Category Archives : Developer

03

Mar

Developer Velocity: Key lessons from digital leaders on software excellence for 2021 and beyond

Becoming world class at developing software is a more strategic imperative for companies across industries than ever before. While we have seen developer teams in many organizations around the world building amazing customer-facing and internal line-of-business applications for years, over the last year, we’ve seen massive shifts in the way many organizations connect with customers and employees. Businesses and organizations of all sizes are adopting solutions to enable remote work and are creating brand-new, cloud-based applications with an increasing focus on staying secure. Today, there is an even greater urgency for companies to invest in software development to adapt and thrive in 2021 and beyond.

COVID-19 drove significant durable demand and business model disruptions across industries. Banking and retail were two particularly impacted industries. While our earlier research highlighted the importance of Developer Velocity, post COVID-19, there is even more urgency for companies to invest in software development in the right way to adapt and thrive today and in the future.

In late 2020, we conducted new industry-focused research to understand the journey that leading companies in banking and retail take to become world class organizations. Deeply understanding the unique experience of our customers, and learning valuable lessons on

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03

Mar

Empowering every developer to innovate with Azure

As developers, we are the builders of our era, creating the ideas and writing the code that helps organizations digitally transform. We pioneer innovation that disrupts countless industries and help businesses endure tough times. With every organization rethinking its business, it’s more important than ever that Microsoft helps empower developers at every organization to innovate. We see companies of all sizes—from large enterprises to family-run businesses—unlocking business value and addressing the needs of their customers with innovative solutions built on the Microsoft Cloud.

Each of our innovation journeys is unique, whether our goal is to modernize existing applications, build new intelligent applications, or adopt DevOps best practices to develop for the cloud. Microsoft empowers each of us on our unique journey with an end-to-end cloud platform that lets us quickly and easily create building blocks and a secure foundation for all our applications. At Microsoft Ignite, we are sharing a host of new capabilities that enable developers to continue innovating more effectively with Microsoft Azure, the Visual Studio family, GitHub, and Power Apps.

Modernize existing applications

When it comes to public cloud adoption, a common starting point is to modernize existing applications, and the conversation is focused on how to

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23

Feb

Migrate SAP systems faster with Cloud Move for Azure by SNP
Migrate SAP systems faster with Cloud Move for Azure by SNP

​This blog post has been co-authored by Hiren Shah, Principal PM Manager, SAP on Azure

SAP solutions power the digital enterprise core of many enterprises. As part of their digital transformation journeys, organizations are looking to migrate their mission-critical SAP workloads to Microsoft Azure to take advantage of hyperscale cloud, agility, and business continuity. Migrating mission-critical SAP environments requires careful planning and expertise to minimize risk and downtime. However, with the right automation tools and a team of experts, migration doesn’t need to be cumbersome. To streamline migration for our customers, and to help them reap the benefits of cloud computing at an accelerated pace, SNP and Microsoft have expanded their alliance. With the new Cloud Move for Azure program, customers can now leverage the power of automation to accelerate their SAP transformation journey with all the benefits of Azure cloud.

Cloud Move for Azure enables automated and precise cloud sizing through the detailed analysis of an existing SAP system, mapping it to a new environment in Azure with full cost transparency. You can read more about it below. SNP’s CrystalBridge® and SNP’s BLUEFIELD™ approach offers a state-of-the-art automated migration for complex SAP environments in a cost-efficient and

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17

Feb

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/apache-spark-connector-for-sql-server-and-azure-sql-now-compatible-with-spark-30/Accelerate big data analytics with the Spark 3.0 compatible connector for SQL Server—now in preview. We are announcing that the preview release of the Apache Spark 3.0 compatible Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL, available through Maven. READ MORE

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12

Nov

How to optimize your Azure workload costs
How to optimize your Azure workload costs

Managing IT costs is critical during this time of economic uncertainty. The global pandemic is challenging organizations across the globe to reinvent business strategies and make operations more effective and productive. Faster than ever, you’ll need to find ways to increase efficiencies and optimize costs across your IT organizations.

When it comes to cloud cost optimization, organizations typically divide responsibilities between central IT departments and distributed workload teams. Central IT departments manage overall cloud strategy and governance, setting and auditing corporate policies for cost management. In compliance with central IT policy, workload teams across the organization assume end-to-end ownership for cloud applications they’ve built, including cost management.

In this new normal, if you’re a workload owner, it’s doubly challenging for you and your teams who are taking on new cost responsibilities daily, all while continuously adapting to working in a cloud environment. We created the Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework for you to help you design, build, deploy, and manage successful cloud workloads across five key pillars: security, reliability, performance efficiency, operational excellence, and cost optimization. While we’re uniquely focusing on cost optimization here, we’ll soon be addressing best practices on how to balance the priorities of your organization against the other four

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09

Nov

Meeting developer needs with powerful new features in Azure Cache for Redis

In May, we announced a groundbreaking partnership with Redis Labs to bring their Redis Enterprise software to Azure as a part of Azure Cache for Redis. We were humbled by the level of excitement and interest we received. We are announcing that you can now use Redis to tackle new challenges while making your caches larger and more resilient than ever before.

There has never been a more critical time for a technology like Redis. With billions of people working from home globally, web-based applications must be more responsive than ever, and enterprises both large and small need to be able to scale rapidly to meet unexpected demand. Solutions like Redis empower developers to optimize their data architectures and solve these problems. We’ve seen tremendous adoption of Azure Cache for Redis, our managed solution built on Open Source Redis, as Azure customers have used Redis as a distributed cache, session store, and message broker. We’re excited to incorporate Redis Enterprise technology and make this solution even more powerful and available while also unlocking important new use cases for developers like search, deduplication, and time series analysis.

What is Redis Enterprise on Azure?

Microsoft and Redis Labs have partnered closely to

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08

Oct

Microsoft is a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management

We are excited to share that Microsoft has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management 2020 based on the ability to execute and completeness of vision. Our placement is a testament to our continued innovation in enterprise API management capabilities and broad customer adoption of Azure API Management.

With the rapid shift to and increasing adoption of digital channels for all business transactions, APIs are becoming increasingly important for organizations, enabling them to innovate, increase agility and take advantage of new business opportunities by building thriving API ecosystems. Azure API Management helps organizations of all sizes to design, secure, publish, scale, and observe APIs across clouds and on-premises and make them discoverable and consumable by internal, partner, and public developers.

Azure API Management is available in more than 50 regions worldwide. Thousands of global enterprise customers across every major industry vertical use Azure API Management including Alaska Airlines, CEMEX, SwissRe, Chipotle, Finastra, Bosch, Zeiss, Legrand.

Disclaimer: This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available by visiting this Microsoft

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30

Sep

Microsoft named a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service

We are excited to share that Gartner has positioned Microsoft as a leader in the 2020 Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (EiPaaS) Magic Quadrant, based on our ability to execute and completeness of vision. Microsoft has now remained an EiPaaS MQ leader for the past three years.

According to Gartner, “Enterprise iPaaS providers continue to broaden their go-to-market strategies to cover an increasing range of enterprise integration scenarios.” Our vision is to help customers enable integration in all areas of their operations, from traditional central IT to business-led activities. Azure Integration Services (AIS), comprising of API Management, Logic Apps, Service Bus, and Event Grid, helps customers connect applications and data seamlessly to the cloud for services such as machine learning, cognitive services, and analytics, enabling increased enterprise-wide visibility and agility.

Best-in-class integration capabilities and platform

As applications and data are becoming more connected than ever, integration has become a key part of building applications. Azure Integration Services provides a comprehensive and cohesive set of integration capabilities spanning applications, data, and AI, with over 370 connectors and UI automation with Robotic Process Automation (RPA), for customers to connect everything quickly and easily. We provide these capabilities through high

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24

Sep

Unleash the full potential of your developer teams and increase Developer Velocity

In today’s environment, software development excellence is becoming even more critical for business success. Over the past few months, we’ve seen organizations realize that their future success depends on taking advantage of technology to rethink business models, innovate, and improve processes to better serve employees and customers. The reality is many companies across different industries are becoming software companies. According to a recent study by McKinsey & Company: Developer Velocity: How software excellence fuels business performance, there are currently over 20 million software engineers worldwide, and over 50 percent of these developers are working at organizations outside of the tech industry.

The most successful organizations understand that transforming into software companies cannot be achieved solely through the introduction of new technologies; rather, it requires a deep focus on supporting the people who will catalyze change and create the new value they seek.

In this same study, McKinsey concluded that business leaders need to empower the people behind software development – the developers – to unlock their productivity and innovation, in what the industry has started referring to as Developer Velocity.

What is Developer Velocity?

Developer Velocity means driving business performance through software development by empowering developers, creating the right

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16

Sep

Azure Container Instances – Docker integration now in Docker Desktop stable release

We’re happy to announce the new stable release of Docker Desktop includes the Azure Container Instances – Docker integration. Install or update to the latest release and get started deploying containers to Azure Container Instances (ACI) today.

Azure Docker integration

The Azure Docker integration enables you to deploy serverless containers to Azure Container Instances (ACI) using the same Docker Command-line (CLI) commands from local development. Use docker run to spin up a single-container or docker compose up to deploy multi-container applications defined with a Docker Compose file. You can also view logs, attach a shell, and perform other actions against the containers running in ACI, just as if those containers were running locally. In addition, you can now use Compose to attach Azure File Share volume mounts to your containers in either a local or ACI context.

With Azure Container Instances (ACI), you can run your dev/test or production containers in the cloud without needing to set up any infrastructure. ACI caters to developers who need to quickly run containers in the cloud with minimal operational overhead, therefore there is no infrastructure or platform management overhead. ACI integrates with other Azure services for your production workload needs, such as

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