Our Government’s ‘Digital Services Playbook’ Is Leading the Growth in Public/Private Sectors

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Executive Viewpoint   Last year I read an article in the Federal technology publication FCW that talked about the President’s 2016 spending plan and how much of the focus is on the improvement of digital services. Overall, the IT spending budget is $86.4 billion and $105 million of that is slated to expand the U.S. Digital Service, the tech IT services group that was established in 2014 and is headed by Mikey Dickerson, a Google veteran. When President Barack Obama announced the U.S. Digital Service, he said, “I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology …

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“How to Improve Productivity with Agile Methodologies” (CIO.com Article Recap)

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Many in the industry are searching for new ways to increase productivity and efficiency with Agile approaches to software development.  That’s the theme of a new article on CIO.com by Bruce Harpham, who details the many benefits of Agile methodologies in software development and examines key considerations for implementing the practice. Our very own Scott Rose spoke with Bruce on the topic and discussed the ways organizations can employ Agile practices among a global team, where face-to-face is not feasible. While Bruce notes that face-to-face interaction is a key element to increased productivity within agile, it’s not always possible with the …

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Gerrit Productivity Hacks – Inline Edit: Change Source Code from your Browser

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Today, we will have a look at inline-edit, a neat Gerrit feature that allows you to change source code on the fly from your browser. This feature has been finished during the Gerrit Hackathon organized by CollabNet in Berlin and is available for all recent TeamForge versions. Inline-edit introduces buttons in Gerrit’s UI to create new Gerrit changes from scratch and edit source code of existing changes drive-by style. Editing an existing change – Modify source code adhoc from your browser Let’s start with something really quick and easy. We will just fix a typo by inline modification of an existing change. This is …

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Gerrit Productivity Hack – Handling Large Binary Files with Gerrit, Artifactory and Git LFS

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Handling large binary files with Git is a performance pain. You can work around the problem by some proper Gerrit tuning and restructuring your build scripts so that they fetch binaries from an artifact repository instead of having them part of the repo. With Git LFS, there is another approach available that does not require any changes to your build process or Git server configuration. The Gerrit and JGit communities are still working on built-in Git LFS support, but I thought it makes sense to show how Gerrit can be used with a separate Git LFS backend – Artifactory – …

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Why Your Enterprise Needs a Git Strategy (Part 2)

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Having a plan for adopting Git for your enterprise can lead to great results In part two of our blog series (read Part 1) we share tips of adopting and scaling Git in the enterprise. When considering enterprise-wide Git adoption, it is not enough to only evaluate the SCM needs of your organization. The strategy should view Git as a vital part of the application lifecycle management (ALM) platform. Most Git solutions today have both SCM and ALM capabilities and claim readiness for enterprise-scale Git deployment. There are a few fundamental requirements that your strategy must address to make Git …

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Why Your Enterprise Needs a Git Strategy (Part 1)

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A governed adoption of Git can help speed up software development, while ensuring the security of source code. In the first of a two-part blog series we assess the status of Git in the enterprise and discuss major challenges to its adoption. Git is the world’s leading distributed source code management (SCM) system. In a recent CollabNet survey, 87% of the 838 respondents polled indicated that their enterprises either already use or have plans to deploy Git. With its flexibility, speed, and powerful branching and merging capabilities, Git represents an opportunity for global enterprises to drive productivity and accelerate application …

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Gerrit Productivity Hacks – Plugin For Gmail

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Today, as a part of Gerrit Productivity Hacks Series, I would like to point you to a relatively new Google Chrome extension: Gerrit Plugin for Gmail, which can significantly speed up your code review process. How does it work? Here is an excerpt from the plugin page: This Chrome extension aims to implement a very basic Gerrit workflow into your Gmail, based on the emails Gerrit sends. Specifically, It formats your Gerrit messages in Gmail. New changes and patch sets will include colored, unified diffs of the changes. Makes Gerrit emails easier to read by removing noise and highlighting important …

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Integrated Development Tool-Chains = High Velocity, Visibility, and Quality

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In today’s market, software development organizations find themselves racing against time. Enterprises are opting for best-of-breed—rather than single-vendor—solutions, requiring the ability to create a fully integrated development tool-chain, critical to enabling higher velocity, CI/CD, and DevOps. Their ability to compete often hinges on how fast they can deliver applications to customers with ever-increasing demands for quality and innovative features. Many software vendors adopt Agile methodologies and implement continuous integration (CI), continuous delivery (CD), and DevOps to expedite time to market. Automation becomes key, as do thorough testing and quality control. Contrary to a collection of standalone or poorly connected tools, …

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Gerrit Hackathon at Google HQ… next one is coming

As always after the Gerrit User Summit, a Gerrit hackathon took place. This time it was a five days event (9-11 November 2015), where members of the Gerrit community could work together, fully focused on making Gerrit a better software. 2015 edition gathered 15 participants from various companies like Google, SAP, Sony Mobile, Qualcomm, OpenStack, Axis Communications, Gerritforge and of course CollabNet. Hackathons are really intensive periods of time for Gerrit project: over 400 patches were merged, three releases (2.11.5 and two release candidates of 2.12) were performed, countless number of open changes and patchsets were pushed for review. This …

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Gerrit Productivity Hacks – Configure Jenkins to stop hammering your Gerrit server

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As part of productivity hack blog series, this post is aimed towards Gerrit admins/Jenkins CI owners. This post will talk about how they can configure/tune systems they’re maintaining such that Gerrit servers will have less load caused by CI systems and make them capable of serving human users better. Jenkins usage pattern which can create load on Gerrit server Constant/Frequent Polling We all understand importance and benefits of a good Continuous Integration system. It all begins immediately with having a new source code change in the source code repository. We would want our CI system such as Jenkins to grab …

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