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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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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4 Reasons to Embrace Application Deployment Automation

[fa icon="user"] Rebecca Ghazali [fa icon="calendar"]  Aug 8, 2018 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

As popular as automated processes are now, many IT organizations have yet to embrace application deployment automation. In this article, I cover some of the top reasons why automating your application deployment process will make you look forward to the days when manual deployments are a distant memory.

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How to Automate Your SQL Server Backup and Restore with AWS RDS

[fa icon="user"] Craig Kaneshiro [fa icon="calendar"]  Apr 10, 2018 1:00:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 2 Comments

For a variety of reasons, we see situations where an organization’s production environment is in the Cloud, but their staging/testing environment is still hosted on-premises. In some cases, to facilitate testing, development, debugging, or reporting, a backup of production data is manually restored from production to the staging environment on a regular basis. Herein lies an opportunity for process automation that is lightweight, less complex, and saves time. This article walks you through the process of automating a restore of an AWS RDS database to an on-prem SQL Server by taking advantage of the AWS RDS Native Backup and Restore feature.

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An Agile Communication System That Elevates Team Collaboration

[fa icon="user"] Craig Kaneshiro [fa icon="calendar"]  Mar 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 2 Comments

With so many moving parts in product development, an effective agile communication system for team collaboration is vital. Unfortunately, if you are like most teams, your collaboration toolset varies by function. You may use Jira for project management, Slack for quick communications, Office 365 for emails/phone calls, and the list goes on and on. With information coming at you from all mediums, the concept of priority gets lost in the shuffle. In this article, I will walk you through how to set up a Jira/Slack integration utilizing Zapier to ensure you never overlook a high priority issue again.

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