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IOT, or InterOperability Testing, in the Age of Cloud, Things & DevOps


IOT and Testing
Last week, I sat with some Sogeti NL colleagues, among them Quick Tech Tester Tom van de Ven, the initiator of our conversation, to discuss the relevance of IOT to Testing and vice versa. You may already have noticed that I like to play around with the IOT acronym a lot, to have it mean more than just the Internet Of Thingamajigs or whatchamacallit . . .

At Sogeti, we consider the IOT a fundamental Innovation Of Technology, aka the IOT Tech Triad. It consists of three main components: traditional IT, Operational Technology or OT, and of course the so-called Internet Of Things, which in all occurrences needs strategic choices.      [Read more…]

Agile series: General trends

Figure 1: The use of agile approaches in any way whatsoever (%)

Figure 1: The use of agile approaches in any way whatsoever (%)

Agile approaches are not new; they have been around since 2001. This was the year in which the agile manifesto (which included the four values and the twelve principles), was founded by seventeen prominent software developers. However, it still took a while before agile approaches were fully embraced by IT organizations. Only during the last five years did it substantially increase as such. In 2010, the use of Agile approaches amounted to less than 20%, while in 2014 it increased to nearly 80% (see figure 1).

About 70% of the organizations, which use an agile approach work with Scrum. Less than 15% of the organizations use a different approach, such as Kanban, Feature Driven Development, Agile Unified Process, DSDM/Atern, Lean or Extreme Programming. [Read more…]

BMW’s What is the internet anyway? #HelloFuture

In 1994, no one knew how big the internet would be. Not even broadcast journalists Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric. 21 years later, a new big idea has them scratching their heads again. #HelloFuture

Coming up: Webinar on ‘The Recover Approach’

The webinar on ‘The Recover Approach: Reverse Modeling and Up-To-Date Evolution of Functional Requirements in Alignment with Tests” will be held on Monday, February 2 at 5:00 PM CET. The speaker for the session is Albert Tort.

Block your calendars now for what promises to be a riveting session! [Read more…]

16 Tech Trends the Big VC’s are watching

369c560The founders of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz have invested successfully in just about every significant startup you can think of. And when they talk, I listen. Now they have put up a list of 16 major tech trends they are watching, or as they say:

We don’t invest in themes; we invest in special founders with breakthrough ideas. Which means we don’t make investments based on a pre-existing thesis about a category.

Accompanying the list are insightful descriptions of the opportunities in each category. In this post I want to highlight a few of these insights by making a selection out of their descriptions. [Read more…]

Make your team cost-aware … ensure cost-driven development

Cost is a vital aspect of developing on and for Azure. Nowadays, a team has direct influence on the operational costs of different environments. They not only have control over the Development and the Testing phases, but also the Staging and the Production stages. With the right insights into the environment costs, a team can make an architectural decision based on environment billing information. [Read more…]

Microsoft HoloLens Possibilities

HoloLensWe envisioned a world where technology could become more personal. Where it could adapt to the natural ways we communicate, learn, and create. The result is the world’s most advanced holographic computing platform, enabled by Windows 10. Transform your world with holograms.

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Has the design phase become extinct in an SDLC?

SDLCI started my career 21 years ago with Object Oriented Programming (OOP), which was the new buzzword then. I happened to be one of the two fortunate candidates from a batch of 30 freshers to get an opportunity to work in OOP. Back then, one of the very first things I got introduced to was Object Orient Analysis & Design (OOAD), specifically Unified Modeling Language (UML). In fact, after Requirements Gathering, Analysis and Design phases were considered to be the most critical and key elements… before the artifacts such as class diagrams, sequence diagrams, etc. were handed over to the programmers for coding. There used to be strict guidelines about how the design team should identify the domain model/classes, data models and the various manager classes and operations provided by the classes. It was critical because one had to ensure maximum reuse, and maintain an optimal level of code quality to facilitate smooth execution of change management and maintenance phases. [Read more…]

When are you going to be disrupted?

VINT - Design to Disrupt_coverDisruption is happening all around and is triggered by the advances in Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and smart ‘Things’ (SMACT). Customers are changing their behavior in response and companies are keen to find out how to (re)design their organization to survive and thrive in the face of this change.

What’s disruption?
The potential of new technologies is the main driver for disruption. Disruption itself can be described as a predictable pattern across industries in which fledgling companies use new technology to offer cheaper and inferior alternatives to products sold by established players. This is what we call the cycle of disruption: [Read more…]

Test automation – Don’t try to build Rome in a day

Testing-AutomationTest automation is often perceived as  ‘expensive’, ‘costly’ or ‘difficult’… but it shouldn’t be. There is a lot of automation software that is easy to learn, cheap or even free to use.

Nowadays, organizations are working more and more Agile, often through Scrum – which means that the rate of deployments are going up and so is the frequency of Regression Testing. In the first two or three sprints, it’s rather easy to keep up with the delivery rate of new features. This is because the product is still relatively small, and there isn’t much requirement for Regression Testing. [Read more…]

The difference between technology and organizations

The evolution that innovators have to deal with is not about new challengers capturing the market, but also in the rate of disruption. Disruptive innovations are now occurring much more rapidly due to digital acceleration, its intimate relationship with business models and customer experience. Smartphones, cloud computing, social media, the Internet of Things and (Big Data) analytics are developing much faster than organizations can keep up with. This situation is called Martec’s Law, named after the weblog of marketing technologist Scott Brinker.

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The Future of Things

Internet of ThingsA couple of weeks ago, as I was walking into my local convenience store, I was approached by a street peddler. He wasn’t a typical peddler, selling home-made trinkets or flowers from a local garden. He was an employee of a major Chicago newspaper, and was trying to convince me to buy a subscription. It struck me how different things are now from my growing-up years. My family subscribed to multiple newspapers and magazines, when I was a child. Today, however, any information I could gain access to by purchasing a newspaper or magazine subscription can be easily found online for free, with no effort.

The Internet has brought some sweeping economic shifts, and we have seen the impact on the newspaper and print industries. Blogs and news sites have almost crippled newspapers and magazines. YouTube and Netflix are beginning to dethrone traditional television. Online courses and e-books are usurping traditional in-person courses and textbooks. Spotify, Pandora, and others are replacing CDs and traditional radio. Not only has the Internet ushered in a consumer-centric era, but it has also shown that consumers have a strong preference for a-la-carte offerings. [Read more…]

VINT launches Design to Disrupt report

VINT - Design to Disrupt_coverThe disruptive potential of new technologies is growing at a staggering speed and challengers in the market are more vigorous than ever. The combination of these new possibilities and the rise of new competitors are the main drivers that are accelerating innovation. This is the reason why leaders put technology on top of their list of factors that will determine their organization’s future.

Many people have remarked that existing organizations cannot match today’s disruptive innovations and that they should leave this field to lean startups. But Design to Disrupt is an imperative: an appeal to every organization that refuses to passively accept becoming obliterated, but truly believes that pioneering innovations are indeed possible. The design of one’s own disruption is the focus of attention in this process. [Read more…]

Holy Moly HoloLens

HoloLensI don’t know what’s more impressive: the new piece of hardware by Microsoft called the HoloLens or the fact that they kept it under the radar despite 7 years of development.

During their Windows 10 event Microsoft showed off a new OS, a new browser and a bunch of other stuff, but to me the most interesting thing they presented was the HoloLens. Microsoft HoloLens is not exactly a holographic system, but an augmented reality device that blends the virtual and the real in one (what looks to be) seamless, head-mounted experience. [Read more…]


Schermafbeelding 2015-01-19 om 09.22.58A search for higher meaning, dissatisfaction with the status quo and a sense that you’re the first person to feel this way. You’re not.

A semi-satirical coming of age story told by handmade wooden puppets.

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Drag n’ Drop n’ Develop?

dragndropndevelopNostalgia time! When I was in high school, I remember, Internet was opening up to the world. Netscape Navigator and Trumpet Winsock were distributed to the public via diskettes; and internet connection cost about €4.50 per hour. We logged in and looked in wonderment at the stunningly awesome Space Jam movie website (which is still there, by the way; and just as awesome as ever).

Back then, I participated in a national computer science competition. One of the tasks in the competition was to create an HTML page. It was bit of a mystifying skill. In order to create a page, one needed to know how the browsers processed the tags used in the text editor and interpreted them to the user.

We still do web development in the same way, so not a lot has changed since then. Or has it? [Read more…]

The Internet of Things by the Numbers

Schermafbeelding 2015-01-12 om 09.29.09We at VINT wrote extensively about the internet of things. We did four research reports and a lot of blogposts on this topic. In this period we noticed that the numbers depicting the internet of things, from number of connected device to the amount of generated data, are overwhelming but also very variable depending on how you ask.

This weekend I came across research done by BI Intelligence, a research service from Business Insider. They are known for their data updates on trends like wearables and IoT. In this post I highlight some insights from their latest slidedeck. [Read more…]

The DevOps battle field … provision, configure and deploy environments.

280px-Andrieux_-_La_bataille_de_WaterlooThe current battle field in the software industry is among the provisioning and configuring of environments, specially cloud environments.

To live the DevOps dream one of the skills a team must have is the capability to be fast and flexible in the provisioning, configuring and usages of environments.

These environments cover not only test environments but also the complete needed ALM infrastructure and the team member workspace. See this post: Cloud usage flavors for Development and Test teams.
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The Internet of Everything 2015

The way we access the internet has changed rapidly over the past few years, transitioning from desktops to mobile devices. Now, the internet is expanding again — coming to all of the everyday devices found in our homes, businesses, and cities. Business Insider had created a slideshow highlighting the most important ways the Internet of Everything market will develop, the benefits newly connected devices will offer consumers and businesses, and the potential barriers that could inhibit growth.

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IT has been Democratized

John2How many organisations see their IT department as a bottleneck to progress? Your IT department has finite resources. Creating new solutions is a slow process. Before you even get to Coding, you have to do the Business Analysis. Then the Architect needs to design the software. PM’s need to create a project plan and organise resources. We have not even got to the Coding! Obviously Quality Assurance will find lots of “bugs” and send the solution back to the coders. And then there is the hardware and the Virtual Machines which need to be created for all the environments (Development, Test and Production). [Read more…]