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The importance of service virtualization in today’s agile DevOps strategy

Technology has become an integral part in creating business value. Accelerating the business value of IT while keeping cost low is paramount for the continued success of an organization while ensuring that it stays ahead of their competition. The adoption of agile methodology – or DevOps – has been a paradigm shift in how software and other technologies are delivered. DevOps relies heavily not only on the people who create, integrate and test the product, but also on the processes utilized to streamline production.  

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When was the last time you tested your data recovery plan? It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

​Did you know that up to 70 percent of companies go out of business after a major data loss? With a staggering figure like that, it’s not surprising that companies spend thousands of dollars to document and plan for how they should react in the event a disaster affects their IT data center.Typically IT data center hardware is used to run an organization’s IT processes and needs. When a disaster or data recovery plan is put in place, it prioritizes those systems and applications to identify how long they can be offline before there is a major impact to the business. 

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Mobile security threats are growing just as fast as mobile technology – can endpoint protection help keep us ahead?

​Now more than ever, we keep and manage our entire world conveniently within our smartphones - from music, games and photos to emails, bank accounts, and credit cards. The consumer demand for mobility, access and convenience when using technology has placed a premium on endpoint protection. From the introduction of the first portable handset in 1984, mobile devices were thought to be impenetrable until a computer virus was discovered on a mobile device in 2004. Since then, the threats seem to evolve just as quickly as technology.

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The Phoenix Project – Book Review; The case for DevOps methodology and how to get started

​​Many of us who have been around technology for a lengthy part of our careers have seen IT evolve. Instead of back office functions run by the corporate finance department, IT has become a definitive, customer-facing, revenue-generating and business-model-enabling organization. Now IT can make a valuable contribution to the company and its bottom line. One of the major catalysts for this change is the evolution of the DevOps methodology. The book, The Phoenix Project, provides a strong case for firms to adopt DevOps principles as part of their ‘go-to-market’ strategy. Authors Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford get it right in identifying IT as a function that can make or break companies. 

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