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Four Step Approach to Cloud Security Automation

 Sean Sullivan  Jan 12, 2022 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Automating cloud security is like flying on autopilot. It can handle day-to-day cloud building, maintenance, and security tasks that you don’t have the time to complete, allowing you to focus on other work instead. Scheduled maintenance periods or wait states can be a thing of the past. That also means your team can get back to doing what they do best: creating innovative digital products.

Cloud security automation can sound like a scary prospect, especially when so many components are involved — servers, data storage, networking equipment, you name it. However, implementing these practices can provide your team with abundant benefits. We use the following four-step approach, complete with tool recommendations and best practices.

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Software Validation Best Practices: POC vs. MVP

 Keith Hanich  Dec 15, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

It’s not unusual for software developers to offer a Proof of Concept (POC) early in the software development cycle — before time and resources are fully committed to the project. A POC demonstrates the viability of what you’re proposing, whether it’s an idea, a procedure, or a technical concept. As you move forward in the software development life cycle, you arrive at something more akin to the Minimum Viable Product (MVP), a small, releasable product with limited features and functionality.

Here’s an overview of the POC and MVP, when to use them, and why they are essential to the software validation and development life cycle.

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Self-Hosted Server vs. Microsoft-Hosted - Plus Azure DevOps Setup Tips

 Zachary Sersland  Dec 1, 2021 9:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Azure DevOps can be a powerful automation tool, but making decisions about your build server can be a complicated process. There are several factors to consider, such as security, speed, and flexibility. But, if it’s set up correctly, you’ll forget it’s even there. Here is a comparison of your options, as well as a guide to setting up a self-hosted server.

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Increase Developer Productivity with These Architectural Changes

 Robert Perrin  Nov 11, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Gene Kim, Author, Researcher, and Founder of IT Revolution, has been studying technology organizations since 1999. His research and ideas around development practices, operational stability and reliability, and security and compliance are solid.

In the article, Five Ways Leaders Can Improve Developer Productivity, I shared my view of the five ideals from Gene Kim’s Unicorn Project and the steps software development leaders can take to achieve them within their teams. Now let’s examine some engineering and architectural changes you can make to continue improving developer productivity.

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Five Ways Leaders Can Improve Developer Productivity

 Robert Perrin  Oct 27, 2021 9:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Developer productivity is one of the most important yet overlooked metrics in DevOps. Gene Kim’s Unicorn Project provides five ideals to help software development teams reduce friction and create an environment of high productivity, innovation, happiness, and engagement. In this article, we use Kim’s ideals as a framework to offer tips for leaders who are looking to improve their development teams.

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