4 Ways Software Can Catch Up with Henry Ford’s Processes

A number of industries have long used simulation and optimization techniques to streamline their production processes. Some of these ideas are decades old. Consider Henry Ford’s assembly line of a century ago. But the software industry is just now laying the foundation to catch up, Akshay Rao, senior solutions architect at CA Technologies, said in a recent […]

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You Think Systems Are Complicated Now? The Internet of Things is Just Getting Started

Information Week recently took a hard look at the gold rush in the so-called Internet of Things, meaning the placement of sensors and actuators on living things and inanimate objects, allowing communication with other machines and people alike.  This can manifest itself in ways current and forthcoming, from chips implanted in pets that disclose their […]

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Sabre Software Outage Grounds Flights Around the World

Another major outage of airline reservation systems last night and early today shows again how reliant we’ve become on software – and how vulnerable massive organizations are to preventable errors that should never make it into production. Airline traffic around the world ground to a halt after the Sabre network, used for scheduling and/or passenger […]

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Software Release Management – A Problem Overlooked (Part 1)

This is the first of two parts discussing the problem of software release management and how automation can be properly used to alleviate these problems. ITIL has Release Management. There are also Six Sigma and CMM. These are all process-oriented “libraries” that deal with the development and release of tangible products or business services.  Yet […]

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Service Virtualization Makes Waves at CA World ’13

The recent CA World conference was packed with news about Service Virtualization, DevOps and the infrastructure for enabling continuous application delivery. It was covered by a wide variety of publications, reflecting the increasing interest in better, faster and less-expensive app development. Here’s our wrapup of the week-that-was in Las Vegas: Nolio Acquisition CA Technologies announced […]

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Turkey’s Largest ISP is Sold on Service Virtualization

Service Virtualization is still a relatively new technology, but already it’s being used in some mission-critical situations at very large companies. Among them: TTNET, a subsidiary of the Türk Telekom Group and the largest internet service provider in Turkey. According to its Wiki page, TTNET now has 7 million subscribers and is on the cutting […]

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Chase Suffers “Internal Glitch;” Customer Accounts Zeroed Out for Five Hours

The “internal glitch.”  It happens, and it’s nearly impossible to avoid. Why? Because IT organizations and systems are divided into lowest common denominators and are designed for reuse by multiple teams.   On Monday, Chase suffered an internal glitch from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time in the systems that run customers’ checking accounts. Those using Chase’s […]

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