October, 2022

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We are still early with the cloud

Erik Bernhardsson

This is is in many respects a successor to a blog post I wrote last year. about what I want from software infrastructure, but the ideas morphed in my head into something sort of wider. The genesis. I encountered AWS in 2006 or 2007 and remember thinking that it's crazy — why would anyone want to put their stuff in someone else's data center? But only a couple of years later, I was running a bunch of stuff on top of AWS.

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Bottleneck #03: Product v Engineering

Martin Fowler

In the third article on the Bottlenecks of Scaleups, Rick Kick and Kennedy Collins talk about the bottleneck that occurs when friction develops between product and engineering. In this first installment they discuss the signs that show this friction is occurring: with finger pointing and engineering lacking a sense of product context, as the teams communicate but don't collaborate.

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Performance Review: How to respond to frustrating or lazy performance feedback

Let's Grow Leaders

Speak Up to Get Better Feedback in Your Next Performance Review. A few years ago, I wrote “Avoid These Infuriating Phrases in End-of-Year Feedback” to encourage managers to stop making stupid comments when giving a performance review. This heartfelt post came from years of listening to high-performing employees vent their frustrations about the stupid things their managers said.

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Four Causes of Technical Debt in DevOps

DevOps.com

Ideally, DevOps should retain a lean footprint, but avoiding technical debt is easier said than done. As such, over half of IT leaders report technical debt is a big or critical problem. Without routinely addressing technical debt, DevOps teams can easily face inconsistencies during deployments. Versioning can get out of hand without consistent upgrades and […].

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Peak Performance: Continuous Testing & Evaluation of LLM-Based Applications

Speaker: Aarushi Kansal, AI Leader & Author and Tony Karrer, Founder & CTO at Aggregage

Software leaders who are building applications based on Large Language Models (LLMs) often find it a challenge to achieve reliability. It’s no surprise given the non-deterministic nature of LLMs. To effectively create reliable LLM-based (often with RAG) applications, extensive testing and evaluation processes are crucial. This often ends up involving meticulous adjustments to prompts.

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PowerEdge XR4000: Compute Optimized for the Edge

Dell EMC

A new short-depth, edge server purpose-built for unpredictable and often challenging deployment environments.

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5 top ERP trends for 2022 — and their implications for IT leaders

CIO

It wouldn’t be far-fetched to call ERP (enterprise resource planning) the brain of an organization’s IT infrastructure. After all, an ERP system streamlines, standardizes, and integrates a wide range of vital business processes across diverse business functions. Implementing an ERP solution ranks among the most capex-intensive projects any IT leader will undertake.

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Nigerian retail automation platform Bumpa raises $4M, led by Base10 Partners

TechCrunch

Millions of small and medium businesses still operate inefficiently due to dependency on manual processes, which limits their capacity to grow and scale; this is despite contributing to about 48% of Nigeria’s GDP in the last five years, But the tide is turning. Over the last couple of months, we’ve seen a wave of upstarts launching solutions geared toward digitizing small business operations.

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Creating multidisciplinary stream-aligned teams to escape the product-vs-engineering bottleneck

Martin Fowler

Rick and Kennedy continue explaining how to deal with the lack of. collaboration between product and engineering. This installment advises creating multidisciplinary stream-aligned teams and establishing team working agreements. more….

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12 Powerful Phrases to Help You Navigate Challenging Workplace Conflict

Let's Grow Leaders

Prepare for Workplace Conflicts. with a few “Go-To” Conversation Starters. Have you ever felt this way? You’re in the middle of a challenging workplace conflict, and you’re at a complete loss for words. You’re mad. They’re mad. Maybe you even say something you can’t take back. And then in the middle of the night, the perfect words come to you.

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Top 5 Challenges in Designing a Data Warehouse for Multi-Tenant Analytics

Multi-tenant architecture allows software vendors to realize tremendous efficiencies by maintaining a single application stack instead of separate database instances while meeting data privacy needs. When you use a data warehouse to power your multi-tenant analytics, the proper approach is vital. Multi-tenant analytics is NOT the primary use case with traditional data warehouses, causing data security challenges.

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Top Leading Executive Search Firms: Reasons to Use and How to Choose the Best One for You

N2Growth Blog

Best-in-class organizations require best-in-class leaders because nothing impacts a company’s trajectory more than the people in executive positions. On the heels of unprecedented circumstances such as the global pandemic and the Great Resignation, companies need an elite, next-generation approach to filling these crucial executive roles, including executive, board, and C-suite positions.

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Trivy Now Supports NSA Kubernetes Compliance

Aqua Security

Trivy, the all-in-one open source security scanner, can scan your Kubernetes cluster as well as its running workloads for security issues. Trivy also has a native Kubernetes Operator for complete Kubernetes security posture management. These capabilities were covered in detail in our previous blog post Vulnerability Scanning: Trivy vs the Trivy Operator.

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What is transformational leadership? A model for motivating innovation

CIO

What is transformational leadership? The transformational leadership approach encourages, inspires, and motivates employees to innovate and create the change necessary to shape the future success of the company. This is accomplished by setting an example at the executive level through authenticity, a strong sense of corporate culture, employee ownership, and independence in the workplace.

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Homa raises another $100 million for its data-driven mobile gaming tools

TechCrunch

French startup Homa has raised a $100 million Series B funding round. Quadrille Capital and Headline are leading the round. Homa partners with indie mobile game studios so that their games are perfectly optimized to become a hit game on the App Store and Google Play. In other words, Homa builds tools that help third-party developers build games. The reason for that is that it has become incredibly challenging to stand out when you build a hypercasual, casual or board game with a small dev team.

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7 Pitfalls for Apache Cassandra in Production

Apache Cassandra is an open-source distributed database that boasts an architecture that delivers high scalability, near 100% availability, and powerful read-and-write performance required for many data-heavy use cases. However, many developers and administrators who are new to this NoSQL database often encounter several challenges that can impact its performance.

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Getting out of the product-v-engineering bottleneck by identifying your "first team"

Martin Fowler

Rick and Kennedy start their discussion of how to break through the product-V-engineering bottleneck by getting people to identify and focus on their "first team", and to develop a shared understanding of how a business creates value. more….

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When Self-Service DevOps Forgets Who it Serves

DevOps.com

For years, self-service has been touted as the salvation of DevOps. Why? Well, every department in your organization has its own reasons for putting self-service DevOps at the top of its wish list: ? Ops teams need to ensure high availability, performance and security ? Dev teams need speed, self-sufficiency and transparency ? Security teams […].

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Article: Code Red: the Business Impact of Code Quality

InfoQ Culture Methods

Everyone in the software industry “knows” that code quality is important, yet we never had any data or numbers to prove it. In this article, we explore the impact by diving into recent research on code quality. With twice the development speed, 15 times fewer bugs, and a significant reduction of uncertainty in completion times, the business advantage of code quality is unmistakably clear.

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8 Languages for Data Science

TechBeacon

The data keeps coming. The job of a data scientist is to turn all of those endless bits into coherent analysis so that data users can begin to look for answers in the sea of information. The good news is that there are plenty of good programming languages for doing this work. But i s there a best one?

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Entity Resolution Checklist: What to Consider When Evaluating Options

Are you trying to decide which entity resolution capabilities you need? It can be confusing to determine which features are most important for your project. And sometimes key features are overlooked. Get the Entity Resolution Evaluation Checklist to make sure you’ve thought of everything to make your project a success! The list was created by Senzing’s team of leading entity resolution experts, based on their real-world experience.

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7 ways to foster IT innovation

CIO

As an IT leader, being able to foster innovation not only benefits the IT itself, with greater efficiency, effectiveness and value, but the organization it serves and you personally, as it illustrates your ability to be an internal agent of change, a true business partner, and an asset at the strategy table. 1. Define and articulate your definition of IT innovation.

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Nigerian proptech Spleet gets $2.6M led by MaC VC to scale its property management products

TechCrunch

For the average individual living in Lagos — Nigeria’s most populous city, with over 20 million people — apartment hunting is an extreme sport. Not only is rent expensive — low- to middle-income housing can cost between $1,000 and $5,000 yearly — but renters must also pay a year in advance, sometimes even two before moving in.

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Negotiate a balanced product investment mix

Martin Fowler

Rick and Kennedy conclude their article on the bottleneck caused by tension between product and engineering. This final section. addresses balancing between under and over-engineering in the product's technical infrastructure. more….

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Business Leaders Will Trade Speed for Security

DevOps.com

A global survey of 600 C-level executives conducted by CloudBees found that when it comes to building software, more than three-quarters of respondents said it is more important to be secure and compliant than fast and compliant. As a result, more than three-quarters (77%) also noted their organization is implementing a shift left strategy for […].

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Keep Calm and Respond: A Beginner's Heuristic to Incident Response

Dzone - DevOps

A few years ago, when working as a software developer building and maintaining internal platform components for a cloud company, I deleted an application from production as part of a deprecation. I had double and triple-checked references and done my due diligence communicating with the company. Within minutes, though, our alerting and monitoring systems began to flood our Slack channels, in a deluge of signals telling me something wasn’t working.

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How the Need for Stronger Network Security Will Impact the Future of Tech Startups

CEO Insider

Network security is top of mind for almost every business. The trend of using cloud infrastructure and digital transformation for improved efficiency often puts sensitive data at risk. Startups and large corporations alike will need to focus on emerging security solutions that can protect their hardware and software. Migrating data to the cloud can be […].

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P&G turns to AI to create digital manufacturing of the future

CIO

Over the past 184 years, The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) has grown to become one of the world’s largest consumer goods manufacturers, with worldwide revenue of more than $76 billion in 2021 and more than 100,000 employees. Its brands are household names, including Charmin, Crest, Dawn, Febreze, Gillette, Olay, Pampers, and Tide. In summer 2022, P&G sealed a multiyear partnership with Microsoft to transform P&G’s digital manufacturing platform.

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Zombie startups

TechCrunch

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. People leave jobs for all kinds of reasons, but when it’s a CFO departing a richly valued company as the company itself conducts layoffs, the exodus can be a sign of a larger issue. This was one of the takeaways I had when chatting with Continuum CEO and co-founder Nolan Church about a recent spree of CFO resignations, including but not limited to OpenSea,

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Revolutionizing Contact Centers: Next-Gen Tech for Enhanced CX

Speaker: Liran Meir Frenkel, Performance Management and RPA Sr Product Marketing Manager at NICE; Harpreet Makan, Practice Director at Everest Group; & Santhosh Kumar, Practice Director at Everest Group

As contact centers navigate the challenges of delivering excellence within budget constraints and adapting to evolving employee expectations, optimizing agent tasks becomes crucial. Discover a holistic approach across three pillars - people, process, and technology - that is essential to excel in this dynamic landscape, and explore how next-gen technologies such as generative AI, performance analytics, and process intelligence play a pivotal role in transforming contact centers into advanced CX

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Text2Shell: CVE-2022-42889 in Apache Commons Text Explained

Aqua Security

A new vulnerability in the Apache Commons Text library indicates that attackers can perform remote code execution (RCE). The media rushed to create hype around this vulnerability, comparing it to the infamous zero-day vulnerability Log4Shell, which emerged late last year and was broadly exploited by attackers. However, it’s too soon to say whether this new vulnerability has the same vast impact on production environments and if attackers can as easily exploit it.

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Microservices Explained: Not Your Father’s SOA

DevOps.com

Microservices are frequently referred to as a variant or derivative of service-oriented architecture (SOA), if not essentially the same thing. While there are similarities and both are designed around the concept of services, that’s where the similarities end. Each was created around a different set of principles and intended to address different problems.

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Three Essential Rules for Influencing Your Colleagues

Next Level Blog

One of the big differences between leaders who shape the bigger picture for a company and those that hit a ceiling and stay stuck in their functional roles is that the big picture leaders are way better at influencing their colleagues. I’ve had some amazing big picture leaders and influencers as executive coaching clients over the years and was talking with one of them last week.

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