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Agile development: Adopt gradually or dive in?

When the Agile Manifesto was introduced almost 15 years ago, it proposed a radical methodology change as an alternative to traditional project management. With agile, project requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration in development cycles that break tasks into small increments. While this methodology helps businesses manage unpredictability, it also requires those businesses to adopt a different mindset in order to be successful.

By By Jack Walser, Client Services Executive, AIM Consulting | 23 January, 2015 09:55

Tags: software, Agile development tools

Debunking SSD Myths

  By now everyone is aware of the performance leap offered by solid-state drives (SSDs) compared to hard disk drives (HDDs), but some SSD myths persist. It's time to separate fact from fiction.

By By Chuck Brown, SSD business development manager, Intel | 23 January, 2015 09:25

Tags: SSD, Configuration / maintenance, Drives, storage, hardware systems, Data Center

The never-ending quest to dethrone email

Build a better mousetrap, as the cliché has it, and the world will beat a path to your door. That line of thinking has even been applied to the most rudimentary corners of the technology world: standards and protocols that have stuck around for decades, yet viewed as creaky and badly in need of replacement. But few old-guard standards have seen as many pretenders to the throne as the SMTP/POP3/IMAP email triumvirate has. If only someone could come up with an alternative that did everything email did but better, more securely, and with less hassle, wouldn't it be worth it?

By Serdar Yegulalp | 21 January, 2015 01:47

Tags: applications, Inky Mail, Google, e-mail, software, Email Software

TypeScript: Industrial-strength JavaScript

Historians who reflect on JavaScript's emergence as a dominant programming language in the 21st century may find themselves quoting Donald Rumsfeld: "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might wish to have."

By Jon Udell | 19 January, 2015 22:06

Tags: application development, GitHub, Microsoft, software

Degree-free IT: Can college-skippers thrive in tech?

Mike Samaras has worked steadily in IT for a decade, starting when he was 17 and fresh out of high school.

By Mary K. Pratt | 14 January, 2015 22:36

Tags: Microsoft, IT careers, careers, IT management, emc

2015 IT Data Center Infrastructure Convergence Predictions

IT infrastructure is constantly riding the often-tumultuous waves of consolidation and separation. A typical example would be the eras of mainframe, open systems, and PC computing. No surprise there. For the past three to five years, server virtualization has been a catalyst for data center consolidation, (even though for the most part, IT has mapped server virtualization initiatives to existing IT infrastructure choices, or dare I say legacy infrastructure).

By Mark Bowker | 13 January, 2015 03:55

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Dell, IBM, hardware systems, Look ahead 2015, Data Center, Cisco Subnet, emc, HP

Big names like Google dominate open-source funding

Network World's analysis of publicly listed sponsors of 36 prominent open-source non-profits and foundations reveals that the lion's share of financial support for open-source groups comes from a familiar set of names.

By Jon Gold | 10 January, 2015 02:05

Tags: suse, IBM, operating systems, Oracle, HP, Dell, Virtuali, Google, Canon, canonical, Nokia, software, Open Source Subnet, Red Hat, intel, VMware, NEC, open source, Linux, linux foundation

Microsoft's big decision: Who gets a free upgrade to Windows 10?

One of Microsoft's biggest decisions this year will be whom to charge for Windows 10, and the dollar figure on the price sticker.

By Gregg Keizer | 06 January, 2015 04:24

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

What Microsoft's 'fresh start' browser strategy means

Microsoft will unveil a browser not named Internet Explorer (IE) alongside Windows 10, according to an online report.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 January, 2015 04:30

Tags: Firefox, Microsoft Windows, Google, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

2015 to test Microsoft's resolve and execution

Microsoft faces not only its 40th anniversary in 2015, but a host of challenges that will define it for years to come, analysts said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 07:41

Tags: Microsoft Windows, IDC, Microsoft, Windows, beca, software, operating systems

Finding critical business data -- fast

A lot of security processes failed during the breach of Target's systems during last year's holiday season, but one surprising revelation was that the retailer actually did receive security alerts about the malware in its system. Yet because the security team was bombarded with alerts -- estimated at hundreds per day -- it couldn't adequately prioritize them.

By Howard Baldwin | 15 December, 2014 22:40

Tags: Target, applications, IDC, data mining, software, big data

Cisco: See No EVO, Hear No EVO, Speak New Partnerships

It hasn't been lost on the IT vendor community and IT professionals that Cisco is absent from the VMware EVO:RAIL partner program. With all of the powerhouses participating in the program, you'd think that Cisco would jump right into the mix. Considering Cisco's growth in the server market and the fact that it doesn't currently have its own storage play, this opportunity appears to be ideal for Cisco.

By Mark Bowker | 13 December, 2014 07:21

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, IBM, hardware systems, Data Center, netapp, Pure Storage, VMware, emc

Microsoft's alt-OS strategy strikes loyalists as class warfare

Long-time Windows users may feel like second-class citizens as Microsoft continues to push its products and services onto alternate platforms, but the problem will clear up next year, analysts predicted today.

By Gregg Keizer | 09 December, 2014 07:56

Tags: Windows Apps, Microsoft, computerworld, software

Displaced IT workers are being silenced

A major problem with the H-1B debate is the absence of displaced IT workers in news media accounts. Much of the reporting is one-sided -- and there's a reason for this.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 05 December, 2014 09:29

Tags: services, new york times, outsourcing, The New York Times, IT outsourcing, Facebook

Microsoft cold-shoulders Server 2003 and XP users hit with Microsoft Update error 0x80248015

The causes of the problem remain cloudy, but the symptoms are quite clear. Starting on Nov. 18, some Server 2003, Windows Home Server 2003, and Windows XP SP3 machines suddenly refused to connect to Microsoft Update. As best I can tell, Microsoft has not responded to the problem, not documented a workaround, and is basically doing nothing visible to fix it.

By Woody Leonhard | 25 November, 2014 23:34

Tags: forum, Microsoft, software, operating systems

What developers can do to extend smartphone battery life

Battery power consumption remains a lingering problem on smartphones -- and is getting worse with the latest advances in the devices. But developers can take steps to tackle the issue.

By Paul Krill | 24 November, 2014 22:10

Tags: application development, qualcomm, software

How Apple could exploit a forever-free iCloud

While Google and Microsoft are using large amounts of free cloud storage to sell inexpensive consumer notebooks, Apple has stood above the fray.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 November, 2014 12:43

Tags: Apple, NPD Group, Google, storage, Microsoft, internet, Hewlett-Packard, cloud storage, HP

WebRTC close to tipping point as Cisco, Microsoft announce products

It was all the way back in the Spring of 2011 that Google released WebRTC, its nascent real-time, browser-based, HTML5-powered, no-plugin-required video chat project to the public. In the three and a half years since, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the W3C have been working together to try to formalize the standard, prepare the stable 1.0 release, and get it ready for prime time.

By Matt Weinberger | 22 November, 2014 01:07

Tags: WebRTC, applications, Vidyo, cisco, social, browsers, software, collaboration, Firefox, Google, W3C, Microsoft

Why AT&T and Sprint just announced business conferencing services

Separate announcements Tuesday for business conferencing services, one from AT&T and the other from Sprint, highlight the radically changing business models at U.S. wireless carriers.

By Matt Hamblen | 19 November, 2014 07:54

Tags: Uber, enterprise applications, applications, Google, at&t, Blue Jeans Network, enterprise resource planning, software

Evernote's quest to change the world through productivity software

In early October, Evernote CEO Phil Libin debuted new features designed to make the immensely popular note-taking software friendlier to the enterprise: Work Chat, Context and presentation mode.

By Matt Weinberger | 19 November, 2014 04:00

Tags: Evernote, applications, software, wall street journal, collaboration

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