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  • Software developers face unique forms of stress: They're tasked with matching creativity to client/stakeholder expectations, often charting unexplored territory while under deadline pressure. However, thanks to technology advances, such as automated continue delivery pipelines and the emergence of DevOps, these professionals aren't quite as overwhelmed as they used to be, according to a recent survey from JFrog. For example, developers are finding it less frustrating to integrate the tools they oversee in their stack, and they're more easily integrating the multiple forms of libraries and languages required for their apps. Meanwhile, their distribution platforms—from development to release to customer—is far more reliable. For certain, releases will still get held up by zero-hour code changes and seemingly endless integration tests. And developers will still spend too much time on tracking issues and tasks. But, all things considered, it's a good time to be in this profession. More than 1,000 developers took part in the research, which also includes the top tech tools of choice among respondents, which we've included here.

  • A specialty lighting solutions firms deploys an ERP platform to improve business practices and plug in critical manufacturing resource planning functionality.

  • The vast majority of today's organizations are moving forward with big data projects, but they admit that they must make significant improvements in a number of critical areas to maximize the ROI of these initiatives, according to a recent survey from CompTIA. The resulting report, "Big Data Insights and Opportunities," indicates that smartphones, tablets, PCs and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices will generate 170 exabytes of data per month by 2019, up from 60 exabytes per month last year. But most business and IT professionals surveyed said their enterprise doesn't have employees with the required data skills needed to take full advantage of this opportunity. Another issue: A significant share of survey respondents said there are numerous data silos within their company, resulting in the lack of a comprehensive, enterprisewide analytics strategy. "The amount of data crossing the wires and airwaves is mind-boggling," said Seth Robinson, senior director of technology analysis for CompTIA. "So, while individual pieces of a holistic data solution may be improving, these individual pieces are not yet integrated in a way that drives ideal results. … Technology is a more powerful tool for every facet of the organization, and business lines are weighing in on technology matters as they use these tools to drive their objectives." More than 400 business and IT professionals took part in the research.

  • A leading design and construction firm builds a cloud-based platform to boost project management and collaboration capabilities and deliver performance gains.

  • As mobility has moved into the center of the enterprise, business and IT leaders have been forced to shift their focus to an app-centric environment. This means creating new apps, updating existing apps and managing all the apps, which includes building in robust security protections. A new report from Apperian, "2015 Enterprise Mobile App Trend Report," examined nearly two million app deployments across hundreds of thousands of enterprise users. It found that mobile apps are rapidly expanding beyond external customers and encompassing partners, dealers, contract workers and others. Organizations are using these apps to streamline core business processes and drive productivity. "While there are examples of successful apps deployed across entire enterprises, [there are] some remarkably innovative apps that are fundamentally changing how business is done—even when only one or two apps are deployed to smaller organizations or single teams," said Mark Lorion, CMO at Apperian. Among the key findings: Companies are developing portfolios and mobile apps to serve their workforce, and these apps tend to revolve around function rather than industry-related or companywide initiatives. Not surprisingly, technology organizations lead the way in deploying mobile apps.

  • The Second Harvest Food Bank manages its inventory more effectively for maximum use and minimum spoilage, and also uses its warehouse space more efficiently.

  • IT employees and leaders have a lot to worry about these days, according to a recent survey from NetEnrich. For starters, they're spending too much money on technology that either doesn't get used or fails to deliver on its promises, findings show. They devote too many hours to "keeping the lights on" rather than innovating. And the increase of tech acquisition decisions being made outside of the IT department (shadow IT) elevates existing risks about cyber-security and business app performance. Meanwhile, tech departments are still struggling with a lack of available talent to support agility and business advances. "Corporate IT departments are in a real bind," said Raju Chekuri, CEO at NetEnrich. "On one hand, demand for the services they provide has never been greater. On the other hand, they're spread thin due to a lack of skilled, available resources. … The result is poor oversight of existing projects, fewer new projects and more shadow IT. What's needed are tools and teams … that automate infrastructure management, while freeing up internal teams to be proactive in their support of business users." An estimated 200 IT executives at large and midsize companies took part in the research.

  • This report offers insights into cyber-threats from around the world, including countries where the most attacks originate and nations that are most targeted.

  • A significant number of businesses are deploying software-defined networking (SDN), or plan to do so within the next 12 months, according to a recent survey from QuinStreet Enterprise. In the accompanying report, "SDN Growth Takes IT Infrastructure by Storm," technology decision-makers said they're turning to SDN to reduce costs and improve network performance. They also expect SDN to improve productivity and security, while streamlining network operations. As with any new technology implementation, there are challenges, including considerations over associated costs, integration and interoperability, security and appropriate deployment models. SDN "is having a profound impact on businesses," according to the report. "As the technology matures, it is more than simply changing network infrastructure design; it is also altering how IT perceives its role and redefining the entire IT infrastructure. … The ability of SDN architectures to make network control programmable, often using open protocols such as OpenFlow, enables organizations to apply globally aware software control at the edges of the network." A total of 466 IT professionals took part in the research.

  • Videoconferencing and collaboration tools enable Mimeo's employees to communicate and collaborate easily, thereby building a stronger, more cohesive culture.

  • A high demand for IT professionals will drive continued staffing expansions at U.S. companies this year, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Seeking to land the best available talent, organizations are forecast to increase compensation for existing employees, as well as to offer higher starting salaries for new ones. Technology remains one of the most aggressively sought skill sets—second only to customer service. Meanwhile, to address lingering talent shortages, employers will recruit more temp and contract professionals and groom them for permanent positions. They'll also increase their investment in training lower-tier workers in order to position them for more demanding roles. In other words, the job market is red hot, and IT pros should expect to benefit at the negotiating table. "On average, the U.S. has added 200,000 jobs each month over the last two years, and we expect 2016 to produce similar results, if not better," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. "The market is also showing signs of broader wage pressure. While employers have been more willing to pay a premium for high-skill labor, they now have to pay more competitive wages for entry-level positions. Workers are gaining leverage." Nearly 2,340 U.S. hiring and HR managers took part in the research.

  • The cure for information overload is to shift your efforts away from the action needed to learn a fact and toward the skill of storing and retrieving information.

  • Over the last couple of decades, the number of applications used by a typical enterprise has risen dramatically. As organizations have become more reliant on these software tools, concerns over performance have grown. A newly released study conducted by cloud services and application infrastructure provider Riverbed examined the current state of applications and performance. The "Global Application Performance Survey 2015," which queried approximately 900 global business executives, delivers key insights into this evolving space. It found that while business and IT executives agree that app performance is at the heart of a successful enterprise, enormous gaps often exist between the needs of a business and what IT is able to deliver. What's more, this disconnect frequently leads to a variety of problems—which are often serious—for organizations. They include diminished morale among employees, a negative impact on brand image and lost revenue. Here are some of the key takeaways from the survey.

  • To keep up with the increasing demands the onboarding and offboarding processes placed on the IT department, a recruiting firm deployed an automated solution.

  • The challenge facing IT leaders is that there are so many forms of hybrid clouds that they don’t realize how extended a journey their organization may be on.