Xebia Articles

Xebia. One of the best companies in e-business 2020

Posted by Marloes Joosten on Apr 7, 2020 7:21:22 PM

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).

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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

Why Alibaba Cloud Might Represent the Next Great Business Opportunity

Posted by Léon Rodenburg on Mar 27, 2020 10:25:35 AM

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.

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Cloud Infrastructures

A/B Testing Tools: Build or Buy?

Posted by Ruben Oostinga on Feb 4, 2020 12:09:46 PM
When it comes to A/B testing, off-the-shelf software offers the promise of quick integration – but should you be restricted by its limits? Ruben Oostinga breaks it down. 

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. 

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Multi Products Scrum teams at scale

Posted by Irene de Kok on Nov 14, 2019 3:16:51 PM

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.

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

Putting the A of Agile into Architects

Posted by Winfried Scheulderman on Nov 1, 2019 11:51:10 AM

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: 

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations, Agile Software Security

Reducing Waste in the Race for Innovation

Posted by Wilco Nap on Jul 25, 2019 3:37:04 PM

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.”

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

Create the right Engineering Culture with the right environment

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Feb 28, 2019 9:45:37 AM

In the previous articles (part I and part II) we discussed the forces that lead to a need for more engineering talent, and the engineer’s mindset. In this article we will discuss a number of measures you need to take to create an environment where engineers will be able to excel, and will want to stay.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Cultivating a Culture for Engineers with Agile

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Feb 12, 2019 3:13:37 PM

Today’s digital age is buzzing with “transformations” and “accelerations” that are driving organizations to new levels of competition and increasing their reliance on IT. Information technology is no longer a secondary, supporting resource; IT has become a primary business USP. In turn, the increasing demand for capable, seasoned engineers has sparked a virtual “war for talent.” The only way to attract and retain the best of the best is to cultivate a culture specifically designed for engineers. Agile can help you do that.

This article is published in AGILE NXT. Agile NXT is a new magazine full of inspiration for professionals on the emerging Agile journey. It challenges you to think differently and improve yourself, your team, and company a little more each day. 


Digital Drivers 
There are four critical ramifications of today’s digital age fueling the war for talent and the increasing demand for engineers: 

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

Engineered Culture: The Unintentional Side Effect of Agile Transformation (and How to Prevent It)

Posted by Ellen Barree on Jan 31, 2019 11:11:48 AM

Organizations that transform into Agile ones need their cultures to reflect their new values. Agile cultures promote flexibility and autonomy. They’re purpose-driven, idealistic, tolerant, open, inventive, explorative, warm, engaged and sincere. But how does an organization transition towards such a culture? Is it possible to create or engineer one? And, if so, what potential side effects should you consider?

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

Ask me anything about: Voice Assistant technology

Posted by Mike Woudenberg on Jan 21, 2019 10:20:11 AM

The age of assistance is here! Voice based conversational technology has become readily available and the tools offered by Google’s Dialogflow allow for easy modelling and creation of such interfaces. This lowers the bar for entry and allows you to provide a personalized experience on a digital assistant platform.

This blog answers the most common questions about (voice) assistants based on our investigations with Google’s DialogFlow technology.

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Topics: Agile Software Development