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The Effect of Containers on the Software Delivery Process

Posted by Mark van Holsteijn on Jan 11, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Although container technology has been around for more than a decade, it was Docker that made it easy to use. The impact on the software industry has been tremendous. It improved the speed of software delivery. It did away with manual handovers between dev and ops. It made the deployment process 100% reproducible. And last but least: Once you put your application in a container, you can run it anywhere. On-premise or in the cloud. In this article we give you 8 reasons, why container technology is a fundamental building block for a multi-cloud strategy.

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Cloud Infrastructure

Testing and Failing Your Way Towards Software Quality in the Cloud

Posted by Kenny Baas on Dec 28, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The surprising truth about success (and why some people never learn from their mistakes), is that it has everything to do with failure. Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s an essential part of it. It’s through failure, in a controlled and tested environment, that we learn and improve; a core principle of continuous delivery. Cloud-native technology speeds up the development cycle so that we can fail earlier and faster. But companies must also maintain quality, increase velocity and change the way they design and deliver their software to achieve a full cloud impact. This article explains how to do each of these three.

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

How to improve conversion rates with progressive web apps?

Posted by Ruben Oostinga on Dec 11, 2017 3:58:14 PM

Lately, the web platform has gained a lot more features. Leveraging these features improves the user experience, which in turn, promotes conversion. A good web app can replace native apps and enhance the user experience. For example, we can develop a single app that everyone can use without needing to go through an installation procedure.
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Topics: Agile Software Development

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

Swimming With the Faster Fish - Part 2: 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

Application Architectures that enable your agile organization

Posted by Erik van de Ven on May 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

To kick start digital presence, many companies have invested in monolithic, commercial off- the- shelf applications. While implementing agile, most of them started to implement build, test and deployment automation for these applications to meet the agile release cycles, without reassessing the suitability of their application architecture. Now companies are moving towards architectures that are more flexible, resilient and scalable with a shorter time-to-market. This article explores the critical software development trends that empower companies to remain competitive.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Boundaries between web and app are blurring

Posted by Erik van de Ven on Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The momentum for modern web technologies and JavaScript frameworks keeps growing. These frameworks allow for a fast and fluent, app-like, user experience on the web. On top of this, we see the lines between web and app development blurring further. The web is getting features that were only available to apps before and developers are now also able to build quality (native) apps at a fast pace based on web technologies.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

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