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Many businesses are closely scrutinizing the concept of Continuous Delivery and, in most cases, competitive pressure is the driver. CD allows you to deploy applications without having to write endless scripts, provisioning test environments on-demand, and creating delivery pipelines so anybody can see the current status of enhancements-just to name a few. In truth, Continuous Delivery is a response to the challenge of software taking ages to deliver and then not being what the customer wanted in the first place, leading to cost overruns, low ratings and unhappy users. If your competitor releases new versions every week while your team releases new versions every quarter, your company will feel the impact on its bottom-line. Continuous Delivery generates many clear business benefits: Delivers new products and features faster so customers can benefit Ensures new produ... (more)

Leveraging Your Private PaaS for Feature Delivery

The growth of cloud services for business has been a hot topic for years now, but 2012 was the year when the cloud went from market hype to mainstream deployment. Most organizations have now adopted a private cloud of some kind, but caution is preventing them from taking full advantage. Exploring the potential benefits of new tools is vital if IT departments hope to see real performance gains. Recent Gartner research highlights the importance of digital technologies for CIOs in the coming year. Gartner's Mark McDonald described the problem succinctly, "IT needs new tools if it h... (more)

Step Away from One-off Release Thinking

Not long ago, customers and prospects had to find a computer to visit your website. But today they're online 24/7 via mobile devices. Serving your customers is now a continuous interaction, and this phenomenon will only grow in the coming years as customers and prospects demand reliable and up-to-date Web services from anywhere at any time. For your organization, this translates into constant pressure to quickly and frequently add features and updates to your application services. The environment also makes the quality of your online services more important than ever as issues b... (more)