Application Platform Lifecycle Management is a Key Component to DevOps Management Tools

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

• Application and platform lifecycle management (APLM) presents significant new opportunities for leading IT vendors to provide solutions that help enterprises manage the application and platform portfolio ecosystem across the entire lifecycle.

• APLM represents the most important issue facing enterprise customers, who want to leverage, manage and orchestrate cloud-native app development technologies, yet remain challenged to find an entry point through best practices and integrated solutions.

This year a team of GlobalData analysts will explore the emerging competitive landscape based on a new concept we call APLM, which reflects the convergence of modern application development platforms and architectures, cloud hybridization, and the orchestration, automation, security and integration of business and IT systems. New and evolving solutions are being built using virtualization and containerization, DevOps best practices, and orchestration capabilities. Continue reading “Application Platform Lifecycle Management is a Key Component to DevOps Management Tools”

2018 Predictions: What to Expect in Application Platforms

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Technology vendors will productize and operationalize key application platform components through pre-assembled toolchains and pipelines to ease configuration complexities.
  • Traditional MEAP solutions are being enhanced and repositioned to address advanced app development requirements, including mobile, web, IoT, and chatbots.

In 2017, IT operations played a greater role than ever in the application development and deployment process, albeit amid extreme configuration complexity. The prospect of advancing modern app development through new architectures that better support the DevOps model and need for continuous integration, continuous delivery (CI/CD) was certainly part of vendors’ messaging throughout the year. However, deployment complexities were prevalent, stunting the potential of emerging platform services. Continue reading “2018 Predictions: What to Expect in Application Platforms”

Note to Computer Science Students: Quantum Computing is the Future; IBM Announces Landmark 50 Quantum Bit Computer

C. Dunlap

What’s the future in computer science and technology? Quantum computing of course.

Industry giants including Google and IBM are getting revved up over quantum science for its ability to massively speed cloud computing systems and bring staggering intelligence to new cognitive applications.

Technological advancements in the decades-old science are proving a crucial turning point for evolving quantum science into quantum reality. IBM’s recent announcement of a quantum milestone–a quantum computer that handles 50 bits (qubits)–shores up its quest to achieve quantum supremacy. A newly commercialized 20 qubit cloud system with unheard of levels of superconducting capabilities will entice the best of the best industry and academic minds to design advanced apps and literally go where no man has gone before. Continue reading “Note to Computer Science Students: Quantum Computing is the Future; IBM Announces Landmark 50 Quantum Bit Computer”

GlobalData’s Newest MEAP Competitive Landscape Assessment Recognizes Leaders’ Innovation in Integration and ALM

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • The newest MEAP platforms are being repositioned to address modern app development issues as operations plays a larger role involving the leveraging of cloud services.
  • New advancements in AI, low-code tools, integration and API management, and serverless computing all play into DevOps’ need to abstract infrastructure complexities while improving management around app deployments.

Application platforms providers are repositioning traditional mobile platforms to address broader, modern app development including web, IoT, and chatbots. Vendors such as IBM, Kony, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, Salesforce, and Adobe are helping to drive this new era of app development in which modern applications need advanced platform services to respond to continuous integration, continuous deployment (CICD), a prospect which presents enterprises with boundless opportunities to improve businesses, along with extreme challenges. Continue reading “GlobalData’s Newest MEAP Competitive Landscape Assessment Recognizes Leaders’ Innovation in Integration and ALM”

Salesforce Dreamforce 2017: Salesforce DevOps Focus Acknowledges Next Phase of Cloud Development

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

• Salesforce Lightning brand leveraged to promote low-code, customization capabilities

• Salesforce DX emphasizes advanced dev tools: CLI, Scratch.org, repackaging/distribution

Amidst all the hoopla of a big city mega conference which attracts 135,000 attendees were some very important points about how developers and operations teams wish to proceed over the next year with their cloud native app development/deployment projects. Continue reading “Salesforce Dreamforce 2017: Salesforce DevOps Focus Acknowledges Next Phase of Cloud Development”

Oracle OpenWorld 2017: Oracle Relies on Core Integration/API Strengths for Modern Development

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Oracle Integration Cloud Service supports adaptive case management via bots for automating processes.
  • Oracle has plans for blockchain via open source software technology, Hyperledger Fabric.

During last week’s annual user conference, Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle addressed application platforms trends by highlighting its core strengths in providing the industry’s leading integration and API management technology. Continue reading “Oracle OpenWorld 2017: Oracle Relies on Core Integration/API Strengths for Modern Development”

Oracle’s Willingness to Revamp Java and Update Cycle via Community Is a Turning Point

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • The application development industry gathers next week at JavaOne to weigh in on Java’s fate.
  • Oracle’s recent releases of Java 9 and Java EE 8 address current issues including cloud and the need for more regular updates.

Next week kicks off JavaOne in San Francisco, and it will foreshadow an especially interesting year to come, considering the increased expectations being placed on Java and its changing role in a cloud-centric development era.  Oracle’s long-anticipated releases of Java 9 and Java EE 8 this week begin to address some important issues, including the addition of features that help developers adjust to a modern app development era involving PaaS, containerization, and microservices. Continue reading “Oracle’s Willingness to Revamp Java and Update Cycle via Community Is a Turning Point”

MWC Americas 2017: Application Platform Providers Represent a Pivotal Link in the IoT Platform Ecosystem

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

• Application platform vendors are aiming to provide core integration and messaging platforms to partners’ IoT solutions targeting LoB.

• MADP and PaaS providers are enhancing mobile platforms with management and orchestration technology to manage apps across omni-channels, including IoT.

Numerous IoT platforms were on display this week during Mobile World Congress, Americas 2017 in San Francisco. At the heart of the solutions being offered by various telcos, networking, and other infrastructure leaders was a common foundational technology in the form of middleware or platform services, typically offered via cloud partnerships. That’s because IoT solutions are enabling applications through technology that gathers data, manipulates data, and applying rules around the data–technology founded in mature middleware solutions, including: Continue reading “MWC Americas 2017: Application Platform Providers Represent a Pivotal Link in the IoT Platform Ecosystem”

VMware VMworld 2017: Infrastructure Leader Poses New Threat to PaaS Providers

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Summary Bullets:

  • VMware leverages its infrastructure strengths in taking on containerized services.
  • VMware neglected to outline a roadmap for DevOps technologies: microservices, serverless computing, and APM.

VMware significantly stepped up the competitive threat it poses to the application platforms market segment, announcing its first commercial offering alongside sister company Pivotal, as well as technology partner Google, via a container services collaboration, Pivotal Container Service (PKS). The emphasis is on easing configuration requirements that have delayed adoption around containerization, which ensures the continuous delivery of services and apps, while addressing IT operational concerns involving the modernization, management, and portability of legacy and new apps between multiple clouds. PKS, available year-end, supports Kubernetes container technology on vSphere and Google Cloud Platform (for more, see VMware VMworld 2017: VMware Container Collaboration Addresses Configuration Pain Point, August 30, 2017). Continue reading “VMware VMworld 2017: Infrastructure Leader Poses New Threat to PaaS Providers”

Cloud Leaders Must Acknowledge Importance of Agility via OSS Initiatives

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

• Leading into JavaOne, keep an eye on prominent microservices community project MicroProfile including vendor participants.

• Another important cloud initiative receives strong support this month via Microsoft and AWS.

As we head into the crush of fall conferences among application platform and cloud vendors, I’m watching for themes that will further the modernization of application development. Since I have concerns about the ongoing complexities around emerging microservices architectures, community projects focused on improving the development process via open source software initiatives will be especially important in coming months.

This week a prominent community project focused on microservices, MicroProfile, announced key feature enhancements aimed at accelerating the adoption of microservices within the Java EE community. While there are multiple efforts around standardizing Java EE technology, not the least of which is JCP, MicroProfile’s latest enhancement will include a common configuration API that can be applied to multiple deployments, basically externalizing a configuration from an app to support a rapidly changing DevOps environment including continuous delivery. Going forward, other areas the group is considering includes integration with Health Check, Health Metrics, and Fault Tolerance. Continue reading “Cloud Leaders Must Acknowledge Importance of Agility via OSS Initiatives”