Application Development

Application lifecycle management (ALM) is the product lifecycle management (governance, development, and maintenance) of computer programs.

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These include:

  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Service Experience
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Product Impact
  • Negotiation and Contract

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SLOs in Site Reliability Engineering
May 25, 2020

Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, tells Jane Foster, the woman he’s trying to impress, that on his home world of Asgard, the realm eternal, science and magic are two sides of the same coin. Had Jane been a part of the operations teams at Google (or other mature online service providers), she would have immediately realized we have a similar technology right here on good old Earth. We call the science site reliability engineering (SRE), and service level objectives (SLO) is the magic behind it. SRE is a powerful concept for organizations that are serious about keeping their customers happy. It is therefore important for them to develop well-thought-out SLOs and make certain that management is intellectually equipped to derive valuable business perspectives from them.

Author: Usman Lakhani (Info-Tech)

Site Reliability Engineering: What Is It? Why Is It Important for Online Businesses?
May 25, 2020

Hell hath no fury like a customer not being able to access an online service when they want to. They expect the online services to always be on, always be accessible, and always treat them like there’s no one else in the world who matters more. Thank heavens then for giving these online services the ability to use site reliability engineering (SRE) to keep their customers happy, engaged, and most importantly, feeling valued.

Author: Usman Lakhani (Info-Tech)

What Is the Role of the PM/PMO on Agile Projects?
May 07, 2020

Info-Tech members moving to Agile are frequently unsure of the role of PMs and the PMO in an Agile environment. Any organization used to traditional (Waterfall) project management will need to make adjustments in support of Agile or risk losing the benefits.

Author: Alex Ciraco (Info-Tech)

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GitHub

GitHub

Powerful collaboration, code review, and code management for open source and private projects. Public projects are always free.

8.6

Composite Score

8.8

CX Score

+89

Emotional Footprint

91%

Likeliness to Recommend

106

Reviews

Zoho

Zoho Creator

Transform your ideas into custom business applications. A low-coding platform that lets you build online database applications for your unique business needs.

8.5

Composite Score

8.9

CX Score

+90

Emotional Footprint

84%

Likeliness to Recommend

10

Reviews

Python Software Foundation

Python

The Python Package Index (PyPI) hosts thousands of third-party modules for Python. Both Python's standard library and the community-contributed modules allow for endless possibilities.

8.4

Composite Score

8.7

CX Score

+87

Emotional Footprint

86%

Likeliness to Recommend

28

Reviews

Telerik

Telerik DevCraft

With UI libraries for every .NET platform, tools that speed up development and intuitive API, DevCraft ™ is the most complete toolbox for building modern and future-proof business applications.

8.3

Composite Score

8.6

CX Score

+88

Emotional Footprint

86%

Likeliness to Recommend

13

Reviews

Apache Software Foundation

Apache Application Development Tools

The mission of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is to provide software for the public good. We do this by providing services and support for many like-minded software project communities of individuals who choose to join the ASF.

8.3

Composite Score

8.8

CX Score

+89

Emotional Footprint

83%

Likeliness to Recommend

24

Reviews

Microsoft

Microsoft Application Development Tools

Use Microsoft development platform technologies to build the next generation of applications.

8.2

Composite Score

8.2

CX Score

+80

Emotional Footprint

87%

Likeliness to Recommend

92

Reviews

Django Software Foundation

Django Project

With Django, you can take Web applications from concept to launch in a matter of hours. Django takes care of much of the hassle of Web development, so you can focus on writing your app without needing to reinvent the wheel. It’s free and open source.

8.2

Composite Score

8.6

CX Score

+89

Emotional Footprint

83%

Likeliness to Recommend

12

Reviews

Microsoft

Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

Write your code fast. Debug and diagnose with ease. Test often, release with confidence. Extend and customize to your liking. Collaborate efficiently.

8.2

Composite Score

8.5

CX Score

+82

Emotional Footprint

89%

Likeliness to Recommend

12

Reviews

Google

Google GWT

GWT is a development toolkit for building and optimizing complex browser-based applications. Its goal is to enable productive development of high-performance web applications without the developer having to be an expert in browser quirks, XMLHttpRequest, and JavaScript.

8.1

Composite Score

8.4

CX Score

+84

Emotional Footprint

78%

Likeliness to Recommend

13

Reviews

Jet Brains

IntelliJ Idea

Excel at enterprise, mobile and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and Kotlin, with all the latest modern technologies and frameworks available out of the box.

8.1

Composite Score

8.1

CX Score

+81

Emotional Footprint

87%

Likeliness to Recommend

26

Reviews

Oracle

Oracle Application Development Tools

Oracle offers a complete and integrated set of application development and business intelligence tools that supports any development approach, any technology platform, and any operating system.

8.0

Composite Score

8.4

CX Score

+81

Emotional Footprint

86%

Likeliness to Recommend

13

Reviews

PHP Documentation Group

PHP Manual

PHP is a popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development. Fast, flexible and pragmatic, PHP powers everything from your blog to the most popular websites in the world.

8.0

Composite Score

8.4

CX Score

+88

Emotional Footprint

81%

Likeliness to Recommend

30

Reviews

Salesforce.com

Salesforce Platform

The demand for apps has quickly outstripped the development capacity of many IT departments. Salesforce Platform is the fastest way to build and deploy apps for customers, employees, and partners. By streamlining the app-building process — including giving you the basic building blocks so you never have to start from scratch — Salesforce Platform gives you the agility to tackle your app backlog and take the lead in the app revolution.

7.9

Composite Score

8.0

CX Score

+76

Emotional Footprint

83%

Likeliness to Recommend

24

Reviews

DevExpress

DevExpress

We are DevExpress and we are here for you. Our customers lie at the heart of our business and we are fully committed to providing the very best software development tools, unmatched customer service and expert technical support so you can build the next great app in the shortest possible time.

7.8

Composite Score

7.2

CX Score

+68

Emotional Footprint

81%

Likeliness to Recommend

14

Reviews

Apple

Apple Application Development Tools

There’s never been a better time to develop for Apple Platforms. Find the tools and resources for creating apps and accessories for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

7.7

Composite Score

7.8

CX Score

+74

Emotional Footprint

89%

Likeliness to Recommend

30

Reviews

Adobe

Adobe Application Development Tools

Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. Our creative, marketing and document solutions empower everyone — from emerging artists to global brands — to bring digital creations to life and deliver them to the right person at the right moment for the best results.

7.4

Composite Score

7.2

CX Score

+73

Emotional Footprint

76%

Likeliness to Recommend

62

Reviews

ComponentOne Studio

ComponentOne Studio

Deliver streamlined .NET applications with ComponentOne Studio's powerful, lightweight Microsoft Visual Studio controls. Your clients will love the quality and performance of your desktop, web, and mobile apps, and you'll appreciate the flexibility of the modular references and API. With ComponentOne Studio, you'll love what you develop — and you'll love developing it.

7.2

Composite Score

7.2

CX Score

+66

Emotional Footprint

74%

Likeliness to Recommend

10

Reviews

IBM

IBM Application Development Tools

IBM Application Development and Management (ADM) provides industrialized and flexible models to help companies design, build and continually improve the applications that run their business. IBM has a spectrum of solutions to address complexities, and move from project, team and organizational requirements to business outcomes.

7.2

Composite Score

7.3

CX Score

+66

Emotional Footprint

76%

Likeliness to Recommend

12

Reviews

Ruby

Ruby on Rails

Learning to build a modern web application is daunting. Ruby on Rails makes it much easier and more fun. It includes everything you need to build fantastic applications, and you can learn it with the support of our large, friendly community.

7.1

Composite Score

7.2

CX Score

+65

Emotional Footprint

73%

Likeliness to Recommend

13

Reviews

Automic

Automic Release Automation

In today’s world you have to be agile, and your competition already knows this. With Automic you’ll see what it’s like to work without speed limits or barriers to innovation. Welcome to quick feedback loops and happy customers with Automic Continuous Delivery.

8.8

Composite Score

8.3

CX Score

+92

Emotional Footprint

93%

Likeliness to Recommend

5

Reviews

Infragistics

Infragistics Application Development Tools

BUILD INSPIRED SOLUTIONS AND CREATE EXPERIENCES THAT MATTER WITH OUR RAPID PROTOTYPING TOOLS AND UI CONTROLS.

7.8

Composite Score

7.6

CX Score

+73

Emotional Footprint

84%

Likeliness to Recommend

7

Reviews

Micro Focus

Micro Focus Application Development Tools

Micro Focus supports the tactical and strategic business requirements of our customers and partners, through providing innovative solutions, software products and exceptional service. We create and deliver the highest quality products in the knowledge that our customers depend on our solutions for their business success.

7.6

Composite Score

8.0

CX Score

+83

Emotional Footprint

74%

Likeliness to Recommend

6

Reviews

Pivotal Labs

Spring Tool Suite

The Spring Tool Suite is an Eclipse-based development environment that is customized for developing Spring applications. It provides a ready-to-use environment to implement, debug, run, and deploy your Spring applications, including integrations for Pivotal tc Server, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Git, Maven, AspectJ, and comes on top of the latest Eclipse releases.

7.6

Composite Score

--

CX Score

+84

Emotional Footprint

79%

Likeliness to Recommend

6

Reviews

Red Hat

Red Hat Application Development Tools

Innovative, open, cost-effective integration and development tools and services let you automate and manage hybrid cloud applications with performance and operational control.

7.5

Composite Score

8.1

CX Score

+88

Emotional Footprint

71%

Likeliness to Recommend

8

Reviews

Compuware

Compuware Application Development Tools

Compuware products improve developer productivity; code quality; application performance; and test data quality and privacy, all while providing a path to mainframe agility and speeding application delivery throughout the DevOps lifecycle.

7.1

Composite Score

7.3

CX Score

+75

Emotional Footprint

71%

Likeliness to Recommend

5

Reviews

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SLOs in Site Reliability Engineering
May 25, 2020

Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, tells Jane Foster, the woman he’s trying to impress, that on his home world of Asgard, the realm eternal, science and magic are two sides of the same coin. Had Jane been a part of the operations teams at Google (or other mature online service providers), she would have immediately realized we have a similar technology right here on good old Earth. We call the science site reliability engineering (SRE), and service level objectives (SLO) is the magic behind it. SRE is a powerful concept for organizations that are serious about keeping their customers happy. It is therefore important for them to develop well-thought-out SLOs and make certain that management is intellectually equipped to derive valuable business perspectives from them.

Author: Usman Lakhani (Info-Tech)

Site Reliability Engineering: What Is It? Why Is It Important for Online Businesses?
May 25, 2020

Hell hath no fury like a customer not being able to access an online service when they want to. They expect the online services to always be on, always be accessible, and always treat them like there’s no one else in the world who matters more. Thank heavens then for giving these online services the ability to use site reliability engineering (SRE) to keep their customers happy, engaged, and most importantly, feeling valued.

Author: Usman Lakhani (Info-Tech)

What Is the Role of the PM/PMO on Agile Projects?
May 07, 2020

Info-Tech members moving to Agile are frequently unsure of the role of PMs and the PMO in an Agile environment. Any organization used to traditional (Waterfall) project management will need to make adjustments in support of Agile or risk losing the benefits.

Author: Alex Ciraco (Info-Tech)

GitHub Is Now Free for Teams
April 24, 2020

GitHub has announced that, effective April 14, 2020, all of its core features will be free for everyone. This will include private development within organizations that have previously paid for some subscription plans.

Author: Ted Walker (Info-Tech)

Sprinkle Some Agile Into Your Waterfall Practices for the (WFH) Post-COVID-19 World
April 21, 2020

Many Info-Tech members are wrestling with how to best manage their software development productivity while working from home, especially for teams using a Waterfall approach. Sprinkling some Agile practices into their normal routine could improve transparency and show continuous value delivery.

Author: Alex Ciraco (Info-Tech)

Deciding Between Open Source and Closed Source Licensing for Your Products Is Not Just About Code
April 15, 2020

When deciding on how to license your products or components, you don’t start with debating open vs. closed source code. It starts with asking simple questions around your overall goals.

Author: Ari Glaizel (Info-Tech)

SDLC Metrics: An Approach for Ranking and Selecting Metrics
April 15, 2020

Not all metrics are good and using poor metrics can have a serious negative impact on your organization. Maximize the value of your software development lifecycle (SDLC) metrics by using this thoughtful and judicious approach to ranking and selecting them.

Author: Alex Ciraco (Info-Tech)

RPA: Look Before You Leap
March 31, 2020

RPA projects fail more often than one would expect. The ease with which RPA tools allow workflows to get designed and implemented makes it easy to avoid building a strong foundation for the work being done.

Author: Usman Lakhani (Info-Tech)

SDLC Metrics: Don't Let Management Pick Them or Even Use Them
March 31, 2020

We live in a metrics-fixated world where having more metrics is always thought to be better than having less, and Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) metrics are no exception. But the truth is that any badly chosen or managed metric will do more harm than good to your organization. To avoid these pitfalls, take ownership for SDLC metrics away from managers and put it into the hands of those who can best manage it: your development teams.

Author: Alex Ciraco (Info-Tech)

Prepare Your Processes for RPA With Blueprint
March 29, 2020

Robotic process automation (RPA) success is dependent on the right business processes to automate. Blueprint helps identify the right places to apply RPA with its Enterprise Automation Suite.

Author: Andrew Kum-Seun (Info-Tech)

Drowning in Tech Debt? The Pandemic Is Your Opportunity to Pay It Down
March 25, 2020

Human bias towards variety has pushed software-supported products and services pressure tech teams to deliver more and deliver faster. Teams have responded admirably by upping their speed but with an unintended consequence: the increasing scourge of technical debt.

Author: Usman Lakhani (Info-Tech)

Appian Is Now in the RPA Game With Its Latest Acquisition
March 12, 2020

Appian, a prominent low-code development vendor, announced the acquisition of Novayre Solutions SL, developer of the Jidoka RPA platform. This acquisition bolsters its image as a viable vendor to empower the business with development capabilities.

Author: Andrew Kum-Seun (Info-Tech)

DevOps for Financial Enterprise Systems: We Have the Way if They Have the Will
March 11, 2020

A prevalent urban legend in enterprise tech is that DevOps and Agile are not ready for tackling transformation at scale. At Info-Tech Research Group, we believe it’s the other way around. DevOps practices like CI/CD are being used by digital banking startups for fintech products. They are leveraging cloud services for demand management and capacity planning but what about the “too big to fail” banks, with global outreach and massive investments in legacy tech?

Author: Usman Lakhani (Info-Tech)

Agile Tips the Balance Toward Success for Most Projects (but It Takes Time and Effort to Become Agile)
March 10, 2020

In 1994 the Standish Group published its first CHAOS Report, which famously reported that only about 16% of software projects were completed on time and on budget. Over the years, this staggeringly low success rate has thankfully more than doubled (albeit with a modified definition of success).

Author: Alex Ciraco (Info-Tech)

When Does It Make Sense to Use Pair Programming?
March 10, 2020

Although pair programming is not a widely employed technique, there are reasons for using it, even if you aren’t using extreme programming.

Author: Alex Ciraco (Info-Tech)

Don’t Judge Agile by the Cover of Its Certification Exam Booklet
March 06, 2020

There is a difference between something’s form and its true function. To really understand if a tool is useful for you, study its function, because the form can always change (and in some cases, become misleading). Agile is not immune to such corruption.

Author: Usman Lakhani (Info-Tech)

Bridge the Business-IT Chasm With BizDevOps
March 02, 2020

DevOps took the industry by storm, and successful organizations see improvements in software delivery processes and product quality. However, speed and quality are not everything. The question is whether the latest products deliver business value. Enter BizDevOps.

Author: Andrew Kum-Seun (Info-Tech)

SDLC Metrics – Be Careful What You Ask for, Because You’ll Probably Get It
February 20, 2020

Establishing and monitoring SDLC metrics can drive behavior change. But metrics are prone to creating unexpected outcomes and must be used with care. Use metrics judiciously to avoid gaming or ambivalent behavior, productivity loss, and unintended consequences.

Author: Alex Ciraco (Info-Tech)

Jira Brings Its Capabilities Closer to Where Developers Spend Their Day
February 04, 2020

Atlassian Jira has taken an important step throughout 2019: bringing Jira Software and Bitbucket capabilities to Visual Studio Code.

Author: Ari Glaizel (Info-Tech)

Are You Ready for ColdFusion 2020?
January 30, 2020

It’s ColdFusion’s 25th birthday this July, and Adobe is celebrating with a new main-branch release of its rapid web-application development platform. Is your team ready to upgrade their skills and your software?

Author: Cole Cioran (Info-Tech)

Crosscode Heralds a New Breed of DevOps Tooling
January 29, 2020

Crosscode is an application analysis and dependency-mapping tool. This kind of tool will become increasingly prevalent as an important component of DevOps toolchains.

Author: Derek Shank (Info-Tech)

Oracle’s Q2 FY20 Earnings Are Good, but Top Line Growth Remains Stagnant
January 15, 2020

Oracle reported slightly better-than-expected Q2 FY20 results, but despite substantial revenue numbers and high growth areas such as Oracle Cloud, Fusion ERP, and Autonomous Database, it’s unclear when these market segments will accelerate revenue growth materially.

Author: Scott Bickley (Info-Tech)

Simplify Manual Testing With Testpad
January 09, 2020

Manual testing still has its merits today. However, it is often viewed as laborious and time consuming. Testpad simplifies this experience.

Author: Andrew Kum-Seun (Info-Tech)

Will Ansible Push Chef and Puppet Out of the Configuration Management Market?
January 08, 2020

Ansible from RedHat has steadily gained market share since its introduction and has now surpassed its two main rivals (underscoring how quickly things change in DevOps). Will Ansible push Chef and Puppet out of the open-source configuration management tool market?

Author: Alex Ciraco (Info-Tech)

Azure DevOps Integrates Octopus Deploy
January 07, 2020

Microsoft continues to expand its integration with third-party tools for Azure DevOps. The latest plugin is for Octopus Deploy, a software configuration management tool with a 1.2% market share. Azure DevOps and Octopus Deploy work together to present users better visibility into their software pipelines, all the way from idea to production.

Author: Usman Lakhani (Info-Tech)

Tasktop Integrates Azure DevOps With Jira
January 07, 2020

Azure DevOps has expanded its ecosystem of utility tools to include Tasktop, an integration plugin that connects Jira to Azure DevOps. Tasktop allows bi-directional synching of information (like user stories, priorities, tasks, etc.) with one-click actions, without having to leave the system they are working in (Azure DevOps or Jira).

Author: Usman Lakhani (Info-Tech)

Recent Rally Software Product Enhancements
January 07, 2020

The team at Rally Software (now a Broadcom company) has introduced several enhancements to their UI, Team Board, and is testing new integration.

Author: Allison Straker (Info-Tech)

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