American Airlines (AA) lost tens of millions of dollars in one day recently. ‘Still have trouble communicating to decision-makers that IT (information technology) is a serious matter? Remind them of what happened to AA. It’s not just AA, of course. Technical choices and management that sound like matters purely for specialists end up affecting hundredsRead More
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Most discussions of “technical debt” understand it as something that afflicts software developers. As automation extends to system administrators, “devops”, and network managers, though, I’ve argued that they, too, will learn how technical debt feels. Here’s a simple “Puppetization” example: The curse of software: it does what it’s told, not what was intended An informationRead More
The methodology specialists at OnTechnicalDebt have the right emphasis: “technical debt” is a metaphor whose greatest power is to facilitate communication and analysis. Matt Holford, for instance, puts it concretely: “Not everyone understands test cases, aging platforms, crufty code bases, or security loopholes, but everyone understands debt …” Realization of a metaphor That quote isRead More
Technical debt is a bad thing. It “… Will Kill You Dead“, or at least is a “… problem“, depending on the reference cited. Multiple Web sites (including technicaldebt.com and ontechnicaldebt.com) comment on the metaphor. Technical debt is also a marker of a kind of vitality, as I’ll show below. One of the on-going consequencesRead More
When “Hype or Hope?” is debated vigorously enough on any subject, it’s easy to guess the truth combines both poles. That’s certainly the case with HTML5. The details are interesting enough that it’s worth a few lines to sketch the essentials of what you should know. Every month or so, someone–Gartner last summer, Luke Stevens,Read More
This is a blog post by our friends at Heroix, you can read more here: Heroix Blog A lot of buzz in the information technology (IT) world has been created by Gartner’s APM model, published back in August of 2012. IT Centralization recently published an article composed by LarryDragich, which prioritized the APM framework and allowed those who areRead More
These trends will largely determine online gaming business in 2013: online gaming is large and still growing rapidly all around the globe; much of the news about gaming this year will involve government actions; more and more, end-users play games on mobile devices; and the boundaries and definitions of gaming are changing even faster thanRead More
The DevOps behind successful on-line gaming companies are playing with George Washington’s axe. They need to know how to handle it. The axe–familiar to those with a more classical education as Theseus’ ship–is the notorious one whose handle had been replaced three times, and head twice, but remained the same property. That’s how successful gamingRead More
This is a blog post by our friends at Heroix, you can read more here: Heroix Blog Agile and efficient infrastructures: two words which every information technology (IT) department wishes to operate by. A recent article published on the APMDigest explained how having an agile, flexible IT environment is the largest benefit when utilizing aRead More
Chase Bank went off-line. Could application performance management (APM) have saved it? That question is far thornier than the simple words that go into it. None of us on the outside know enough of the facts to be sure; from my own off-the-record conversations with financial and security specialists, I suspect that no insider hasRead More