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Twitter Has Replaced Storm with Heron

by Abel Avram on  Jun 12, 2015

Twitter has replaced Storm with Heron which provides up to 14 times more throughput and up to 10 times less latency on a word count topology, and helped them reduce the needed hardware to a third.

Parquet Becomes Top-Level Apache Project

by Jérôme Serrano on  Jun 11, 2015

Apache Parquet, the open-source columnar storage format for Hadoop, recently graduated from the Apache Software Foundation Incubator and became a top-level project. Initially created by Cloudera and Twitter in 2012 to speed up analytical processing, Parquet is now openly available for Apache Spark, Apache Hive, Apache Pig, Impala, native MapReduce, and other key components of the Hadoop ecosystem.

Uncertainty in Agile and the Discovery Mindset

by Ben Linders on  Jun 11, 2015

InfoQ interviewed Andrea Provaglio about business models for execution, optimization and discovery, dealing with uncertainty and leveraging it to create business value, understanding both value and cost, growing a discovery mindset, and creating a culture where people have the courage to make mistakes and can learn from them.

Stefan Tilkov: Skip the Monolith, Start with Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Jun 10, 2015 2

During the last months Martin Fowler among others have claimed that a microservices architecture should always start with a monolith, but Stefan Tilkov is convinced this is wrong, building a well-structured monolith with cleanly separated modules that later may be pulled apart into microservices is extremely hard, if not impossible in most cases.

Engineering for the Long Term at Google

by João Miranda on  Jun 08, 2015

Astrid Atkinson, director at Google, drew on their experiences over the last decade to present some rules and advice on engineering for the long term. The Velocity Conference 2015 attendees at Santa Clara learned that it's crucial to imagine that you're going to be wildly successful, that complexity mustn't be eliminated but managed and that the focus should be on scaling systems not teams.

Meeting Regulatory Demands with Agile Software Development

by Ben Linders on  Jun 04, 2015 1

InfoQ interviewed Jan van Moll about regulatory demands for software in healthcare, satisfying these demands with waterfall project or with a mix of waterfall and agile, and introducing agile in an R&D organization that needs to fulfill regulatory demands.

WSO2 Announces API Cloud and App Cloud

by Abel Avram on  Jun 03, 2015

At WSO2Con EU 2015, WSO2 has announced API Cloud and App Cloud, two complete solutions for managing APIs and respectively enterprise applications throughout their lifecycle.

Managing Technical Debt Using Total Cost of Ownership

by Ben Linders on  Jun 03, 2015

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) can be used for investment decisions and financial benefit analysis. When applied to software it covers the initial development costs and subsequent maintenance costs until phase out of a product. TCO can support architectural decisions and management of technical debt.

MemSQL 4 Database Supports Community Edition, Geospatial Intelligence and Spark Integration

by Srini Penchikala on  May 30, 2015

Latest version of MemSQL, in-memory database with support for transactions and analytics, includes a new Community Edition for free use by organizations. MemSQL 4, released last week, also supports integration with Apache Spark, Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), and Amazon S3.

The CRM Landscape as Viewed by Teamleader

by Alex Giamas on  May 28, 2015 1

Last month, Teamleader won the HenQ award of the Boost competition at The Next Web Europe 2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Benny Waelput from Teamleader discusses about the present and future of CRM systems.

Microservices Premium

by Mark Little on  May 24, 2015 1

In a recent article Martin Fowler tries to answer the question about when to consider using microservices, hoping that developers understand that there is an inherent complexity involved in making such an architectural change. Sometimes staying with a well-designed monolith may be more appropriate.

Developing Provably-Correct Software Using Formal Methods

by Ben Linders on  May 22, 2015 9

Computer-checked models can be used to prove that core communications and state management in a software program are 100% logically correct. Such models can also be used to generate 100% correct source code. The usage of formal methods can reduce costs and time to market and help to deliver highly reliable software products.

Delivering Value on Time by Using #NoEstimates

by Ben Linders on  May 21, 2015 2

Vasco Duarte suggests that people should experiment with #NoEstimates to learn and find ways in which it can help them to deliver value on time and under budget. He is writing a book on #NoEstimates in which he explains why estimation does not work and how you can use #NoEstimates to manage projects.

Adoption of SAFe at TomTom

by Ben Linders on  May 19, 2015

InfoQ interviewed Hans Aerts, vice president software development and agile coach at TomTom, about why they decided to adopt SAFe and how it was introduced and used to simplify the organizational structure and stop doing projects, why they focus on throughput rather than output, how they modified SAFe for Custom Systems, and what using SAFe has brought TomTom.

Java 9 On Track for 2016

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  May 18, 2015 3

Oracle is targeting a Java 9 GA release date of September 2016. The schedule follows Oracle’s plans to release a new major version every two years, although contrasting to previous releases the currently proposed deadline might be at risk for some slippage.

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