Software Testing Is Too Critical to Overlook
Today's software testing practices are abysmal.
You're a major provider of health insurance services to general consumers.
Your website is a primary means of interacting with your customers and
allowing them view coverage, locate in-plan providers, review Explanation of
Benefits for past services and see real-time information regarding
deductibles and fees. It's midday and requests are taking over a minute or
more to process.
You're the provider of one of the leading business SaaS applications on the
market. Millions of business people count on your application every day to
communicate with their customers, analyze sales projections and execute
marketing communications plans. Access from mobile devices is a must have for
these busy professionals, but the application crashes more times than it
What's going on in t... (more)
Regardless if you’ve migrated multiple applications or this is your first
migration to a public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) you will want to run
a small proof-of-concept to make sure that the basic elements of data flow
operate as expected and your components will run in the IaaS environment.
This week I spent some time experimenting with the three top IaaS offerings:
Amazon AWS, Google Compute Cloud and Microsoft Azure. The architecture was
relatively simple: three docker containers, one hosting a LAMP—Linux,
Apache, MySQL & PHP—stack running WordPress, one hosting Postfi... (more)
Why Platform-as-a-Service is the Operating System Of The Cloud
When I took my operating systems fundamentals course in college I was taught
that an operating system provides very specific capabilities that provides
users with access compute resources for building and running applications.
Over time as networking capabilities and bandwidth increased, the notion of a
set of modules that interface between the user and the hardware has changed
to incorporate concepts of distributed operating systems, network operating
systems and autonomous systems. While the notion of the operating s... (more)
Can Telcos Succeed As Cloud Service Providers?
Someone sent me a link to this article this morning. While reading it I
started to think about the competitive landscape for cloud service providers
and the challenges telcos have competing in this market. After all, when you
think cloud service provider, which names come to mind? Amazon? Microsoft?
IBM? Google? Sure, but how about CenturyLink? AT&T? Verizon? What are the key
differentiators between the first and second groupings? The first group is
closely associated with software and innovation, while the second is
associated with... (more)
Over the past couple of days Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has taken some hard
knocks in the press. See here and here. PaaS has always had a hard life.
It’s typical middle child syndrome. It’s older sibling SaaS is very
mature and is growing considerably everyday thanks to the adoption by
line-of-business leaders. It’s younger sibling, IaaS, gets all the
attention from the uber geeks who prefer to manage everything themselves.
Poor PaaS is left trying to wring out an identity for itself; some unique
value that users can grasp onto. Unfortunately, the support PaaS ne... (more)