Archive | July, 2013

TED: Joel Selanikio: The surprising seeds of a big-data revolution in healthcare – Joel Selanikio (2013)

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Insourcing at GE: The Real Story – HBR

So, while the macro story may be about jobs coming back "onshore," at its core this is really a process and a culture story. GE Appliances is proving once again that the balance of process and people, aligned with a clearly articulated and understood purpose and vision, is the source of improved performance and capability development. With leadership engagement and support, this system will thrive.

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Sqwiggle – Remote Working, Collaboration and Communication

Sqwiggle is an always on online workplace for your remote team to work together throughout the day.

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What economists can teach us about cloud computing

Just as Jevons would have predicted, users who found traditional IT pricing burdensome and cloud computing on-demand pricing congenial have begun finding vast new uses for computing, based on the cloud’s lower costs. Applications that could never have been cost-justified under traditional IT economics suddenly become affordable.

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The Great Java Application Server Debate |

Summary of Findings In an interesting note, although JBoss won the overall competition, it never earned the top score in any single category. Here is a quick overview of the 8 sections we covered above. Download and Installation – all Application Servers see the need for lowering the barriers to access and provide easy download and installation procedures. Tooling support – most favored Eclipse, but Tomcat, JBoss and GlassFish all had excellent support for the big 3 IDEs. Server Configuration – the Liberty Profile won here with it’s new dynamic model of hot reloading both the runtime components and config. Jetty and Tomcat were also strong. Documentation & Community – Tomcat has a big, vibrant and established community that beats the competition hands down. Docs are also very good. Real Performance Metrics – Tomcat outperformed the others in our developer oriented performance tests. The Liberty Profile suffered long initialization times, while the others chased Tomcat. Featur…

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High costs and negative value of pair programming

The economics of pair programming are severely negative. Pair programming costs were $7,576 versus $2,841 for an increase of over 266%. Pair programming schedules were 11.11 days as opposed to 8.33 days for an increase of 133%. Unless the quality results for the pair approached zero defects and the quality results for the individual programmer were very poor there would seem to be no economic justification for pair programming. Unfortunately the quality data from the pair programming literature is not adequate because it omits the impacts of inspections and static analysis.

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