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Oracle Backup, Recovery & Test Data Management: Actifio vs Legacy Vendors

Even top cloud vendors like Salesforce & Amazon use Oracle database for one or more critical apps. The odds of finding an enterprise running a mission-critical application without an Oracle database is extremely low.

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DevOps Culture Couture – How to Help Management and Engineers Develop a Successful DevOps Culture

DevOps can often be a daunting new approach to IT teams as it defies traditional methods with separate development and operations. The longstanding silos can seem impossible to remove, but the end goal, getting to market faster, seems well worth it. Furthermore, doesn’t an environment full of collaboration and communication seem a vast working improvement regardless of its market implications? We sat down to talk about three recent DevOps articles that offer advice on successful implementation focusing on the surrounding culture.

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DevOps Challenges & Triumphs: Go DevOps First with the Right People and the Right Environment

DevOps has emerged as a revolutionary cultural movement that has been embraced by the technical community. An increasing number of companies are looking for experienced DevOps consultants as implementing the practice can be quite the undertaking. Though many companies yield substantial hesitations, especially large enterprises, the benefits outweigh the difficulties. Recent articles, summarized below, outline the importance and challenges of DevOps adoption, as well as some helpful tips to keep in mind along the way.

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2017 DevOps Trends: My 6 Favorite Articles

DevOps promises to improve application development agility, efficiency and reliability; yet, the concept is only about 9 years old.  New technologies are frequently introduced that promise significant improvements in the development process, and so each year, it is valuable where DevOps is going.  In this article, I will highlight six posts that prognosticate on 2017 trends.

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Implementing Test Data Management for DevOps: 5 Consideration Points

The new buzzword for DevOps is “continuous.”  We have continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous obsolescence and for many developers, continuous consumption of Five Hour Energy.  Yes, the world of DevOps has radically changed development as we know it and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

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How Hybrid Cloud Enables Agile DevOps

Who says the elephants can’t be agile?

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The Top Priorities and Setbacks Enterprises Face In Application Development

There are few things more valuable to any business than direct customer feedback. It’s how we test ideas – old and new. It’s how we decide to change. So we asked TechValidate to help us understand what customers and potential customers are thinking. They’re a trusted neutral party and have helped us validate our own thinking – and sometimes prove us wrong. Recently, TechValidate compiled two sets of survey responses from targeted recipients across a range of industries. One survey targeted existing Actifio customers, and the other focused specifically on application developers who are not current clients. The returns provide some fascinating results that will help to verify and quantify Actifio’s part in helping customers to gain financial benefits. Results also make clear the opportunity developers have to gain time and performance advantages as they come into the fold.

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Copy Data Management = Polymorphism

I’d like to share a fascinating insight from a customer. Our sales team asked me to join them for a face-to-face discussion with the company’s VP of development and his team. After the introductions, he explained the key problem. His Dev & QA teams were struggling to execute their unit testing, build integration testing, and QA testing fast enough, in spite of automation. They identified that too many critical issues were being found late, in UAT, which delayed their release cycles and led to a lot of heartburn inside the company. When they looked into the cause of the quality issues, they found that for 80% of the release cycle they were testing against low-fidelity synthetically generated test data, instead of data from production. The code testing against such dummy data did not expose the code defects earlier in the test cycles.

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How to Leverage Data Virtualization in Test Data Management

We’ve seen the benefits that digital businesses can get by adopting DevOps methods for application development. At the same time, the substantial importance of business applications cries out for the fastest, most efficient development resources. If DevOps is about collaboration and process, application execution and output are all about the power and capabilities of technology.

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