Cloud Computing

Citizen Code: The Promise of Low-Code and No-Code Platforms

There’s a lot of buzz lately around platforms designed to make building, designing, and launching applications easier and more accessible for people with little or no expertise in coding. These low-code and no-code platforms are being heralded as a way for professional developers to deliver apps with less constraints and with a quicker turnaround time. They are also lauded as a way to enable the so-called “citizen developer”—business and other non-technical users with deep domain knowledge but limited technical skill who are able to create applications to suit their needs.

In their new research, Key Criteria for Evaluating Low-Code/No-Code Solutions, GigaOm analysts Michael Delzer and Jon Collins examine the vendors in this space. Collins says the buzz around low-code and no-code tools is warranted, but in many use cases, a collaboration between citizen developers and professional developers is appropriate when using … Read More »

Cloud Backup

All enterprises were already using cloud computing in one way or the other when the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly accelerated the migration of additional workloads to the public cloud. There are multiple reasons for this. From the technical point of view the flexibility and agility provided by the cloud can’t be matched by an on-premises infrastructure, while the OpEx model enables organizations to tune budgeting in real time to adapt to the real demands of the business.

At the beginning, most organizations that tried lift-and-shift migrations have come to understand that this approach is particularly inefficient, causing them to rely more on services directly available in the public cloud. In fact, to take full advantage of the public cloud and its TCO, you have to embrace the ecosystem fully.

If you are on AWS and need a database service, for instance, you can … Read More »

GigaOm CEO: Cloud’s Hidden Complexity

While the CEO or CTO often drives the digital transformation effort at most companies, last year it was COVID-19, not the executive suite, that effectively called the shots in making it happen. But even as the impacts of the pandemic wane—at least in the United States and more slowly in Europe—the transformation is ongoing, and there remains plenty of work to be done. Companies fresh off the lessons of 2020 are now investing in transformative technology that will move them into the future. But what do IT leaders have their eyes on? What’s next as transformation continues to take shape in the enterprise?

GigaOm co-founder and CEO Ben Book recently appeared on an episode of the 7investing podcast with 7investing founder and CEO Simon Erickson to answer some of those questions.

Comparing digital transformation efforts across American enterprises to a nine-inning baseball … Read More »

A Question for Kubernetes: Enabling Data Storage

In a rapidly changing and unpredictable enterprise technology landscape, flexibility rules the day. That’s why businesses of all sizes are embracing hybrid cloud strategies for data and application mobility and agility. Enter Kubernetes, a portable, extensible, open-source platform for managing containerized workloads and services. In the latest GigaOm research report, Key Criteria for Evaluating Kubernetes Data Storage, analysts Enrico Signoretti, Max Mortillaro, Arjan Timmerman examine the ongoing storage questions around Kubernetes adoption.

Kubernetes has been gaining popularity for several years, but the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 put that movement into overdrive, forcing many organizations to come up with contingency plans to support their transformed activities, business processes, and users. The agility, flexibility, and efficiency offered by the Kubernetes platform meant that demand for scalable and enterprise-ready Kubernetes storage solutions spiked.

“Every organization accelerated their digital transformation initiatives during the pandemic, and moved … Read More »

SASE: Securing the Digital-First Enterprise

In the last year, the very concept of the office environment—and how work, collaboration, and communication takes place—changed dramatically. Now that users work on devices and connect over networks that corporate IT does not control, security risks have grown massively. Users, data, devices, and workloads are distributed largely outside of the data center, and often not on the corporate network, demanding new approaches for security.

“The increase in remote users and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, as well as more data moving to the cloud, has driven a need for a new approach to network security,” says GigaOm Analyst David Linthicum.

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture is increasingly seen as a solution to the challenges presented by new remote work patterns. The architecture combines multiple features to reduce complexity and security-related risk, helping organizations prepare for the security challenges of the so-called “new … Read More »

Value Stream Management: Why Talk About It Now?

Software innovation and delivery are on the top of just about any forward-thinking executive’s priority list these days, and businesses are doubling down on software optimization development efforts.

Value stream management (VSM)—a lean business practice that allows for visibility over how software is being built—has grown in popularity in DevOps circles as a result. As units of function pass along the pipeline, from concept to deployment, managers can benefit from understanding how this is taking place, from speed of development, to where the bottlenecks are, to what value is being delivered.

GigaOm analyst Jon Collins examines the “why” of VSM in a recent blog post. One of those “whys” is the question “why now?” People have been building applications for a long time, after all, and should already know how to manage the process. But VSM has cropped up as a response … Read More »