicly traded company, Box has sought to bring its finances more in line with typical public companies, as opposed to capital intensive start-ups. This it is successfully doing without slowing its ability to grow both customers and capabilities. This report charts the evolution of Box’s business strategy and provides a profile and review of the Box platform in meeting the enterprise content needs of the digital workforce. Specifically, this report covers:
    • CIC direction and analysis
    • Evolution of Box’s business and a growing product portfolio targeting a broad audience base
    • Proof points of Box as a true enterprise vendor
    • The business and operational value of the Box platform services with an outline of its industry leading security credentials
    • Building the modern organisational unit to drive application success
    • Competitive position with end user scenarios
  • This report highlights five important focus areas for those looking to understand the value of modern APIs along with crucial considerations and strategies for their creation, lifecycle management and security. Specifically, readers will discover: 1. The value in APIs Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) enable easier and faster development of many different types of applications allowing for new values and capabilities to be delivered. APIs are not new and in this report we discuss the five drivers progressing the use of APIs today, outlining the value they specifically bring to organisations and the foundations for successful APIs. 2. API evolution: backdrop to the modern API landscape There have been various abstraction and integration approaches that have evolved over the years, each achieving varying levels of success. In this section we outline the constituents of today’s API landscape today while pinpointing the underlying technologies behind the transition to modern APIs. 3. Strategies for the development community One of the big challenges from a technical perspective is how to break down an API to make it easier to develop and maintain. With APIs, those responsible for creating them will need to think about their design and how much functionality they want an API to address. In this report we identify technical skillsets to address some of the specific challenges facing those tasked with creating and managing APIs. Crucially, we outline and discuss in detail the various development and management strategies as well as the primary considerations for API Creation, API Management and API Security. 4. An effective API delivery and management strategy for practitioners IBM API Connect brings together two key IBM products – IBM API Management and IBM StrongLoop. In this section of the report readers will get an overview of IBM’s API lifecycle management solution and a detailed breakdown of the facilities it offers for creating, securing, consuming, running and managing both APIs and micro-services. We specifically discuss the competitive advantages of IBM’s API Connect solution and outline the wider potential it offers organisations and their development teams for either on-premises or cloud based application. 5. CIC Analysis CIC provides an insider’s perspective and unique user directions and qualifies why integrating software packages and services to share data and provide additional functionality has been, and continues to be, important. Readers will see first-hand CIC’s guide for building a high quality API, complete with a journey planner based on user input and experience.
  • The mainframe has proven to be the most resilient computing platform in the market. It has survived the arrival of the mini-computer in the 1970’s and the PC in the early 1980s. In the last three decades client/server, distributed computing, blade computing and cloud computing have all taken their turn at trying to displace the mainframe. While there may only be one mainstream mainframe vendor left, mainframe sales are showing a rise. This is due to new computing demands and engagement methods such as mobile which offer pervasive access to the analytical processing and performance capability of the mainframe. The depth of customer investments made in the mainframe platform is recognised by the leading mainframe tools vendors. They realise that while customers are transitioning to new operating systems such as Linux and modern languages such Java on the mainframe, there is a need to ensure it is integrated into their development and operational workflows. This has led to a change in the capabilities of tools serving the market today with many struggling to incorporate the rich productivity features that are now considered to be standard for developer and operation toolkits. In this spotlight review report we assess Serena’s support strategy for improving the change management of mainframe application assets and enabling a broader community of developers to support the mainframe platform.
  • A change of ownership can be challenging for any organisation. For Uniface, that change is muted because it has spent the last five years running as an autonomous entity, inside Compuware, responsible for its own profit and loss accounts. With the transfer of ownership to Marlin Equity Partners, the challenge for the Uniface team now is to turn its new found freedom and investment from its new owners into a high growth future. In this spotlight, we take a look at the recent history of Uniface, along with its partner, product and customer story going forward.
  • This report specifically looks at the productivity gains achieved through the Uniface platform compared to the more common approach of using various frameworks, languages and paradigms to build complex applications. These gains primarily come over the life of the application, rather than all in the initial build phase. For this reason, the report looks at how applications have typically evolved during their lifetime and how the Uniface platform would have shown productivity benefits during that time, in comparison to other types of common technology development platforms.
  • In this spotlight report we look at HP’s Service Virtualization and Network Virtualization capabilities and offerings. In particular, we examine what it means to developers, test and quality assurance teams, and why the next generation of business applications requires a new approach to development and testing that allows not just corporate systems to be simulated, but also the network conditions and third-party services. This real-world testing is the key to ensuring not just faster time to market, but also stable systems, delivered to production with confidence.
  • Increasing the cadence of software delivery to drive competitive advantage, is what most Business Units want from their IT departments. Getting there is not simple, however: software in any company is a complex environment. Speeding up software delivery without adversely impacting existing systems requires strong processes, quality management and good governance. One of the most important processes in the handover of software from development into production/ operations is Release Management. This is a core process to ensure quality, stability and good governance is maintained. Ultimately, Release Management manages software as it passes through four critical phases: Planning, Development, Testing and Implementation. Each of these phases is well understood by IT, but guiding software through them, at speed, can sometimes appear to be more of a haphazard game of chance than a well thought out engineered approach. In this spotlight review we look at the next version of Serena's Release Manager, how it integrates with their existing tools and what it offers both the business and IT departments when it comes to increasing the speed of software delivery.
  • This report profiles the support delivered to improving Enterprise development and operations relations (DevOps) by Serena Software’s Release Management and Automation portfolio. In particular, the profile looks at the vendor’s goals for enabling organizations to better cater for Continuous Delivery for the most appropriate application targets.
  • Over the last couple of years, 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 for developers to manage that integration and to address the sprawl of Git repositories that is becoming an issue for many organizations, version control software provider Perforce, has released Git Fusion. In this spotlight, we take a closer look at Git, Git Fusion and why the deployment of local version control systems extends far beyond the developer community.
  • The Compuware Uniface business unit continues to demonstrate the success of a strategy that created an independent entity (for the most part) from the wider Compuware organization. The rewards have been strong growth in revenue and profit, and an increase in the Uniface customer audience. In this spotlight report we look to 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. We also look to see whether a revitalized partnership initiative, along with a more dynamic customer engagement and support program, can provide the long term growth goals of the Uniface management team.
  • This report for Micro Focus examines how the advanced capabilities of its Enterprise Product Set underpin modernization strategies that were difficult or impossible until fairly recently. We describe a set of strategies for integrating legacy applications quickly into a truly modernized environment, laying the foundations for adding state-of-the-art capabilities based on business priorities, virtually unhindered by legacy technical constraints. (To download this file, you will be taken to Micro Focus's site.)
  • Since the arrival of the PC in the early 1980s, the demise of the mainframe has been talked about. In the last three decades we've seen the emergence and impact of client/server, distributed computing, blade computing and, more recently, cloud computing. Despite this, for large enterprises, multinationals, banking, manufacturing and governments, the mainframe is still present in the IT estate and runs some of the most business critical workloads. Investments made in the mainframe platform and the challenge of incorporating it into the workflow of a broader developer community is being recognized by the leading providers of mainframe tool support. Some of the traditional tools serving the platform have not evolved to keep in step with the sophisticated capabilities of tools serving the market today. They have not implemented many of the rich productivity features that are now considered to be standard in tools for the future. In this spotlight review report we assess Serena’s support strategy for improving the change management of mainframe application assets and enabling a broader community of developers to support the mainframe platform.
  • In this rather risqué titled podcast discussion we address the fact that given all the tooling and technology advances and the design guidance available whether there is now a case for locking up 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. Scroll down for more details. Add to cart to download or play here.
  • Talk delivered by Paul Herzlich at the Micro Focus 2012 Developer Conference about the changing landscape for COBOL developers.
  • In this report from our Creative Shorts series on Application Lifecycle Management, we put forward an un-bureaucratic approach to QA and testing management that supports ALM and improves business insight into IT.