Agile In Action with Cloud Computing

Agile and Cloud computing are how software applications are delivered today. These trends are the result of advances in technology, ranging from increased processing power (which made virtualization a reality), and increased sophistication of storage area networks (which made storage seamlessly scalable), ubiquitous high-bandwidth network access, and the increased security and reliability of the Internet. Agile development processes optimize the opportunity provided by cloud computing by carrying out software releases iteratively and getting user feedback more frequently. With agile development, the application is constantly subject to the reality check of actual users putting it through its paces. As a result, …

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The Economics of cloud computing

In my spare time I like to study subjects other that information technology or the latest computing trends for example economics – yes I lead an exciting life 🙂 In this blog I going to apply some of the principles of Economic theory to the current trend of cloud computing and why organizations should be planning a cloud strategy. A key concept of economic is the scarcity of resources (people + capital) used in the production goods and services and the economic decision on how those resources should be used. The term that is frequently used is “opportunity cost”. In …

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On the Road to Cloud Computing

I’ve always been a big fan of ReadWriteWeb – the popular technology blog. They have a great channel called ReadWriteCloud that covers virtualization and cloud computing – I’d highly encourage subscribing if you haven’t already. Each week they publish a poll to get community feedback. This week’s poll asks “What are the First Issues to Consider on the Road to Cloud Computing?” The author says that companies start moving to virtualized infrastructure when they start experiencing performance issues – server failures, application load increases. While we do hear this a fair bit from our customers, I’d say the primary reason for …

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QCon SF Wrap Up – Facebook, NASA Moves to the Cloud, Agile

I had to opportunity to attend QCon San Francisco last week, along with our new owners at CollabNet who sponsored the event. The only downside was that there were too many talks I wanted to go to with conflicting time slots, but I managed to catch Jason Sobel discussing Facebook’s backend infrastructure and PHP, Brian Zeichick speaking to CollabNet’s Agile development process, and Khawaja Shams from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory sharing their use of EC2 and cloud computing. Jason Sobel – Facebook Infrastructure With more than 500 million active users, the infrastructure team at Facebook have some serious traffic to deal …

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How Does Agile ALM Work in the Cloud?

A lot is involved in ALM! No software system is so simple that the entire development can be entirely scripted from beginning to end in a linear fashion, which is why we are seeing a shift in the market to “Agile ALM”. Simply stated, both the ALM and Agile communities are focused on improving the current state of software development. While ALM approaches the challenge from a technology point of view, Agile is focused on improving the “process”.

Webinar: Expert Insights to Deploying in the Cloud

We recently hosted a webinar with Joyent entitled “The Silver Lining to the Cloud – develop and deploy applications with speed, simplicity and security.” It was a great discussion on agile development with Laurel Reitman, VP Product at Joyent and Willie Wang, VP Product at Codesion. Key Highlights: Developers don’t have to become system administrators to effectively deploy in the cloud Vendor lockin isn’t an issue as compared to in-house solutions because SaaS providers like Codesion and Joyent make portability easy through open standards and open source projects Many developers still aren’t practicing agile development because the tools traditionally available …

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Tech talk: The new Codesion platform

For the past 18 months the Codesion team has been hard at work re-engineering our technology platform. Our system design builds on our 6+ years of experience in this industry, and is vastly improved by your regular feedback and feature suggestions, since the initial release of Codesion in late 2002. We are really excited to finally have it out the door and live, after being in closed BETA for over 6 months. There are a whole bunch of technical achievements our guys have made – too many to list here, so I’ll just touch on the coolest stuff. Codesion FrogSAFE …

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Zuora- Monetizing the Business Cloud

Last night I was invited by Zuora.com, the leader in online subscription billing for SaaS companies, to present at their Z-Commerce Platform product release gig. Speaking to over 100 analysts, prospective and current Zuora clients in San Mateo CA, I described our experience of incorporating their new API-driven SaaS billing system to replace our PayPal system (watch this space- we are releasing soon). As part of the introduction, Zuora’s CEO Tien Tzuo described their use of Codesion to support their globally distributed development teams. Tien made several points that ring true with us as a company and I think many of our clients: 1. No Servers. Zuora …

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