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Musings from David Norfolk, Practice Leader for Development & Governance.

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5th December, 2016 - CA World 2016 - general impressions
CA Technologies is still customer focused and sees open source integrations and AI as strategic. Plus, cultural mores in general have moved forwar

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22nd November, 2016 - Some thoughts on OutSystems 10 - one of the leading general-purpose low-code platforms
There's a new release of OutSystems, which tidies up its mobile capabilities.

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3rd November, 2016 - InterSystems data technologies - the innovative database platform that you've never heard of
InterSystems is worthy of more attention

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10th October, 2016 - The issue with testing today - Modern systems are so complex, testing may do little more than engender a false sense of security
Accepted testing practices and techniques aren't adequate for the system complexity we anticipate after the Mutable inflection point.

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29th September, 2016 - A focus on Business Continuity - Business Continuity should be a tested part of holistic system design, not a bolt-on afterthought
Some thoughts on Business Continuity, prompted by a new iland survey

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21st September, 2016 - Uniface 10 - Now generally available
Uniface 10 for all Uniface developers is released.

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8th September, 2016 - Developing for the Mutable Enterprise - is "NoCode", with tools such as Metavine Genesis, the way forward?
Development of apps for the Mutable Business is probably going to be declarative, without coding, if businesses are gong to take control.

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2nd September, 2016 - The Mutable Enterprise - What it means to society as a whole
The Mutable Enterprise is just one aspect of an inflection point we will have to journey through in the 21st century.

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16th August, 2016 - Modelling business decisions
Verifiable models of business decisions are just as useful as the process models used for model-driven development

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12th August, 2016 - Legacy, a reassessment - Legacy applications may be generating the profits that are paying for your innovation
Much of business is still running on legacy systems - if you just concentrate on innovation, you may die before it delivers.

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27th July, 2016 - BMC, reports of death exaggerated? - Its forward-looking strategy is unveiled in London
The new BMC has streamlined itself and is going after agility and innovation.

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4th July, 2016 - Java on the Mainframe - on z/OS rather than Linux - An opportunity well worth researching, if you run a Mainframe
Java usage on z/OS, on the mainframe, is increasing. It is being used to extend critical functionality as well as for modernisation, but it needs managing.

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16th June, 2016 - DevOps at the Oval - Development vs. Operations
DevOps does not mean NoOps

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18th May, 2016 - Learning about Innovation in Configuration Management - An ITSM conference in Vienna and the BCS CMSG Conference in London
Configuration Management is still the basis of good governance for automated business systems. Two conferences will help you keep up-to-date on its progress.

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20th May, 2016 - Compuware is rising from the ashes of its spinoffs. - Perhaps there really is money in mainframes
Compuware looks like it is going for growth afterall....

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11th April, 2016 - ERwin runs free - just in time to take on the GDPR problem, perhaps
ERwin has just been spun out from CA Technologies

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7th April, 2016 - Disruptive GDPR - A new EU take on data privacy merits attention
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) isEC Regulation intended to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the EU

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24th March, 2016 - Is it time for more Systems Thinking in IT - DevOps and IoT, in particular, seem to be all about feedback controlled systems
As we move towards Industry 4.0, are radically new ways of thinking about automation needed?