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  • Set up infrastructure as code testing with AppVeyor and GitHub

    Infrastructure as code provides the flexibility that DevOps strives for -- admins can automate everything from the ground up. This tutorial walks through automated testing of infrastructure code. Continue Reading

  • No-code/low-code project management best practices

    Before setting your no-code/low-code product into motion, you must prepare your organization. Expert Zach Flower discusses the importance of collaboration and communication. Continue Reading

  • Hadoop distributions offer buyers economical options

    Running on clusters of commodity servers, Hadoop offers a high-performance, low-cost approach to building a big data management architecture that supports advanced analytics initiatives across several industries. As an open source technology, Hadoop has evolved into a complex ecosystem of infrastructure components and related tools, which are packaged together by various vendors in commercial Hadoop distributions.

    In addition to the core modules, typical Hadoop distributions can include alternative data processing and application execution managers, a column-oriented database management system, SQL-on-Hadoop tools, development tools to help build MapReduce programs, configuration and management tools, and environments that supply analytical models for machine learning, data mining and predictive analytics. But before deciding on a vendor or making a purchase, it's important to recognize that getting the desired performance out of a Hadoop system requires a coordinated team of skilled IT professionals who collaborate on architecture planning, design, development, testing, deployment and ongoing operations and maintenance to ensure peak performance. Continue Reading

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  • What CIOs need to know before delving into enterprise IoT projects

    The Monsanto Company, the world's largest seed company, has turned to the Internet of Things to solve one of the food industry's biggest problems: how to feed an extra 2.3 billion people around the world by 2050. The agrochemical company isn't alone in looking at IoT to solve big problems. CIOs from across industries are researching the technology and vendors that can help them turn an acronym into a business solution. But as our CIO Decisions cover story and main feature this month make clear, IoT initiatives won't happen without close collaboration with business colleagues and operations. Read about the IoT challenges CIOs need to understand before they get started on an enterprise IoT project.

    Also in this issue, we look at how free app Duolingo teaches users foreign languages through crowdsourcing; investigate how one CIO's team made the "big switch" from technology supplier to IT service provider; ask an expert about the technologies behind digital transformation; and flag five big mistakes that put CIO careers at risk. Continue Reading

  • Server patch management strategy development tips

    Devising a server patch management strategy for a virtual host can reduce VM downtime, service disruptions and the number of late nights you spend working in the IT department. Continue Reading