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Cover of the fall 2016 issue of Better Software magazine What’s in the Fall 2016 Issue of Better Software Magazine?

In the cover feature article of the fall 2016 issue of Better Software magazine, “The Evolution of Software Monetization,” Michael Zunke details how software vendors misfire in an attempt to balance protection of their intellectual property with complicated software licensing schemes that frustrate customers.

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Ken Whitaker
Just Enough Testing at Each Stage of Your Delivery Pipeline

The continuous delivery pipeline should determine whether the software is a viable candidate for production. Having frequent quality gates along that pipeline that give frequent feedback about the quality of the software helps us find that answer faster. Short feedback loops ensure better product quality.

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Gene Gotimer
Container-Based Deployments and the Future of IT Operations

Container-based deployments have become the preferred approach for managing the build and release of complex applications. Many of the tasks handled by IT operations today may not be necessary in the world of containers. Will Ops continue in its current role, or will it need to evolve with the new challenges?

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Bob Aiello
A Strange Story of Version Control and Software Customization

As he was doing an inventory of a company’s commercial software and version control, Payson Hall got an odd response from a vendor: Their software has no versions. Each client has a unique, customized edition of the software. How can the vendor possibly support that many products? How would that work?

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Payson Hall
Surviving the IT Audit

One of the most anxiety inducing and often frustrating experiences for IT managers can be surviving the IT audit. If you invest a little time in preparation, you can not only survive your next audit, but also perhaps even benefit from the support to improve your existing best practices.

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Bob Aiello
DevOps or NoOps: Can You Have Too Much Automation?

Some DevOps thought leaders have been promoting “NoOps,” which is the notion that IT resources can be provisioned in a fully automated way that does not require operations engineers to manage. There have been notable successes with this approach, but also some challenges. Can you have too much automation?

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Bob Aiello
The Importance of Agile Source Code Management

If agile teams do not effectively utilize source code management, they can miss out on key benefits and sometimes even lose essential source code used for application deployment. But done well, a source code management solution can provide the best platform for effective agile practices. Bob Aiello explains.

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Bob Aiello
Reliability Is Possible with Environment Management

To have completely reliable systems, we must have effective IT controls in place that help to identify risks before they turn into incidents. Change management meetings are very helpful for coordination. Effective environment management and change control can keep your systems reliable and secure.

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Bob Aiello