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Can citizen developers bring shadow IT into the light?

Citizen developers can produce valuable businesses applications quickly, but is speed to market worth the risk of security and compliance considerations flying out of the window?

Written by Paul Rubens28 Oct. 15 16:19

10 Windows 10 migration issues you need to consider

Upgrading to a new client operating system is a massive headache for the CIOs of most organizations. That's because it's disruptive, it impacts hardware purchasing decisions, it drains IT budgets and it can take up hours of IT staff time.

Written by Paul Rubens29 July 15 00:59

Why the Open Container Project is good news for CIOs

Application container giant Docker and upstart rival CoreOS have ceased hostilities following the announcement of the Open Container Project (OCP). The project will work to develop industry standards for a container format and runtime software.

Written by Paul Rubens23 July 15 23:27

Why the open source business model is a failure

Open source software companies must move to the Cloud and add proprietary code to their products to succeed. The current business model is recipe for failure.

Written by Paul Rubens06 July 15 23:27

8 tips for finding and managing programmers

Demand for top software engineering talent is going through the roof, which makes recruiting and keeping exceptional developers one of a CIO's biggest challenges.. This is especially true if you happen to be in a location where you are competing for talent with a tech giant like Oracle or Google.

Written by Paul Rubens23 May 15 02:07

How to develop applications for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is exploding, and it's not hard to explain why it's happening now. The sensors, networking chips and other technology required to connect to the Internet devices ranging from light bulbs to smartwatches to industrial equipment have all become inexpensive.

Written by Paul Rubens06 Nov. 14 03:15

How to Keep CMOs From Making Disastrous Software Purchases

When the chief marketing officer (CMO) makes software purchasing decisions, it's a near-certain recipe for security, performance and scalability disasters -- and it's the CIO who's likely to be asked to sort out the resulting mess. That's the view of Sheldon Monteiro, CTO of SapientNitro, a division of business and technology consultancy Sapient.

Written by Paul Rubens23 Sept. 14 22:54

How to Overcome Hidden Barriers to Open Source Adoption

Ten years ago, open source advocates faced an uphill battle when they tried to implement free software in an organization, while proprietary vendors such as Microsoft spoke out publicly and fiercely against it. Barriers to implementation included worries about security, support, warranties and indemnities, and concerns that the quality of software that was freely available would be inferior to that produced on a commercial basis and licensed for a fee.

Written by Paul Rubens12 Aug. 14 23:15

10 Things You Should Know About Apple's Swift

Apple recently unveiled Swift, a new language to replace Objective-C for OS X and iOS application development. Apple won't accept submissions built using Swift to the iOS or Mac App Store until the fall, when iOS 8 and the next version of OS X (Yosemite) ship, so there's still some time to learn the ins and outs of this new programming language.

Written by Paul Rubens21 July 14 23:21

10 Bad Coding Practices That Wreck Software Development Projects

Most of the time, software developers do the right thing. On those rare occasions when they don't, bad things can happen. Avoiding these common coding practices will make your work easier -- and your software more secure and scalable to boot.

Written by Paul Rubens26 June 14 23:54