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telescope Agile Trends to Watch in 2018

With 2018 well underway, it seems like a good time to look ahead and think about what we hope to accomplish this year. Find out which agile trends these software experts are most looking forward to in the coming months.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Load Testing Cloud Load Testing and Sizing Considerations for the Cloud

When it comes to load testing in the cloud, going bigger is not always better. This article describes how organizations can utilize load testing to help right-size a production system being built in the cloud, allowing their project teams to build an ideal system that is not too small and under-performing for their needs and not too large and costly.

Don Prather's picture Don Prather
World for Software Testers A Dystopian World for Software Testers

You've entered the Twilight Zone. A robot that uses the cloud and massive amounts of big data can completely test software programs while detecting all bugs, rendering testers obsolete. But wait—the robot in this dystopian tale isn't utilizing special abilities only it can possess; these are methods any skilled tester should be employing right now.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
Cloud-Hosting Solutions Why Software Development Companies Will Migrate Toward Cloud-Hosting Solutions

Uday Kumar examines some of the key drivers for software development companies marching toward cloud-hosting solutions. Change is the only constant. While technologies will keep evolving to help us overcome challenges, there, of course, will be new and emerging challenges.

Uday Kumar's picture Uday Kumar

Better Software Magazine Articles

The Evolution of Software Monetization

End-users are demanding anytime, anywhere access to software apps on their devices. These changes are shifting the way software vendors conduct business. Michael Zunke uses the results of industry surveys to show how software products and services should be licensed.

Michael Zunke's picture Michael Zunke
Embracing the Top Trends in Software Testing

As user needs change for software apps expanding into IoT, mobile, and the cloud, testing approaches need to change. Shyam Ramanathan discusses eleven of the most important testing trends you should incorporate.

Shyam Ramanathan's picture Shyam Ramanathan
Do You Give Your Manager What She Wants or What She Needs?

High-stress situations arise when you have to respond to management's never-ending tough questions regarding product delivery. According to Johanna Rothman, you can properly set expectations without stress simply by understanding your manager's point of view.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Project Management in Cloud Development

Cloud-based software development definitely changes how project managers need to approach their projects and lead their teams. Cloud development is not the same as traditional software product  development and requires a unique mix of traditional project management and agility. Project managers considering working on cloud-based projects need to read what Sridhar Kethandapatti has to say.

Sridhar Kethandapatti's picture Sridhar Kethandapatti

Interviews

Matt Coatney discusses the misconceptions behind big data Bold Questions over Big Data: An Interview with Matt Coatney

In this interview, Matt Coatney discusses the importance of asking bold questions, the big misconceptions behind big data, the best way to start your approach to big data, and his vision for a future where technology and big data make the world a better place.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
Mike Sparks discusses the reality of open source tools A Deep Dive into Open Source Tools and Tellurium: An Interview with Mike Sparks

In this interivew, Mike Sparks, the CEO of Tellurium, does a deep dive into open source tools. He tackles why so many people assume these products are free, how non-developers can use these tools, and where he sees the industry going in the very near future. 

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Prathap Dendi discusses continuous integration and mobile application testing Continuous Integration and Mobile Application Testing: An Interview with Prathap Dendi
Video

In this interview, Prathap Dendi speaks about Ship.io and why testers should be interested in continuous integration and continuous delivery, as well as why agile is such a natural fit for mobile development. Prathap also tackles the impact of cloud and mobile on international business.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
Kerry Cox Jr. discusses risk and the importance of data encryption A Discussion on Data Encryption: An Interview with Kerry Cox Jr.
Podcast

Kerry Cox Jr. of Simplified Network Solutions talks about his recent work with Project Sierra, data encryption, the risks often overlooked in our ever-connected world, and how working for the government has helped to shape his career and views on the importance of Internet security.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds

Conference Presentations

STAREAST Lessons Learned Automating Cloud and Infrastructure Testing
Slideshow

As organizations embrace DevOps and IT value chain automation, we are seeing the explosive growth of infrastructure-as-code capabilities, fueled by cloud scripting technology. As infrastructure-as-code capabilities evolve, what role does testing play? Especially for continuous testing, when it comes to infrastructure provisioning and configuration? How does this approach integrate with other traditional forms of testing, such as unit, integration, and systems testing? Join Joseph Ours as he presents what he's learned about and provides live demonstrations for implementing automated testing of infrastructure, such as writing automation around networking, security, and OS configurations. He'll show how easy it is to configure cloud environments and implement them incorrectly, security "gotchas" when automating tests, and other challenges you’ll face when testing cloud and infrastructure.

Joseph Ours
STAREAST Big Data Migration to the Cloud: Testing Challenges and Strategies
Slideshow

Moving to the cloud is no longer a question of if, but when. Most corporations are either underway in their cloud adoption or have it on their radar. Typically the move from on-premise to cloud is a few hops and different types of data, such as SQL or some version of a file. Couple this with data transformations and it poses a challenge to testing and QA. How do you validate at each hop? Is it required to validate contents between source and destination? Can this testing be automated? Do we build a tool to automate these steps or purchase one? In this session, Sanjay Srinivas will discuss a real-world example showing how one QA team faced these challenges. He will weigh the options of building versus buying a tool and outline what you need to help solve your big-data needs.

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Sanjay Srinivas
Agile DevOps East Serverless Security: Overcome Architectural Security Challenges
Slideshow

Serverless architectures take the idea of microservices to the extreme. To implement secure serverless architectures, you have to understand how to compartmentalize programs at the function level. You also need to factor in security practices: Serverless architectures are susceptible to traditional attacks such as SQL injection and command injection, along with a wide variety of privilege escalation and sensitive data disclosure attacks. Developers must consider what would happen if an attacker attempted to invoke each of their functions directly. What if one of those functions were to become nonresponsive? Designing, implementing, and maintaining serverless architectures dramatically increases the complexity of security. Join Eric Sheridan as he discusses how to implement distributed, secure identity management and entitlement enforcement across 250+ functions.

Eric Sheridan
Agile DevOps East Modern Security with Microservices and the Cloud
Slideshow

It's great that you've moved to microservices, but how are you handling security and distributing secrets? Traditional architectures use perimeter-based security, but you can't exactly wrap the cloud in your own personal firewall. Many organizations are practicing "lift and shift" to leverage the cloud, but then find themselves at the end of failed compliance audits. Seth Vargo will highlight the new security challenges associated with using cloud technologies and microservices, then showcase techniques for solving those challenges.

Seth Vargo

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