In this roundup of software-related news that matters to you, read about hackers who are attempting to disrupt GitHub and how a software glitch may have been responsible for delaying emergency help during the summer crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777.
The debate between buying best of breed software products versus fully integrated systems has raged on for as long as there have been integrated platforms. There are pros and cons for each approach, but the interesting thing about this debate is that there is no clearly defined right or wrong.
Determining the kind of product that's developed boils down to what the user wants. These days, end users are very vocal in sharing their feedback about a product—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Companies would do well to gather input efficiently, pay heed to the results, and then respond quickly.
Bonnie Bailey explains that you need to take care of your users’ needs first, and then, just maybe, they will explore the fabulous features of your software. When we focus on our product rather than on what the user is trying to get done, we suffer from marketing myopia.
Blaming changing requirements for a project's downfall is about as misguided as it gets. When you start accepting that change is in coming and you start preparing for it by using iterative development, you'll see that dreading or fighting change is the only way to ensure failure.
In the lifecycle of a company an IPO is a significant milestone to generate the required funds to empower its operations. The mandates that follow from going public can make a company lose its long-term vision. Rajini Padmanaban profiles companies who are going from public to private.
Organizations that adopt a well thought-out strategy toward innovation and are able to allocate the required resources for it set themselves up to emerge as market leaders in the long run—both tactically and strategically. Rajini Padmanaban profiles Google's organization-wide innovation strategies.
Agile development teams and practitioners can welcome changing requirements all they want—but how hard should they work to reduce the uncertainty that accompanies changing requirements? Experts have mixed opinions on the topic, and each side makes a pretty convincing argument.
With the rapid advancements in technology, perhaps no job title is truly immune from possible layoffs. But could your project management or business analysis skills on your resume help you keep—or even land—the job of your dreams? Eric Bloom thinks that you can find job security in cloud computing.
Joe Farah explains that if you are using 2nd-generation or even 1st-generation software configuration management technology, you are stuck in the past. To learn what is possible today, you need to look at the capabilities of the latest 3rd and 4th generation tools. Then, you need to get going!