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Cloud Infographic: Startup Toolkit

Cloud Infographic: Startup Toolkit

Cloud infographic: Startup Toolkit

There are numerous startups of all varieties of purpose and goals. We have seen great successes and great failures. We have seen a lot of money being made on fabulous exits, but also seen a lot of money lost as well.

Things are changing for startups, and in turn, they are changing for investors as well. What affects how startups must work affects how investors must forecast chances of success, and which ponies they want to back. Of course, with progress, change is inevitable and ubiquitous, but the past couple of years have seen the steepest change in this industry’s history.

What is this culprit? Cloud computing.  Read more...

We have included an insightful infographic provided by BestVendor called the “The Startup’s Toolkit” which illustrates some of the most utilized cloud based tools on the planet.

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Infographic Source:  BestVendor

Information Collection: Business Builds Big Data

Information Collection: Business Builds Big Data

In the beginning there was the electronic computer. It was a tool for defending freedom, useful to use in breaking enemy communications codes and crunching equations for the Manhattan Project. Eventually it became the plaything of hobbyists and garage experimenters. In their garages, they eventually cobbled together machines that were useful and practical for real people.

These earliest personal computers were essentially toys until the first “killer apps” were created. These included the earliest forms of computer spreadsheet. A spreadsheet seems a simple thing, and it is for just about any computer. With this simple addition computers became as important to business as they were too scientists and hobbyists, if not more so.

Business Is Information

All business is in the business of collecting information. Information about your customer base is needed to bring them the products they want. Information about your supply chain helps to predict what products you will have to sell. Information about your competitors tells you where and how you need to innovate. It all depends on finding, storing, and interpreting information.

While business was happily expanding and filling their spreadsheets, the hobbyists and scientists were teaching their computers to talk to one another, eventually creating the Internet. Suddenly, we were no longer limited by the information contained in our own computer, we had access to information from around the world.

The Internet is a terrific place to store and share information, but the nature of business information is such that it is not always desirable to share your information with those outside your enterprise. When the Internet learned to store information, and keep it private and secure, it became the Cloud.

Welcome To The Cloud

As business moves its information into the Cloud, the traditional business applications are no longer able to handle the increased load of data. This is the text-book definition of Big Data. One of earliest super-computers outside of Government or Academia was built to handle AT&T’s billing system. Today, Wal-Mart stores handle 1 million transactions every hour, approximately 2.5 petabytes of information.

Big Data is becoming important for business of all sizes. The smallest of local businesses are no longer strictly local. Thanks to the Internet they can easily market to a world-wide client base.

Big Data and business relationships reach beyond the Internet. If the International marketplace was just for the exchange of information and money, the ‘net may be a sufficient tool, but physical goods are exchanged as well. The sprocket manufactured in your home town getting shipped and installed on a machine in Malaysia is a miracle of shipping. When it happens hundreds of thousands of times a day, it involves Big Data.

By Peter Knight

Webinar: How Cloud, Mobility and Analytics are Driving New Approaches to APM

As computing becomes more and more pervasive with the advent of social business, cloud, mobility and big data/analytics – every end-user interaction counts!  Hear Mary share relevant market research data as well and how to keep enterprise IT focused on what matters with this new complexity faced by IT operations.

Joining Mary is OpTier’s Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Linh Ho who will provide some insight into APM best practices as seen from the customers’ perspectives.

Smooth BPM The Silver Lining Of Cloud Computing

Smooth BPM The Silver Lining Of Cloud Computing

Businesses rely on the implementation of processes. Cloud-based software provides a way for easy management and alleviates issues companies face trying to improve these processes, particularly when it comes to prototyping and modeling. A question many businesses are trying to address is: How can cloud ensure smooth Business Process Management?

The speed of getting started is a huge benefit of bringing cloud technology to BPM. Typically, BPM-in-the-cloud providers offer this capability “as a Service,” meaning that companies can start with BPM without the need to install and set up the software themselves. The price point to enter BPM through the cloud is usually lower due to the “pay for use” subscription model. Companies can “sample” BPM to see what if it is right for them. Finally, it is easier to orchestrate applications and data that reside in the cloud, so running BPM in the cloud makes processes more efficient.

BPM is converging with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), combining the benefits of application development and process support in an integrated cloud model. It allows companies to build smart process apps that are highly flexible and tailored to serve the end user with a cloud-based solution that eliminates traditional IT/business productivity challenges.

There are three questions to answer when it comes to BPM and the cloud:

  • Does a business have data and services in the cloud that processes must work with?
  • Does it want to execute processes in the cloud? If so, how does it include existing data and systems that aren’t in the cloud?
  • Is cloud really suitable for an organization’s needs today, tomorrow or somewhere in the future?

Clay Richardson from Forrester has spoken about the “mess of many.” Trying to create enterprise-wide business processes across different business units and systems was hard enough when everything was inside an organization. When businesses start to bring in data and systems into the cloud, they very quickly end up with process challenges doubled. Thus the “mess of many” – enterprise processes across on-premise systems as well as applications and software in the cloud.

BPM has always been used to improve business processes within an organization. As businesses move to the cloud it is crucial to maintain these consistent enterprise-wide processes when, for example, a CRM system runs in the cloud but ERP or HR systems run on-premise. This idea of hybrid processes that span across on-premise and cloud is where the majority of companies are right now. This does not mean that there aren’t “cloud-only” processes but this mix of everything is where most companies are at the moment.

A further impact of cloud technology on BPM is the idea of “mash apps.” The concept of “mashing up” process information with other data from both on-premise and the cloud to create process-centric composite applications is becoming as important as the end product for BPM.

The rapid rise of cloud computing and readily available free web-based business applications mean more business users are deploying and using technology solutions without the IT department’s involvement, one of the main attractions of “mash apps.”

Why should companies consider vendors with a cloud proposition instead of traditional on-premise suppliers? The easy answer to this is if a business isn’t sure about BPM then it can try it out in the cloud before making a commitment. Organizations often start in the cloud and then move back into on-premise and vice-versa. This flexibility is important to consider together with the idea of a hybrid model. There has been a noticeable rise in a new approach to a BPM appliance where the whole offering comes “in a box,” often delivered as a cloud-based PaaS.

There are real benefits from cloud and BPM:

  • Quick start, no IT hassle and focus on business value
  • Pay-as-you go subscription model
  • High degree of collaboration such as collaborative modeling
  • Orchestration of cloud services

However, to get this benefit it is important that companies ask themselves the right, honest questions. Navigating BPM and the cloud and making the correct, pragmatic choices ensures an organization is future-proofed, can get started quickly and can take the hybrid approach to make sure they aren’t getting themselves into that “mess of many” problem.

By Art Landro, CEO, Cordys

Art Landro is CEO of Cordys, a global provider of cloud platform software that lets you take your business into the cloud quickly and with minimal risk. For more information, please visit http://www.cordys.com or to learn more about Cordys in the cloud applications, visit http://www.cordysprocessfactory.com.

Head In The Clouds: Getting A Cloud-Based Business Phone System

Head in the Clouds: Getting a Cloud-Based Business Phone System

Cloud technology is showing up everywhere as the best and most efficient means of data storage. If you’re a cloud technology enthusiast, you can now use a cloud system for your phone system, too.

Cloud (or virtual) PBXs are the latest in PBX technology. A PBX, or “public branch exchange” is the switchboard system that allows a business to successfully route inbound and outbound calls. Originally, a PBX was a large piece of hardware that needed to be manually operated and regularly maintained. Today, some businesses still use these traditional analog PBXs, but the more popular option is an IP PBX, or an Internet Protocol PBX, which uses the Internet to transfer calls, rather than traditional wireline technology.

If you’ve ever heard of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), the technology that allows people to send phone calls over the Internet, IP PBXs are just the VoIP-friendly version of the traditional PBX. There are several variants on the IP PBX:

  • On-premise IP PBX: With an on-premise solution, customers can buy a hardware PBX, or build their own hardware system or software PBX platform. These are automatic systems that do not need manual management. However, customers will need to find a SIP trunk service provider to enable their IP PBX to send calls to and receive calls from out-of-office numbers. On-premise IP PBXs are great choices for people who love a tech challenge.
  • Hosted PBX (Cloud PBX): A hosted PBX is a PBX system that it run and maintained by a VoIP service provider. With a hosted service, all of the hardware components of the PBX system are stored at the service provider’s data center. This means that with a hosted PBX solution, customers spend much less on hardware, software, maintenance, and storage. Customers interface with their PBX through a control panel that they download onto their own computer. You may see the terms “hosted” and “virtual” or “cloud” used separately, but today, they all generally refer to the same thing: a hosted system that is based out of a service provider’s data center and provides the customer with a switchboard through a cloud platform.

How Do Cloud PBXs Work?

Starting off with the basics, cloud technology refers to simple cloud-based data storage. So, with a cloud PBX, all of the data of your PBX system is stored online in a cloud data system. When you decide you want a cloud PBX, you first need to find a VoIP service provider that offers cloud PBX options. Once you have contacted the service provider and set up a phone plan, the service provider can start your plan right away. You can control your cloud PBX through any Internet-enabled device, as long as you have all of the login information for your PBX account.

The service provider maintains the cloud system through their private facility, but the customer can personalize and manage their PBX through their account.

What are the Benefits of Cloud PBXs?

Running a business is already expensive, and companies need phone service that is cheap but reliable. Cloud PBXs are extremely cheap, around $20/month per extension, and they are very reliable, but the user doesn’t need to worry about finding a way to house and maintain their PBX in their own office.

With cloud PBX services, business owners can get as many extensions as they need, each with unlimited calling in the US. Customers will also have access to the full range of standard VoIP features like auto attendants that act as automatic operators, and hunt groups, that allow business owners to set up groups of extensions (like accounting, sales, etc.) so that calls can be sent directly to a specific department.

By Rachel Greenberg

Rachel Greenberg is the site editor for www.voipreview.org. She is interested in technology and telecom, and the implications of changing technologies on the greater world.

How Can Cloud IDEs Save Your Time?: Build and Deploy – Part 2

How Can Cloud IDEs Save Your Time?: Build and Deploy – Part 2

IDE in a cloud uses cloud’s resources on demand to make development process more productive. 

  • You can win a minute or so by decreasing IDE boot time. It might look insignificant, but just multiply those minutes to your team size. Add those seconds to the time you can save with faster builds and deploys, and you will get an extra coffee break every day. 
  • With an IDE installed on a local machine, your productivity pretty much depends on specs of your laptop or PC. Cloud IDE builds projects using powerful servers which in most cases can give you a few extra seconds. So, a few minutes a day just by building projects in the cloud. It looks promising, isn’t it? Besides, you can code, build and deploy projects even using your travel stained laptop with mediocre specs. 
  • What do you think of an IDE that anticipates your actions? Auto saving, pre-compiling and pre-deploying intermediate incremental files makes it possible to ensure almost instantaneous coding experience. Exo IDE, for instance, supports use of JRebel plugin that allows making changes to your code, saving the project and updating the app without redeploying it. In other words, cloud IDE is getting ready to compile and deploy changes even before you requested these actions. The build server, editor and a testing VM are hosted side by side and configured in such a way to automate as many functions as possible, which makes it a pretty powerful combo. It’s not perfect yet and there’s much to work on, but that is exactly where most industry experts see the biggest benefits of cloud IDEs versus conventional desktop environments that limit productivity of dev teams. Yes, the process of updating apps, i.e. implementing changes, does not differ much from the way it’s happening with conventional IDE. Yet, having committed changes, a project is built on a powerful cloud server which definitely saves you at least a few seconds. Some PaaS, for example Openshift, choose to build projects on their side, while cloud IDE just pushes changes.

Corporate benefits 

Quite often developers have fears of storing code on a third party server, but not on a local machine. Yet, as a collaborative tool, cloud IDE offers an easy control over sensitive code. Many companies want and even have to trace code copies as well as monitor performance of mid sized and big development teams, i.e. find out how much code has been written. Sure, having one tenant for one project is the easiest and the fastest way to set up one centralized system. Well, add more spare time normally spent for an administrative control.

Social integration 

Coding with colleagues is joyous, especially if you code in the cloud. There’s no need to push code to repositories to let someone have a look at it and fix that annoying bug that has been a real pain in the neck. Using a cloud IDE, it is possible to invite collaborators directly from your workplace, as mentioned above. Not only are cloud IDEs productive, but they’re social friendly! Here’s how social invitation feature is realized in Exo IDE:

Collaborate on your projects, brainstorm new ideas and edit your code in the cloud. Social integration and collaborative features are undoubtedly the core strengths of cloud IDEs. Isn’t it great to code together with a fellow programmer who’s located on the other part of the continent?

One hour of extra coding guaranteed

All in all, it is really possible to save 1+ hour during a normal 6-8 hr working day just by using cloud IDE in a development process. Typically, a coder may make about 30 iterations within just one hour. So, shaving off seconds with each edit-compile-debug-deploy cycle results in 1-2 hours of extra coding time daily. Multiply this figure by the number of dev team members, and you will get pretty amazing results.

Conclusion

 It would not be fair to claim that cloud IDEs totally oust conventional development environments like, Eclipse. Moreover, offline IDEs are still competitive offerings in the market. As for now, web based IDEs do not have a wide range of features modern developers may need, but hold an enormous potential for a skyrocketing development in 2013. Cloud9, Koding and Exo IDE are moving at an immense speed, adding new features each month. More productivity, more code editing features, better infrastructure and more PaaS deployment possibilities – this is what we should expect from major cloud IDE players this year.

 By Eugene Ivantsov

How Can Cloud IDEs Save Your Time? Part 1

How Can Cloud IDEs Save Your Time? Part 1

How Can Cloud IDEs Save Your Time? Part 1

Cloud computing is definitely among the most dynamically developing industries in IT. It’s also definitely the one that promises to surprise the global IT community with new technologies, tools and services in 2013. Cloud hosting, document management and data storage have become common and ordinary even for non IT-savvy people. If you can store your docs and host your apps in the cloud, why can’t you code in your browser?

That’s what exactly the idea that came to enthusiasts from across a few years ago. As a result, the first web based IDEs emerged to revolutionize the market and the development process at large. Like with the majority of new cool things, cloud IDEs did not seem that cool for many developers who stood by offline IDEs and the conventional development, testing and code sharing practices. So, why are cloud IDEs cool and how can they improve software development productivity?

Here are a few keypoints.

Cloud IDE: Basics

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The model of a typical web based IDE is quite simple. Users access their cloud workspaces through a website. In their cloud IDE accounts, they can use IDE’s own resources and services, for example to run and debug apps in the cloud, use code assistant etc. There are also external resources, i.e. third party services, like AWS or Google App Engine. Cloud IDE users can deploy to PaaS, update and manage apps directly from their cloud workspaces.

Projects are hosted on cloud IDE servers (with 256-bit encryption protection, for example). Traditionally, web based development environments provide free access for all users, however, private projects might be fee based (depends on the cloud vendor though).

Getting started and sharing your projects

Developers spend quite some time configuring environment for coding and testing applications. That’s certainly not a big deal for one developer with 1-2 PCs. Yet, when it comes to big teams of developers, it takes time and money. What if one tenant is created and all settings and properties are enclosed in one URL that you can share with the team? A project is created with particular development, VM and testing environment, as well as Git and PaaS. Once a developer receives an invitation and accepts it, he/she can collaborate on this project right away! Perhaps, no developers like those hours of joining or starting new projects spent for configuring environment and installing all necessary tools (the toolbox may be really huge in some cases). Onboarding in a cloud IDE is as easy as joining a group in Facebook. A few clicks will take you to a fully configured workspace.

5 Minutes to Create a Deploy an App?

With Cloud IDE you need no more than 5 minutes to create a simple Hello World app (say, Java or Python) and deploy it to Google App Engine or CloudFoundry, while the same process with Eclipse will take up to 4-5 hours (downloads, installation, configuring settings etc)! Isn’t it much just for a trial attempt? Check out the below video to see how easy it is to create a simple app and deploy it to GAE with a cloud IDE. Can Eclipse perform faster, even if everything is downloaded, configured and fine-tuned?

The answer is quite obvious.

Arduous discussions can be started on whether to go with an IDE on your machine or use a web based one, but a simple demo will show you the real mettle of a cloud based IDE. Of course, this is not to say that offline IDEs, and Eclipse in particular, have no advantages at all. Let’s be frank, Eclipse still rocks especially when it comes to Junit testing (convenient graphical interface), numerous plugins and, of course, its open source nature. Flexibility of Eclipse is what makes it incredibly popular among a huge coding community worldwide. By the way, the multitude of Eclipse adepts is one of the factors behind its popularity.

Read Part 2 Tomorrow: Instant build, commit and deploy

Guest Post By Eugene Ivantsov

Monitorscout.com – A Website And Server Monitoring Service

Monitorscout.com – A Website And Server Monitoring Service

Monitorscout.com – A Website And Server Monitoring Service

Monitor Scout is a website and server monitoring company based in Sweden with over 20 external monitoring locations across the globe. Their reliable monitoring solutions cover a wide range of devices and application including websites, servers, networks and web applications can keep downtime to a minimum. Through Monitor Scout’s various solutions, you will be able to identify latency and downtime issues at the earliest onset, allowing you to solve them even before your users get a wind of them. To ensure the maximum uptime, their notification system alerts you through Email and/or SMS when any issue arises.

Why choose Monitor Scout to monitor website and server?

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  • Monitor Scout’s recognized website and server monitoring services provide various benefits such as:
  • No software installation required.
  • Advanced warning of possible issues.
  • Access to top class internal server monitoring services with notifications for HDD, CPU, RAM, NIC and processes.
  • Internal and external monitoring with 50 different checks.
  • View historic data about your website downtime and uptime with an attractive user interface.
  • Carry out various monitor checks per device at frequent intervals.
  • Great technical support for the extensive number of protocols and applications available

Website Monitoring and its work-flow:

Website monitoring is defined as a process through which the performance and accessibility of the website is being observed and evaluated. With the help of Monitor Scout’s website monitoring solutions you can initiate various checks to monitor the response time and other performance metrics. A very essential feature that Monitor Scout offers is administrator notification through various means like emails, RSS feeds or text messages the moment technical issues are sensed.

How Monitor Scout Proceeds with Website Monitoring?

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If you are running an online business, then your top priority would be to make sure that your website remains available all the time. Your website largely depends on how well your web-hosting server operates. With this, Monitor Scout certainly comes in handy by checking the accessibility of your website from multiple locations and sends request to the universal ports of the hosting servers.

In website and server monitoring, there are a certain aspects that you need to focus on:

HTTP monitoring: Also known as Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, this monitoring checks the availability of the website.

DNS monitoring: this online monitoring service makes sure that your website domain name is being resolved correctly by the server.

Testing FTP: File Transfer Protocol works between port number 21 and 22. It helps in checking the speed and connectivity using the file transfer protocol for transferring files between computer networks for both downloading & uploading files.

Monitoring TCP: Transmission Control Protocol has been designed for smooth transfer of data from one device to another within a network.

Monitoring SMTP: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol works on port number 25. This monitoring check secures all emails associated with data of a network.

Testing POP3: This monitoring check retrieves or downloads e-mails from the remote servers. The POP or Post Office Protocol has been developed in various stages. At present, the standard version has been defined as POP3.

A Closer look at Server monitoring and its components:

How well your website works mainly depends upon the health of your server. In addition to this, you will find that your server also depends on the accuracy and performance of the set of programs and protocols as well as hardware components. With the help of a server monitoring systems you will be able to keep an eye on anything and everything including the CPU, RAM, HDD, NICs, Switch, router, etc.
How Monitor Scout helps in improving server performance?

By choosing server monitoring solutions you will not only be able to identify the issues with the system, but at the same time you can also enhance the performance of the server. It keeps you informed through SMS or email after gathering information from routine scheduled automated checks.

Let us now take a look at the different hardware statistics that should be monitored:

  • CPU is the core of any system so it should be logical to check for it regularly and see if certain processes are hogging CPU resources as this could mean that the application is misbehaving and should be terminated. It is also ideal to set thresholds as the CPU usage in order to prevent lockups.
  • RAM is another integral part of the system. All applications are using memory when being run, and some of them need more than others. RAM actually helps free up the CPU because processed data are stored in RAM so that they will not have to be processed by the CPU again. If there is less RAM, then processed data cannot often be store resulting in the CPU doing more work in order to provide the data to applications every time that it is required, instead of just fetching that data from RAM. The type of applications being run should be scaled according to the available RAM.

Disk space is a big factor but is becoming less of an issue as storage capacity technology is becoming cheaper. Still, this needs to be monitored simply for its performance and availability’s sake.

How Website and Server monitoring adds value to your business?

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  • With the help of a monitoring system you can assure customers that you can uphold the percent uptime that you have promised to provide.
  • This ensures greater visibility for your website and less frustration from customers which will certainly help improves your business.
  • With their routine and automatic monitoring solutions, you can ensure the health of your server and thus ensuring website stability and availability.

Free sign up for Website Monitoring to monitor your site from 20 locations across the globe and gets Email & SMS alert whenever your website goes offline.

By Abdul Salam

Sponsored Post by Monitorscout.com

On-Demand Software Testing Moves To The Cloud

On-Demand Software Testing Moves To The Cloud

Although the cloud has become a standard delivery model for many hosted software applications, cloud-based software testing is just hitting its stride. Cloud-based software testing makes test environments and tools accessible to companies that lack the resources, physical space or ongoing need to develop and provision large-scale, internally based testing frameworks.

With cloud-based testing, all running of test cases, defect reporting and other testing operations takes place in the cloud (either the firm’s own private cloud or a hosted cloud). Cloud-based testing facilitates communication and collaboration between geographically dispersed engineers and users. It also enables companies to hire contract engineers without giving them access to the internal network, as all permissions and access are negotiated through the remote data center’s security architecture. Using a cloud framework sharply reduces the risk of testing impacting a company’s production environment and inadvertent data contamination.

Although the benefits of cloud-based software testing are significant, the cost to develop such a framework is considerable. A more affordable alternative is cloud-based testing on demand (which we’ll call Testing as a Service, or TaaS), using a third-party entity that builds the test framework at its data center and provides professionally trained, seasoned testers and/or automated tools for testing, defect reporting, and other important functions.

With this approach, companies can eliminate the expense of both on-premise and cloud-based testing frameworks, and move what is normally a capital expense to an operating expense. TaaS solutions are generally sold in increments, such as 24-hours, so companies need to purchase only as much testing assistance as they require.

Who Benefits from TaaS?

While cloud testing is fundamental to any software that will have a cloud-based model, it is equally valuable for applications that will be delivered over any network connection. Some types of testing most appropriate for a cloud-based environment include:

Cloud-Specific Testing: Tests such as browser performance, latency (lag time before response to an action), and Web services (how well an application interacts with Internet components) are far easier to perform in their native environment.

OS Compatibility Testing: Compatibility testing determines if an application can run on various operating systems. The scalability of the cloud makes it perfect for hosting operating environments that are only needed for a short period.

Functional Testing: All software must be tested to confirm that it meets functional specifications. A cloud environment provides the speed and scalability to perform such tests for both cloud-delivered and traditional software quickly and efficiently.

Load Testing: Test engineers or tools can create heavy traffic loads and measure the application’s performance. In a traditional testing environment, load test environments are usually simulated or approximated due to costs. Thus in-house testers may skip them due to the expense of building out a sufficient ecosystem for load testing.

Performance Testing: Testing performance and eliminating bottlenecks is a vital step in preparing an application for live use. Using a cloud-based framework makes it much easier and less expensive to generate a wide variety of performance scenarios, including those with users dispersed across the globe.

Stress Testing: Similar to load testing, stress testing evaluates an application’s ability to remain stable and functional under load, but in this case, testing tools push traffic loads to, or beyond, the recommended peak. As with load testing, stress testing in on-premise environments usually involves expensive simulations.

The Bottom Line

With TaaS, the focus is on the deliverable and the importance of achieving ROI as expediently as possible without sacrificing quality. This method incorporates the best practices of current-generation testing methodologies but eliminates processes that are not necessary or appropriate for successful project completion.

Furthermore, use of a third-party entity can provide companies with valuable insights in-house developers and users might miss. Firms using TaaS can reduce their software testing costs by up to 50% while increasing stability, security and overall quality of the finished product.

By Caleb Billingsley

Caleb Billingsley’s primary focus is in ALM including requirements, test automation, and performance testing. He has over 19 years of industry experience, a CS degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and work experience with 100’s of Fortune 1000 companies.  Caleb’s specialties include 19 years of Automation and Performance experience, HP AIS LoadRunner v11, HP ALM ASE Quality Center v10, and experience architecting solutions based on Cloud Technologies from multiple vendors including Amazon, Azure, Skytap, IBM.

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Adopting A Cohesive GRC Mindset For Cloud Security

Adopting A Cohesive GRC Mindset For Cloud Security

Cloud Security Mindset Businesses are becoming wise to the compelling benefits of cloud computing. When adopting cloud, they need a high level of confidence in how it will be risk-managed and controlled, to preserve the security of their information and integrity of their operations. Cloud implementation is sometimes built up over time in a business,…

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Connecting With Customers In The Cloud

Customers in the Cloud Global enterprises in every industry are increasingly turning to cloud-based innovators like Salesforce, ServiceNow, WorkDay and Aria, to handle critical systems like billing, IT services, HCM and CRM. One need look no further than Salesforce’s and Amazon’s most recent earnings report, to see this indeed is not a passing fad, but…

Your Biggest Data Security Threat Could Be….

Your Biggest Data Security Threat Could Be….

Paying Attention To Data Security Your biggest data security threat could be sitting next to you… Data security is a big concern for businesses. The repercussions of a data security breach ranges from embarrassment, to costly lawsuits and clean-up jobs – particularly when confidential client information is involved. But although more and more businesses are…

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

The Catch 22 The very same year Marc Andreessen famously said that software was eating the world, the Chief Information Officer of the United States was announcing a major Cloud First goal. That was 2011. Five years later, as both the private and public sectors continue to adopt cloud-based software services, we’re interested in this…

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

The Cancer Moonshot: Collaboration Is Key

Cancer Moonshot In his final State of the Union address in January 2016, President Obama announced a new American “moonshot” effort: finding a cure for cancer. The term “moonshot” comes from one of America’s greatest achievements, the moon landing. If the scientific community can achieve that kind of feat, then surely it can rally around…