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How Cloud-Based Automation Testing Tools Create Better Software

[fa icon="user"] Craig Kaneshiro [fa icon="calendar"]  Dec 5, 2018 8:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Testing has always been an important stage of the software development lifecycle. Teams that do it well clearly understand the benefits and are often the strongest advocates for the practice. Unit tests should be a given in any web application’s code base. Automated functional testing takes this a step further and allows application testing on the user-interface level, which adds another layer of protection that helps catch mistakes before they reach production.

In this article, you’ll learn more about how cloud-based automation testing tools help software development teams reduce costs, create higher code quality, and increase velocity so they can move forward quickly.

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CI/CD with Jenkins and Azure DevOps Services

[fa icon="user"] David Henry [fa icon="calendar"]  Nov 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

If you already have Jenkins as your build server and want to take advantage of services in Azure DevOps without fully switching over, you may find yourself with an existing Jenkins infrastructure, a source control repository, an Azure DevOps subscription, and a lot of questions. Fortunately, there are many extensibility points you can use to tie these solutions together in a way that works best for your business and team’s skillsets.

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Creating Long-Term Success with a Product vs. Project Mindset

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Nov 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) in Las Vegas. While conferences tend to make me fearful of getting sucked into a big sales show, DOES restored my faith (in the value of conferences, not Vegas!). Notably, it was extremely well-attended, impeccably run, and there was an elite cast of speakers throughout the event. From large talks to small group sessions to book signings, the event offered seemingly endless opportunities for interactive education.

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Maintaining a Healthy Product Backlog in Agile

[fa icon="user"] Greta Kelly [fa icon="calendar"]  Nov 14, 2018 10:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

In Agile, items selected for development come from a backlog, a list of prioritized features describing functionality for the desired product. The inspiration for new features can strike at any time, but ideas may not be fully flushed out and can change as more is learned about the product. In this article, I’ve outlined 3 key elements of a healthy agile backlog that facilitate creativity, simplify ongoing development, and create a more valuable and profitable product over time.

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Microsoft Power BI: Benefits and Drawbacks

[fa icon="user"] Zachary Sersland [fa icon="calendar"]  Nov 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Anything that gets measured and watched will improve. That’s why it’s valuable to leverage business intelligence tools that deliver insights throughout your organization. SQL Service Reporting Services, or SSRS, has been generating reports for countless companies for years. Recently, Microsoft has been putting more emphasis on its new Power BI service. With all the hype, you may be asking yourself if you should migrate that old SSRS service, or would it just be a waste of time and resources?

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