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telescope Agile Trends to Watch in 2018

With 2018 well underway, it seems like a good time to look ahead and think about what we hope to accomplish this year. Find out which agile trends these software experts are most looking forward to in the coming months.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
containers The Potential—and Challenges—of Container-Based Deployment

Containers are taking the virtualization model to greater heights by enabling a flexible way to programmatically provision the resources you need. New technology also means we need new processes and failsafes, though. Containers hold a great deal of promise, but are they really ready to be used in production environments?

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello
Multifaceted Development Environment How to Efficiently Set Up a Multifaceted Development Environment

The matrix of infrastructures and platforms developers require presents a number of different options to set up and administrate the ecosystem. Rami Honig describes his company’s journey to create a robust development environment that is functional and collaborative.

Rami Honig's picture Rami Honig
IT Operations Analytics Streamlining the Management of Hybrid Clouds with IT Operations Analytics

A hybrid cloud incorporates—not just bridges between—public and private clouds, enabling businesses and their IT organizations unprecedented flexibility. But a transition to a hybrid cloud brings its own set of challenges. Sasha Gilenson addresses some of these difficulties and offers some IT operations analytics solutions.

Sasha Gilenson's picture Sasha Gilenson

Better Software Magazine Articles

The Evolution of Software Monetization

End-users are demanding anytime, anywhere access to software apps on their devices. These changes are shifting the way software vendors conduct business. Michael Zunke uses the results of industry surveys to show how software products and services should be licensed.

Michael Zunke's picture Michael Zunke
Embracing the Top Trends in Software Testing

As user needs change for software apps expanding into IoT, mobile, and the cloud, testing approaches need to change. Shyam Ramanathan discusses eleven of the most important testing trends you should incorporate.

Shyam Ramanathan's picture Shyam Ramanathan
Do You Give Your Manager What She Wants or What She Needs?

High-stress situations arise when you have to respond to management's never-ending tough questions regarding product delivery. According to Johanna Rothman, you can properly set expectations without stress simply by understanding your manager's point of view.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Project Management in Cloud Development

Cloud-based software development definitely changes how project managers need to approach their projects and lead their teams. Cloud development is not the same as traditional software product  development and requires a unique mix of traditional project management and agility. Project managers considering working on cloud-based projects need to read what Sridhar Kethandapatti has to say.

Sridhar Kethandapatti's picture Sridhar Kethandapatti

Interviews

Prathap Dendi discusses continuous integration and mobile application testing Continuous Integration and Mobile Application Testing: An Interview with Prathap Dendi
Video

In this interview, Prathap Dendi speaks about Ship.io and why testers should be interested in continuous integration and continuous delivery, as well as why agile is such a natural fit for mobile development. Prathap also tackles the impact of cloud and mobile on international business.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
Kerry Cox Jr. discusses risk and the importance of data encryption A Discussion on Data Encryption: An Interview with Kerry Cox Jr.
Podcast

Kerry Cox Jr. of Simplified Network Solutions talks about his recent work with Project Sierra, data encryption, the risks often overlooked in our ever-connected world, and how working for the government has helped to shape his career and views on the importance of Internet security.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
Netflix's Gareth Bowlestalks about teting in the cloud Using the Netflix Simian Army: An Interview with Gareth Bowles
Podcast

Gareth Bowles of Netflix talks about his upcoming presentation at STARWEST 2014, how the cloud is all about fault tolerance, how his time at several Sillicon Valley start-ups has prepared him for joining Netflix, and how his career turned him from a developer into a tester. 

The Cloud and ALM: An Interview with Mik Kersten

Mik Kersten and Heather Shanholtzer recently spoke about trends in cloud-based tools and how cloud technology affects application lifecycle management.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer

Conference Presentations

STAREAST Lessons Learned Automating Cloud and Infrastructure Testing
Slideshow

As organizations embrace DevOps and IT value chain automation, we are seeing the explosive growth of infrastructure-as-code capabilities, fueled by cloud scripting technology. As infrastructure-as-code capabilities evolve, what role does testing play? Especially for continuous testing, when it comes to infrastructure provisioning and configuration? How does this approach integrate with other traditional forms of testing, such as unit, integration, and systems testing? Join Joseph Ours as he presents what he's learned about and provides live demonstrations for implementing automated testing of infrastructure, such as writing automation around networking, security, and OS configurations. He'll show how easy it is to configure cloud environments and implement them incorrectly, security "gotchas" when automating tests, and other challenges you’ll face when testing cloud and infrastructure.

Joseph Ours
STAREAST Big Data Migration to the Cloud: Testing Challenges and Strategies
Slideshow

Moving to the cloud is no longer a question of if, but when. Most corporations are either underway in their cloud adoption or have it on their radar. Typically the move from on-premise to cloud is a few hops and different types of data, such as SQL or some version of a file. Couple this with data transformations and it poses a challenge to testing and QA. How do you validate at each hop? Is it required to validate contents between source and destination? Can this testing be automated? Do we build a tool to automate these steps or purchase one? In this session, Sanjay Srinivas will discuss a real-world example showing how one QA team faced these challenges. He will weigh the options of building versus buying a tool and outline what you need to help solve your big-data needs.

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Sanjay Srinivas
Agile DevOps East Serverless Security: Overcome Architectural Security Challenges
Slideshow

Serverless architectures take the idea of microservices to the extreme. To implement secure serverless architectures, you have to understand how to compartmentalize programs at the function level. You also need to factor in security practices: Serverless architectures are susceptible to traditional attacks such as SQL injection and command injection, along with a wide variety of privilege escalation and sensitive data disclosure attacks. Developers must consider what would happen if an attacker attempted to invoke each of their functions directly. What if one of those functions were to become nonresponsive? Designing, implementing, and maintaining serverless architectures dramatically increases the complexity of security. Join Eric Sheridan as he discusses how to implement distributed, secure identity management and entitlement enforcement across 250+ functions.

Eric Sheridan
Agile DevOps East Modern Security with Microservices and the Cloud
Slideshow

It's great that you've moved to microservices, but how are you handling security and distributing secrets? Traditional architectures use perimeter-based security, but you can't exactly wrap the cloud in your own personal firewall. Many organizations are practicing "lift and shift" to leverage the cloud, but then find themselves at the end of failed compliance audits. Seth Vargo will highlight the new security challenges associated with using cloud technologies and microservices, then showcase techniques for solving those challenges.

Seth Vargo

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