"Never let a good crisis go to waste." A well known saying, but how does it apply to businesses today? Contrary to what you might expect, the pandemic has accelerated business transformation.
Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Test Automation & Quality, Cloud Infrastructures, Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy, Big Data & Data Science, Agile Software Security, Software Quality Assurance, Product Management, Cloud Transformation
Many companies are currently considering or already implementing (Cloud) platform technology. The major vendors in the current market make it easy to launch a Cloud platform. But to be honest, opening the AWS/Azure/Google online portal and enabling Kubernetes doesn’t mean you have a container platform. This is just the tip of the iceberg, a very small portion of the actual work. And it will also show you only a small share of all the benefits you can earn from working with a container platform.
Online traffic jams, overloaded IT systems, back-to-back calls, and perhaps juggling deadlines and homeschooling. The last few months have offered insight into how we work and the choices we make. It has also made us wonder: How resilient are we? One of Xebia's Business Units, Software Development, shares its findings.
Topics: Agile Software Development
What is the Future of IT?
That is a fascinating question to ask, but extremely hard to answer. Confucius said: “you need to study the past to define the future.” So let's ask ourselves the question first, what has changed our industry in the past decades? To simplify things, let us take the perspective of writing software and see what has changed. As Marc Andreessen described in his article in The Wall Street Journal in 2011: “Software is eating the world,” and by looking at software, we might be able to see what is changing the most and see what lies ahead of us. Nowadays, software is everywhere. It is not only at the places you expect it, like your laptop computer or your iPad, but it is in our cars, our refrigerators, the toys we buy for our kids, our home, our washing machine and, it sounds scary, even in your toilet in the future. So software is everywhere. But how do we build software? Has that changed significantly?
Press Release | April 7 2020
Xebia named one of the best companies in e-business of 2020. The comprehensive portfolio of digital services is rewarded with five stars, and the 5th place in the list of fullservice digital agencies(large).
Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Test Automation & Quality, Cloud Infrastructures, User Experience, Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy, Big Data & Data Science, Agile Software Security, Software Quality Assurance, Blockchain, Product Management, Hiring
With the Chinese economy starting up after Covid-19, let’s hope the economies in other parts of the world will follow soon. With a large part of 2020 still ahead of us, organizations can still cover a lot of ground to realize their ambitions of expanding globally.
Businesses looking to connect with China’s digital landscape often realize the need for locally compliant infrastructure. With a large segment of the Chinese cloud market, Alibaba Cloud might just be the partner you are looking for. And because the company also operates on an international level, with data centers in Europe and the US, working with them might even be beneficial if you do not intend on entering the Chinese market.
When you Google something, you are served tailored results created using data that the search engine has collated over time. Perform the same search again and you may well be served a different – or differently ordered – set of results. Although your preferences may have evolved infinitesimally in the interim, the disparity could be because Google is running a test and you’re its lab rat. Multiply the number of users, add in a control group – and you’ve instantly created a giant focus group. This process is called A/B testing and Big Tech uses it in many different ways to improve conversion rates and consequently, revenues.
Topics: Agile Software Development
Multi Products Scrum teams are in reality observed often. One team serving different stakeholders and customer segments. Both would like to use the same people to work on their improvements.
Should we get rid of IT architects, or do we need them more than ever?-There are a lot of connotations when it comes to traditional IT architecture:
The term “arms race” describes an escalating competition between nations for superiority in the development and accumulation of weapons. The concept has been further applied to a number of disciplines and situations (evolutionary biology, mathematical decision making, logic and computer science, amongst others) in which escalating competition arises from two or more opposing groups striving to outdo one another. This concept can also be applied to the field of innovation, whereby competition between companies occurs for superiority in the development and accumulation of innovative products. This is termed an “innovation race.”