There is a need for the public sector to adopt agile software development methods. Two case studies which show how agile has been used for the FBI, and at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
To become more flexible, durable and increase organizational effectiveness, retrospectives can be used in adopting agile. Some experiences stories and examples of how teams use retrospectives as a sustainable and adaptable solution for agile adoption, to implement continuous improvement with them.
Companies have reported that focusing on things that make their employees happy can give benefits. But how can you measure and analyze employee happiness? Some insights in the why of happiness, and the results and lessons learned from those who used it.
Several sub-regions of the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud were affected by the leap-year bug making some of their services unavailable for many customers for 12 to 24 hours.
IBM has recently prototyped a software architecture that can deal with large amount of data flows. IBM’s software is built for the SKA telescope (Square Kilometre Array) and allows to automatically classify astronomical objects. Radio astronomer Melanie Johnston-Hollitt at Victoria University, Wellington , NZ, has collaborated with IBM for developing the system.
Will the U.S. Military's adoption of agile practices lead to ERP implementation success? This article explores the emerging trend of using agile practices in ERP implementations with a focus on the U.S. Military's recent announcement on November 3rd to abandon a waterfall approach and closed standards for its ERP system.
Appirio switched from using Windows Azure to Salesforce.com’s Database, mentioning difficulties with deployment, using Web Roles and DBA overhead, while Adron Hall, a developer, complained about the SDK, price, and administration issues.
Keeping up-to-date with software architecture can be a tough endeavor. Information is normally available within thick books or somewhere hidden in the Web. Another more entertaining way can be to watch clips available at video sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.
The OData Service for Team Foundation Server 2010 provides access to the TFS object model on any device that supports the HTTP protocol. This makes it easier for developers to create applications that access Team Foundation Server in non-Windows environments and on smartphones and tablets.
Amazon has published a detailed report on the service failure plaguing one availability zone in the US East Region. The online media is full with analysis, commentaries and lessons to be learned from the event.
On December 22nd, 1600 GMT, the Skype services started to become unavailable, in the beginning for a small part of the users, then for more and more, until the network was down for about 24 hours. A week later, Lars Rabbe, CIO at Skype, explained what happened in a post-mortem analysis of the outage.
Foursquare recently suffered a total site outage for eleven hours. The outage was caused by unexpected uneven growth in their MongoDB database that their monitoring didn't detect. The system outage was prolonged when an attempt to add a partition didn't work due to fragmentation, and required taking the database offline to compact it. Learn what happened and what responses are planned.
Ralph Jocham asked: "I am searching for some references that show that Agile projects have a higher chance of success than other approaches, the references should be quotable in a government document ie. come from a trustworthy source." Luckily, there are some studies out there, summarized in this article.
Jay Kreps of LinkedIn presented some informative details of how they process data at the recent Hadoop Summit. Kreps described how LinkedIn crunches 120 billion relationships per day and blends large scale data computation with high volume, low latency site serving.
Most of the discussion about cloud computing has focused on tools, providers, and security. While this focus is appropriate for an emerging technology, it becomes easier to recognize the value of cloud computing when you have actual application examples, or case studies. This month IBM announced two such applications: a development-and-test cloud, and an animation rendering cloud.