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Seven Ways Cloud-Native Adds Value

Posted by Martijn van Dongen on Nov 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

When you hear that the cloud offers “added business value,” it’s not always clear what that means. Here are seven specific ways your business can benefit by becoming cloud-native, beyond improving quality of service or saving costs.

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Topics: Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud: It's a Golden Age

Posted by Bart Verlaat on Oct 31, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The cloud is commonly known as a cheap space to store data and a splendid place to host workplaces. Although it’s much more than a smart alternative for local hosting, most companies still haven’t embraced the cloud's full possibilities. A recent survey showed that 36 percent of organizations do not have a cloud provider (Big Data survey 2017). At the annual internet association summit, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said we’re on the edge of a new golden age with AI, and the cloud is driving it.

Leading tech companies, like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, make every innovation available for anyone at any time. The cloud is rapidly becoming the place where the most innovative technology is available. That’s why the cloud isn’t just a useful tool for an IT department; it’s the core technology for the entire company. What does this mean for organizations? And more importantly, how does this technology maximize your competitive advantage?

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Topics: Cloud Infrastructure

Solving hard data problems with causal data science

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on Oct 30, 2017 1:10:03 PM

“There’s lots of value in data analytics. But when the low-hanging fruit in a dataset is gone, it becomes harder to extract value from the data.” It is tempting for organizations to find biased answers and draw faulty conclusions, like mixing causation with correlation. In a recent presentation at the Meetup Business Experimentation, Adam Kelleher, lead data scientist at Buzzfeed, emphasized that this is not without risk.

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Topics: Big Data & Data Science

A Data-Driven Approach to Scaling Your Web-Based SaaS Application

Posted by Maurits van der Schee on Oct 2, 2017 2:41:58 PM

Fast-growing startups with a web-based SaaS product often fear their success will become their worst enemy, and rightfully so.  The challenge of scaling is both organizational and technical. You need to make sure that your software scales to the number of users you could acquire.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

From Search to Checkout without annoying your customers

Posted by Gert Hengeveld on Aug 2, 2017 11:08:38 AM

How Accelerated Mobile Pages and Progressive Web Apps can boost online sales

In the world of e-commerce, customers are becoming increasingly mobile. In The Netherlands, 50% of consumers is shopping on their mobile phone. Among those under 35 years of age mobile purchases is at 65%. Numbers for searching and browsing for a potential purchase is over 70% overall.

Converting these visitors into customers is a delicate task. Consumers are still hesitant to make mobile purchases. The challenge lies in optimizing the mobile user experience.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Swimming with the Faster Fish - Part 3: The Missing Link in Agile Transformations

Posted by Gideon de Kok on Jul 24, 2017 3:29:37 PM

The concept of traditional construction could not be a worse metaphor for software development. Yet, for a long time, that’s exactly how it was done. With this kind of formal architectural engineering process, the “right” set of requirements were predetermined and translated into blueprints then implemented, with the hope that enough up-front design would prevent any uncertainty down the road. But because the very nature of software requirements is in a constant flux, this process ensured failure before the first line of code written could be written.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

A different approach to skill development

Posted by Erik Veld on Jun 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The business mindset is shifting to one where expertise is never fully achieved or accomplished. It’s crucial to nurture professional development as a constant, evolving process. This new mindset means that companies must continually “refresh” and refortify their established experts and nurture the growth of new ones. Forward-thinking companies do this by committing to ongoing training programs that focus on applicable knowledge instead of textbook skills.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Test Automation & Quality, Cloud Infrastructure

Continuous Security becomes a critical success factor

Posted by Han Goossens on Jun 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Authors: Han Goossens – Commercial Manager Xebia Security & Tom Rijgersberg, Business Unit Manager Xebia Security

Winning businesses innovate and that innovation will more and more be driven by fast ‘deployment’ of products and services with small increments. Will the drive to reduce time to market for releasing new applications go hand in hand with the growing desire for security? Nowadays a lot of companies experience Security as the biggest impediment in delivering innovation. For the sake of becoming a successful and reliable innovator the next level in the maturity model has been announced: continuous security. What is the relation between Innovation and Security, and more specifically, Application Security? How can organizations successfully apply Continuous Security?

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Topics: Security

5 Must-Know Trends in Digital Product Management

Posted by Aysegul Kaya on Jun 19, 2017 1:44:02 PM

Riding the waves of agility, rapid software development and customer centricity, digital product management is increasingly taking over waterfall-like processes. The shift from traditional to digital product management is well explained by the crucial change of the product lifecycle in the digital era. With a shorter time to market, increasing customer demands and the constant availability of information and platforms to make purchase decisions, companies are facing an immense field of competition. This leaves many organizations with the challenge to adopt a digital product mindset to deliver fast and great customer experiences.

Digital product management is greatly influenced by changes in technology, society and marketplaces. In this article, I will zoom in on the trending topics that currently define, influence and shape the practice of digital product management in 2017.

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Topics: Digital Strategy

Cloud Native: the new standard in software development

Posted by Bas Tichelaar on Jun 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Over the coming years, more companies will move their applications to the cloud. They will deliver software faster and more reliable by leveraging innovative cloud services and embracing a DevOps mindset and culture. They will become cloud native. This means that applications will be built and run by fully exploiting the advantages of the cloud. But what are the benefits? What is the best approach to move existing applications to the cloud? 

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Topics: Cloud Infrastructure

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