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It's the Ecosystem, Stupid

I've been writing for a while on topics related to product and supply chain management in the context of open source communities, and I've noticed a few consistent themes in my articles and blog posts. Most notable is the call for companies to move from the "not invented here" syndrome to a more...
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New Software Needed to Support a New Kind of Processor

Analysis of big data that can reveal early signs of an Ebola outbreak or the first traces of a cyberattack require a different kind of processor than has been developed for large-scale scientific studies. Since the data might come from disparate sources — say, medical records and GPS locations in...
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Real Paths Toward Agile Documentation

In a nutshell, documentation is deemed uncool and old school. Especially on flat agile teams, there’s a lack of ownership of who’s in charge of docs. And, even worse than testing, software documentation is the biggest hot potato in the software development lifecycle. Nobody wants to take...
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The Economics of Software Security: What Car Makers Can Teach Enterprises

Now back to software security. When it comes to embedding software security controls in the software development lifecycle, we may have to stop the car assembly line and incur some up-front cost in terms of changing the way we build software, but over time this cost will be properly amortized into...
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The 30 Highest Velocity Open Source Projects

Open Source projects exhibit natural increasing returns to scale. That’s because most developers are interested in using and participating in the largest projects, and the projects with the most developers are more likely to quickly fix bugs, add features and work reliably across the largest number...
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Open Source Comes of Age

As of today (June 1, 2017), we've been talking about open source for exactly 19 years, 3 months and 23 days. The start date was February 8, 1998, when Eric S. Raymond distributed an open letter by email with the subject line Goodbye, "free software"; hello, "open source". What followed was a...
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The State of DevOps Report Released

Automation is an important technique used by high-performing IT organizations. Yet medium-performing groups do more manual work than low-performing groups, according to the 6th annual State of DevOps Report released today at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in London. The middle performers were doing...
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Modules vs. Microservices

Much has been said about moving from monoliths to microservices. Besides rolling off the tongue nicely, it also seems like a no-brainer to chop up a monolith into microservices. But is this approach really the best choice for your organization? It’s true that there are many drawbacks to maintaining...
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Using Proprietary Services to Develop Open Source Software

... a lot of open source software is developed on (and with the help of) proprietary services running closed-source code. Countless open source projects are developed on GitHub, or with the help of JIRA for bug tracking, Slack for communications, Google Docs for document authoring and sharing,...
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How Linux Conquered the Data Center

In 1998 Red Hat was continuing to gather together names of new allies and prospective supporters for its enterprise Linux.  Several more of the usual suspects had joined the party: Netscape, Informix, Borland’s Interbase, Computer Associates (now CA), Software AG.  These were the challengers in the...
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