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  • The vast majority of organizations have already implemented DevOps or are planning to do so in the near future, according to a recent survey conducted by Vanson Bourne for CA Technologies. The accompanying report, "DevOps: The Worst-Kept Secret to Winning in the Application Economy," reveals that this software development method—which fuses the words development and operations—is credited with increasing collaboration among departments globally by 21 percent, while reducing the time spent fixing and maintaining applications by 18 percent. Other improvements include faster time to market, as well as greater customer adoption of a company's software and services. "The argument against DevOps is over," says Andi Mann, vice president, CA Technologies. "Global business and IT leaders understand that they need transformational strategies to meet increasing customer demand and win the competition." To take full advantage, however, IT departments will have to address concerns about security and compliance, while overcoming organizational complexities and staff resistance. A total of 1,425 global senior IT and business leaders took part in the research.

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  • "It's all about the apps." We've all heard this increasingly popular catchphrase, which has become a part of the lexicon of today's mobile-crazed society. But whereas those five words were once a declaration of the value apps brought to smartphones, they now could very easily carry a more sinister meaning because mobile apps have become a favorite target of cyber-criminals. Increasingly, mobile apps—in particular, those running on Google's Android operating systems—are where bad guys are doing their sneakiest work by attempting to hijack users' phones, and the data therein, using the very apps they've downloaded by choice. Such is the takeaway from a new study from app-security vendor Arxan Technologies. "With smartphones routinely collecting a treasure trove of personal information about their owners, Android and iOS users are key targets for cyber-criminals," warns Mike Dager, CEO of Arxan Technologies. "Both platforms show increases in security breaches, but the key insight is that mobile app developers can't afford to ignore Android vulnerabilities in particular, with close to 100 percent of Android apps getting hacked."

  • Rosetta Stone uses cloud-based tools, including identity management, to help employees be productive and the IT team become a strategic partner to the business.

  • The ratings and analytics service wanted a more agile approach to its database, so it adopted NoSQL technology to improve performance and boost the bottom line.