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The importance of being digital inside and out

As businesses start to recognise that mobile, cloud, social media, virtualisation and big data are more than buzz words and hot topics, it is now the time to adopt work processes that leverage digital technologies to add business value. However,...

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The importance of being digital inside and out

As businesses start to recognise that mobile, cloud, social media, virtualisation and big data are more than buzz words and hot topics, it is now the time to adopt work processes that leverage digital technologies to add business value. However,...

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The context-aware digital platform

In a world in which every business is a digital business and where everyday objects have a digital footprint, organisations cultivate interactions via apps as the channel to the customer to make better decisions at faster speeds. The ability to...

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API Evolution through Hypermedia APIs

Through the channel of today’s web API (Application Programming Interface) an ecosystem of internal, partner, and independent developers can access an organisation’s data and services to create use cases beyond what’s imaginable...

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Why analytics makes for a successful API

Today’s APIs (less well known as Application Programming Interfaces) are business-level artifacts: the channel to scale your business, elements to improve innovation and agility, and even a representation of your brand. Analytics plays a...

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The Coexistence of SOA and APIs

The requirement for applications to effectively exchange data is an age-old challenge that has plagued IT. The technological graveyard is littered with integration techniques that were competitive, proprietary, or both at their time; not to say...

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Automated Fault Detection accelerates system failure detection and recovery

Anyone with experience working on a complicated problem with a tight time constraint has probably wished for “the answer”, or at least “a hint”. This feeling likely rings true with many IT personnel. Downtime and...

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Software testing and Chaos Monkey revisited

Netflix streaming service was knocked down again on Christmas Eve 2012 when an Amazon developer inadvertently deleted part of the Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) state data used to manage the configuration of the ELB load balancers. This accident...

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Using Application Blueprints to Unlock Cloud Agility and Elasticity

It turns out that it’s pretty difficult to tap into cloud’s promise of elasticity and agility. Some companies like Netflix and Amazon have it figured out, so you know it’s possible. And tools like Amazon’s Elastic...

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Defining what it means to be hybrid cloud

The need to support trends like social, mobile, data, and cloud is undoubtedly a necessity across the business. Hybrid-cloud offers a solution for enterprise architects to manage these platforms. The hybrid model unlocks the potential of these...

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What makes for a good API?

Web APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) are quickly becoming the de facto integration model for IT systems. Key promises of web APIs (e.g., reducing development cycles within an organisation, fostering collaboration within the partner...

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Driving innovation and agility through an API strategy

Today’s Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) play the role of business-level artefacts, which provide the means to enable new business models and modes of efficiency. This could be interacting with customers over new mobility and...

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Testing for cloud - Unleashing a barrel of monkeys

Indeed cloud providers strive to offer high reliability for their services, but part of this promise supposes that tenants use the services correctly. Large scale cloud failures do happen and services can be interrupted.  Tenants that do not...

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Data consistency problems in RDBMS applications

The 2007 New York Times Bestseller, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Naseem Nicholas Taleb covers events characterised as 1) being outliers beyond normal expectation, 2) having extreme impact, and 3) being able to be...

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Multi-tenancy models from the view of data architecture: Horses for courses

For many cloud-enabled applications, multi-tenancy is a key design decision. There is a spectrum of choices from which to pick.  Gartner includes seven different models ranging from “Isolated Tenancy” (aka sharing nothing) to...

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Don't confuse standard with commodity - added insight tunes cloud to meet customer needs

Many of today’s cloud services are one-size-fits-all, offering little or no customisation. In fact, this standardisation is part of the secret sauce: offer a few services and do them really well. But “standard” does not mean...

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Using enterprise social technology to promote peripheral awareness between adjacent teams

Collaboration has become a first-tier concern for enterprises looking to transform their organisations. There are now several powerful social collaboration suites on the market, but to take collaboration to the next level, organisations need to...

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Whose PaaS is it anyway?

Cloudy days are here, but in the most positive sense. After the hype we are gradually witnessing a healthy adoption of cloud computing. However, as cloud can refer to IaaS, PaaS or SaaS platforms, the degree of adoption among these subtypes...

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What if life was more like a game?

What if work could be more like our favourite games? This question has been inspiring growing interest in bringing "gamification" to the workplace, which means using games and game mechanics to help shape workplace behaviour. The idea that...

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Data economics

A number of commentators, including Accenture, rightly point out that the advent of so-called "Big Data" technologies doesn’t change the need for our trusty relational databases and our well-curated data warehouses. Quite the contrary...

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