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You're Not as Agile as You Think

by InformationWeekDec 11, 2013

“We use an Agile development process.” It’s always said the same way — in a haughty tone that implies the superiority of how the speaker’s organization approaches software development. And from the CEO on down, everyone figures “Agile development” means “nimble and innovative,” just like a startup. This delusional self-satisfaction makes me ill.First off, you’re not special. Everyone uses “Agile” development today.

You Need Smarter Apps

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Embedded BI puts analysis software inside ERP and other real-time transaction systems. But you still must ask the right questions and make the right decisions.  The really strategic, bet-the-company decisions by CEOs get most of the attention. But what matters even more are the ones frontline employees make everyday--the operations, sales, marketing, customer service and other decisions that determine if a grand plan flies or flops.  That's why companies need smarter enterprise

Workshop: Outsource Your Mom, Friends and Church

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

With the cost of IT services and products more affordable, why not help family and friends choose the proper integrator or VAR to handle their PC, wireless LAN and high-speed Internet connection?

Windows Stack Changes Boost Network Performance

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Enhancements to Longhorn and Vista--such as receive-side window autotuning and Compound TCP speed data transfer--look to make more efficient use of network resources.

Windows Into a Parallel SOA Universe

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Microsoft was an early promoter of Web services but let others take the lead with SOA. Now it's back, looking to converge SOA with BPM and dominate extranetintegration.

Windows Ecosystem 2.0

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

The Windows third-party developer ecosystem, carefully cultivated by Microsoft, has long been one of the most vibrant communities of its kind, adding value and innovation to the core Windows platform. Trusted third-party components can speed the development process, cut costs and ultimately make the difference between project success and failure.

Windows is so pervasive in the technology industry that it's likely that almost every commercial developer has done some sort of Windows

Windows 8's New Runtime

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

In Windows 8, you can keep writing classic .NET applications, but the new version of Microsoft’s operating system, expected next year, also adds the new Metro line of applications. Metro is the blanket term for a collection of design principles that have inspired Microsoft. You can get a look at the Metro style in Windows Phone, and it will likely be used in new releases of Microsoft’s flagship products in the months to come.Metro is based on "design principles of classic Swiss

Windows 8 Survival Guide: Server 2012

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Windows 8 Survival Guide: Server 2012It’s not surprising that Windows Server 2012 is being overshadowed by Windows 8. The client ­always draws more attention from the masses, and that’s particularly true this time around given the market hunger for tablets that can natively run Office applications. However, the server side of Microsoft’s ambitious road map may well make a far greater impact on your company in 2013.Let’s face it: Windows 8 faces significant headwinds

Windows 8 Survival Guide: OS and Browser Security

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Windows 8 Survival Guide: OS and Browser SecurityWindows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 may prove to be Microsoft’s most secure OS and browser to date. The company began repairing its abysmal reputation for security with Windows 7; this latest version takes significant steps to provide a more secure operating environment for PCs and laptopsAt the top of the list is enhanced application controls using a program called AppContainer. Microsoft ­borrows a page from the security playbook of

Windows 8 Survival Guide: End Users and Mobility

by InformationWeekJan 20, 2013

Noise and LightMicrosoft is a creature of habit when it comes to major software releases. Right on schedule--almost three years to the day after Windows 7 hit the streets--comes Windows 8. But the computing world has changed radically since then. The iPad has put a ­serious dent in PC sales, while smartphones are meeting more communication and collaboration needs.Windows 8 is Microsoft's attempt to merge the best of PCs and tablets into a single platform, hence many of the biggest changes



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