Software Delivery

  • The promise of low-code, or even no-code, environments has been around for over three decades. While there have been challenges over that period on its adaption, the demand today for software from business units has outstripped the ability for IT departments to deliver. As a result Low-Code tools and strategies has broaden the development tool to meet the demands for new application quickly a backing vogue. This Briefing note highlights how OutSystems is proving and meeting market demands , specifically it covers:
    • OutSystems’ Low-code differentiation
    • An integration strategy for speeding up app delivery
    • Opportunities for embracing key future technology trends
    • How to build a skilled community
    • The key to sustainable business
    • Plus point for customer choice
  • There is no doubt that User Experience (UX) has become a critical concern for those that procure and develop software. BMC, a leading global IT vendor, began its UX journey almost 5 years ago. Its journey has lesson for all enterprises. This report specifically highlights a number of important considerations:
    • Driving Business Value
    • Driving Broader Business Modernisation
    • UX for managing risks
    • Design and development
    • Industrialising UX for scale
    • A path for enterprise to follow
    • A UX checklist to guide others in their journey.
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    The primary success of DevOps has been in helping to break down the barriers between development and operations. In and of itself, this is a significant bonus. In reality though, DevOps is a collective term and home for several foundational changes and a broader set of characteristics that have helped this happen. This CIC report outlines what they are and offers insights into the trajectory for DevOps: NoOps or Product teams? While DevOps signifies a much welcomed need for change, CIC’s attendance at Jenkins World 2017 offers a perspective on its maturity. Readers will learn the potential of a broader role for DevOps within the rest of the organisation.
  • In this CIC case study, you will learn how a 40+ year old leading furniture retailer in South Florida undertook a successful mobile transformation to improve its workforce’s productivity. Important points of focus:
    • An overview of the transformational journey that City Furniture needed to undertake
    • Discover four key insights underpinning City Furniture’s transformation execution
    • Review the dynamics of a transformation in action
    • Take away five essential lessons that can help guide other journeys
  • Harnessing AI engagement effectively for business and operational gain

    IBM, through the capabilities of its Watson cognitive technology services, is enabling a powerful and more effective and productive Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system that can be easily implemented with existing investments in software development skillsets. In this briefing report, CIC explores the business and operational advantages that IBM Voice Gateway offers, particularly in addressing the skills challenge faced by organisation looking to support some of the latest technological advances impacting the digital landscape. We draw from research studies conducted into the support for key digital technologies across various industry sectors and the opportunities, goals and challenges expected from their use. With insights into proof of concepts conducted by independent software vendors (ISVs) and the market dynamics of contact/call centres, this report will identify vital differentiators to current IVR systems, showcase established use case scenarios and outline important usage considerations. Other points highlighted:
    • Getting to grips with the Artificial Intelligence hubris underpinning the digital economy with a spotlight on the cognitive reboot for telephony.
    • CIC Journey Planner for IBM Voice Gateway and an ISV user profile
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • In this report from our Creative Shorts series on Application Lifecycle Management, we suggest principles for Cloud development and lifecycle management that will ensure maximum benefits for multiple Cloud computing models.
  • In this report, the first of our Creative Shorts series on Application Lifecycle Management, we provide the business case as to why ALM is a business critical service. Subsequent reports will focus on important process domains, workflows and management tracts within the ALM process, such as requirements traceability, release management, the ITSM-ALM interface, and process automation and management.
  • On 8 March 2011 Microsoft announced that it would make available to some Visual Studio customers unlimited virtual users for load testing. In theory, this should transform the economics of load testing tools. We describe here exactly what Microsoft is offering and examine its implications for the testing world.
  • In October and November 2010, Creative Intellect Consulting UK undertook a survey to understand the impact of security on the software development and delivery processes. This report, carried out after an in- depth survey with members of information security professional body (ISC)2; the International Association of Software Architects (IASA); software development, IT and information security professionals; and software architects around the world, represents current practices firmly in the dock. It throws up in black and white just how serious the issue is.
  • Organisations are looking to implement strategies and processes that allow them to successfully operate in the digital economy. They need guidance to understand how best to achieve their goals and what supporting practices will ensure the most effective and efficient approaches. While no two organisations are the same, learn a European high-tech manufacturer’s data capital, consistency and new structures for collaboration and frictionless data exchange are vital for sustaining its position in the digital economy.