September 2021

Building Machine Learning Pipelines with Real-Time Feature Engineering

Real-time feature engineering is valuable for a variety of use cases, from service personalization to trade optimization to operational efficiency. It can also be helpful for risk mitigation through fraud prediction, by enabling data scientists and ML engineers to harness real-time data, perform complex calculations in real time and make fast decisions based on fresh data, for example to predict credit card fraud before it occurs.

Migrate to CDP Private Cloud Base - A Step by Step Guide

Our recent blog discussed the four paths to get from legacy platforms to CDP Private Cloud Base. In this blog and accompanying video, we will deep dive into the mechanics of running an in-place upgrade from CDH5 or CDH6 to CDP Private Cloud Base. The overall upgrade follows a seven-step process illustrated below. In the video below we walk through a complete end to end upgrade of CDH to CDP Private Cloud Base.

An Ultimate Guide about SQL Injection for WordPress Users

The Structured Query Language (SQL) is a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) that is pronounced like the word "sequel." It was the first simple way to store and retrieve many sorts of data on computer systems, and it was invented in 1974. Since then, the language has grown in popularity, and it is still used in many content management systems (CMS) today, such as WordPress.

Deploying a Kong Gateway Data Plane With Pulumi

Infrastructure as code is a core component of all modern SRE team’s day-to-day work. There are plenty of options available, but the one that I’m most excited about is Pulumi. Instead of writing a domain-specific language (DSL) to configure your infrastructure, Pulumi lets you write the language you already know. For me, that’s Typescript, but if you prefer Go, Python or DotNet programming languages, that’s an option too.

Why is Testsigma a perfect solution for automating your cross-browser testing on the cloud?

Today, there are 1.88 billion websites on the internet and the number is rapidly increasing. There are 3.8 billion people in the world that own smartphones today – which amounts to 48.16% of the world population. The internet traffic from mobile (as compared to that from desktops) has also been increasing, and now stands at 56%. The point I am trying to make is that if you have a website – it can be accessed from a web browser or a mobile browser.

How Xplenty Helps Employers Keep Track of Time

Up to 20% of all employees in the United States are regularly late for work, costing organizations like yours billions of dollars a year. The solution? Timesheets, which monitor employee hours, tardiness, performance, and absenteeism. These documents also collect valuable data for payroll, accounting, billing, and project management. So they're critical for human resource teams everywhere. But there's a problem or two.

Of Low-code, Digital Trust, and Staying Ahead of the Risk Curve, Part 2

Business process automation shifted into high gear during the COVID-19 crisis, making technologies such as low-code platforms, AI, and robotic process automation (RPA) critical success factors for any organization in the decade ahead. The same is true for the insurance industry where many companies are leaning into hyperautomation to streamline operations and take friction out of the customer journey as well. But pivoting from paper to digital isn’t easy.

That's a Wrap! What You Missed at Kong Summit 2021

So many announcements, so many surprises and a seemingly never-ending list of impactful customer stories! After two and a half days packed with fun and learning, we bid farewell to Kong Summit for another year. If you were one of the almost 5,000 people that registered, you know exactly what we are talking about. Here is a recap of some of the most exciting parts of Kong Summit 2021.

Design Environment Challenges: Using PLM for Semiconductors

Following up on an earlier blog post where we discussed what is product lifecycle management for semiconductors, in this blog we will delve deeper into the challenges that PLM presents for a semiconductor design environment. Although PLM tools have seen some success in industries such as defense, automobile, aerospace, and others with large design teams and well-established methodologies, the adoption rate in the semiconductor space has been slow.

Kong Once Again Named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management

We are thrilled to be once again recognized as a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Full Lifecycle API Management. We believe this recognition reinforces our commitment to our customers, who rely on us to continue innovating so they can build solutions that unlock growth, security and innovation for their companies. Kong is the most adopted API gateway, with over 2.6M instances running worldwide.

IP Security Vulnerability Detection

The severity and ingenuity of cyberattacks continues to increase as malicious actors become more proficient, breaking through the software layers and aiming to also compromise hardware like integrated circuits. Relative to software, it is much more difficult to patch security vulnerabilities in ICs – making early identification of IP security weaknesses increasingly important.

The Ultimate Guide to Using ELK for Log Analysis

ELK has become one of the most popular log analytics solutions for software-driven businesses, with thousands of organizations relying on ELK for log analysis and management in 2021. In this ultimate guide to using ELK for log management and analytics, we’re providing insights and information that will help you know what to expect when deploying, configuring, and operating an ELK stack for your organization.

Demo: Introducing Build Insights on Bitrise

Monitor and improve your Bitrise performance with Build Insights! 📊 Build Insights is a monitoring tool that allows you to track metrics detailing the performance of your Bitrise builds. Track your metrics on app-, Workflow-, and Step-level and use the data to optimize your builds. In this quick demo, we're introducing the dashboard's main features.

Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaS - Impact Analysis

Brief overview and demo of the Impact Analysis capability available in Qlik Sense. Do you understand the origins and journey of your data sets? Do you trust where the data comes from? Are your responsible for migrations, understanding business changes and handling regulatory compliance? If so watch this video to learn more about Qlik’s latest addition to Qlik Sense Enterprise SaaS - Impact Analysis.

The Right Approach to Modern BI: From Scrappy Startups to Giant Enterprises

During this fireside chat, Daniel and Josh will discuss why taking a modern approach to BI is more important than ever to unlocking growth and innovation across industries. Hear real life examples from Josh that show how the right data strategy can transform companies, from scrappy startups to giant enterprises.

Choosing the Right Data Warehouse for an Exceptional BI Experience

Choosing the right data warehouse for your business intelligence needs can improve user experience, enable more extensive self-service, and speed time to insight and value creation for your organization. Choosing the wrong data warehouse can create more work and frustration for everyone involved. This session will help you understand the unique capabilities of modern data warehousing and set yourself up for success as you look to modernize your data infrastructure.

Rollbar Tip of the Day: Telemetry

Telemetry allows you to view a 'breadcrumb' of events leading up to an exception directly in the Item details view. Telemetry is currently available in the Javascript, iOS, .NET, and Node.js SDKs. (and more to come!) Rollbar is the leading continuous code improvement platform that proactively discovers, predicts, and remediates errors with real-time AI-assisted workflows. With Rollbar, developers continually improve their code and constantly innovate rather than spending time monitoring, investigating, and debugging.

What types of test cases should be automated for efficient cross-browser testing?

Today, according to w3c, the most frequently used browsers are Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari & Opera. It is always advisable to run cross-browser test cases at least on these. However, the process of analyzing and selecting the thousands of device, OS, and browser combinations requires time, expertise, and effort too. Additionally, deciding which cross-browser test cases are ideal for automation requires proper analysis and expertise. Let us explore a few of such cases in this article.

Testsigma as a mobile testing tool - how can it help me achieve ROI faster?

Let’s start this post with a situation. An organization working in the logistic business has started to gather positive reviews and millions of users are now opting for their services through their mobile app. In other words, the organization is scaling very fast. Even though they were managing quite well with manual testers and in-house test automation setup, they know this arrangement cannot work for long. They are smart people.

The alternative app store opportunity for Android developers

Apple and Google’s dominance over mobile app stores has never seemed less certain, and there are many signs that new payment methods and alternative app stores might become the norm. They aren’t exactly new, though. What are alternative app stores? What opportunities do they provide? And why aren’t developers publishing there en masse, today?

Top 5 Free Tools for JavaScript Developers

JavaScript is an awesome language to create fantastic client-side apps. You can use it to drive interactive elements and create engaging single-page applications to woo your customers. More importantly, most developers are familiar with JavaScript and can provide you top expertise for your project. Most of the JavaScript developers at hiring platforms like Reintech are adept at crafting innovative solutions for your unique business problems.

Serving the Public Through Data

Digital transformation has been talked about for many years, but the pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation journeys for many enterprises. Forced to adapt to changes in the business landscape and customer behavior, businesses have adopted more digital tools and technologies to drive innovation and increase resilience.

Closing the Gap Between the Digital Haves and Have-Nots

The digital race is on. To pull ahead of the pack, a company needs to know what to do with its data. Without a data-driven strategy, you’re bound to lose ground to competitors who apply their data to operational improvements, product development, go-to-market strategies, and the customer experience. It isn’t enough to collect, interpret, and act on the data. You have to do it fast.

Affiliate programs for bloggers that pay high affiliate commissions

Affiliate marketing in 2021 continues to be a viable option for bloggers, freelancers, and social media marketers to make money online by promoting products and services via blogs and social media channels and earn high affiliate commissions while doing so working from home. Affiliate bloggers can start a profitable business online without having to spend lots of money when starting out.

Managing APIs at Scale in a Kubernetes Environment

Kubernetes continues to lead the container orchestration charge. In fact, according to the latest CNCF survey, 83% of respondents said they were using Kubernetes in production. Kubernetes provides you with key features such as self-healing capabilities, automated rollouts and rollbacks, automated scheduling, scaling, and infrastructure abstraction. This provides a truly extensible, highly available and infrastructure-agnostic environment to deploy all your modern microservices-based applications.

How to Turn on Change Data Capture (CDC)

2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day, and those numbers are continually increasing. With such astronomical volumes of data, businesses have to understand and interpret data faster than ever before. However, data transfers must occur for businesses with millions of data entry points to properly store and interpret their data.

7 Tips to Improve ETL Performance

Consider for a moment, if you will, plastic patio furniture. Plastic Fantastic is a global manufacturer with several factories, warehouses, and plenty of stores. One can only imagine the sheer amount of data resulting from sales, production, suppliers, and finances. Everything that happens, from purchase and onward, to these chairs, tables, and cupboards in all corners of the world is measured.

Klocwork: The Ideal Static Code Analyzer for Developer Productivity, SAST, and DevOps/DevSecOps

Klocwork is a leader in static code analysis and SAST for C, C++, C#, Java, and JavaScript. Built for enterprise DevOps and DevSecOps in the software development industries of: Automotive Embedded Aerospace and defense Healthcare; and Gaming Klocwork scales to projects of any size, and seamlessly integrates with CI/CD pipelines, docker containers, and large complex environments. Such as Unreal Engine and Android (AOSP).

Future of Data Meetup: CDP on Azure - Industrial Strength Data Engineering

Data Engineering is undergoing a huge evolution requiring faster and more reliable data pipelines. Apache Spark and Python are core foundational components of this new architecture enabling data engineers to quickly develop these pipelines. They also introduce challenges when moving to production. Come join us as we: Ask questions and learn. We will also have a raffle of Cloudera swag.

Accelerate test automation with 99.9% self-healing tests with Xray and Functionize

Companies looking for digital transformation need to set up their teams for success. Modern development teams can release faster using an innovative suite of testing solutions. The integration with Xray and Functionize fits seamlessly into agile Jira workflows and incorporates AI/ML to speed up testing. The Xray-Functionize integration provides you with easy creation of automated tests, more visibility into testing results, and the capacity to increase team collaboration.

How to Monitor Core Web Vitals for your Website with Alerts and Reports

The experience your customers get once they enter your website can be a game changer for your online business in terms of sales, revenue, customers interaction and overall experience. Once you release new features for your website or blog, or once you add new plugins or widgets, add new styles, animations or functionality, all these can affect the Performance, SEO or Accessibility of your website.

Real-Time Form Validation with Phoenix LiveView

LiveView is a compelling choice for building modern web apps. Built on top of Elixir’s OTP tooling and leveraging WebSockets, it offers super-fast real-time, interactive features alongside impressive developer productivity. LiveView keeps the developer’s mind firmly rooted on the server-side, even when testing and debugging. This can empower you to deliver interactive features in single-page apps faster than ever before.

2 Approaches to Microservices Monitoring and Logging

We’re seeing a massive shift in how companies build their software. More and more, companies are building—or are rapidly transitioning—their applications to a microservice architecture. The monolithic application is giving way to the rise of microservices. With an application segmented into dozens (or hundreds!) of microservices, monitoring and consolidated logging become imperative.

Database-driven realtime architectures: building a serverless and editable chat app - Part 1

Database-driven realtime architectures are becoming more and more common as evidenced by key backers and widespread use of software like Firebase and Supabase. The two key priorities for an app following database-driven realtime messaging are long-term storage and change data capture (CDC) updates from the database. In this two part article series, we’ll take a detailed look at a fully serverless chat app where you can edit previously published messages.

How to get started with ThoughtSpot for Sales

Who are my top sellers? What kinds of deals have the highest close rate? How have our sales opportunities changed over time? As a sales leader, these are just some of the questions you ask yourself every day to keep your team on track. And the answers are in your data. Every form fill, cold call, and MQL is another data point you can use to assess the health of your sales organization.

Automation Shouldn't Be Hard: Appian RPA updates to simplify your job.

Last month, we unveiled Appian 21.3 with new product enhancements that help customers develop apps and automations even faster. And now, we’re excited to announce updates to Appian RPA that simplify the already-easy Appian low-code experience even more—including the reveal of the new Appian RPA task recorder that allows you to record browser automations right from your workflow designer.

Customer Data Platform (CDP) vs. Reverse ETL

Reverse ETL and customer data platforms (CDPs) are two big data trends that have been receiving a great deal of attention. While both CDPs and reverse ETL can help you make smarter data-driven decisions, there are also several crucial points of distinction. In this article, we’ll answer the question: what’s the difference between reverse ETL and a customer data platform?

Group vs Fine-Grained Access Control in Cloudera Data Platform Public Cloud

Cloudera Data platform (CDP) provides a Shared Data Experience (SDX) for centralized data access control and audit in the Enterprise Data Cloud. The Ranger Authorization Service (RAZ) is a new service added to help provide fine-grained access control (FGAC) for cloud storage. We covered the value this new capability provides in a previous blog.

Unveiling Sisu's vision for Decision Intelligence

When I joined Sisu over a year and half ago, I thought I was joining a data analytics company. And in some ways, I was. Our founder and CEO, Peter Bailis, started Sisu based on the insight that with the emergence of cloud data infrastructure – and the resulting exponential growth in the complexity of cloud data – the analytics layer needed a fundamental rewrite.

Introducing Sisu Dashboards and Explorations

Today we launched data explorations and dashboards, new capabilities that complement Sisu’s powerful Decision Intelligence Engine and make it easier than ever to ask questions of data, monitor metric performance, and share and collaborate when making data-driven decisions. Unlike traditional dashboards, our tiles are equipped with ML powered diagnostics so you can automatically reveal the key drivers behind changing metrics with a click.

Of Low-code, Digital Trust, and Staying Ahead of the Risk Curve, Part 1

We talk about risk like it’s a bad thing. But all innovation involves risk. Which isn’t necessarily bad. Not if the consequences of being wrong about it don’t pose an existential threat. But businesses everywhere are struggling to cope with doomsday scenarios such as climate change, cyber smash-and-grabs, the global COVID-19 crisis, and more.

Kong Summit Day 1: 10 Exciting Announcements & More!

We are now deep into our most anticipated event of the year, Kong Summit 2021 (there’s still time to register for Day 2!). More than 4,000 people have registered from 87 countries for the virtual event. After a full day of knowledge and surprises, we are excited to recap the most memorable moments from today.

Embedded System Software Development: Everything You Need to Know

Embedded system software developers have a difficult job. For one, the work itself is challenging — embedded systems must withstand numerous updates to their environment to function properly. Plus, when something goes wrong in development, those higher up the chain tend to look at developers rather than the tools the team is using. You can’t solve new problems with old tools, and they are often at the root of a team’s mistakes or delayed releases.

New Products at Kong Summit 2021 - Kong Istio Gateway, Kong Gateway 2.6, Kong Mesh 1.5 and More!

Today at Kong Summit, we are thrilled to announce several new products, features and capabilities across our entire service connectivity platform with the goal of making service connectivity as invisible and easily consumable as electricity. These updates include making the Kong Istio Gateway integration generally available and debuting Insomnia Projects. We’re excited to share them with you all.

Managing Secrets in a central location: Secret Envs filtering

We’ve just released (the first phase of) a new feature called Secret Envs filtering that enables managing secrets in a central location. Now you can set env vars as secrets from within your Workflows, mask them, and with a Script Step, use secrets from an external vault/company’s own service.

Create Your First Svelte App

It’s official (well, according to the gospel that is Stack Overflow): Svelte is the world’s favorite web development framework. According to a snapshot of over 80,000 devs carried out in May, this relatively new user interface tool is now more popular than established behemoths like React.js, Django and Vue.js. Programmers love its open-source convenience, its code-efficiency and its super-smart compilation, which generates an optimised JavaScript code based on your manual submissions.

Understanding Microsoft ETL with Azure Data Factory

Migrating analytics workloads to the public cloud has been one of the most significant big data trends in recent years—and it shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. According to a study by IT research company Forrester: Within three years, however, Forrester predicts that the fates will have reversed: Of course, before data can be processed in the public cloud, it has to get there in the first place via data migration.

React and Respond in the Business Moment With Qlik Application Automation

Unless you’ve hidden under a rock for the past decade, you can’t have failed to notice that data in today’s enterprise is very much alive. It’s always moving, constantly changing, and we’re continually using it to create new business value. However, while data fluidity and visibility have blossomed, the opportunity to use that data to drive business actions seems to have withered in comparison.

Why You Need a Feature Store

Feature stores have arrived in 2021 as an essential piece of technology for operationalizing AI. Despite the enthusiasm for feature stores in high-tech companies, they are still absent from most legacy ML platforms and can be relatively unknown in many enterprise companies. We discussed how feature stores are critical to the data-first approach of next-gen ML platforms in our previous blog, but they are important enough to get their own treatment in a full article.

Logit.io Announces The Beta Launch Of Hosted Grafana

We are pleased to announce the beta launch of hosted Grafana in addition to our existing ELK as a Service & hosted Open Distro services. As organisations around the world are constantly looking for ways that they can ensure compliance is being upheld, speeding up Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) and reducing the risk of DDoS attacks, managed Grafana forms a vital role in improving metrics observability across the entirety of your infrastructure.

Qlik App Automation - Brief Overview and Demo

Qlik Application Automation lets you visually assemble flows that work with market leading SaaS applications to invoke downstream processes that react to changes in your business. Consequently you spend less time programming back-office workflows and more time driving insights. Qlik Application Automation is part of our Active Intelligence vision which delivers in-the-moment awareness about every aspect of your business and helps you drive immediate actions.

Intro to load testing with k6 and Grafana (k6 data source plugin and Prometheus Remote Write)

Nicole van der Hoeven talks about what performance testing is, why it's the other half of observability, and the easiest way to run a test using k6 while seeing the results on Grafana. She mentions integration options, involving the k6 Grafana data source plugin as well as how to utilize Prometheus Remote Write to visualize k6 load testing results along with other metrics to Grafana. This is a pre-recording walkthrough of the live webinar Nicole did for Grafana Labs on September 16th, 2021.

What's Holding Us Back From True Hybrid Multi Cloud Applications

The promise of hybrid multi-cloud applications has been something the industry has been touting for as long as we have had cloud computing. The reality though is sorely disappointing, with only a few super technical teams coming even close. This talk poses the challenge of identifying why it is so complex and what we can do about it. Attendees will see– a view of why Multi-cloud deployments are interesting– background on the challenges we are seeing across companies in going multi-cloud– strategies to put in place to make it easier to get started

Rollbar Tip of the Day: Auto-Resolve

Simplify your error management workflow and configure Rollbar to automatically resolve items on deploy, or set an inactivity timer to resolve items if they have not occurred in a certain number of days. Rollbar is the leading continuous code improvement platform that proactively discovers, predicts, and remediates errors with real-time AI-assisted workflows. With Rollbar, developers continually improve their code and constantly innovate rather than spending time monitoring, investigating, and debugging.

Multi-Factor Authentication for Rails With WebAuthn and Devise

If someone steals your password, they can pretend to be you. That's why many companies provide two-factor or multi-factor authentication via a fingerprint scan, a YubiKey, an authenticator app, or SMS. In this article, Petr Hlavicka will give you a solid foundation of knowledge about multi-factor authentication and will walk you through implementation with Rails, Webauthn, and Devise

Avoid another analyst fire drill with the modern data and analytics stack

In a recent webinar by TDWI, 45% of analysts reported that “every day seems to be a different fire drill.” No surprise to anyone in the industry. As much as analysts need to be focused on more strategic tasks, their skills are frequently deployed to answer basic questions. Greater self-service capabilities for end-users would no doubt alleviate these fire drills, but this is not yet a reality for the majority of companies.

7 Best WordPress Themes for Essay Writing Websites

Many online developers use WordPress today. It is an open-source platform that allows you to develop a PHP tool. This is the best way to manage your content and ensure that your blog is flawless and clear. You can create a website that is unique and reflects who you are. Many website owners use WordPress, using themes the service provides. This is particularly important for websites that offer essay writing services like, for example, My Custom Essay among many others.

A payments testing checklist for seamless transactions

Payments testing mimics each step of the payment process to verify that connections, transactions, and paths for communications are working. The best payments testing strategies include a thorough range of tests, from functional to performance to location. Need a place to start? Follow this checklist when developing a payment gateway testing strategy. A good strategy should detail exactly what information is needed, common flags for problems, and the markers of a successful payment gateway.

Five e-commerce payments gateway testing use cases

Without payments gateway testing, you risk cart abandonment, over or under-payments, penalties, and increased customer support costs. These risks occur when web or mobile app payment transactions run into issues. To avoid these issues, online retailers should create test cases, conduct periodic checks, and update their processes to ensure the system’s integrity. From functional testing to usability testing, there are many ways to test payment processing.

Converged Analytics In Financial Services

In financial services, data has always been viewed as a strategic asset. To manage this data, organizations have invested heavily over several years and across a number of technology generations in the underlying data infrastructure. This approach has left a large data technology legacy along with silos of data linked to specific infrastructure and applications.

Ruby Flip Flop: What It Is and When to Use It

Apart from being a synonym to a sandal, a ruby flip-flop refers to a system that comprises two alternating (on/off) states that one can switch between. This can be pretty helpful when you want to loop through arrays and capture contiguous subsets that lie between specific bounds (you’ll understand more of what I mean as you read along). However, not many programming languages have leveraged a mechanism like this.

Top 7 Talend Alternatives and Competitors

On the surface, Talend seems like the ultimate data integration platform. It's open-source, maintains multi-cloud integration, supports data governance frameworks like GDPR and CCPA, and handles both ETL and ELT, providing you with more flexibility for data management. Dig a little deeper, though, and you'll notice this platform has an outdated user interface and limited capabilities, and you'll probably need to upgrade to its enterprise version to execute data integration.

DeviceFarmer | Verified Steps on Bitrise

Previously known as OpenSTF (STF: smartphone test farm), DeviceFarmer is a web application used for debugging Android smartphones, smartwatches, and other gadgets remotely, from the comfort of your browser. Bitrise Verified Steps are official integrations developed and maintained by the service owner. If you'd like to know more about our Verified Step Program and create your Verified Step, read more about it here. Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or on our public Slack with your experiences about the Step, or to send us any great ideas that would help mobile devs in their daily tasks.

Localazy | Verified Steps on Bitrise

Localazy is a localization platform built with developers in mind — discover shared translations and speed up your translation process. Now available in the Bitrise Step library. Bitrise Verified Steps are official integrations developed and maintained by the service owner. If you'd like to know more about our Verified Step Program and create your Verified Step, read more about it here. Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or on our public Slack with your experiences about the Step, or to send us any great ideas that would help mobile devs in their daily tasks.

Debugging a Node.js Application with a Production Debugger

Production debugging in its current form is a relatively new area of technology that aims to make it easier for developers to solve problems in their code. More often than not, we don’t have all the information we need to solve those hard to reproduce bugs. This leads to long hours of debugging, adding more log lines, and creating separate reproduction environments to try to isolate and reproduce problems.

The 7 critical differences between a star schema and a snowflake schema

Star schemas and snowflake schemas are the two predominant types of data warehouse schemas. A data warehouse schema refers to the shape your data takes - how you structure your tables and their mutual relationships within a database or data warehouse. Since the primary purpose of a data warehouse (and other Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) databases) is to provide a centralized view of all the enterprise data for analytics, data warehouse schemas help us achieve superior analytic results.

Build your data analytics skills with the latest no cost BigQuery trainings

BigQuery is a fully-managed enterprise data warehouse that helps you manage and analyze your data with built-in features like machine learning, geospatial analysis, and intelligent caching for business intelligence. To help you make the most of BigQuery, we’re offering the following no cost, on-demand training opportunities.

Telecom Network Analytics: Transformation, Innovation, Automation

One of the most substantial big data workloads over the past fifteen years has been in the domain of telecom network analytics. Where does it stand today? What are its current challenges and opportunities? In a sense, there have been three phases of network analytics: the first was an appliance based monitoring phase; the second was an open-source expansion phase; and the third – that we are in right now – is a hybrid-data-cloud and governance phase. Let’s examine how we got here.

Apache Hive vs. Apache HBase

Apache Hive and Apache HBase are incredible tools for Big Data. While there is some overlap in their functions, both Apache Hive and Apache HBase have unique qualities that make them better suited to specific tasks. Some key differences include: Ultimately, comparing Apache Hive to Apache HBase is like comparing apples to oranges or Google to Facebook. While the two entities are similar, they don't provide users with the same functionality.

How Do I Access an SFTP Server?

Data breaches exposed 18.8 billion records in the first half of 2021. The ability to transfer information between systems is fundamental to data integration. Given these numbers, transferring that information securely is even more essential. Whether transferring information internally or externally, using a secure method to share information is important to prevent the information from being compromised.

Terabytes of Data but Still No Good Insights?

In our modern digital society, data is abundant, and storage is affordable. Businesses, governments and even individuals can (and do) collect every transaction, click, swipe, location, message and attribute in their datasets. With just a few clicks on my smart device, I can review data on every place I’ve been, how much I spent, every step I took, what the weather was like and who I was with. Businesses collect the same abundance of data.

Martin Gardner - A Pattern for Salesforce Data Migration

A Pattern for Salesforce Data Migration A talk by Martin Gardner Solution Principal, Slalom Consulting Migrating data into and out of Salesforce orgs can be very difficult. In this talk I present a pattern for successfully planning and executing a data migration between two Salesforce orgs while avoiding some of the pitfalls and gotchas that catch out the unwary. I will discuss the four key features of a data migration project and how to apply these concepts to a migration between two Salesforce orgs.

Appian Connected Onboarding and Connected Servicing

Onboarding institutional clients is complex, risky and unacceptably slow. It often takes many months to onboard an institution as a client and the stakes are high — the longer it takes, the greater the risk of delay or loss of revenue. And after onboarding a client, it is important to stay agile to ensure their service requests are met quickly and accurately.

Automate cross-browser testing: What you need to know

A good browser, good apps, a good camera, and fast networking in your smartphone are just expected today. – Thorsten Heins This quote shows the dependency we have on browsers, the web, and mobile phones today. But how did we come so far? Technological development and robust testing have helped us reach where we are. When it is about multiple devices and browsers – the role of cross-browser testing can not be under-estimated.

Cross-browser testing on the cloud: advantages and disadvantages

Cross-browser testing is performed to be sure that your product is working as expected on the various device, platform, and browser (and their versions) combinations that your customers might be using. With a plethora of devices and their versions in the market, it is integral to perform stringent cross-browser testing to attain a good market capture. Is it easy? No! Is it necessary? Absolutely yes! However, the pain and efforts associated can be reduced, if the cross-browser testing is cloud-based.

3 top tools for automated cross-browser testing

The whole point of cross-browser testing is to deliver consistent user experiences across various browsers. When we build websites or web apps, some of their features aren’t compatible with some browsers; with cross-browser testing, we can ensure uniform experiences. While performing cross-browser testing, we generally check for the following: When we perform cross-browser compatibility testing, it’s easy to discover such bugs and fix them before our product goes into production.

Speed Up Your Data Flow for Business Results

A slow car has never won a Formula One race. The Olympics doesn’t reward slow times in swimming, track or any other clock-timed sport. Likewise, slow data speeds don’t win over customers or colleagues in the real-time business world. Microsoft’s own research once reported that a person visiting a website on a connected device is likely to wait no more than 10 seconds to see it before moving to a competitor’s site.

Giving Your Legacy Applications an API Facelift

Let’s face it: In today’s modern world of cloud and containers, there are still thousands of legacy applications that were not written with an API-first approach. Some legacy systems can still provide tremendous value today, but the means for accessing them are completely out of date, thus rendering them almost useless.

Cloud Costs Through the Roof? Don't Worry - We've Got You Covered

Does it feel like your business is paying too much for cloud services? You are not alone. Cloud costs are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 10.5% to 13.1% through 2025, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). While getting a handle on those cloud costs may be tricky, you don’t have to worry — we’ve got you covered.

"So, How Do We Make This Work?" - Tracking Employee COVID Vaccination and Testing in As Little As 15 Minutes

With COVID-19’s ever-changing conditions – growing infection rates, shifting and new vaccine mandates, variant outbreaks and office closures and re-openings – HR has stepped up and taken on a significant role in helping organizations navigate every employee’s personal and work life needs. COVID-19 accelerated the evolution already underway in HR, with HR growing beyond being a policy and procedure hub into a strategic business partner.

How to Use Ruby BEGIN and END Blocks

There are two types of Ruby Begin and End blocks. A simple Google search of “Ruby begin end blocks” will lead you to either of these two kinds of articles – the ones in all caps (BEGIN and END) and the ones usually separated by a slash (begin/end). Both of these are different things but confused with the same name. In this post, we will dive into both. Here’s an outline of what we’ll be covering so you can easily navigate or skip ahead in the guide –

How Klearnow went from sleepless nights to a booming data business with ThoughtSpot

Sometimes I walk through the grocery store and marvel at the way customers float through the aisles, blissfully unaware of the logistical nightmare it probably took to stock the shelves. They have no idea how many people, systems, and modes of transportation it takes to make everything magically appear on their grocery shelves. But I do. As the Senior Director of Software Engineering at KlearNow, I spend my days preserving the bliss of those grocery shoppers.

A mysterious developer's take on backward compatibility

“As a gamer, I wish for it. But as a developer, I wouldn’t want to be working on backward compatibility. It’s soul-crushing maintenance work, man!” – A developer on our team who shall remain unnamed! Let’s call her Dev-I for now. Last week, I was talking to internal Appian developers on backward compatibility (BC) when one of them shared this quote.

Relational vs non-relational database: Which one should you use?

Ever since E. F. Codd introduced the first relational model for storing data at IBM in 1970, the industry has picked up the database technology and used it for its competitive advantage. The relational database management system - or RDBMS - was the default technology for storing and accessing data for a long time. It supported transactional data storage, the building of data products, and was the go-to model for data that was used in data-driven decisioning.

Everything You Need to Know About API Integration

APIs are powerful for ETL (extract, transform, load) and data integration workflows. API integrations make it possible for the seamless exchange of information between websites, databases, and applications. The Xplenty API allows you and your enterprise to monitor Xplenty clusters and jobs. Through the Xplenty data processing package and Xplenty web application, you can call the Xplenty API to.

Heisenbug 101: Guide to Resolving Heisenbugs

Welcome fellow developer, I can see you’ve traveled a long road, why don’t you stay a while and listen? I’ve got some fantastic stories to share; Lessons to imbue your debugging skills with power and wisdom, adding at least 1000 XP to take you to the next level and make your future travels much safer. Hmm, now, where should we start? Have you already faced the terrifying Heisenbugs? They are truly fantastic.

Unlocking Data Literacy Part 1: How to Set Up a Data Analytics Practice That Works for Your People

Does your team know how to use data analytics to their advantage? For the vast majority of companies, the answer may be “no.” According to Accenture, only 21% of people are confident in their data literacy skills, and just 32% of companies have realized tangible, measurable value from their data. While the definition of data literacy varies depending on who you ask, at its core, the term means equipping anyone in your organization to know how to use data in a business context.

Lumberyard to Open3D - Amazon Game Engine 101

The rise of game engines has sparked new innovations across industries. Amazon Lumberyard — the Amazon game engine — has recently transitioned to open source. Open 3D Engine (O3DE) may be new on the scene. But as companies continue to move to the cloud, many are looking at this new Amazon game engine to transform their pipeline.

What is FMEA? Failure Mode and Effects Analysis Overview

Through FMEAs, product development teams are able to determine potential failures within a project and improve them to mitigate risk. The most efficient way to conduct a failure mode and effects analysis is through an automated tool. This blog will provide an overview of FMEAs and highlight the many benefits they can have on your product.

What Are the Limitations of Dashboards?

For modern businesses faced with increasing volumes and complexity of data, it’s no longer efficient or feasible to rely on analyzing data in BI dashboards. Traditional dashboards are great at providing business leaders with insights into what’s happened in the past, but what if they need actionable information in real time? What if they want to use their data to estimate what may happen in the future? Companies are taking notice.

How to Easily Apply Analytics to Product Development Management

The development of a digital product has been redefined to involve only 4 phases, as TCGen and Product Plan propose: However, having an easier-to-follow process is not the only improvement that you can implement: cost and time efficiency can be taken a huge step further when you incorporate analytics insights. So, with this infographic, we propose some tools that can help you analyze data sets to enrich the phases of each development process.

Grafana vs Kibana: The Updated Guide For 2022

If you have any experience with comparing open source data visualisation tools then it is very likely you will have encountered both Kibana and Grafana during your research and discovery phase. As two of the most popular solutions for logs and metrics analysis, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two and make the choice to use either Grafana or Kibana depending on the analysis task at hand.

How to Make Your Data Ethical with Jack Berkowitz at ADP | Rise Of The Data Cloud

Ever wonder how companies like ADP handle all of the data that they are responsible for? In this episode of Rise Of The Data Cloud, Jack Berkowitz, Chief Data Officer at ADP, talks about the importance of keeping your product simple, data sharing, applying ethics to algorithms, and much more.

What's New in CDP Public Cloud? Hive and Impala Get a Facelift

Join us LIVE to discuss what’s new in CDP Public Cloud! Don’t miss the live Q&A as we learn about the new capabilities in Cloudera Data Warehouse. See how the Impala and Hive engines get a facelift. Also watch a demo of how you can run advanced analytics at scale using few easy steps

ThoughtSpot SpotApp for Snowflake Performance and Consumption Analytics

This SpotApp will have you up and running in minutes with search and AI-driven analytics from ThoughtSpot around your Snowflake Data Cloud performance and consumption. The SpotApp enables financial controllers to drill into credit consumption trends to proactively manage their cloud spend. And IT Ops teams will be able to dive into granular details about query performance to ensure that their data clouds are running at full speed.

Webinar: Back to Basics with Ghost Inspector

School is in session so we think it’s a great time for a beginners’ webinar. Join our Senior Operations & Strategy Manager Renata Santillan as she guides us through creating tests with Ghost Inspector and how to use our checking email feature. This is a great webinar for first time users and anyone interested in getting started with Ghost Inspector.

Payments Testing Guide: Ensure Flawless Checkouts

Payment gateways are the vital financial link between customer and business. You risk a lost sale if a customer encounters even a minor issue during checkout. Payment gateway testing mimics each step of the payment process to verify that connections, transactions, and paths for communications are working. Testers uncover issues that impact a seamless transaction and user experience. This guide provides a full overview of payments testing, from definitions to use cases to actionable testing scenarios.

How to get started with ThoughtSpot for ServiceNow Analytics

Since the start of the pandemic, business demands on your IT team have skyrocketed. You need granular, actionable insights to keep up with the speed and volume of digital transformation projects and IT incidents occurring across your organization. Canned reports from SaaS-based systems like ServiceNow aren’t fundamentally built for analytics.

Improve Your Life with Long Error Messages

It is incredibly helpful to quickly detect when a customer encounters an error and where the error originated from in your source code. Thankfully, this is where many interpreted languages shine. They always include a complete backtrace — the path where the call was made, which caused the error to be raised (or thrown). In AppSignal, any error alert will bring you to an incident detail page that shows you that backtrace.

State of the Reverse ETL

Data warehouses fixed one aspect of the data silo problem but introduced another. They function as a large, single source of truth for your organization, but getting insights from this data in a typical Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) data pipeline requires the use of Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics platforms. By the time your data team creates these reports and sends them to other business units, it’s too late for daily decision-making.

Optimizing Long-Running Tests

Thundra’s engineering team has been building cloud observability solutions for years. In this time, we’ve discovered how crucial analytics and visibility are for the CI/CD process in general, and for tests specifically. After all, these parts of the development pipeline also run in the cloud, so if those tests fail, it’s often not clear why. This makes monitoring these remote environments all the more important.

Reduce Feedback Loops for Customers Integrating your API

We can all remember a time when we had a negative experience with a platform service. Perhaps we ran into a set of reoccurring errors or the platform was unreliable and continually crashed. The classical example of this might be the early days of Apple Maps. In any case, the common thread of these experiences is the feeling of frustration from valuable time lost, resulting in a tarnished relationship with the product. Thankfully, in the world of APIs, customer-facing teams have taken note.

Key Reasons Why Microservices are the Future of Application Development

For the past few years, microservices have been the talk of the town, with numerous success stories across big business and start-ups alike. However, with the rise of containerization in the enterprise, we are starting to hear about this term again as the new Holy Grail, the next step in the evolution of our applications. In this article we’ll look at some of the main driving forces behind why many developers now see microservices as the the future of application development.

How to Increase Data Processing: Combining SFTP and Heroku

SFTP is a file transfer protocol that you can send files securely from one computer to another. Web developers often use it, but SFTP also has many other uses. For instance, SFTP can send sensitive customer data between your server and the Heroku platform in a secure way. SFTP can also be used to send data between SFTP and the Heroku platform, which gives you even more control over your sensitive data.

Why password security is more important than ever

Stop what you’re doing and make your passwords more secure! How, you ask? Read on to find out. It’s become very anecdotal when we speak about passwords for our online accounts and why these might matter. We all take this very lightly and assume that no one can guess or work out what our passwords are and thus we think no one will be able to access our most sensitive information be it online bank accounts, Amazon accounts, or your emails. We are wrong.

15 Tools to Drive Customers Back to Your Store

In any business, in any industry that relies on purchases of their products or services, one of the most important rules is to retain its loyal customers. The Pareto Principle (80% of the results comes from 20% of the input) proves how important customer retention really is. Research shows that often, 80% of the sales come from around 20% of customers. Apply this method to your sales, and you’ll see!

Interview with Kamil Walkowiak

In the latest instalment of our interviews speaking to leaders throughout the world of tech, we’ve welcomed Kamil Walkowiak CTO and VP of R&D at cux.io, an app for UX Automation, behaviour and user experience analysis, currently operating in 102 countries. Kamil is the author of the UX Automation concept and teaches companies how to create more "observable" websites.

What's Next in the Data Cloud with Benoit Dageville & Christian Kleinerman | Snowflake Summit 2021

From the start, Snowflake co-founders envisioned a new and unique way for companies across industries and around the globe to collaborate on data and analytics. Join Benoit Dageville, co-founder and President of Product, and Christian Kleinerman, Snowflake’s SVP of Product, as they share how the Data Cloud vision has become a reality and they unveil the latest Snowflake innovations in five key areas: connected industries, global governance, platform optimization, data programmability, and applications powered by Snowflake. You’ll see new capabilities in action and hear directly from customers and partners about what these new advancements mean for their businesses.

Episode #1 Webinar: "Modernize Your Digital Core to Accelerate Your Business Outcomes"

A desire for greater flexibility, efficiency, and cost savings is driving organizations to rethink their approach to technology delivery. The result is hybrid, cloud-focused, and as-a-service based. By reducing the need to own IT equipment and maintain technology in-house, organizations are freeing up resources to transform the way they operate IT and deliver new services. All of which has implications for an organization’s culture and skillset demands.

ThoughtSpot, ServiceNow, and Snowflake for IT Workload Management

As the developer of the leading data cloud, Snowflake generates a wealth of IT Service Management data with ServiceNow. But uncovering actionable, granular insights has been a challenge. Now, ThoughtSpot and Snowflake are empowering IT executives to answer all their questions about support ticket backlog and effort with a single pane of interactive insights in ThoughtSpot, powered by Snowflake.

ThoughtSpot, ServiceNow, and Snowflake for Business Application Management

As the developer of the leading data cloud, Snowflake relies on a number of business applications. But creating a holistic view of these applications has been a challenge, as the data is sourced from a variety of systems. By combining application data from multiple sources in the Snowflake data cloud, ThoughtSpot and Snowflake are empowering internal organizations to answer all their questions about enterprise application quality with a single pane of interactive insights in ThoughtSpot, powered by Snowflake.

ThoughtSpot, ServiceNow, and Snowflake for Operational Metrics

ThoughtSpot for ServiceNow at Snowflake - As the developer of the leading data cloud, Snowflake generates a wealth of operational helpdesk data with ServiceNow. ThoughtSpot and Snowflake are enabling helpdesk and operations executives to answer all their questions about operational metrics with a single pane of interactive insights in ThoughtSpot, powered by Snowflake.

How to Reduce Memory Bloat in Ruby

The issue of memory bloat in Ruby applications is a topic of frequent discussion. In this post, we will look at how Ruby memory management can go wrong, and what you can do to prevent your Ruby application from blowing up. First, we need to understand what bloat means in the context of an application’s memory. Let’s dive in!

Integrate Performance Tests Into CI/CD Using Github Actions

We have already wrote previously about how you can automate your testing routines without using the graphical interface but by using Loadero API instead. In this blog post we will show how you can integrate performance and load tests into your CI/CD workflows with the help of Github Actions. Github Actions allow you to automate and execute your development workflows directly from your repository which makes the integration very simple.

Customer segmentation with Cosmo, Chief Destiny Officer

Do you ever feel like connecting with the right customer audience is just a matter of luck? We’ve met a CDO who leaves audience targeting up to chance. Cosmo, CDO is not a Chief Data Officer — he’s a Chief Destiny Officer. While we focus on data here at Talend, we’re trying to understand the 36% of business executives who say they don’t base the majority of their decisions on data.

What is a Data Source?

“Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out onto the web like deer on a freeway.” That’s according to the author and consultant Geoffrey Moore. It’s an unsettling thought given that data and analytics are shifting from a secondary activity to a core business function. So what can companies do to gather and harness all of this information? The below guide discusses data sources and their role in informing decision-making.

A Guide to Email Testing using MailHog (in localhost)

It can be a real headache to test contact forms or other outgoing emails from your website or application locally. To permit mail, you ought to configure your nearby web server and waste plenty of time expecting the mail to reach for your inbox, if it does at all. Furthermore, if you test with your personal email account as the sender, you risk damaging your email address. So, what should you do? You can use tools like MailHog and others, which are great for sending transactional emails.

APM With Prometheus and Grafana on Kubernetes Ingress

While monitoring is an important part of any robust application deployment, it can also seem overwhelming to get a full application performance monitoring (APM) stack deployed. In this post, we’ll see how operating a Kubernetes environment using the open-source Kong Ingress Controller can simplify this seemingly daunting task! You’ll learn how to use Prometheus and Grafana on Kubernetes Ingress to simplify APM setup.

How to Load Test Your Kafka Producers and Consumers using k6

Recently, k6 started supporting k6 extensions to extend k6 capabilities for other cases required by the community. The community has already built plenty of extensions. k6 extensions are written in Go, and many of them are reusing existing Go libraries. This makes k6 to be a versatile tool to test different protocols and adapt to multiple cases. This post is the third part of my series of articles testing various systems using k6: Let's look in this post how we test the popular Kafka project.

Supercharge your Airflow Pipelines with the Cloudera Provider Package

Many customers looking at modernizing their pipeline orchestration have turned to Apache Airflow, a flexible and scalable workflow manager for data engineers. With 100s of open source operators, Airflow makes it easy to deploy pipelines in the cloud and interact with a multitude of services on premise, in the cloud, and across cloud providers for a true hybrid architecture.

Modernizing Your Cloud Platform for IT Agility and Efficiency

Businesses are increasingly embracing a cloud-first approach to increase market responsiveness and flexibility. The cloud-first approach refers to a cloud-like experience consisting of on-demand metered consumption of IT infrastructure, whether on the public cloud or inside private data centers. The rapidly evolving consensus among the tech leaders and vendors has led to an emergence of hybrid IT.

Top five: The future of data and analytics

I’m new to Sisu, having only a month of tenure, and it has truly been an eye-opening few weeks. I’ve been able to experience first-hand what happens when you unlock the power of cloud computing to automatically analyze cloud-scale datasets. But, I still need to keep up with larger industry trends and determine where data and analytics functions are headed.

5 API Development Strategies for Start-Ups

When time-to-market can make the difference between being a market leader or “just another product,” the need for speed and agility are crucial. As many as 35% of today’s companies generated more than a quarter of their revenue as a direct result of APIs. As a start-up, you’ll need a strategy that supports rapid product delivery which ultimately shortens the customer feedback loop. Here, we’ll discuss the top five API development strategies for building robust APIs.

Increasing API-Led Connectivity Within Your Business

Increasing API-led connectivity allows for frequently needed modifications for rapidly changing technology and and is a way for businesses to manage data and process in a highly efficient manner. API-led business systems reduce costs and eliminate bulky hardware and other complications such as licensing and workforce requirements. Ultimately, API-led connectivity enables you to streamline your business and ensure your technology stack is as running as effectively as possible.

Amazing new features in N|Solid V4.6.0.

We are very excited at NodeSource with the arrival of N|Solid Version 4.6.0. 🚀 In this release you will find a bunch of cool functionalities that will make your life as a developer and software team, easier. With even greater precision you will be able to monitor your Node.js projects better than ever!

BaseLinker - Best E-Commerce Integrator

In today’s digital age, the shift to automated tools has to get a wriggle on since the uncertainty of physical workflow prevails. As such, online businesses require software and tools which can integrate manufacturing, inventory, financials, and orders at one place to enhance the internal communication between the ecosystem, all the while increasing the overall revenue.

Qlik Sense Insight Advisor Improvements

We cover some of the latest improvements in the Qlik Sense Insight Advisor. Insight Advisor is your intelligent assistant in Qlik Sense, providing AI-generated charts that are delivered in multiple forms using a variety of user experiences – these include field selection, keyword search and insight advisor chat. It auto-generates context-aware analyses learned from your data and search criteria and supports natural language interaction – it can also deliver more advanced analytics for users to explore.

Chaos testing with k6, Prometheus, and Grafana (Schrödinger's Pokémon)

In this presentation, Nicole van der Hoeven talks about what chaos engineering is, what it has to do with testing, and how to run chaos experiments and load tests in the same script, using k6. She also talks about how to set up Grafana and Prometheus for observability during chaos testing.

APM with Prometheus and Grafana on Kubernetes Ingress

In this video, we’ll see how operating a Kubernetes environment using Kong Ingress Controller, Prometheus and Grafana can simplify the daunting task of getting full application performance monitoring up and running. Want to learn more about Kong Ingress Controller? Join us at Kong Summit (Sept 28-30), the biggest event for API practitioners.

How to Power Rapid Transformation in Financial Services with Snowflake | Snowflake Summit 2021

There has never been a greater need to rapidly transform and innovate to stay ahead of the competition. In this session, join Snowflake customers Western Union, Goldman Sachs, and FINOS as well as partner Deloitte to learn about how the Data Cloud is powering financial services firms.

Rollbar Tip of the Day: Item status & Severity level

Control the state and priority level of your incoming items, and learn how you can quickly act upon them via Slack! Rollbar is the leading continuous code improvement platform that proactively discovers, predicts, and remediates errors with real-time AI-assisted workflows. With Rollbar, developers continually improve their code and constantly innovate rather than spending time monitoring, investigating, and debugging.

Pushing Data to Hubspot from Your Warehouse

While traditional ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) collects data within a centralized data warehouse, reverse ETL flips the target and destination of the standard ETL process. This allows information to be pushed out of data warehouses and into powerful third-party operational systems that can provide better analytics and reporting services. With the Xplenty platform and its ETL tools, all information is sent between warehouses and third-party operational systems in an efficient and secure manner.

19 Useful cURL Commands that You Should Know

cURL is a command-line utility and a library for receiving and sending data between a client and a server, or any two machines connected via the internet. HTTP, FTP, IMAP, LDAP, POP3, SMTP, and a variety of other protocols are supported. cURL is a project with the primary goal of creating two products: Both the tool and the library use Internet protocols to transport resources given as URLs. Curl is in charge of anything and anything that has to do with Internet protocol transfers.

Speed-Review API Specifications with Insomnia

As the software application world moves from monolith architectures to microservices, we are also seeing a shift toward developing modular and reusable APIs. According to APIOps, reusable APIs are consumable APIs, which means they must be well-documented and compliant. The separation between the designers, builders and consumers of an API grows larger and larger, making the API specification even more central to that API’s success.

Diagnostic analytics examples and use cases

While it’s easy for companies to collect and store data today, pulling out valuable insights quickly is a common challenge. To help make sense of large-scale analyses, companies often use diagnostic analytics to determine what happened to produce a specific outcome. The first step in the diagnostic analytics process is known as descriptive analytics, which helps analysts outline results.

5 mobile app testing QA best practices from industry experts

Mobile app testing can be time-consuming, error-prone, and sometimes expensive if not done the right way. But mobile app testing is a critical part of the development process, so skipping it comes at a huge cost to end UX. To compete with the millions of mobile apps on the market, your set of best practices must ensure that the user experience is incredible for every consumer every time they use your app, starting from the first try. Not sure where to begin?

Apache Kafka Deployments and Systems Reliability - Part 1

There are many ways that Apache Kafka has been deployed in the field. In our Kafka Summit 2021 presentation, we took a brief overview of many different configurations that have been observed to date. In this blog series, we will discuss each of these deployments and the deployment choices made along with how they impact reliability.

How to Implement Change Data Capture (CDC)

If you're looking for a better way to organize your data and ensure it stays up-to-date, you need to start utilizing CDC processes today. Change data capture uses various techniques to detect changes made in source tables and databases in real-time. Read on to learn more about change data capture and how it can be implemented to better serve your business.

6 Ways Artificial Intelligence Improves Software Development

Artificial intelligence is transforming software development. From the code to the deployment, AI is slowly but surely upping its game and helping us discover a brand new paradigm for inventing technology. Algorithm-based machine learning is being used to accelerate the software development lifecycle and AI is supporting developers to optimize software workflow at every stage of the development process.

Retool - Your Handy Assistant for Application Building

Every business, large or small, needs applications. Naturally, to keep up with this need, application designers and developers need to stay on their toes with app creation. But building applications is no piece of cake; developers need to stay abreast with the latest designing trends, tech know-how, and hands-on app testing experience, not to mention, possess incredible working speed.

ThoughtSpot SpotApp for Outreach

This SpotApp template will have you up and running in minutes with search and AI-driven analytics from ThoughtSpot for Outreach, the leading sales engagement platform. Outreach is a critical piece of sales infrastructure for teams that need to close deals faster - particularly in the remote world. But its canned reports aggregate most data by sequence or team. With the ThoughtSpot SpotApp for Outreach, you can uncover the actionable, granular insights sales leaders need to improve team performance, and individual contributors need to benchmark their performance against peers to increase the number of meetings they book.

SpotApp for Google Analytics and Google Ads

This SpotApp template will have you up and running in minutes with search and AI-driven analytics from ThoughtSpot for Google Analytics and Google Ads, the leading web analytics and advertising tools. Google Analytics and Google Ads are ubiquitous in digital marketing. But their canned reports and tool-specific terminology make it difficult for non-experts to uncover the insights they need to track every marketing dollar with precision and personalize customer experiences at scale. The SpotApp for Google Analytics and Google Ads brings data from both of these tools into the Snowflake Data Cloud or other popular cloud data warehouses, so marketers can leverage the power and ease of search and AI to build remarkable marketing content and programs through deeper insights.

Implementing Automation and an MLOps Framework for Enterprise-scale ML

With the explosion of the machine learning tooling space, the barrier to entry has never been lower for companies looking to invest in AI initiatives. But enterprise AI in production is still immature. How are companies getting to production and scaling up with machine learning in 2021? Implementing data science at scale used to be an endeavor reserved for the tech giants with their armies of developers and deep pockets.

The Appian Cloud Security Advantage

Appian has been a recognized leader in cloud-based enterprise software platforms since delivering Appian Cloud in 2007. From the outset, we built our software to integrate with and complement the cloud’s unique advantages, and to protect it from vulnerabilities. We did so with a unique design philosophy, employing cloud-native and globally recognized frameworks like NIST for optimal security protection, business continuity, and enhanced support.

Usage-Based API Pricing with Moesif and Recurly

Back in the day, it was normal to buy or rent servers and pay for them in a lump sum, independent of utilization. With the rise of serverless computing, infrastructure to build APIs has become cheaper, and on-demand pricing is the norm. Now that you only pay for what you use, why not include usage-based pricing as a feature in your own SaaS offering. With usage-based pricing your customers don’t get intimidated by high upfront costs, instead their costs grow as their business grows.

5 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Trends that Accelerate Digital Transformation

As businesses advance their digital transformation efforts, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are evolving — arguably as significantly as the shift from materials resource planning (MRP) to ERP. Just as businesses reimagined operations by leveraging advances in hardware and software in the 1980s, they’re now turning to next-generation ERP.

ETL Pipeline vs. Data Pipeline: What's the Difference?

ETL Pipeline and Data Pipeline are two concepts growing increasingly important as businesses keep adding applications to their tech stacks. More and more data is moving between systems, and this is where Data and ETL Pipelines play a crucial role. Take a comment on social media, for example. It might be picked up by your tool for social listening and registered in a sentiment analysis app.

Pushing Data to Zendesk From Your Warehouse

Data warehouses have made it easier for customers to store massive amounts of data. That information is useless, however, unless it is actionable. Making data actionable means employees can use the data for decision-making and improving the user experience. In this article, we’ll discuss reverse ETL, pushing data to Zendesk from your warehouse, and the value of this process.

Laravel Logging Tutorial

Regardless of what language and framework you use, proper logging is crucial to web development. Logging is key when it comes to debugging and performance monitoring. Knowing how to properly use logging frameworks is an essential part of creating high-quality software that is easy to debug. In this article, we will discuss in-depth coverage on Laravel, which is the most popular PHP framework in 2021.

The ultimate guide to working with JSON

JavaScript Object Notation or JSON is a file format that was originally derived from JavaScript. It is used for storing and exchanging data, most commonly when serving data to websites, but JSON but has become ubiquitous amongst most programming languages as it is totally language independent. These days it is common to find JSON being used for a variety of purposes where data needs to be stored or transferred.

In the Quest for Success, Never Stop Being Curious With Data

My whole life I’ve been curious. You have to be, to become an entrepreneur. I’m curious about trends, about looking at data and finding patterns, which might show you where the next opportunity lies. And, as I discussed with Joe DosSantos in the latest episode of Data Brilliant, I’m a big believer in experimentation and learning by putting the data and analysis into practice.

Interview with AI Specialist Dhonam Pemba

For our latest expert interview on our blog, we’ve welcomed Dhonam Pemba to share his thoughts on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and his journey behind founding KidX AI. Dhonam is a neural engineer by PhD, a former rocket scientist and a serial AI entrepreneur with one exit. He was CTO of the exited company, Kadho which was acquired by Roybi for its Voice AI technology. At Kadho Sports he was their Chief Scientist which had clients in MLB, USA Volleyball, NFL, NHL, NBA, and NCAA.

What is a decision support system in artificial intelligence (AI)?

Most companies today have no trouble gathering data, but knowing what to do with that data is the tricky—and time-consuming—part. Even brilliant organizations are challenged with making smart business decisions after thorough data analysis. Bridging the gap between data analytics and decisions is where a decision support system (DSS) is incredibly useful.

Consumption-based Pricing: Ensuring Every Customer's Value and Success

Consumption-based, aka usage-based, pricing is hardly new. Anyone with an electricity, gas, or water bill knows that the amount you pay each month varies depending on your usage. More recently, disruptive companies have pushed other industries (transportation, hospitality, communications, and insurance) to transform by providing usage-based products and services via software applications. As consumers, we see this all around us, when we hail an Uber or choose a short-term rental on AirBnB.

Cross Browser Testing Automation: Basic principles

The process of web development has changed its meaning in the time span of twenty years ( 2000 to 2021). Earlier the process was simple and just three technologies could do all the job. The competitors were less and the businesses were slow in adapting to the web application phase. On the client side, browser choice was not a luxury. Mainstream desktops had internet explorer with Netscape as an option but it was slower in capturing a significant share.

5 signs you need to choose cross browser testing on the cloud

Only people who are living under the rock aren’t using mobile phones for their daily activities. Well, this means we all rely on our phones for things such as booking tickets, consuming multimedia content, or even ordering groceries and medicine. On average, most of us read, interact, engage and learn from the widely available resources like websites, mobile apps, etc.

What are the advantages of automating your mobile testing on the cloud?

According to Gartner, in the second quarter of 2021, mobile phone sales reached 328.8 million units with an increase of 10.8% year-on-year growth. It is remarkable and quite expected too! This outlines the need for using cloud-based automation platforms for mobile testing. Because when we are dealing with huge numbers and a global audience, it is the best bet.

From 3 Weeks to 3 Hours: How Signagelive Sped up Regression Testing by Switching to Automation

In early 2016, Signagelive—a digital signage company—had an informal approach to QA. When developers had time, they performed a few manual tests ahead of each software release and hoped for the best. This allowed the company to focus on growth and building new features, but the company reached a point where the number of bugs clients found was unacceptable.

Balancing Innovation and Security With Automation

Automating digital transformation API deployments can help speed time to market and minimize the resources required for the deployments — if developers can be assured that the automated process meets all necessary security requirements. It’s a topic that Kong Senior CustomerExperience Manager Peggy Guyott and Kong Senior Solutions Engineer Ned Harris discussed on a recent webinar as part of the Destination: Automation 2021 digital event.

DreamFactory 4.9.0 Released

DreamFactory 4.9.0 has arrived! This release includes a mix of bug fixes and UX improvements. Perhaps the most notable change is the addition of a “Quick Links” section (see attached screenshot) to an API’s Overview tab. It’s now possible to jump directly to an API’s scripted endpoints, API documentation, and associated roles!

Why you need to build globally distributed applications

Today's users of web and mobile applications and services expect fast and outstanding experiences. Delivering successful web services and applications means meeting these baseline expectations: In this blog post, we dive into why these three goals are vital to modern web applications and services. Then, we will look at how building global and distributed architectures achieve these goals.

PHP Handlers: Why They Matter and How to Choose the Best One

In obsessing over the best frameworks and coding practices for their PHP applications, developers often fail to look beyond their code for optimization and boosting performance. They often fail to realize the crucial role of the server setup, the PHP handlers, and the system environment in your application failing or succeeding out there. Apache server and web hosting manager (WHM) configurations can seem obscure at first, and it’s challenging to keep track of every config option.

Authentication and Authorization for RESTful APIs: Steps to Getting Started

Why do APIs require authentication in the first place? Users don't always need keys for read-only APIs. However, most commercial APIs require permission via API keys or other ways. Users might make an unlimited number of API calls without needing to register if your API had no security. Allowing limitless requests would make it impossible to develop a business structure for your API. Furthermore, without authentication, it would be difficult to link requests to individual user data.

How to Calculate Log Analytics ROI

Calculating the ROI of your log analytics solution is often complicated. For many teams, this technology can be a cost center. Depending on your platform, the cost of log analysis can quickly add up. For example, many organizations use solutions like the ELK stack because the initial startup costs are low. Yet, over time, costs can creep up for many reasons, including the volume of data ingested per day, required retention periods, and the associated personnel needed to manage the deployment.

A Getting Started Guide to Setting Up Jenkins

The goal of this getting started guide is to help teams get Jenkins continuous integration (CI) servers configured, and discover how to make a newly deployed CI infrastructure fully operational. Jenkins is a leading open source CI server. It is flexible, providing hundreds of plugins to support building, testing, and deployment, and is capable of automating any project. Jenkins CI infrastructure can be deployed to on-prem, in the cloud using configuration management tools, and third-party vendor.

Introducing Qlik Cloud Government - Analytics for U.S. Federal Sector

Qlik would like to announce our SaaS solution for the U.S. Federal and Public Sector with Qlik Cloud Government. A new platform entirely designed specifically to meet the varied needs of our customers including the U.S. Public sector, offering a modern analytics platform built for speed, security, and scale.

Snowflake's Data Cloud for Advertising in a Cookieless World | Snowflake Summit 2021

Effective marketing and advertising is essential to driving growth, but the landscape is rapidly changing, with escalating regulatory requirements and the deprecation of third-party cookies. To succeed, businesses need to develop new, secure methods for accessing and sharing audience and engagement data. In this session with Disney, NBCUniversal (NBCU), Capgemini, and Snowflake, learn how the unique and innovative capabilities of the Data Cloud are enabling seamless data sharing without data copies or movement. Specifically, learn.

Troubleshooting Databricks

The popularity of Databricks is rocketing skyward, and it is now the leading multi-cloud platform for Spark and analytics workloads, offering fully managed Spark clusters in the cloud. Databricks is fast and organizations generally refactor their applications when moving them to Databricks. The result is strong performance. However, as usage of Databricks grows, so does the importance of reliability for Databricks jobs - especially big data jobs such as Spark workloads. But information you need for troubleshooting is scattered across multiple, voluminous log files.
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Networked Testing: Economic Considerations and ROI Analysis

Each approach for scaling QA - in-house, offshore, crowdsourced, networked - has its own merit; deciding between approaches can be a painstaking process. One way to compare testing methods is to break down their respective costs. This whitepaper walks you through a financial model to understand the economic considerations of in-house vs. networked testing. Each approach for scaling QA - in-house, offshore, crowdsourced, networked - has its own merit; deciding between approaches can be a painstaking process.

Living on the Edge: How to Accelerate Your Business with Real-time Analytics

Leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) allows you to improve processes and take your business in new directions. But it requires you to live on the edge. That’s where you find the ability to empower IoT devices to respond to events in real time by capturing and analyzing the relevant data.

SQL Server SSRS, SSIS packages with Google Cloud BigQuery

After migrating a Data Warehouse to Google Cloud BigQuery, ETL and Business Intelligence developers are often tasked with upgrading and enhancing data pipelines, reports and dashboards. Data teams who are familiar with SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) are able to continue to use these tools with BigQuery, allowing them to modernize ETL pipelines and BI platforms after an initial data migration is complete.

ETL vs ELT: 11 Critical differences

ETL and ELT refer to two patterns of data storage architecture within your data pipelines. The letters in both acronyms stand for: So both ETL (extract, transform, load) and ELT (extract, load, transform) processes help you collect data, transform it into a usable form and save it to permanent storage, where it can be accessed by data scientists and analysts to extract insights from the data. What is the difference?

Benchmarking Sisu's core engine

At Sisu, one of the core tasks our engine performs is a highly scalable analysis of massive datasets to extract key facts, or higher-order features (a conjunctive combination of feature=value pairs), that influence our customers’ key metrics. This allows analysts to quickly zoom in on the salient facts instead of having to manually sift through the vast search space of possible factors. Combined with business context, this helps our customers make better and faster decisions with their data.

Which Tables in a Data Warehouse Use Change Data Capture

In today’s 24/7 digital world, real-time data is a necessity to stay relevant for today’s businesses. Companies who wish to remain competitive must be able to quickly respond to customer demand and adjust to market changes. Supplying business leaders with real-time information for informed decision-making can be a challenge with information spread among disparate systems.

Are These the 6 Best Reverse ETL Vendors for 2021?

The amount of big data that enterprises churn out is simply staggering. All this information is worthless unless organizations unlock its true value for analytics. This is where ETL proves useful. Traditional ETL (extract, transform, and load) remains the most popular method for moving data from point A to point Z. It takes disparate data sets from multiple sources, transforming that data to the correct format and loading it into a final destination like a data warehouse.

Deliver a Seamless Customer Experience with Connected Insurance

This speed of change will only continue to accelerate as new technologies like artificial intelligence, IoT, and telematics become more deeply integrated into the insurance industry. But how can insurers deliver the omni-channel, digital-first experience today’s customers demand? The answer lies in connected insurance. What is connected insurance?

How to Log to Console in PHP and Why Should You Do It

Monitoring, troubleshooting, and debugging your code all require logging. It not only makes the underlying execution of your project more visible and understandable, but it also makes the approach more approachable. Intelligent logging procedures can assist everyone in a company or community to stay on the same page about the project's status and progress.

Payment gateway analytics for payment service providers

Payment gateway analytics tracks the payment processing journey and related event data across all payment gateways. When used efficiently, payment gateway analytics can benefit businesses by providing insights into their revenues, payment trends, and customer behavior. Payment gateway analytics provides much needed visibility into the payments environment to enable the fast detection of transaction performance issues, anomalies or trends.

Interview with Cybersecurity Specialist Charles Denyer

For our latest specialist interview in our series speaking to technology leaders from around the world, we’ve welcomed Charles Denyer. Charles is an Austin-based cybersecurity and national security expert who has worked with hundreds of US and international organizations. He is a founding member and senior partner in two consulting and compliance firms.

How To Setup an SSH Tunnel Connection

In this video, we will set up an SSH tunnel connection within Xplenty to access a server on a private network. When configuring SSH tunnels for connecting to databases, authentication is performed using the SSH server. This can be done via either user name and password authentication or by using key-based authentication. Key-based authentication gives the user the ability to log in without a password.

Building a Real-Time ML Pipeline with a Feature Store - MLOps Live #16

With the growing business demand for real-time use cases such as NLP, fraud prediction, predictive maintenance and real-time recommendations, ML teams are feeling immense pressure to solve the operational challenges of real-time feature engineering for machine learning, in a simple and reproducible way. This is where online feature stores come in. An online feature store accelerates the development and deployment of online AI applications by automating feature engineering and providing a single pane of glass to build, share and manage features across the organization.

How To Get True ROI From Your Account-Based Marketing (ABM)

Account-based marketing, or ABM, is more often used as targeted demand generation—not one-to-one marketing. In a 2020 study of more than 300 organizations worldwide, Forrester found that “a significant number of respondents claimed they were using an ABM approach but weren’t doing what we would consider the basics of ABM, such as working with sales.”1 ABM isn’t just about assigning one siloed team the responsibility of targeting and revealing high-potential prospects.