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Walk through an airport or a shopping mall and you may notice little pieces of information popping up: "Flight delayed at gate G5"; "Stop into our shop right now and receive up to 20 percent off your order"; etc. Did you sign up for those notifications? Most likely not, but don't worry, your phone hasn't been hacked. The notifications are a result of beacon technology. What Is Beacon Technology? Beacons are a leading edge technology that combines sensors with geolocation and Bluetooth connectivity from smart phones to deliver notifications directly to users as they pass through the vicinity. Because most beacons today utilize Bluetooth Low Energy, the ideal application for the technology is for hyper-local, micro-spatial networks. The beacons themselves are typically small, self-contained devices that are inexpensive, have a long battery lifespan, and easily programm... (more)

Application Rebuilds

Technology keeps moving forward. This is a fact. It's what underlies our global economy and much of our modern lives. So it's easy to look at a software product, application, website, or mobile app and determine that it has outlived its usefulness because it was built a few years ago.  It is easy to go with the technology flow and decide to start over. If you have reached this conclusion about your own product, you are considering an Application Rebuild.  The Application Rebuild is a challenging project and it is different than new development or feature work.  So, you should t... (more)

Pause with "Sprint 0" for Better Agile Outcomes | @DevOpsSummit #APM #Agile #DevOps

In the world of agile development, it is still important to plan and design. Of course, you want to avoid detailed design of the entire application -  if you did that, you'd be right back in the world of waterfall, which isn't where you want to be, is it? So you want to get started quickly - but what types of planning should you be doing? Before you start, you should be sure that you have the business basics under control.  We actually developed our own planning process to address this issue, called ID-GEM. We did this to ensure our teams, and our clients, thought through the b... (more)

Evaluating a Software Asset | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

Are you evaluating a software asset for a  potential purchase, investment, decision making for the future, possible termination, etc? Here are some questions you should consider: 1. Is this a revenue generating asset? How much revenue does it generate? - Establishing the true business value of a software asset is a critical piece of the evaluation process. 2. Is this a cost saving asset? How much cost does it save? - While cost-saving measures can indeed be a viable goal, it is important to understand the true cost savings: time, money, and any future versions necessary. 3. Do... (more)

Angles of Agile | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps #CD #ContinuousDelivery

Jumping on the Agile bandwagon might help, but only if done right. What makes a good Agile project and what makes a bad one? The move to Agile in the last decade has resulted in projects that finish faster, produce better software, and come in under budget. Look up any new, hot tech company and you'll find articles lauding their Agile philosophy. You might think that success is guaranteed if you get your team to commit the Agile Manifesto to memory. The problem with looking at this in a single dimension is that you're affected by survivor bias. As you research, you look at succes... (more)