Application Development

September 27, 2019 Move to Jenkins X for Automated CI/CD of Cloud-Native Applications

​Jenkins from CloudBees has been a stalwart of the open-source continuous integration (CI) / continuous delivery (CD) movement for well over a decade. The recent introduction of Jenkins X promises to make CI/CD pipelines with Kubernetes easier to set up and maintain.

September 27, 2019 Atlassian Embraces Continually Changing Plans With Portfolio for Jira Server and Data Center 3.0

Atlassian embraces the reality that roadmaps and plans are living, breathing, and continually changing.

August 21, 2019 Microsoft to Discontinue Internal Use Rights for Partners

Microsoft has just announced that effective July 1, 2020, Microsoft Partners will lose their Internal Use Rights (IUR) to use Microsoft products at no charge. The IUR benefit is easily the most valuable partner benefit and is currently received as a component of the Microsoft Action Pack.

July 19, 2019 SAP S/4HANA and HANA Licensing Series – Part III: Migrating to S/4HANA Will Cost More

Beware promises of cost savings and license optimization by acquiescing to SAP’s need for you to migrate from ECC to S/4HANA. Efficiencies in the areas of license optimization are usually offset by additional costs. Use a total cost of ownership (TCO) approach to evaluate the deal.

July 18, 2019 Enhance Your Quality Reporting Capabilities With QACube

Software QA requires complete end-to-end visibility of your delivery process and your team’s ability to meet defined quality standards and benchmarks. QACube provides the reporting and analytics capabilities organizations need to evaluate the quality and value of product deliverables as they progress in your pipeline.

July 18, 2019 Oracle’s Q4 FY19 Earnings May Shed Light on Cloud Strategy

Oracle just reported slightly better than expected Q4 FY19 results with revenues of $11.1B for the quarter and $39.5B for the year, up 3% in constant currency. A closer look at Oracle's change in the reporting of cloud revenues offers some clues about its longer-term cloud transition strategy.

July 04, 2019 Enhance Your Mobile Presence With Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms

Mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) vendors give organizations the opportunity to enter the mobile space by providing the capabilities to develop native-like applications through a code-once-and-deploy-everywhere approach without the need for comprehensive technical expertise of the target mobile platform.

June 27, 2019 Atlassian Introduces Confluence Content Analytics With the Acquisition of Good Software

With the acquisition of Good Software, Atlassian is able to provide Confluence users with the ability to obtain analytics related to content.

June 19, 2019 JIRA 8.0 Addresses the Need for Speed

Atlassian recently released JIRA 8.0 with the promise of much quicker application processing time and the ability to use the application on personal electronic devices.

April 16, 2019 Oracle’s Cloud Purchase Programs – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Oracle is not faring well with sales of Oracle Cloud products, especially in the IaaS and PaaS product segments. With the aim of converting its massive customer base from legacy Oracle on-premises solutions to the cloud, Oracle has developed incentives and purchasing programs to accelerate Oracle cloud adoption.

April 16, 2019 SAP S4/HANA and HANA Licensing Series – Part II: HANA DB Hype?

HANA is SAP’s first serious entry into the database market segment. HANA is touted as being superior in performance when working with SAP applications vs. alternate database solutions, but objective benchmarks are lacking. Additionally, the adoption of S4/HANA necessitates adoption of the HANA DB as it is the only certified solution for S4/HANA ERP.

April 11, 2019 SAP S4/HANA and HANA Licensing Series – Part I: The Forced “Upgrade”

Current SAP ECC customers have a decision to make, as SAP has announced the end of ECC support effective 2025, in effect mandating a move to its next-generation ERP solution, S4/HANA.

March 26, 2019 ISACA and InfoSec Institute Produce Whitepaper on Using Marketing Techniques and Metrics for Improved Security Awareness Programs

ISACA has partnered with InfoSec Institute to produce a whitepaper on leveraging marketing techniques and metrics to improve security awareness. This is a valuable resource that contains universally applicable information.

March 26, 2018 Apples Are No Longer on the Menu: Apple's Move to Clean up Its App Store

Apple is enforcing a clause in its App Store terms of service that will result in the ban of templated apps. Be prepared to focus on an improved mobile browsing experience or to build your own application from the ground up.

January 29, 2018 Salesforce.com Sets Sights on $60 Billion in Revenue

Salesforce.com has laid its chips on the table with a plan to grow annual revenues from the current run rate of $10 billion a year to a whopping $60 billion a year by 2034. This note explores how Salesforce plans to achieve this ambitious goal and what it means for current and prospective Salesforce.com customers.