Let Chaos Rule: Intervening During Design to Boost Resilience of Distributed Applications

Businesses have long thrived on applications that are flexible, cost-effective, scalable and resilient. The measure of a system’s resilience is its ability to withstand the impact of planned or unplanned disruptions, and recover quickly from a failure. With increased application complexity and an abrupt rise in the number and type of network attacks, however, businesses […]

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Why New Hires Alone Can’t Solve Your Security Troubles

Major data breaches are headline news. When criminals steal corporate data or personally identifiable information (PII), it can create a public relations nightmare with long-lasting business consequences. But well-publicized breaches are only the tip of the iceberg. In “Today’s State of Vulnerability Response: Patch Work Demands Attention,” we explore how and why security breaches happen. […]

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Making the Most of Your Hybrid Infrastructure with a Cloud Management Platform

Cloud has endured high and low points in its relatively short lifecycle. Earlier this decade, it faced misgivings if not outright opposition from many major enterprises that refused to believe a cloud platform could ever replace an on-premises infrastructure. This was followed by a period of euphoria, when companies couldn’t wait to move their data […]

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From ‘Ensuring Customer Experience’ to ‘Assuring Trust’: Rethinking the Role of QA

Imagine a short circuit triggers a fire in your building while you’re at work, and the smoke detector in your smart home fails to raise an alarm. Or you receive a notification that your bank account was compromised because the bank’s mobile application had experienced a cyber attack. Or the insulin-monitoring digital pill miscalculates your […]

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Service Mesh: Solving the Microservices Manageability Challenge

As businesses strive to rapidly build and release new applications and functionalities to market, microservices are becoming a key part of the enterprise application roadmap. Containerization technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes have made microservices architectures easier to use and thus more popular and widely accepted. Adopting a microservices architecture offers many business benefits, including […]

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Elevating Data-Driven Design to Meet Humans’ Emotional Needs

When working with modern technologies, the use of legacy design principles will only yield short-term benefits. The end result may satisfy purely functional needs, but it often falls short of truly addressing human behaviors and desires. For this reason, many organizations are turning to data-driven design. By applying analytics to how users navigate systems and […]

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Overcoming the Challenges of the Shift to Hybrid Cloud

According to IDC, public cloud IT infrastructure  spending in the second quarter of 2018 saw a nearly 59% year-over-year increase, more than double the spending growth on private cloud infrastructure during the same period. This shift to cloud, and particularly hybrid infrastructure, is being driven by decision-makers who realize the increasingly critical role hybrid cloud […]

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Consumption-based Models Are Easy, But Managing Consumption Economics Is Not

Business and technology leaders have been well-trained in the digital economy to perceive the world through the eyes of a consumer. Consumers’ day-to-day lives revolve around easy-to-use, consumption-based, pay-as-you-go platforms: Whether we’re watching a movie or TV show, listening to music, arranging transportation or planning a trip, it’s becoming less necessary to own a physical […]

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Mainframes: A Legacy to Discard or a Key Asset for Core Modernization?

“I predict that the last mainframe will be unplugged on March 15, 1996.” This forecast, made by former InfoWorld editor in chief Stewart Alsop in 1991, proves more highly exaggerated with each passing year. Mainframes continue to run inside many of the world’s largest companies, including banks, retailers, insurance companies and airlines, supporting their daily […]

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