Service Virtualization for Dummies book

Discover service virtualization and how it fits into the big picture of software quality. In this book, Service Virtualization For Dummies, IBM Limited Edition written by industry analysts Marcia Kaufman and Judith Hurwitz, learn how to deliver higher quality software by increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your testing processes while reducing testing downtime and testing cost.
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The software edge: How effective software development and delivery drives competitive advantage

The IBM Global CEO study found today's business leaders rank technology as the most important external force that will impact their organizations. A 2013 Institute for Business Value (IBV) software development study supports this, with IT and business leaders identifying five top technology trends critical to competitiveness. However, the same survey reveals that most organizations are not prepared to take advantage of these trends. While management recognizes that software is crucial to capitalizing on technology for competitiveness, they are not successfully executing.

Learn how organizations that leverage effective software development can help close the execution gap and gain competitive advantage.
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Using Big Data to Advance Application Performance Engineering

Web applications are increasingly complex with more external dependencies and remote services, add in the sheer volume of transactions, and troubleshooting performance bottlenecks is now very challenging. IT teams need a solution that provides a combination of code-level transaction tracing, cross-tier tracking and a unique "Big Data" approach to rapidly identify the root cause of application performance problems.
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Forrester – Turn Big Data Inward With IT Analytics

Your business is complex. Big data promises to manage this to make better decisions. But the technology services that run your business are also complex. Many are too complex to manage easily, causing delays and downtime. Forrester predicts this will worsen. To combat this onslaught, you need machines to analyze conditions to invoke automated actions. To perform adaptive automation, you need IT analytics, a disruption to your monitoring and management strategy.

This report helps leaders prepare for IT analytics that turn big data efforts inward to manage the technology services that run your business. Register to get the full report.
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Forrester – Managing The Performance of Critical Applications

In conducting a survey of more than 150 IT professionals with direct responsibility for business-critical applications, Forrester found that enterprises are supporting corporate objectives of productivity and efficiency, a typical trend in times of economic uncertainty. The survey also revealed that the lack of performance and availability of critical and complex applications had direct and negative consequences on business productivity, business finances, and IT efficiency.
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Resolve Performance Issues Within Your Citrix Environment

Citrix offers significant benefits to IT organizations but alters the performance troubleshooting process due to its unique architecture. Breakthrough new technology flips the Citrix performance management paradigm on its head by providing unprecedented end-to-end visibility of user transactions traversing a Citrix server.
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Successfully Managing VDI Services

This document offers an overview of F5(r) BIG-IP(r) system specific to support for heterogeneous virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) architectures that have unique challenges around performance, end-user experience, security and scalability. BIG-IP unites all the components required to make a complete and secure VDI services delivery solution in one integrated and consolidated platform that meets VDI challenges and to give organizations the flexibility, manageability, and agility necessary to meet user expectations of a physical desktop experience while being served virtually.
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Taking the Complexity Out of Single Sign-On with Active Directory

Providing SSO across applications deployed on heterogeneous platforms can lead IT organizations to implementing a complex set of interconnections between disparate solutions that are fragile and not easily adapted to support emerging technology and devices such as smart phones and tablets. This can become increasingly problematic for organizations seeking to deliver on the promise of IT as a Service (ITaaS). This paper examines how to implement Kerberos-based single sign-on with Active Directory across heterogeneous applications, while simultaneously providing flexible and highly scalable web access management.
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Overcoming the Real Challenges with VDI

VDI is network-usage heavy, requiring certain architectural elements, and suffering from performance and security issues. This paper examines the shortcomings of VDI and offers insight into solutions that enable you to unburden your IT infrastructure and gain the full value from your VDI implementation.
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Implementing Adaptable Resilient VDI Deployments

VDI deployment is a worthy undertaking for reducing the desktop footprint, centralizing application administration, and covering licensing concerns. But it is a complex system that increases the network burden, and can require configuration efforts beyond normal workloads. Read this paper for important factors you should consider when planning to implement or improve upon a virtual desktop infrastructuere. Also learn about tools that can help to make deployment and network maintenance easier.
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5 Ways F5 Improves Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Implementations

Citrix brings a long and successful history of market-leading application access solutions from MetaFrame and Presentation Server to today's XenApp and XenDesktop for VDI. For as long as Citrix has been delivering application access, F5 has been delivering market-leading application delivery solutions. With demand for VDI solutions growing, performance, security, and reliability are paramount to successfully delivering VDI and applications over a variety of networks to myriad device types. This paper examines how F5's market-leading ADC technology and solutions improve the reliability, performance, and security of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop and reduces the complexity and deployment cycle time, improves the scalability of VDI-related services, and enhances the mobility of users and operations alike.
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Shine a Light Inside the Black Box

As anyone with experience in outsourcing will tell you, no offshore software development program with multiple concurrent projects and over 150 developers in several countries can possibly realize projected cost savings and stay on schedule. That is, unless it is running Scrum. Discover how Agile practices of Scrum, coupled with smart metrics and common sense, force unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency on outsourced projects, giving buyers a powerful toolkit for managing suppliers and dramatically improving ROI from offshoring.
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Integrating Security into Development, No Pain Required

Developers and security have traditionally been like oil and water. Developers need to meet deadlines and enable new lines of business while security professionals face the state of coding flaws and undiscovered vulnerabilities. Both groups know they should be working together, but it is still the exception rather than the norm.
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