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Connected Companies Put Customers at the Center of Everything

by Ben Linders on  Mar 18, 2015

Dave Gray talked about how a connected company focuses on customer efficiency instead of company efficiency at the No Pants Festival 2015. A connected company has multidisciplinary teams where people work together to deliver a product or service. People working at a connected company feel empowered, they are able to solve problems together and to better serve the needs of their customers.

Portia Tung on Using Play to Make Good Teams Great

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 18, 2015

In advance of the Playcamp London event to be held on 24 March, InfoQ had the opportunity to chat with Portia Tung, consultant, storyteller and games maker about how she combines business strategies with play to bring about positive organizational change.

Android Apps Are Now Reviewed by Tools and Humans

by Abel Avram on  Mar 17, 2015

Google has quietly introduced an app reviewing process that monitors new apps or updates for policy violations. This process uses automatic tools and sometimes human reviewers that add a few hours of delay in the publishing process.

Creativity and Testing: Do They Go Together?

by Ben Linders on  Mar 17, 2015

At the Agile Testing Days 2014 in Potsdam Jan Jaap Cannegieter spoke about using different sides of our brain to optimize testing and he will redo this presentation during the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. InfoQ interviewed Cannegieter about how agile has changed testing, creativity and thinking in testing, skills of agile testers, and how testers can make steps towards agile testing.

Overcoming the Challenges of Agile Business Intelligence

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 17, 2015 1

Tony Kenney, Partner at C3 Business Solutions, explains how to get success in agile business intelligence projects.

Microsoft Plans to Launch Azure IoT Suite

by Janakiram MSV on  Mar 16, 2015

At the Convergence 2015 event in Atlanta, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella announced Azure IoT Suite – an integrated offering that brings multiple Microsoft IoT assets together.

Google Leverages Near Real-Time Backend Development With Firebase

by Rui Miguel Ferreira on  Mar 16, 2015

From Google Cloud Platform’s team, Mandy Waite presented at QCon London 2015 Firebase, a solution to help teams being focused on building (near) real-time mobile and web applications without dealing with the complexity of backend services.

Apache Spark 1.3 Released, Data Frames, Spark SQL, and MLlib Improvements

by Mikio Braun on  Mar 16, 2015

Apache Spark has released version 1.3 of their project. The main improvements are the addition of the DataFrames API, better maturity of the Spark SQL, as well as a number of new methods added to the machine learning library MLlib, and better integration of Spark Streaming with Apache Kafka.

React Introduces Support for ES6 Classes

by James Chesters on  Mar 16, 2015

Facebook has released React v0.13, bringing with it support for ES6 classes, as well as new top-level APIs and breaking changes for JSX.

On the Relationship between Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 16, 2015

The March 10th update to Visual Studio Online illustrates some of the important relationships between it and Team Foundation Server. These two products share most of the same code and feature set, but their release cycles couldn’t be more different.

Effektif Open Sources BPM Software with an Emphasis on Developers

by Victor Grazi on  Mar 16, 2015 2

Business process management software provider Effektif today announced the open sourcing of their workflow engine. The new model allows developers to include Effektif workflows from within their applications via Java and REST APIs

Uber Unveils its Realtime Market Platform

by João Miranda on  Mar 15, 2015

Matt Ranney, Chief Systems Architect at Uber, gave an overview of their dispatch system, responsible for matching Uber's drivers and riders. Ranney explained the driving forces that led to a rewrite of this system. He described the architectural principles that underpin it, several of the algorithms implemented and why Uber decided to design and implement their own RPC protocol.

Phil Calcado on Lessons Learnt During SoundCloud's Microservice Migration

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 15, 2015

At QCon London 2015 Phil Calcado shared lessons learnt from SoundCloud’s move from a monolithic to microservices architecture, and stated that the core requirements for building a microservice platform include developing capabilities for rapid provisioning, basic monitoring and rapid application deployment.

Importance of Courageous Communicators in Agile Organizations

by Savita Pahuja on  Mar 14, 2015

It is very important to have courageous communicators in agile teams. Senior leadership should support the role of courageous communicators.

What We Have Learned in Testing and New Developments in Agile Testing

by Ben Linders on  Mar 14, 2015

Software development in agile is based on testing says José Díaz. Agile has brought us real teams of development and testing without borders. Some of the currently relevant topics in agile testing are the transition from waterfall to agile methodologies, tester skills and Certified Agile Tester, DevOps and mobile testing.

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