Applications

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Azure container instances arrive

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I love containers. You love containers. We all love containers. But, if you ever tried to run your programs on Microsoft Azure, you had a problem. It wasn’t easy to run Docker-style containers, a native Linux technology, on Azure. Oh, it could be done, but it was work. Now, with Azure Container Instances (ACI), it’s […]

Everything old is new again: Microservices

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If I told you about a software architecture in which components of an application provided services to other components via a communications protocol over a network you would say it was… Well, it depends. If you got your start programming in the 90s, you’d say I just defined a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). But, if you’re […]

Docker embraces Kubernetes with Docker Enterprise 2.0

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It turns out Docker was serious about adopting Kubernetes. Docker has its own container orchestration program, Docker Swarm mode, but the company saw the wind was blowing towards Kubernetes so it added Kubernetes to its selection of orchestration tools in October 2017. But, there’s adoption and then there’s “Adoption.” With the first you announce you’ll […]

What you should know when building a client-reseller relationship

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We constantly hear from our clients about a general lack of multivendor licensing knowledge across their workforce and the global market pressures that are driving their cost control initiatives. In our experience, there are some salient ways to tackle both challenges simultaneously by instigating a discussion around how an organization effectively manages key software vendors’ […]

How to use Kanban to conquer to-do lists in your personal life

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TO-DO LISTS. It seems like they never come to an end. You check off one task and add two new ones. The lists are constantly growing and can get really messy at some point. Worst case – they make us feel stressed and keep us from falling asleep. ✓ Laundry ✓ Grocery Shopping ❒ Organize […]

Windows as a Service simplifies the job of keeping up to date, but challenges legacy processes

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Although most enterprise customers are still running legacy versions of Windows – 60% by some accounts, the vast majority being Windows 7 — everyone understands the importance of getting to Windows 10.  But once you get to Windows 10 you face the new challenge of keeping it up to date.  In order to continually enhance […]

How APIs will stitch together healthcare

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If you want to see healthcare technology executives’ eyes roll back in their heads, start a discussion on interoperability. Most consider it the epitome of hype curve terms which almost immediately positions the deliverer as out of touch with the needs of the modern healthcare IT buyer. Don’t get me wrong. Do healthcare payers and […]

AI is great, but greatly misunderstood

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In the past year, I have been witness to many misunderstandings about artificial intelligence (AI), from both co-workers and clients. I was about to blog on the state of AI when I came across this HBR article, “The Business of Artificial Intelligence” by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew. I was so glad to find such a […]

Legacy modernization: Prioritizing the application portfolio

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The majority of legacy systems in operation today are the result of years, often decades, of combined investment, development and customization. While to an outsider they may appear to be archaic in both design and operation, these systems continue to manage core business operations and provide significant competitive advantage. They may have been partially rewritten, […]

How a digital core enables digital transformation in industries

Companies in every industry are facing the challenge of evolving digital capabilities given their current operating models, resources, talent and culture (see HBR survey). These elements are so intrinsic that any digital transformation not addressing them will ultimately fail because the legacy organization will inevitably exert a gravitational pull back to established practices, while agile […]