IT Scene and Changing Trends from an Indian Perspective

Udayan Banerjee

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Why a manifesto for Agile Offshore Software Development??? Is it necessary? I think it is necessary – to highlight the special challenge faced resulting from geographic distribution, from large and heterogeneous teams, from involvement of multiple organizations and from complexity involved in enterprise scale software development project. For enterprise scale software development you will need to have a large size team. The number of team members would be large enough to make it impossible to organize them as a single team where all members interact with each other. It would be necessary to have sub-teams and in all likelihood the sub-teams will be distributed across the globe. During the life of the project the team size and composition would definitely change. It is also likely the some of the teams will belong to a separate organization. When multiple organizati... (more)

Media 2.0 on Ulitzer - New Media and Content Marketing Strategies

Here is an interesting news item which claims that UK online ad spend overtakes mainstream TV. The same news was corroborated by another post which stated that spending on online advertising surpasses TV. The news was little disconcerting because it did not seem to match with my ground level experience. So, I decided to probe a little deeper and unearthed more data on Internet ad spend. What I uncovered was more in line with what I perceive to be the real situation. These reports claimed that the Internet ad spend is less than 10% of total ad spend which is only a fraction of ad... (more)

SOA Trends – Minus the Hype

Why has SOA risen like a phoenix from the ashes after it was declared as dead by Burton Group (now Gartner) analyst Anne Thomas Manes? Is it because the end of slowdown is in sight or is there some other reason? Recent statistics from Forrester says that the adoption of SOA is strong even during the slowdown. That means that SOA adoption never stopped. Probably there is a difference in perception on what SOA is between the Analysts and the people down in the trenches. SOA started its life as an architectural technique for achieving loose coupling but within a couple of years beca... (more)

A Brief History of the Agile Movement

In February this year the agile movement completed 11 years of existence. I am sure you are either using some form of agile methodology or examining the possibility of using them. But, are you aware of how the agile movement happened? Did it happen by chance or was it inevitable? Do you know what influenced the agile manifesto? Who the authors are? What are their backgrounds and what do they do now? How was the name “Agile” selected? The Influencers It is clear from the notes published by Jon Kern that four methodologies had significant influence on the manifesto – they are: Scru... (more)

Seven Gadgets – Lavish, Amazing, and Ridiculous

A speaker for $80,000, a motorcycle for $500,000, a mobile for $13,800, a watch for $260,000, a PC workstation for $45,000 or a knife with 1TB thumb drive for $3,000. Which of these do you find most Lavish, Amazing, and Ridiculous? Anyway if you want to check these products out then here are the links. BTW: I could not find the Victorinox 1TB Swiss Army Knife. Speaker from Transmission Audio “If there was a better way to build speakers, we would do it” Watch from Harry Winston “Live the Moment” Motorcycle from Ecosse Moto Works “Exquisitely engineered for a fortunate few” PC W... (more)