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Dustin Amrhein

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Imagine for a moment that you’re a software developer who has been charged with adding a new feature into your company’s billing system application that allows bills to be automatically sent to customers via email. You spend weeks, possibly months, working on the new function, and then at some point you move to the unit testing phase. You set up an environment, configure the product with the new feature, and then you run tests to verify that emails with valid billing information are indeed being sent as expected. Once you’re satisfied with the unit testing, it’s time to hand it over to the testing team so they can put it through the paces. At this point you have come to the time dreaded by just about all teams involved in the application development lifecycle: The Hand-Off. If any of you reading this have spent time in software development, you’ve undoubtedly dealt wi... (more)

Declarative Programming in the Cloud

Earlier today I read an interview with fellow IBMer Andrew Spyker that touched on the use of declarative programming models in the new WebSphere XML Feature Pack. I think most of you are probably comfortable with what a declarative programming model is, especially in comparison to imperative programming models, but I really like Andrew's explanation in the interview: ... declarative programming asks the user what they want to do. This is as opposed to imperative programming (ex: Java code working with the DOM or JAXB APIs) which asks the user how they want to do what they want to ... (more)

Building Cloud-Based Application Platforms

IBM Session at Cloud Expo It seems that cloud computing conversations are slowly beginning to march up the stack. Much of the initial focus in the space has been on cloud-based infrastructures such as servers, storage, networks, etc. To some degree, cloud-based approaches to this layer of IT are becoming more of a norm and less of an exception. As this happens, the industry begins to look at the next layer of the IT stack in the context of cloud computing: application platforms. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Cloud-based application platforms... (more)

Advocating for the Value of Enterprise Standardization

When I go out and chat with different users about cloud computing, we usually end up discussing characteristics and associated benefits of the approach. As one may expect, rapid provisioning and increased asset utilization typically dominate the discussion. Users can draw a more or less straight line from these characteristics of the cloud to clear value for their organization, either in cost savings, increased revenue opportunity, or both. While these characteristics and their benefits may be clear, there is another value-producing characteristic of the cloud that, in my experien... (more)

It's a Bottom up World

I was talking to some colleagues the other day about the happenings in the world of cloud. Specifically, we were talking about a few different enterprises we worked with that had recently adopted cloud computing. As we talked, we seemed to hone in on the adoption path. Specifically, what group within the companies we worked with had been most responsible for the cloud adoption decision? Was it a group typically responsible for enterprise solution adoption, or were we seeing a fundamental change in how these types of companies made purchases? As we began to unravel the thread that... (more)