Xebia Articles

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

Software delivery becomes on-demand

Posted by Viktor Clerc on Jun 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Organizations need to develop the ability to release valuable software whenever they want. Yet, despite their continuous delivery and agile endeavors, many organizations still cannot release working software on demand. Instead, it often takes multiple sprints lengths to put working software into production. Future-ready organizations develop the ability to bring high-quality software to production instantly.

Why? Because too many activities are delayed until after the sprint although organizations experience an ever increasing need to deliver value to production. This article takes you through the most important pain points IT organizations experience when putting quality software into production. Next, we suggest a series of next steps to start addressing these pain points. This will help organizations to get a very important trend at their fingertips: organizations bringing high-quality software to production instantly.

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Topics: Test Automation & Quality

Three trends in operational analytics

Posted by Erik Driehuis on May 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Software is becoming more and more business critical. Whether you’re delivering excellent e-commerce experiences or online banking, applying operational analytics is needed to monitor software and achieve zero-downtime. While operational analytics is still advancing, one thing remains certain. Whether operational analytics is being applied now or later, this technology will be adopted more in the next three years. Applying operational analytics to proactively address issues and prevent future outages is the way digital enterprises of the future are moving towards zero-downtime today.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

The extended impact of enterprise DevOps

Posted by Ben Hählen on May 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

DevOps is at the heart of successful enterprises around the world. It not only saves time and money, it adds value. Very short development stages, often no more than a few hours, benefit to the success. How can organizations reduce cost and time-to-market while still offering quality and have their developers focus on innovation? How can you identify and highlight surprising data at an early stage? That’s where DevOps software comes in. Take note of three significant DevOps Trends that organizations are facing in the future.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

Every company is an IT company (EC = IC)

Posted by Marco Lormans on May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

These days, ec = ic, that is, every company is an IT company. DevOps provides a framework for examining and improving an organization’s individual software building blocks. Over the next couple of years, unanimous internal alignment will become the critical factor in successful DevOps. Early-adopters that have been doing DevOps for a while are now focusing on the best ways to organize their teams - from getting people with in-depth knowledge onboard to streamlining their (platform) teams.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

Applied Data Science - The new standard in data-driven business

Posted by Giovanni Lanzani on May 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Putting predictive models into production demands a streamlined workflow, and highly skilled data scientists and engineers. For the past few years, organizations have focused on developing strong proof of concepts and initial use cases. Now they must successfully introduce data-driven concepts into their daily operations. This year, data-driven companies will make productionizing data projects the priority and focus. Productionizing will increase exposure in other parts of the company, so data science teams will turn to proven methods, like microservices and APIs, to streamline their process. Data governance will become a standard part of any data project. Big Data technology has matured and is mostly enterprise-ready, increasing the pressure on and demand for data scientists. Major tech players like Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook will continue to open-source their product innovations in an early stage. In 2017, the gap between textbook data scientists and seasoned practitioners will widen further. Companies that retain, foster, and attract people who can apply data science in production will gain a significant competitive advantage.

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Topics: Big Data & Data Science

Swimming With the Faster Fish - The road to technical profit

Posted by Gideon de Kok on May 3, 2017 3:12:52 PM


True? "Companies shouldn't apply digital transformations with a strict technologic focus
. Yes!
Lagging development processes hindering to
swiftly adapt to the rapidly changing market , often bring the desire to start transformations. Boosting business flexibility is, however, something which should be done on a strategic and personal level. This means that a digital transformation in which a large part of the technology is re-engineered , should have the main focus in recovering and preventing the imbalances , which originally caused the need of this rebuild.
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Topics: Agile Software Development, Digital Strategy